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Rep. McKinley Introduces Bill to Audit Nation's Mental Health System

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Location: Washington, DC

Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) introduced a bipartisan bill to study America's mental health services and identify problems and gaps by the Institute of Medicine.

"The mental health system in our country is failing many Americans," said Rep. McKinley. "With the recent violent acts perpetuated by individuals suffering from mental illness, it is becoming ever more apparent that Americans struggling with mental illness are falling through the cracks. For these reasons, my colleague Congresswoman Kaptur and I believe that this piece of legislation is increasingly urgent."

The Examining Mental Health Services Act of 2013 (H.R. 1615) will direct the Institute of Medicine to study mental health services in our country and identify gaps and problematic areas, including treatment services.

"This legislation will help to identify the large gaps in mental health services that exist today," said Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH). "We must begin to break down barriers in this field and reach individuals with severe mental illness who need our help most."

"Another area of concern that keeps coming up in meetings with veterans and service members in our district is the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)," said Rep. McKinley. "Hopefully this study will reveal additional services we need to add to treat PTSD."

"This study will also identify problems with the system so changes can be made to protect our country and improve the care of our citizens," said Rep. McKinley. "This country needs to bring mental health to the forefront of the discussion in order to prevent violent behavior and address the accessibility and gaps in services for people with mental health issues."

The Institute of Medicine will have one year to conduct this study and submit the conclusions to Congress.


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