Senator Tina Smith has introduced a number of bills that will provide increased funding for mental health and substance abuse services across the state. She says the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting many Minnesotans overall health:

“A lot of people are experiencing stress, financial stress, worries about their health, their business, their farm worried about their parents and their loved ones.”

Smith says even before the pandemic, Minnesotans with mental health conditions and substance use disorders faced barriers accessing the care they need.