Former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley, author of Crazy, about his effort to get treatment for his son’s bipolar disorder, warns readers of his blog that it may be now or next congressional term for sweeping mental health reform introduced by Rep. Tim Murphy (R., Pa.). He wrote:
About two weeks ago, Democrats who oppose the bill sat down with Rep. Murphy and his supporters. That meeting was called after the Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), privately warned all sides that he wouldn’t move the bill forward unless a “consensus” was reached. If the bill doesn’t get released from Upton’s committee by the end of July, it will die and Rep. Murphy will have to start over when a new legislative year begins.
What that means is that families need to turn up the heat to press for a compromise that gives much needed relief to those with serious mental illness and their families. Please send your email to your congressional representative now and tell them you need the relief that H.R. 3717 brings.
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