“Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) reintroduced the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 2646,” reported Behavioral Healthcare. “The revamped bill builds on the previous bipartisan version that was introduced in 2013, and aims to improve access, shore up the workforce, drive evidence-based care, and provide alternatives to institutionalization.”
Behavioral Healthcare noted that “points of contention” about the bill include, “How the bill creates a new federal position of ‘Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders’ within the Department of Health & Human Services to supplant SAMHSA,” and “Provisions that require states to have laws that promote the greater use of assisted outpatient therapy (AOT) in order to recieve block-grant funds.”
Murphy’s official website has issued a press release summarizing some key aspects of the bill.
BREAKING: Murphy reintroduces key mental health legislation (Behavioral Healthcare, June 4, 2015)
Reps Murphy and Johnson Reintroduce the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (Congressman Tim Murphy website press release, June 4, 2015)