Congresswoman Matsui Marks Progress Toward Mental Health Reform

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Washington, DC, July 6, 2016 | comments
Contact: Lauren Dart
Congresswoman Matsui Marks Progress Toward Mental Health Reform   
Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) delivered the following floor statement on H.R. 2646, as amended, which passed the House of Representatives 422-2:
“For too long, those with mental illness have been left in the shadows and mental health prevention and treatment has been left out of our health systems.
“The mental health crisis in this country is very personal to me, and I’ve been fighting for patients, and their loved ones for many years. I believe there is a lot we can do better to stop or slow down the hurt and pain that patients and families feel when mental health is left unaddressed.
“The bill before us today is a good bill. It is a first step toward mental health reform, offering policies that help move us in the direction of better parity between mental and physical illness, a stronger workforce trained to address mental illness, and promotion of evidence-based services and supports.
“Especially important to me are the provisions that will help clarify when and how providers are able to share information with families and caregivers, in order to better serve the patient in times of need.
“There is more left to be done, more to do, and our reform efforts will not be complete, or comprehensive, until we make real investments in our mental health system.  I will continue working for the comprehensive mental health reform that our families need and deserve.”
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