Saturday, January 11, 2014
Bipartisan backing of Congressman Tim Murphy’s mental health reform legislation, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 3717) took a major step forward this week when the House of Representatives reconvened for the 2014 session. More than a dozen Republican and Democrat lawmakers, including Reps. Mike Kelly and Bill Shuster in Southwestern Pennsylvania, immediately signed on as cosponsors of the bill, which was unveiled last month following a year-long investigation into the nation’s broken mental health system. The groundswell of support for the bill was the subject of a radio story on WHYY in Philadelphia.
Congressman Murphy spoke directly to his fellow legislators about the bill during Wednesday’s legislative session, describing the struggle of one mother to help her mentally ill and violent son get medical care while shielding her other children from his violent outbursts.
Doctors groups, law enforcement, and parents have come out in support of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. This week, Rep. Murphy met with the group, No Health Without Mental Health (NHMH). NHMH, which advocates for collaborative integrated care across mental health, primary care, and public health, shares Congressman Murphy’s goal of breaking down the silo mentality that keeps mental healthcare separate from clinical care.
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Posted by Karen Easter, Mental Health Advocate for Assisted Outpatient Treatment at 9:11 AM