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Legislation to Improve Mental Health Care in America

Two comprehensive bills have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to improve mental health care in America.   

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 3717), introduced by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa), has 90 co-sponsors.   More information about this bill, including a list of co-sponsors, can be found here.    

The Strengthening Mental Health in our Communities Act of 2014 (HR 4574), tintroduced by Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), has 51 co-sponsors.  More information about this bill, including a list of co-sponsors, can be found here.

There are many similarities between these two bills but also some differences that reflect different visions of what is need to improve the mental health system. NAMI's executive director wrote a blog, Setting the Record Straight, that explains NAMI's position. The following documents also provide some background about NAMI's stance:

NAMI’s leave behind brief on comprehensive mental health legislation.

NAMI’s letter to Congressman Murphy with respect to HR 3717, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act:

NAMI’s memo to the field regarding Congressman Murphy’s proposed legislation HR 3717, “the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.”

NAMI’s summary of Congressman Murphy’s legislation.

NAMI’s memo to the field regarding Congressman Barber’s proposed legislation. HR 4574, the “Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act of 2014.”

A detailed side by side comparison of the Congressman Murphy’s and Congressman Barber’s proposed legislation (obtained from www.peteearley.com/blog).

NAMI’s action alert to advocates to urge Congress to reach an agreement on the two bills introduced by Representative Murphy and Representative Barber.


Related Files

NAMI Memo Regarding Rep. Barber Bill HR 4574 (PDF File)
Summary of Rep. Murphy Bill HR 3717 (PDF File)
NAMI Memo Regarding Rep. Murphy Bill HR 3717 (PDF File)

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