Opportunity to change mental health system

07/19/2014 11:07 AM

07/18/2014 9:08 AM

Headlines regarding tragedies and persons with severe mental illness continue to splash across our newspapers, but what some may not realize is of the many silent tragedies that continue to happen each day in the lives of our most severely ill. Our mental health system is broken and our most severely and persistently ill are not getting the care they need or deserve. Tim Murphy has introduced HR 3717, or the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Paul Tonko recently introduced the Strengthening Mental Health in our Communities Act as a Democratic alternative.

HR 3717 has provisions that will most help our seriously ill rather than just the highest functioning. It provides states funds to implement Assisted Outpatient Treatment law for those that have had multiple hospitalizations, arrests, homelessness or violence due to going off treatment.

Please advocate for this important change to our broken mental health system. It's long overdue.

-- Candy DeWitt, Alameda

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