Thursday, December 12, 2013

GOOD NEWS ON THE HORIZON!

HELPING FAMILIES IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ACT

Rep. Tim Murphy, PhD

More than 11 million Americans have severe schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression yet millions are going without treatment and families struggle to find care for loved ones.

The federal government’s approach to mental health has been a chaotic patchwork of antiquated programs and ineffective policies across numerous agencies. Sadly, patients end up in the criminal justice system or on the streets because services are not available.

The Helping Families In Mental Health Crisis Act fixes the nation’s broken mental health system by focusing programs and resources on psychiatric care for patients & families most in need of services.

The complete text of The Helping Families In Mental Health Crisis Act can be viewed here.

A summary of the legislation is provided here.

Letters of support from the following organizations:

Treatment Advocacy Center

American Psychological Association

New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.

American Psychiatric Association

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Sheriffs' Association

Mental Illness Policy Org

National Council for Behavioral Health

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