Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act Language Finalized, Full Vote to Take Place Next Week

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act and the 21st Century Cures Act combined in a healthcare reform package

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Washington, D.C. – Today, a healthcare reform package, including language from Congressman Tim Murphy’s (PA-18) Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646 ) and Chairman Fred Upton’s 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6 ), was finalized. The reform package will be voted on next week.

Congressman Murphy released the following statement:

“This is a landmark moment. The federal government’s course in addressing mental health and illness in America is being fundamentally changed. Congress has finally come together in a bipartisan effort to bring serious mental illness out of the shadows. Now federal agencies will be moving from feel-good programs for behavioral wellness to ones that emphasize evidence-based care for those at highest risk and those with symptoms of serious mental illness. We’ve achieved long-sought reforms by creating an Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use to elevate, integrate and coordinate programs; investing in services for the most difficult to treat cases; expanding the mental health workforce, and so much more.

“It couldn’t be more fitting that we’ve reached this bipartisan agreement between the House and Senate at the close of Thanksgiving week. I am tremendously grateful for everyone who joined in the cause because we wouldn’t be here if not for the unwavering efforts of the of the families, caregivers, providers and organizations that worked tirelessly to fix our broken mental health system. We won’t solve it all in in one bill and we didn’t get everything we needed, but we needed everything we got. It is my pledge to the patients and families in crisis that I will never stop fighting to deliver treatment before tragedy for those most in need.”

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act unanimously passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee, 53-0, in June and passed the U.S. House of Representatives, 422-2, in July More information on the bill can be found at https://murphy.house.gov/helpingfamiliesinmentalhealthcrisisact114