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5 Key Issues Plaguing The American Mental Healthcare System

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5 Key Issues Plaguing the American Mental Healthcare System

Representative Tim Murphy’s Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis bill was approved by the House with near unanimity in early July. Among other objectives, the legislation seeks to expand the availability of psychiatric hospital beds, create a new assistant secretary for mental health and substance use disorders at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and promote early treatment and intervention for young people who show signs of mental illness.

What this long overdue legislative recognition of the needs of the mentally ill does not seek to change is existing gun law or policy. Yes, earlier versions of Murphy’s bill generated opposition to some of the original details, as virtually all substantive legislation does, but an effective compromise was reached in part because these issues were still oriented around mental health care policy and funding. They had nothing to do with guns.

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