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IMPORTANT & BREAKING: FAMILIES IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ACT INTRODUCED

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Comparison of provisions related to serious mental illness in adults
in the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 3717) and in the
Strengthening Mental Illness in our Communities Act (HR 4574)

(Draft 5/21/14 based on initial analysis. Prepared by Mental Illness Policy Org.)

PDF VERSION HERE

 

Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR-3717)

Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities (HR-4574)

 

Co-sponsors

 

62 Republican
34 Democrat

 

44 Democrat

Starts to address hospital bed shortage that prevents seriously ill from getting care when needed

Yes

No

Provides funds for Assisted Outpatient Treatment Pilot Programs (last off ramp before jail).

Yes

No

Gives states incentive to implement need for treatment/grave disability standards so mentally ill loved ones can be treated before becoming danger to self or others.

Yes

No

Writes exceptions into HIPAA/FERPA so parents can get information about diagnosis, what prescriptions need filling, and pending appointments of their loved ones to help them

Yes

No

Funds NIMH research into reducing violence by untreated seriously mentally ill

Yes

No

Requires government to prioritize the most seriously ill rather than least ill

Yes

No

Inhibits SAMHSA from giving grants to non-evidenced based programs and funding anti-treatment advocacy (ex. eliminating hospitals, banning ECT, opposing AOT…)

Yes

No

Inhibits PAIMII from overruling parents involved in care of loved ones

Yes

No

Focuses on medical model of treatment

Yes

No

Gives law enforcement and people with a medical background an important role on advisory boards

Yes

No

Cuts funding of programs that are not working

Yes

No

Eliminate the 190 day lifetime limit
On inpatient psychiatric hospital care under Medicare

No

Yes

Reauthorizes Garrett Lee Suicide Programs

Yes

Yes

Support for Mental Health Courts

Yes

Yes

Train police to handle mental illness calls better

Yes

Yes

Protects Classes of medicines

Yes

Yes

Increases data collected by DOJ on mental illness

Yes

Yes


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