MHA reports on impact of sequestration: An analysis conducted by Mental Health America (MHA) demonstrates the severe impacts that “sequestration” would have on programs and services. Sequestration, which makes automatic budget cuts to federal programs, was a provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which directed a bipartisan committee to find $1.2 trillion in savings over ten years. Because the committee failed to find a compromise, automatic cuts of between 8% and 11% will take effect on January 2, 2013, unless Congress finds a way to avoid sequestration. The MHA analysis, which assumed a 10% cut to all Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration programs and to other agencies, found that 684,000 persons will lose employment and housing assistance, case management services, and school-based supports and 1.13 million children and adults will be at risk of losing access to any type of public mental health support. Cuts to the National Institutes of Health budget would equal more than the entire combined budgets of the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the sequestration could eliminate 2,300 new and ongoing research grants. Cuts to the Centers for Disease Control would equal more than half the funds it spent last year on all chronic disease prevention and health promotion. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality would experience cuts that equal 62% of all funding for investigator-initiated research grants for quality, effectiveness, and efficiency research. The full report is available on the MHA Web site at www.nmha.org/go/federal-budget-advocacy.