Statement by the President: Children's Health Act of 2000 (10/17/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                          October 17,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Today I am pleased to sign into law the Children's Health Act of 2000.
This bipartisan legislation builds on my Administration?s long-standing
commitment to improve the health and well-being of our nation's children.
I am particularly pleased that this legislation provides new authority to
expand research for the treatment of chronic and acute diseases affecting
children, improve the safety of child care centers, and ensure safe and
quality mental health treatment services.  This important legislation also
addresses the critical need for substance abuse and mental health services,
especially for our nation?s youth, through the reauthorization of the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),
supporting state and community efforts to reduce youth drug use, and
improving research and treatment services. In addition, the legislation
will allow us to strengthen our efforts to curtail the emerging use of the
drugs methamphetamine and Ecstasy, which imperil the health and safety of
our nation's young people.

     I want to pay special tribute to my Administration's number one
advocate for children, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Hillary has
called the nation's attention to the special health needs of children
through her work on children's health insurance coverage, asthma, pediatric
labeling, juvenile diabetes and so much more.  She has led the
Administration's effort to improve access to health care for children, has
fought hard for improving the quality and safety of child care, and has
done more than anyone to improve the lives of millions of our nation's


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