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Energy and Commerce Releases Report on Mental Health

 

Last week Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Chair of the Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee announced findings from an investigation of the federal government’s mental health programs and resources. The report found that individuals with the most significant mental health problems are least likely to get the appropriate help they need. The report also found barriers to inpatient and outpatient care and antiquated legal hurdles preventing access to care. The report notes that 40 percent of individuals with a severe mental illness do not get treatment. Rather than focusing on a lack of funding for mental illness, the report argues that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration does not adequately target funding. Earlier this year, Murphy introduced legislation, H.R. 3717 the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which would seek to address some of the issues raised in this report. 

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Walsh is the senior manager of legislative affairs for America's Essential Hospitals.

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