The Senate has recently introduced the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S. 2680), which would amend the Public Health Service Act to provide comprehensive mental health reform. The Mental Health Liaison Group, of which the National Register is a member, expressed their support for it, stating that “The Mental Health Reform Act makes balanced and judicious amendments to laws governing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) . . . [and] also provides authorizing legislation for a wide array of critically important initiatives . . . ”
If you believe that every American deserves a mental health system that works, urge your Senator to pass the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016.
Another way to support this bill is to join the #MentalHealthReform ThunderClap. As part of this promotion through ThunderClap, three facts are communicated to followers to raise awareness about this alarming issue:
- America’s suicide rate is twice the rate of homicides and the highest it’s been in 30 years.
- Half of Americans with mental illness did not get any mental health care in the past year.
- Mental health care is unfairly restricted by many health insurance plans.
Additionally, there will be a live stream of the of the Senate Summit on Mental Health: A Call to Action for Comprehensive Mental Health Reform.
View the live stream here on May 26, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. ET