Senator Demands Changes To Involuntary Outpatient Treatment Provision In Stalled Mental Health Bill

The Hill (5/21, Ferris) reports that Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), in an effort to revive the “long-stalled” Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, authored by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), “is demanding changes to one of its most controversial provisions,” the one regarding court-ordered involuntary outpatient treatment, a provision that “has created a sharp divide between mental health groups and has prevented the bill from advancing.” In a Facebook chat this week concerning mental health, Sen. Murphy said, “We are trying to find a less draconian way to go.”

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— “Dem senator eyes changes to ‘draconian’ provision in mental health bill,” Sarah Ferris, The Hill, May 21, 2015.

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