National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery says no to HR 3717
July 25, 2014
July 25, 2014
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. As always Network faithful, explore all sides, do your homework, and make informed decisions.
Below is the Action Alert from the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery:
ACTION ALERT: Stop the Murphy Bill National Call-in Weeks, July 21 – August 1
CALL YOUR REPS BEFORE AUGUST RECESS TO TELL THEM NO ON H.R. 3717!
Among the problematic provisions of Rep. Murphy’s bill is the establishment of a grants program to expand Assisted Outpatient Commitment (AOT), under which someone diagnosed with a serious mental illness is court-mandated to follow a specific treatment plan, usually requiring medication. Yet the facts show that AOT is not effective, involves high costs with minimal returns, breeds mistrust within families, and is not likely to reduce violence. There are more effective alternatives.
Rep. Murphy’s bill also attacks the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy programs, which are the primary provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.
The Murphy Bill continues to gain co-sponsors and we need your help to stop this. For the next two weeks, please contact your Representatives to tell them NO on H.R. 3717!
What you can do:
DC office contacts
Social Media Action
This work is not over! Congress will be home for the August recess and we will encourage you to reach out to them. Stay tuned.