Mental Health Reform
With half of Americans with mental health conditions going without essential services and supports—and others getting only minimal care—reform of our nation’s mental health system is a priority issue for NAMI.
Fortunately, Congress is listening.
There is unprecedented agreement in the U.S. House and Senate on the need for mental health reform. This has resulted in the introduction of several bills, each of which NAMI supports. All the bills have positive provisions that will help move mental health reform forward.
What Is Congress Doing?
Representatives Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) introduced H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 and Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016.
The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S. 2680) and the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 (HR 2646) will:
- Improve integration and program coordination across federal agencies that serve people living with mental illness;
- Improve integration of mental and physical health care;
- Promote early intervention in the treatment of psychosis and use of evidence-based interventions;
- Provide resources for suicide prevention.
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What Is NAMI Doing?
NAMI advocates have helped us send over 80,000 emails, 230,000 petition signatures, and hundreds of tweets to Congress asking them to pass mental health reform now. These efforts, along with Congressional meetings, have helped lead to unprecedented bipartisan discussions.
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