Democrats propose alternative to the Murphy bill

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Energy and Commerce Democrats on the health subcommittee this morning will unveil an alternative proposal to Rep. Tim Murphy's mental health care bill that emphasizes workforce training, early intervention and substance abuse treatment.

Unlike Murphy's bill, which dismantles SAMHSA, the Democratic proposal keeps the agency in place and creates an assistant secretary for mental health that would oversee all mental health programs throughout the federal government. That official would also serve as the SAMHSA administrator.

Interesting reading for what will be a busy Wednesday!


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