Congressman Tim Murphy to Announce Major Mental Health Reforms

Chairman Murphy to Announce Major Mental Health Reforms

  Legislation will help families and patients in mental health crisis get access to life-saving care

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Press Release

“Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18), Chairman of Energy & Commerce Oversight & Investigations, is holding a press conference on Thursday, December 12th at 9:45 a.m. in Studio A of the House Radio-Television Correspondents’ Gallery in the House Visitors Center, room 114 to introduce a legislative package of major mental health reforms.

This highly anticipated legislation comes after a year-long investigation led by HouseEnergy & Commerce Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Murphy into the nation’s broken mental health system. Through his O & I Subcommittee meetings, forums, and hearings, Dr. Murphy’s legislative initiative will address: increasing inpatient and outpatient treatment options; clarifying standards used to commit an individual to medical care; updating legal framework to help families and physicians communicate during crisis; moving towards data-driven, evidence-based models of care so treatment is accessed not through the criminal justice system but the healthcare system.  For more information please contact:  Dain Pascocello,  202.225.2301″

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