Senate Panel Addresses Mental Healthcare For First Time Since 2007.

CQ (1/25, Attias, Subscription Publication) reports members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Thursday held what they said was their first meeting on mental healthcare since 2007. There, lawmakers referenced the Newtown school shooting and also addressed questions about mental healthcare overall and their own priorities. For example, Chairman Tom Harkin “said ‘the critical investments’ need to be made to provide access to treatment for those with mental illness so they can lead healthy lives.” On this topic, Thomas Insel of the National Institute of Mental Health said sequestration cuts “would prevent certain studies from being carried out, which could include scaling up a project focused on the predictors for early psychosis.” While Democrats pushed for the release of a mental health parity rule, which SAMHSA director Pamela S. Hyde said was in the works, Insel noted that those “who receive treatment are 15 times less likely to commit a severely violent act than those who are not treated.”

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