It has been a busy week for those both for and against HR 3717, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013." We are featuring calls to action both for and against to stay consistent with our approach of giving all sides an opportunity to express their opinion on the CMHNetwork website. In addition to the calls for action both for and against HR 3717, we are also making readers aware of a new organization with strong roots in the advocacy position for passage of HR 3717. As always Network faithful, explore all sides, do your homework, and make informed decisions.
Treatment Before Tragedyis a newly formed 501(c)(3) organization that represents families and their supporters seeking to improve treatment, services, research and a cure for people with serious mental illness. Sources tell us that this organization was formed in large part, to provide advocacy support for the passage of HR 3717. Regardless of the motivation for forming the organization, the focus of their efforts is much broader than the passage of one bill. Here is the description of the organization from their website:
- In May 2014, Treatment Before Tragedy incorporated in Virginia as a nonprofit organization. Treatment Before Tragedy represents families and their supporters seeking to improve treatment, services, research and a cure for people with serious mental illness.
The federal government defines "serious mental illness," or "SMI," as a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder that results in functional impairment when untreated. Illnesses include bipolar, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia.
Because Treatment Before Tragedy’s members have personal connections and experiences similar to those amplified by recent national tragedies from Colorado to Arizona and Connecticut, they are uniquely qualified to respond to the serious gaps in accessible treatment, research and resources available today.
Treatment Before Tragedy is dedicated to federal and other advocacy for better treatment and services for people with serious mental illnesses, and support for their families and caregivers. Treatment Before Tragedy seeks to alleviate societal and family tragedies, helping to bring healing to communities and our country.
- Visit the Treatment Before Tragedy website to learn more about their efforts.