Please contact your U.S. Senators by this Friday, September 2, and urge them to support S. 2680 (the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016) without amendments or changes. H.R. 2646 (the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016) recently passed the House of Representatives nearly unanimously. The Senate bill is better than the House bill and it is important that it pass “as is,” according to the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR). NCMHR notes that, among its provisions-and unlike H.R. 2646-S. 2680 does not expand forced treatment; includes representation of people with lived experience; does not mention “anosognosia”; incorporates mental health recovery language throughout the bill; and calls for better education about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rather than providing a path to relaxing HIPAA confidentiality protections, as does H.R. 2646. Numerous other disability rights advocacy organizations support S. 2680. These include the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (click here), the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (click here), and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (click here). For more about what is wrong with mandated outpatient treatment (also known as Assisted Outpatient Treatment or Involuntary Outpatient Commitment), see “Forced Mental Health Treatment Will Not Prevent Violent Tragedies,” by Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania (click here). For information about how to contact your Senators, click here. (For the most recent text of S. 2680 that is available online, click here and then scroll down past Sec. 608 of the version that is largely crossed out until you get to the clean text.)
This information is provided by: The National Mental Health Consumer’s Self-Help Clearinghouse
Today is the day!
Tomorrow the House is voting on HR 2646, mental health reform! Call your member of Congress and urge him or her to vote NO and make their voices heard that this is a bad bill for people living with mental health challenges in Maine and across the nation!
To view the main points why this federal bill HR 2646 would be so bad for America, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/maineccsm/
For even more information on this bill, please visit The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery: http://www.ncmhr.org/
This bill is scary for most consumers and should be for providers as well. It has already been voted unanimously out of Committee and will make its way to the floor for debate and vote. It is scary how many people who don’t know a lot about this bill have pledged to support it. Please help!
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Here’s our suggested message:
“As a constituent of the Representative’s, I would like him/her to vote no on HR 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, when it comes to the floor of the House. There is a mental health crisis in this country. This bill will not help. Thank you.”
Participate in the Day of Action for REAL Change in Mental Health Policy!
On Wednesday, October 7, we encourage you to call, write, or use social media to contact your member of Congress and tell them that the Murphy Bill (H.R.2646 – Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015) is bad for America. Everything you need to be a successful advocate on our Day of Action can be found here. Make your voice heard!
The CCSM is seeking your support in urging our Senators and Congressmen not to co-sponsor Rep. Murphy’s bill!
Please see information below about the “Helping Familes in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015- HR 2646….
From the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery:
On June 4th, 2015, Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania re-introduced the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, also known as H.R. 2646. The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery opposes this bill because it includes many harmful provisions that will set back community mental health care and undermine much of what our movement has worked so hard to achieve.
H.R. 2646, will:
· Increase the use of forced treatment and hospitalization at the expense of voluntary, pro-active, community mental health services and supports.
· Divert millions of Medicaid dollars from community services and supports to increase hospitalization.
· Deny mental health block grants to states without involuntary outpatient commitment laws.
· Prescribe the qualifications for certified peer support specialists in law, an unprecedented step that will ossify our discipline.
· Eliminate the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA has promoted and funded major innovations such as peer support, recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care, state consumer and family networks and Alternatives.
· Drastically cut grants that fund critical mental health services, substance abuse prevention and substance abuse treatment across the Nation.
· Eliminate many innovative mental health services grants, put doctors in control of grant review and exclude knowledgeable people with lived experience from grant review and oversight.
· Give Congress unprecedented control over all competitive grant awards.
· Amend HIPAA to erode privacy rights for people with a mental health diagnosis; what is needed instead is better education on how HIPAA works.
· Eliminate all protection and advocacy agency programs that protect our civil rights in housing, employment, education and other areas.
Please tell your member of Congress that you oppose H.R. 2646 (include your most important reason) and ask them not to support this bill.
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View a video of a Hearing on the Murphy Bill held on June 16, 2015 titled “Examining HR-2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis”