The National Register has co-signed a letter with 25 other healthcare organizations asking Congress to act now on #MentalHealthReform. H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, will receive a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 5.
The bill would increase access to mental health services by helping train professional caregivers, law enforcement, and first responders, as well as setting aside funds for early detection of mental illness in children and youth. It would also provide support for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and for data collection on mental healthcare efficacy. If enacted, the law would furthermore allow medical professionals to practice same-day billing at integrated healthcare practices and assist in enforcing compliance with mental health parity.