Thursday, April 3, 2014
HAPPENING TODAY: Experts, Family Members, Clinicians to Testify on Need for H.R. 3717 at Legislative Hearing
Committee Takes Up Murphy’s Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act
(WASHINGTON, DC) – On, at , the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will convene a legislative hearing on the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 3717). The bill is the culmination of a year-long investigation into the nation’s broken mental health system by Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy.
On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal editorial board for the second time weighed in on H.R. 3717, praising the bill for “reorganiz[ing] government to make it more effective and accountable” and delivering evidence-based medical care to those most in need of it: persons with serious mental illness like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The WSJ editors criticized existing federal efforts, writing that “SAMHSA is in the vanguard of the legal-advocacy and anti-psychiatry movement that sprang to life in the 1980s, and it continues to waste taxpayer dollars on programs that undercut efforts to help the world's Adam Lanzas.” Read the full editorial here. Murphy’s bill makes significant reforms to federal policies and SAMHSA programs to ensure resources are reallocated to those most in need of care can receive it in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Witnesses for tomorrow’s hearing include Dr. Michael Welner, the country’s preeminent forensic psychiatrist. Welner has personally interviewed defendants with mental illness, worked on the cases of many of the country's most heinous crimes, and other matters that illustrate gaps in national mental health care, including suicides, abuse, and patient rights.
WHAT: Legislative Hearing on The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act
WHO: Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18)
WITNESSES: Michael Welner, M.D., forensic psychiatrist, Founder/Chairman of the Forensic Panel
Nancy Jensen, Person with Lived Experience, Disability Rights Center of Kansas
WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 2014
LOCATION: Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Background on the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act:
Dr. Murphy, a clinical psychologist with thirty years experience, authored the bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 3717) following a year-long investigation into the nation’s broken mental health system. Nationwide support for his legislation to grow fromnewspaper editors, physicians, and parents of children with mental illness. Additional information on the hearing can be found here.
Two major components of the Murphy bill were adopted by the House of Representatives last week, and signed into law .
MurphyPress | Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18)
Posted by Karen Easter, Mental Health Advocate for Assisted Outpatient Treatment at 6:30 AM