A worthy read in USA Today from Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) who has been a vocal proponent of bipartisan mental health legislation. In the op-ed piece, Blunt challenges his colleagues to focus on stand alone legislation to ensure a front and center focus on mental health. Blunt has been actively involved in several mental health focused legislative efforts including co-sponsoring the Excellence in Mental Health Act, the Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013 to help people identify, understand and respond to the signs of mental illnesses and addiction disorders through a pilot program for mental health first aid training and the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act to improve access to mental health services for people in the criminal justice system.
From the article:
- Before January of this year, the Senate committee that deals with mental health issues had not held a hearing devoted to this topic since 2007. The moment to talk about what we can do is now. That's why I've been working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for many months to offer solutions and draw attention to our nation's outdated mental health policies.
Read the full op-ed article here.