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who have loved ones with SMI, and we live with these issues everyday.



Families in
Mental Health Crisis

It’s time to change the status quo!


Families in
Mental Health Crisis

It’s time to change the status quo!


Families in
Mental Health Crisis

It’s time to change the status quo!


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National Helping Families


The Honorable Fred Upton
Energy and Commerce Committee
2125 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Frank Pallone, Jr.
Ranking Member
Energy and Commerce Committee
2322A Rayburn House Office Building

Dear Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Pallone,

Once again our nation has been struck by gun violence. When mass shooters strike there seems to always be a severe mental health issue associated with the criminal engaging in such horrific acts. In fact, research has found that there is a direct link between serious mental illness and violence. By making mental health treatment a priority in America, we can better address these mass shooting situations by preventing them beforehand.

In addition there are nearly 10 million Americans who are suffering from severe mental illness, but millions are going without treatment, all because our mental health system is in crisis. H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, seeks to solve this problem, and we strongly encourage the Committee to markup this important legislation.

50 percent of people will develop at least one mental health condition during their lifetime and half of those people will develop a mental health condition by age 14. Unfortunately, it takes about 10 years for people to get the treatment they need. The delay is caused by a shortage of psychiatric hospitals beds, a lack of outpatient treatment options and mental health professionals, and significant barriers facing families with a loved one who has a mental illness. In a developed nation like the United States, this wait time is unacceptable.

Research has proven that the right early treatment for mental health conditions can change lives. It can reduce high school dropout rates, hospitalization, incarceration, and unemployment. It is for this reason we encourage the Committee to consider a markup of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 introduced by Congressman Tim Murphy and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

This bill seeks to solve the mental health crisis we are currently facing in our country. It is a critical step toward treating mental illnesses like we treat every other chronic disease. The legislation increases access to behavioral health care for children, improves the quality of care at community mental health centers; focuses federal spending on evidence-based programs and treatments that work; and opens up the door to communication between doctors and parents and legal guardians of those with mental illness. The bill drives additional research at the National Institute of Mental Health, and increases the number of psychiatric hospital beds that we desperately need.

It is only fair that we care for those suffering from mental illnesses. We hope the Committee understands the importance of addressing this issue, and we strongly encourage the markup of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015.

Tom Reed

Charles Rangel

Kristi Noem

Barbara Comstock

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Chris Gibson

Marcy Kaptur

Charles Boustany, Jr. M.D.

Bob Dold

Edward R. Royce

Mike Coffman

Rodney Davis

Alcee Hastings

Corrine Brown

Earl Blumenauer

Scott Peters

Diane Black

Gregory Meeks

Elise Stefanik

Peter DeFazio

Lou Barletta

Barbara Lee

Ken Calvert

Bradley Bryce

Christopher Smith

David Rouzer

Beto O'Rourke

Ryan Costello

Martha McSally

David Reichert

October 2015. Thirty bipartisan members of Congress sent a letter urging the House Energy and Commerce Committee markup Congressman Tim Murphy’s (R-PA) landmark crisis mental health legislation, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 2646. See the original letter.


1) Copy and paste the letter below as a comment on a post on Rep Fred Upton and Rep Frank Pallone’s facebook pages. On Upton’s page, go to Upton’s top post, and paste this in as a comment to his post. You’ll see many more already there. Do the same on Pallone’s page, or do it as a  new post. OUR GOAL IS 200!!! Will you help us?

Be sure to include the entire list of names at the bottom. Let’s see how many times this can get posted as a comment on their pages.



2) Tweet this link Bipartisan Letter from Congress to both @RepFredUpton @FrankPallone:

3) Share this page on facebook and twitter by copying the link above (to ensure image displays).

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