Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hill Statement on Historic Mental Health Legislation

WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, by a vote of 422-2. H.R. 2646, sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy (PA-18), is a comprehensive mental health care reform bill that seeks to modernize and improve the outdated mental health care system by refocusing and reconfiguring mental health programs, clarifying privacy laws to ensure health care professionals can communicate to caregivers, and addressing the shortages in our mental health workforce and treatment facilities to ensure patients have access to the services they need.

After H.R. 2646 passed the House, Congressman French Hill (AR-02), a cosponsor of the bill, released the following statement:“This exceptionally bipartisan effort from Congress will go a long way in correcting a problem that has disrupted too many families, caused too much violence and pain, and cost far too many lives. Retooling the way we deliver mental health care by giving families a greater voice in seeking care for their loved ones and addressing the shortage of services and mental health care professionals can’t be delayed. The nearly ten million people who suffer from severe mental illness need our help, and I am proud of our efforts this Congress.”
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