Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ICYMI: Murphy on PBS Newshour

“How the big biomedical bill advances U.S. mental healthcare”

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2016
Contact: Carly Atchison 202.225.2301
Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18), author of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, joined PBS Newshour to discuss his groundbreaking reforms after the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law. As reported by William Brangham, one key part that’s received less attention is the effort to fix mental health care in the United States. Click here, or on the image below, to watch the full interview.
Click here or on the image above to watch Murphy's interview on PBS Newshour.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Really some startling numbers there. So, let’s talk about some of the specifics. You create an assistant secretary for mental health and substance use disorders. I know that is something that was very important to you. Why that?

REP. TIM MURPHY: Because we needed someone to take the helm. What we found in the GAO, General Accounting Office, reports, they said there was no accountability for the grant programs. And, oftentimes, we were funding really embarrassing silly grant programs, such as a Web site that had a special hot line you could call if you were upset about the snow in New England, if you had snow anxiety, how to make a fruit smoothie if you were upset, making collages, masks, interpretive dancing, a $20,000 painting hanging in someone’s office about mental health with two people sitting on a rock.

Total waste of money. We had to put someone in charge who can take the helm of these 112 federal agencies, work with them, with the VA, with DOD, and others, and start to coordinate evidence-based care directed towards those who need it, work on prevention, work on those with serious mental illness, but someone with the clout behind their name to do that.

Click here for full transcript and video.
For a full list of the provisions from the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act included in the final bill, click here.
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