ICYMI: Washington Post Editorial: 'A glimmer of hope for reforming mental health care in America'
Below are excerpts from a recent editorial by the Washington Post commending the House advancement of a bill to reform our nation's mental health system. Davis has made mental health reform a top priority by hosting roundtables and touring facilities in his district to understand what is failing those is need and how it can be improved from the federal level. He is a cosponsor of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. A vote by the full House could come in July.
"AMID THE gridlock over guns this month in Congress, there was one bright spot of progress on another pressing problem: In the House, an ambitious mental-health reform bill made its way through committee.
"Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) has led the charge for improvements in mental-health-care policy since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012. His efforts may finally be paying off: The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act passed out of committee last week with unanimous support. In the Senate, a more modest mental-health bill also awaits a vote on the floor. If the House and Senate proposals pass — as they should — they could move into conference before the August recess...
"First, the House legislation would revise a rule that prevents people on Medicaid from getting same-day inpatient care in large facilities, a change that could encourage the building of bigger treatment centers and help solve the national shortage of nearly 100,000 psychiatric beds. It would also better clarify the circumstances under which a physician can access a patient’s records and speak to his family. Finally, it would incentivize states to adopt something called “assisted outpatient treatment” — court-ordered care outside of mental-health centers for those unwilling or unable to seek it on their own...
"...Fixing our broken mental-health-care system will take more time, more money and more than one bill. But in today’s political climate, that one bill is itself a remarkable achievement."
Read the full Washington Post editorial HERE.