In early 2013, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), a psychologist, introduced legislation, H.R. 3717: The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. H.R. 3717 currently has 115 House co-sponsors, of which 77 co-sponsors are Republican and 38 co-sponsors are Democrats. Importantly, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D., Tex.), a liberal Democrat, member of the Black Caucus and former psychiatric nurse, has co-sponsored the legislation. The latest action on this bill was on April 3, 2014, when Rep. Murphy chaired a subcommittee hearing.
After the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, it has become incumbent upon lawmakers in the next Congress -- the 114th Congress -- to pass H.R. 3717, which Rep. Murphy is expected to reintroduce with a different bill number but same bill name: The Helping Families in Mental Health...
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