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US President Donald Trump looks on before delivering a speech during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 26, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

In yet another example of the Trump administration’s ongoing onslaught against mental health, federal health officials have frozen a database used by medical professionals, mental health specialists and community groups to access effective treatment and intervention resources for mental health and substance use disorders. The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) has served thousands of individuals and has been particularly useful in fighting the opiate epidemic, as well as other mental health crises.

According to The Washington Post, “The registry, which was launched in 1997, offers a database of hundreds of mental health and substance abuse programs that have been assessed by an independent contractor and deemed scientifically sound. Getting a program or therapeutic approach included in this registry amounts to receiving federal recognition as an evidence-based practice. Mental health and addiction specialists say they rely on this database as a key source for finding appropriate and effective therapies.”

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