Major changes to America’s mental health system in the works

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Major changes could be on the way for America’s Mental Health System, thanks to the work of one of our senators.

Senators Murphy & Cassidy, representing Connecticut & Louisiana, are determined to change the laws governing mental health care. Both states saw recent mass shootings, but they say every community needs help.

“It’s going to be a family friend, someone you went to high school with,” said Senator Bill Cassidy, R-LA.

Millions of Americans need mental health care, but they don’t always get it. Senators Bill Cassidy and Chris Murphy are trying to change that.

“We are just dramatically under-resourcing our mental health care system and the consequence is that people are dying, committing suicide, locked in jails, sitting out on the streets,” said Senator Chris Murphy, D-CT.

This like prevention and privacy laws are the issue, especially for families. For example, take the case of one mom caring for her mentally ill adult son.

“They would not tell her the treatment plan for her son, even though she was the one responsible for him taking his medicine and getting to his visits,” said Cassidy.

The new bill would also fund more early prevention programs. While Senate bills move through the health committee, a version in the House is also gaining support.

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