Paul Tonko

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Paul Tonko

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Dear Colleague,

Every one of us has felt the burden of this crisis. Our frontline workers have been coping with many weeks of exposure to the physical and emotional devastation caused by this pandemic. We have all heard stories of nurses returning home from a shift in the
hospital and simply sobbing for hours at what they had seen. For those healthcare employees living with a mental illness, the anxiety and fear are magnified.

Our federal response must be one that addresses not only the physical, but also the mental health impacts caused by COVID-19. By examining these impacts, we can better support our medical professionals, emergency responders, families, and children alike
and provide them with the necessary resources to recover from this pandemic. That is why I have introduced H.R. 6645, the COVID-19 Mental Health Research Act.

This legislation authorizes $100 million annually through 2025 to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to conduct:

  • Research on the mental health impact of COVID–19 on health care providers
  • Research on the long-term impacts of COVID-19 stressors on mental health
  • Research to strengthen the mental health response to COVID-19, including adapting to or providing additional services for new or increasing mental health needs
  • Research on the reach, efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of digital mental health interventions
  • Research on the effectiveness of strategies for implementation and delivery of evidence-based mental health interventions and services for underserved populations
  • Research on suicide prevention

I humbly ask for your support on this critical legislation. To join as a co-sponsor or for additional information, please contact Jeff Morgan in my office at


Paul D. Tonko

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