WASHINGTON, June 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the House Energy and Commerce Committee announces that it will markup the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) next week, mental health advocates are ramping up efforts to educate legislators on the bill's serious problems, despite revisions that have been made to attract bipartisan support.
H.R. 2646, introduced by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Rep. Bernice Johnson (D-TX), has been contentious since its original introduction, in 2013, as H.R. 3717. The original bill has been revised but is still problematic, advocates say.
"The crisis in mental health care is a problem of grossly inadequate resources that are poorly allocated," Marsh continued. "What is needed are community-based services, driven by the needs and wishes of individuals with mental health conditions."
Marsh listed a variety of problems with the revised bill. (A detailed analysis is available on the NCMHR website here.) For example, H.R. 2646:
"Sensationalized media coverage has fueled arguments for forced treatment and a reliance on institutional care," Marsh concluded. "We know that recovery is possible and we know what works because we are the evidence."
Contact: Val Marsh, Executive Director, NCMHR, [email protected], 240.468.7202
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SOURCE National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
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