Please contact your Senators and urge them to support the passage of S.2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, with no changes.
It is important that mental health legislation be focused on the right goals and solutions. The Senate bill is carefully tailored to do that. Urge the Senate to bring the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 to a vote. Time is running out.
You have a choice to email (DO NOT COPY and PASTE! US Senate email will not accept your comment), call or both (if you have the time)…
If you email:
ask the Senate leadership to bring up S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, for immediate consideration, and Senators should vote “yes” on this important bill with no changes.
If you call you can use these talking points:
• The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted unanimously to pass S. 2680 in April. This bipartisan bill:
o Promotes expansion of community-based services, including crisis services to help avoid incarceration and institutionalization
o Promotes expansion of access to employment and housing services, as well as mental health services provided to students in school, and coordination of these services
o Promotes education for people with psychiatric disabilities, their families, and service providers concerning what types of disclosures are permitted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rather than eliminating critical privacy protections
o Promotes improvement of college campuses’ responses to students with psychiatric disabilities
o Strengthens oversight of mental health parity.
• Senators should vote to pass S.2860 as is, without any changes. The Senate should not entertain the types of controversial amendments that have weakened and bogged down other mental health bills-such as provisions to diminish privacy protections and expand involuntary outpatient commitment.
It is important that mental health legislation be focused on the right goals and solutions. The Senate bill is carefully tailored to do that. Urge the Senate to bring the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 to a vote.