Rep. Tim Murphy and DJ Jaffe of Mental Illness Policy Org after Congressional hearings on serious mental illness

Statement by DJ Jaffe, Exec. Dir., Mental Illness Policy Org on Rep. Tim Murphy resignation.

We were honored to work with Rep. Tim Murphy and his staff over the last several years on shaping and passing the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act which was eventually incorporated in the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill provided important help to the seriously mentally ill and attempts to focus federal agencies on the seriously ill. It would not have passed without heroic efforts by Rep. Murphy and he should be proud of this accomplishment.

Except for his vote on the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Murphy has been a consistent proponent and leader in the efforts to improve care for persons with serious mental illness. We look forward to working with him and other members of Congress during the remainder of his term and beyond to further improve care for the seriously ill. We wish Rep. Murphy and staff the best.

DJ Jaffe
Exec. Dir., Mental Illness Policy Org.
Author, Insane Consequences: How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill

Mental Illness Policy Org is a non-partisan think tank that provides policy analysis to media, members of Congress and the public on serious mental illness, including violence, hospitalization, involuntary commitment and other issues avoided by mental ‘health’ groups.

Speaker Ryan posted the following on his website:


WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement today:

“This afternoon I received a letter of resignation from Congressman Tim Murphy, effective October 21. It was Dr. Murphy’s decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it. We thank him for his many years of tireless work on mental health issues here in Congress and his service to the country as a naval reserve officer.”