Tell the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee to send HR: 2646 to the floor.
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In the U.S. there are estimated to be ten million adult individuals who have a serious mental illness. At least 20% of those individuals go completely untreated. Less than 2% of individuals with serious mental illness are receiving the services that are important to living productive and satisfying lives within their communities.
1 of every 32. These individuals are our loved ones and our friends. The lack of appropriate services available for the people we know and love is a systemic problem.
$444 billion per year is spent on response to acute crises. On top of that, serious mental illness is the leading cause of disability and results in a loss of potential revenue of at least $193 billion per year.
Untreated serious mental illness results in higher rates of incarceration, suicide attempts, and early death. 57% of the population in correctional institutions and an estimated 50% of the homeless population have serious mental illness.
Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016 will:
- Advance early intervention and prevention programs including suicide prevention
- Increase community-based alternatives to institutionalization such as Assisted Outpatient Treatment, Assertive Community Treatment, and other intensive community-based approaches
- Provide grants for specialized training to law enforcement officers and first responders so that they may understand how to properly intervene
- Establish a committee to that focuses on research, treatment, housing and services for individuals with serious mental illness
- ...and save at least $5 million over 10 years!
H.R.2646 Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016 passed the House vote with unprecedented 422-2 bipartisan support.
It is currently sitting in Senate committee awaiting a 3rd read. Let’s tell the committee members to send it to the floor to be voted on before the 114th congressional session ends!
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