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Capitol Health Call
September 8, 2015

Proposed Legislation Seeks to Reform Mental Health Care

JAMA. 2015;314(10):983. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10822

Senators Bill Cassidy (R, La) and Chris Murphy (D, Conn) have proposed a bipartisan mental health reform bill with an 8-point agenda intended to shore up the nation’s mental health care system (http://1.usa.gov/1NazR8y). Among other measures, the bill proposes to designate an Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in the US Department of Health and Human Services, require audits on health parity law implementation, and establish new grants for early mental health intervention.

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