Mental health experts say funding needed to address needs exacerbated by pandemic

A painting of Abraham Lincoln is seen as U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on COVID-19 response in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON — Growing behavioral health needs and existing workforce inadequacies are amplifying calls for Congress to provide additional resources to address a national mental health crisis exacerbated by COVID-19, the economic recession, and social isolation.