Tuesday, September 29, 2015

More Support For Murphy's Crisis Mental Health Bill

(Washington D.C.) – Culminating the last few days of Suicide Prevention Month, Congressman Tim Murphy’s bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 2646, continues to galvanize support in the media and amongst national organizations. D.J. Jaffe, Executive Director of Mental Illness Policy Org writes in an op-ed for the National Review how H.R. 2646 increases the efficacy of existing mental health dollars by redirecting them towards serving the 4 percent of patients who are the most seriously mentally ill. 

The American Jail Association, representing over 4,000 members in 3,800 correctional facilities across the country, expressed their support for H.R. 2646 in a letter noting how the bill takes necessary steps to include correction and detention officers in reforming the broken mental health system. 

Further, Alisa Bernard and Muffy Walker of the International Bipolar Foundation describe in a letter to Reps Murphy and Johnson how the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act will have a positive impact on the foundation and families they assist in the United States, noting ways the legislation promotes early intervention and authorizes the Garrett Lee Smith Act and National Child Traumatic Stress Network. 

With 123 co-sponsors, H.R. 2646 has been endorsed by national organizations including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Treatment Advocacy Center, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association. Nationwide support for the legislation has come from newspaper editorsphysicians, and parents of children with mental illness. More information can be found here

Let’s Get Moving on Treating the Seriously Mentally Ill
September 24, 2015
Homelessness, hospitalization, arrest, incarceration, suicide, and violence are often associated with people who are known to have serious mental illness and were allowed to go untreated. The pressing importance of getting treatment to these individuals led 118 compassionate Republicans and Democrats to co-sponsor the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 2646), proposed by Representatives Tim Murphy (R., Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D., Texas). Rather than throw more money at the ephemeral issue of “improving the mental wellness of all Americans,” which is what the mental-health industry wants, this bill increases the efficacy of existing mental-health dollars by redirecting them towards serving the 4 percent of patients who are the most seriously mentally ill. It replaces mission creep with mission control. – D.J. Jaffe, National Review 

Letter of Support
September 28, 2015

The American Jail Association is pleased the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 makes correction and detention officers an active part of the process from consulting with the departments of correction when prioritizing the integration of services, to early diagnosis, intervention and workforce development. Having the Assistant Secretary coordinate with the justice and correction systems when building evidence-based practices and service delivery models, brings correction and detention officers unique mental health perspective to the table. – Robert Kasbian, Executive Director

Letter of Support 
September 15, 2015

As a worldwide leader in providing mental health resources, we are immensely encouraged by provisions in H.R. 2646 that authorize funding for law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical services workers, and other first responders to recognize and properly intervene with individuals in crisis. – Alisa Bernard and Muffy Walker, International Bipolar Foundation.
In his seventh 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 Commander in the Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps as a psychologist treating Wounded Warriors with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
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