Democrats in the House of Representatives, who have previously opposed Rep. Tim Murphy’s mental health reform bill, now appear ready to support the proposal as soon as this Wednesday. Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has worked on the bill for months now, will meet Tuesday night before voting on the latest draft. Read the bill here. Contact your representative here.
“Despite significant changes, the bill still does not reflect the voices or meet the needs of millions of Americans with mental health conditions,” said Val Marsh, MSW, executive director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR), which represents people diagnosed with mental health conditions and their organizations. “It would wreak havoc on our civil rights and write into law a manufactured justification for forced treatment.”