Mental Health Advocate and fellow family champion Pete Earley (pictured here with his son; journalist and acclaimed author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness) today blogged important news that final “mark-up” work is now underway in Washington on the most important mental health legislation currently before Congress, HR 2646, The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. This legislation is attempting to bring much needed reforms to a broken mental health system as many families in the maelstrom want and need.
The bill is offered by Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, a practicing psychologist who has emerged as Congress’ leading mental health services reformer. Rep. Murphy’s website contains several interesting short videos about the mental health debate in Washington over the last few months. These provide a worthy update for families in the maelstrom who want to understand better and participate in this critical national dialogue.
HR 2646 is supported by family groups, but is drawing fire from civil liberties advocates, mental health services consumer groups, practitioner professional associations, and community health service providers.
Opening remarks of the session in the video below reveal the differences between the Democrats and Republicans on this important legislation. This 45 minute video is recommended viewing for all family members. The essential differences are summarized in the first 5 minutes of remarks, first by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), followed by Rep. Murphy (R-PA).
Also see Pete Earley’s blog here: Democrats Attack, Republicans Defend Murphy’s Mental Health Bill During Markup.