Curbelo Votes to Improve America's Mental Health System

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Washington, July 6, 2016 | comments


Washington, D.C.
—Today, the House passed H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), a co-sponsor of the bill, released the following statement in support of its passage:

“Today’s passage of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 is an important and absolutely necessary step to improving the mental health of Americans nationwide. The government currently spends $130 billion on mental health programs. Despite this, families struggle to find the help that they need and deserve. This bill works to streamline the overly-complicated mental health system by reallocating funds towards programs that work to diagnose and treat Americans that are severely affected by depression and other mental health issues. Too many Americans go undiagnosed, which can lead to greater problems later on in life. By redistributing funds towards areas like early intervention, prevention, and behavioral care programs, as well as providing additional psychiatric hospital beds, we are one step closer to fixing our nation’s failing mental health system. I thank Rep. Tim Murphy (PA-18) for his leadership on this topic, and am pleased to see it pass the House today.”

H.R. 2646 passed the House on July 6 by a vote of 422-2.

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