APA’s Lieberman: Murphy Mental Health Bill “Important Piece Of Legislation.”

In a special piece and embedded video for Medscape (4/7), American Psychiatric Association president Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, of Columbia University, wrote about the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” legislation proposed by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), which “is a very important piece of legislation and would no doubt advance our field and serve our patients very well.”

According to Dr. Lieberman, the proposed measure “calls for the creation of an interagency coordinating committee on serious mental illness, which would comprise representation at the highest levels of government,” including the “Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Department of Justice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Dr. Lieberman voiced his hope that it will gain Congressional and stakeholder group support.

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