Federal policies to oversee and treat mental illness in America are “neglectful and abusive,” particularly toward minorities, a Republican congressman told a state legislative committee Monday.
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, a practicing psychologist, spoke for two hours in front of the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee, laying out a series of problems and pitfalls in the country’s mental health programs.
Murphy told the committee members he was looking for their support for his bill, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. He said it would overhaul the system.
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