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October 7, 2015

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Join our effort on October 7th National Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Day

To change the status quo!


Join our effort on October 7th National Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Day

To change the status quo!


Join our effort on October 7th National Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Day

To change the status quo!


The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, HR2646

The following websites provide in-depth information on this life-saving bill and its provisions that are crucial to getting treatment for those with a serious mental illness.

Mental Illness Policy Org - 2015-2016 Federal Mental Illness Legislation

Treatment Advocacy Center - The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

Congressman Tim Murphy - Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

Co-sponsors of HR2646

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 H.R. 2646

from the office of Congressman Tim Murphy

Mental illness does not discriminate based on age, class or ethnicity. It affects all segments of society. The stories are haunting and the numbers are staggering. Nearly 10 million Americans have serious mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression); but, millions are going without treatment as families struggle to find care for loved ones. To understand why so many in need of care go without treatment, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on

Oversight and Investigations launched a top-to-bottom review of the country’s mental health system beginning in January 2013. The investigation, which included public forums, hearings with expert witnesses and document and budget reviews, revealed the federal government’s approach to mental health is a chaotic patchwork of antiquated programs and ineffective policies spread across numerous agencies with little to no coordination. As documented in a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, 112 federal programs intended to address mental illness aren’t connecting for effective service delivery and “interagency coordination for programs supporting individuals with serious mental illness is lacking.” … READ MORE

Quick Guide to most important ways Federal Government can help the most seriously mentally ill

Prepared by Mental Illness Policy Org

Background: It is unfortunate, but true that some of the most seriously mentally ill (SMI), unlike people with less severe “mental health issues” often hallucinate, are delusional, psychotic, and can’t think straight (cognitive impairment). It is unfortunate, but true, that some need periodic hospital care, a small group will never recover, and some as a result of hallucinations, delusions, cognitive impairments and anosognosia, are unwilling or unable to stay in treatment on their own even when available and offered to them. Put another way, if you “know” you are the Messiah, the last thing you want is treatment.

The first responsibility of government mental health policy should be to help the most seriously ill, rather than all others.  Pretending these issues don’t exist is causing massive homelessness and incarceration of the seriously ill, yet federal legislation always tends to focus on higher functioning, and/or less important issues like trying to identify the asymptomatic, fighting stigma, etc. Following are specific policies that would help persons with the most serious mental illnesses. … READ MORE

For the first time in 50 years, real solutions have been proposed
to fix America’s broken mental health system…

A concise overview by Treatment Advocacy Center

HR 2646 WILL:


The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, HR2646

Has received the following endorsements

Click the organization below to read letter of endorsement

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association

American College of Emergency Physicans

National Council for Behavioral Health

Treatment Advocacy Center

SARDAA - Shattering Stigma - Realizing Recovery Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Adventist HealthCare


National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems

Behavioral Health Coalition


Mental Illness Policy Org.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

NAMI Harlem

The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

NAMI Los Angeles County Council

American Jail Association

International Bipolar Foundation


WASHINGTON, DC – The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today held a hearing to examine the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, authored by Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA).

Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) shared stories from their own families’ struggles with mental illness and offered suggestions for what Congress can do to improve our nation’s system for caring with those in need…. READ MORE


HR 2646: A short summary

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 (“HFMHCA”, HR 2646) updates the 2013 version which did not pass (HR3717). Following are provisions related to serious mental illness.  

SAMHSA Replaced SAMHSA and it’s administrator are largely replaced with Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment who must be a licensed Psychiatrist or Clinical Psychologist. This raises the profile of mental health and ensures that the lead policy official for mental health policy knows something about mental illness. The requirement to be “Evidence-based” guides spending.

Mental Health Block Grant It ensures block grants are used more appropriately by requiring states to “include a separate description of case management services and provide for activities leading to reduction of rates of suicides, suicide attempts, substance abuse, emergency hospitalizations, incarceration, crimes, arrest, victimization, homelessness, joblessness, medication” and other important outcomes.…. READ MORE