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Legislation to Improve Mental Health Care in America

Two comprehensive bills have been introduced in the House of Representatives to improve mental healthcare in the America.   

HR 3717, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” 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.    

HR 4574, the “Strengthening Mental Health in our Communities Act of 2014,” introduced by Rep. Ron Barber (D. Az.), 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 needed to improve the mental health system.  The following documents may help provide some clarity:

NAMI’s letter to Congressman Murphy with respect to 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 Murphy’s proposed legislation, HR 3717, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.”

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).


Related Files

NAMI Memo regarding Barbar Bill HR 4574 (Word Document)
NAMIs Summary of Murphy Bill HR 3717 (Word Document)
NAMI's Memo regarding Murphy Bill HR 3717 (Word Document)

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