Coffman Hosts Mental Health Policy Conference

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Aurora, CO, August 3, 2016 | comments
Aurora, CO -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) today hosted a policy briefing and discussion on the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) featuring U.S. Representative Tim Murphy, Ph.D. (R-PA), author of this bipartisan legislation and a national leader in mental healthcare reform.
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 U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) today hosted a policy briefing and discussion on the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act  (H.R. 2646) featuring U.S. Representative Tim Murphy, Ph.D. (R-PA), author of this bipartisan legislation and a national leader in mental healthcare reform.

Coffman and Murphy addressed more than 100 of the Denver metro area’s top mental health providers and advocates at the University Hospital located on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

"Americans suffering from mental illness and their families deserve better than the patchwork of 112 uncoordinated federal programs that is our current system," Coffman said. "The importance of Rep. Murphy's mental health overhaul bill to those who suffer mental illness, and their families, cannot be overstated.”

According to Rep. Murphy, The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act is considered the most comprehensive reform to the mental healthcare system in decades. This legislation will help an estimated the 11 million Americans who suffer from severe mental health disorders by reforming an outdated mental healthcare system.

The legislation includes many key reforms to increase access to care, enable better communication between caretakers and physicians, and streamline coordination and operations across the 112 current federal programs to treat mental illness in Americans.

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 422-2 vote on July 6, 2016. It is now awaiting action by the Senate. Both Coffman and Murphy expressed their confidence that the Senate will take up this bill in September and that the President will sign it prior to the end of the year. 

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