Improving the Federal Response to Challenges in Mental Health Care in America, Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, January 20, 2016 [open pdf - 296KB]
This is the January 20, 2016 hearing on "Improving the Federal Response to Challenges in Mental Health Care in America" before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. "I'm going to focus on a few challenges in particular today [...]. The first is inadequate access to treatment. Far too many communities lack access to mental health professionals. In fact, half of all U.S. counties don't have a single psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker. That means for many patients and families, it is unclear where to turn for help. So we need to make sure communities have access to trained professionals who can intervene, treat, and support those struggling with mental illness. And, in addition to strengthening our mental health workforce, we need to make sure that when someone presents in crisis, or simply chooses to seek help, there are providers who can take them in and meet their needs. No patient should be turned away, asked to wait in an emergency room for days, or be left out on the street because there isn't an available bed. [...] Another issue I am really eager to talk about today is the need to truly integrate mental and physical health care. [...] The siloes that exist between mental health care and physical health care don't match patients' realities, and that needs to change." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Brian M. Hepburn, Penny Blake, William W. Eaton, and Hakeem Rahim.
S. Hrg. 114-719; Senate Hearing 114-719
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