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Congressman Dave Trott

Representing the 11th District of Michigan

Trott Supports Effort to Fix America’s Broken Mental Health System

July 7, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC:  U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11) today voted in support of legislation which fixes the nation’s broken mental health system by focusing programs and resources on psychiatric care for patients and families most in need of services. 

“It’s long past time that Washington addresses America’s broken mental health care system and ensures that people who require help get the assistance they need. This is a serious bill that has critical reforms to help individuals and families who are quietly struggling with mental illnesses. The author of this bill, Rep. Tim Murphy, is the only psychologist in the House, and he has painstakingly crafted this legislation so that it tackles the most pressing needs in the mental health system. Now that this bill has passed the House, I hope Republicans and Democrats in the Senate roll up their sleeves, work together, and get this bill to the president’s desk,” said Rep. Dave Trott.

The legislation, supported by Rep. Trott and written by Rep. Tim Murphy (PA-18), is a wide-ranging reform proposal that looks at everything from mental-health research to the shortage of mental-health-care providers, especially for children and teenagers where early intervention is critical. The legislation:

  • Creates a new Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use to run the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMSHA) and help coordinate mental health programs across the federal government.
  • Creates a National Mental Health and Substance Use Lab to drive evidence-based grants.
  • Directs the Secretary of HHS to undertake rulemaking to clarify when communication can take place under HIPAA to help ensure the best communication among providers, families and patients to improve mental health treatment for those with serious mental illness.
  • Codifies a recent Medicaid managed care rule to foster access to care for short term stays of adults in institutions for mental disease.

More than 11 million Americans, including 348,000 people in Michigan, suffer from serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.