Monday, August 25, 2014

Rep Murphy Invited to North Carolina for Roundtable & Meetings on HR 3717

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U.S. Congressman for the 18th District of Pennsylvania

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Murphy Continues Nationwide Review Of Mental Health System
Invited to North Carolina for Roundtable and Meetings on HR 3717

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 25, 2014
Contact: Murphy Press, 202.225.2301 
(PITTSBURGH, PA) – Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (PA-18) will continue his ongoing review of the nation’s broken mental health system this Tuesday, August 26th, in Raleigh, North Carolina at the invitation of Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (NC-2). Murphy will meet with community stakeholders to discuss reforms that would help the mental health system in North Carolina, as well as to speak at several stakeholder meetings on the growing nationwide momentum to pass federal reforms.
Murphy, who is the author of the bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 3717), has been traveling throughout the nation to learn how the broken mental health system impacts different communities, and discuss how H.R. 3717 would help meet the needs of patients and families.
Murphy will begin his day with a tour of a mental health telemedicine facility operated by mental health and substance abuse services provider Daymark Recovery Services. Daymark has various outpatient services, 24-hour crisis services, and psychiatric inpatient crisis/detox services in North Carolina. Murphy will address assembled members of the media about his visit and legislation at 9:30AM at Daymark. Murphy’s bill has been described as the most significant overhaul of the nation’s broken mental health system since the Kennedy Administration, and has been endorsed by physiciansparents of children, and a dozen-plus newspapers including the Washington PostWall Street Journal, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
WHAT:          Rep. Murphy Tour of Daymark Recovery Services

WHEN:          Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
9:30AM – 10AM

WHERE:       Daymark Recovery Services
                        901 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh, NC 27606

WHO:             Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18)
Billy West, Executive Director, Daymark Recovery Services
Jerry Earnhardt, Regional Operations Director, Daymark Recovery Services
                       
CONTACT:   Brad Grantz, 202.225.2301 (office), 412.478.4197 (cell)

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In his sixth term representing Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district encompassing suburban Pittsburgh including parts of Allegheny, Washington, Westmoreland and Greene Counties, Rep. Tim Murphy also serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps as a psychologist treating Wounded Warriors with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Prior to serving in Congress, Dr. Murphy, author of “The Angry Child” and “Overcoming Passive-Aggression,” was a practicing psychologist specializing in child and family treatment.
Murphy Press | Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18)
2332 Rayburn House Office Building | Washington, DC  20515
(202) 225-2301 | (202) 225-1844

Friday, August 22, 2014

News and Commentary from the Treatment Advocacy Center August 18 - August 22, 2014

"GET HELP: When Mental Illness Leads to Criminal Justice Involvement"
More than 40% of individuals with severe mental illness end up behind bars at some point in their lives. As a resource to family members whose loved ones become involved in the criminal justice system, the Treatment Advocacy Center has created a web page of steps caregivers can take both before and after a family member or friend becomes involved with law enforcement, the criminal justice system or both. READ IT ALL....

"RESEARCH: Minorities Less Likely to Get Care After Hospitalization"
One study shows that poor follow-up after psychiatric hospitalization leaves many individuals, particularly minorities, with substandard treatment. More attention must be given to reducing racial-ethnic disparities in outpatient mental health treatment following hospitalization.READ IT ALL...

"The Brain on Antipsychotic Drugs: What Happens?"Antipsychotic drugs are an important part of the picture in most people’s journey to recovery from serious mental illness. Evidence that they produce structural changes in the brain should not come as a surprise. READ IT ALL....

"If I Could Turn Back Time" - personally speaking "I grieve and reminisce for the son I once raised by love and support the new child before me now. If my son had a heart attack, cancer or was in a car accident, my life would be different", writes mother Nina McDaniel in a powerful plea. READ IT ALL....

A big thank-you to Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, whose op-ed was published in the Huffington Post.

