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House Votes to Reform Mental Health in the U.S.

BREAKING: Energy & Commerce Unanimously Passes H.R. 2646

Murphy’s Landmark Legislation Moves to the House Floor

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2016
Contact: Murphy Press 202.225.2301

(Washington, DC) – By a unanimous vote of 53-0 Congressman Tim Murphy’s (R-PA) landmark crisis mental health legislation the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, the House Energy & Commerce Committee reported the  bill out favorable to the House. Considered the most comprehensive reform of mental health in the past half century, the bill currently boasts 197 bipartisan cosponsors and has garnered endorsements across the country from newspaper editors, physicians and families of individuals with mental illness.

“Today’s vote on passage of H.R. 2646 and reporting the bill out of Committee is a historic moment for families in mental health crisis and for the millions of Americans trapped in our nation’s broken mental health system,” said Murphy. “Delivering evidence-based treatment is how we will finally conquer stigma surrounding mental illness, and this bipartisan bill transforms the federal government’s approach to mental health. This bill calls for a complete overhaul of the current federal system, refocusing resources on helping those with the most serious mental illnesses by getting them treatment before, during and after a psychiatric crisis. I couldn’t be prouder of the work of the bipartisan coalition in Congress, and I eagerly look forward to the bill’s consideration on the House Floor.”

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Ohio RxP Bill Introduced!

A psychologist prescribing bill, SB 300 was introduced in the Ohio Senate. Sponsor testimony was given by Sen. Seitz on May 4 with OPA testimony given on May 11. The next step planned is for the representatives of Ohio psychiatrists and psychologists to meet. The bill is in the Senate Health Committee with two co-sponsors (Sen. Manning and Sen.Tavares) are on the committee. The bill reportedly has much support from a number of Senators who are aware of the significant need for improved access to mental health care and prescriptive authority for appropriately trained psychologists.

Citation adapted from Bobbie Celeste, Ph.D. from the Ohio Psychological Association RxP list serve.

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