Fund research on evidence-based interventions

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Federal appropriators should provide specific funding to support research by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to continue the development of evidence-based mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) interventions for underserved communities, such as LGBTQ+ youth, Native communities, Black Americans, and Hispanic/Latino communities.[1]


LGBTQ+ youth often experience discrimination and a lack of acceptance that can negatively affect their mental health, increasing their risk for MH/SUDs. Many are unable to receive needed services, and data relating to the most effective treatments and supports for individuals who belong to multiple, frequently marginalized groups is too often limited.[1][2][3]. Black and Native communities are experiencing increased suicide rates, and communities of color are broadly experiencing an increase in drug overdoses.[4] People of color are estimated to be underdiagnosed with MH/SUDs and face additional barriers to accessing care.[4] To advance health equity, our country must provide culturally competent – and congruent – high-quality and affordable healthcare services for underserved communities. Additionally, we must fund foundational and applied research that includes members of diverse communities to ensure that clinical interventions are effective across communities.[5][1]


1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Moving Beyond Change Efforts: Evidence and Action to Support and Affirm LGBTQI+ Youth. Last Updated 2023.

2. The Trevor Project. 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health. Last Accessed July 28, 2023.

3. The Trevor Project. 2023 U.S. National Survey on the Mental Health of LGBTQ Young People. Last Accessed July 28, 2023.

4. Panchal, Nirmita, Heather Saunders, and Nambi Ndugga. Five Key Findings on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders by Race/Ethnicity. KFF. Last Updated September 22, 2022.

5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Adapting Evidence-Based Practices for Under-Resourced Populations. Last Updated 2022.