If you have a letter or commentary published, please email a link or a copy topress@treatmentadvocacycenter.org so we can save it, acknowledge your reform efforts and share it with others.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

“Common-sense, taxpayer-friendly, good-government legislation” - Congressman Tim Murphy

More Nationwide Praise For Murphy’s “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act”

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Contact: Murphy Press202.225.2301
(WASHINGTON, DC) – After meeting with Congressman Tim Murphy, PhD, this week, the Bradenton Herald became the latest newspaper to endorse the bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 3717). Nationwide support from parents of children with mental illness, newspapers like the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, and mental health professionals continues to roll in for the Helping Families In Mental Health Crisis Act. The latest coverage of Dr. Murphy’s bipartisan legislation:

Bill in Congress a solid overhaul of America's broken mental health system
By the Editorial Board
Thursday, August 21, 2014

“Americans rarely witness common-sense, taxpayer-friendly, good-government legislation introduced in Congress -- and with bipartisan support. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act qualifies on all counts…Murphy's uncompromising position -- he refuses to negotiate a watered-down bill -- is admirable. The sweeping measure is an attempt to repair the nation’s broken mental health care system, minimized for far too long. Congress should strongly consider passage and begin to place patients and families first and fend off the political opposition.” Read more here.

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The mental-health care gap
By the Editorial Board
Thursday, August 21, 2014

“Murphy's arguments for fundamental changes are compelling. The federal government's approach is splintered, its policies are often contradictory and accountability is lacking. What's more, symptoms of mental illness -- such as suicide and homelessness -- have risen nationwide… after meeting with Murphy, we came to this conclusion: If there is anyone in Congress with more knowledge about mental illness and greater passion about improving the health of millions of Americans, we'd like to hear from him or her.” Read more here.
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Mental health issue
By the Editorial Board
Monday, August 18, 2014

“U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, a Republican from Pennsylvania, is considered a tireless proponent of improving access to, and quality of, mental-health services. A psychologist for three decades, Murphy is the sponsor of legislation that would overhaul the federal government’s approach to mental health. H.R. 3717, titled “The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” would expand some services and consolidate others. It would promote evidence-based care, provide additional alternatives to institutionalization and remove impediments that prevent Medicaid and Medicare from covering certain forms of cost-effective treatment. Read more here.

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In his sixth term representing Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district encompassing suburban Pittsburgh including parts of Allegheny, Washington, Westmoreland and Greene Counties, Rep. Tim Murphy also serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps as a psychologist treating Wounded Warriors with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Prior to serving in Congress, Dr. Murphy, author of “The Angry Child” and “Overcoming Passive-Aggression,” was a practicing psychologist specializing in child and family treatment.
Murphy Press | Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18)
2332 Rayburn House Office Building | Washington, DC  20515
(202) 225-2301 | (202) 225-1844

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Is Brain Research Entering a Golden Age? (Op-Ed)

Is Brain Research Entering a Golden Age? (Op-Ed)

 brains, research, behavior

UPCOMING: Stop by to visit TAC at NAMI National

With NAMI National Convention in Washington DC this year, more of your friends from the Treatment Advocacy Center will be on hand than ever. 

Multiple staff members will be at Booth 410 every day of the convention, and board members will be dropping by. 

If you’re an old friend, please come see us. If you’re a new friend, please come introduce yourself!

On Saturday at 1:30 pm, Treatment Advocacy Center Executive Director Doris A. Fuller will be one of six distinguished panelists involved in "Refocusing the Conversation: Strategies for Engaging people in Needed Services and Supports," a special policy forum. The 2.5-hour session will explore how best to engage hard-to-reach individuals in treatment and supportive services. The extended discussion is intended to establish "respectful dialogue" and to build consensus on "topics that frequently divide advocates and prevent progress."

The session will run from 1:30-4 pm on September 6 in Marriott Ballroom Salons 2 and 3.



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Effective Treatment. Timely Treatment. Both Save Lives. #tb4t

Suicide is one of our greatest fears for our loved ones. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health and researchers around the globe, our loved ones with serious mental illness experience a greater incidence of suicide. Timely, effective treatment is critical to sustaining these precious lives! #RIPRobinWilliams#tb4t

Monday, August 11, 2014