Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BREAKING: Energy & Commerce Unanimously Passes H.R. 2646 !!!!

BREAKING: Energy & Commerce Unanimously Passes H.R. 2646
Murphy's Landmark Legislation Moves to the House Floor
For Immediate Release: June 15, 2016
Murphy Press 202.225.2301
(Washington, DC) - By a unanimous vote of 53-0 Congressman Tim Murphy's (R-PA) landmark crisis mental health legislation the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, the House Energy & Commerce Committee reported the  bill out favorable to the House. Considered the most comprehensive reform of mental health in the past half century, the bill currently boasts 197 bipartisan cosponsors and has garnered endorsements across the country from newspaper editors, physicians and families of individuals with mental illness. 
“Here and now this Committee jointly proclaims that the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness must come out of the shadows. We declare a new dawn of hope for the care of those with mental illness and we pledge our unwavering commitment to continued work to bring help and hope in the future,” stated Chairman Murphy. 
Watch Murphy deliver his powerful and emotional statement here.
“Today’s vote on passage of H.R. 2646 and reporting the bill out of Committee is a historic moment for families in mental health crisis and for the millions of Americans trapped in our nation’s broken mental health system,” said Murphy. “Delivering evidence-based treatment is how we will finally conquer stigma surrounding mental illness, and this bipartisan bill transforms the federal government’s approach to mental health. This bill calls for a complete overhaul of the current federal system, refocusing resources on helping those with the most serious mental illnesses by getting them treatment before, during and after a psychiatric crisis. I couldn’t be prouder of the work of the bipartisan coalition in Congress, and I eagerly look forward to the bill’s consideration on the House Floor.”
Watch Video of Congressman Murphy delivering his remarks Here
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TODAY - The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act Takes a Major Step Forward

WASHINGTON, DC - For families exhausted from battling a broken mental health system, finally there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), has scheduled a full committee markup this morning to consider HR 2646, the landmark mental health reform legislation introduced last year by Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). 

The Treatment Advocacy Center has been closely monitoring the negotiation process and we are pleased that despite the many competing interests, the bill hasn't lost its focus on severe mental illness. 

Among the most important reforms we expect to see:
Funding AOT: Authorizes an additional two years of funding for the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) federal grant program to catalyze communities to implement this lifesaving, evidence-based treatment program;
VOICE YOUR SUPPORT. Tell members of the Energy and Commerce Committee that we MUST keep the focus on people with severe mental illness.
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