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house Bill H.R. 826

Will A Study Be Able To Fix The Shortcomings In America’s Mental Health System?

Argument in favor

There are serious problems in America’s mental healthcare systems, and this study could identify and eventually lead to those shortcomings being addressed.

Ben's Opinion
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08/21/2015
It's become increasingly clear the incredible gaps in America's mental health system need to be addressed. Citizens that don't have access to care often turn to self-harm or violence because they have no other options. This study won't fix the issue-but knowing where the holes in care lie is the right place to start.
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Kyle's Opinion
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04/15/2015
This is a huge issue that currently receives limited funding and almost no national recognition.
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Joshua's Opinion
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11/29/2015
As a society we need all the information we can get to make informed decisions. And the more we know the better we'll be at implementing effective policy.
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Argument opposed

This bill wants to throw taxpayer dollars at a study that has very few guidelines and is not guaranteed to provide solid insights or tangible results.

Crescente's Opinion
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03/08/2015
We already know what is wrong. Reagan and his Republicans threw the mentally ill into the streets. Let's just take care of them.
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Marvin's Opinion
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05/27/2015
Studies are only designed to serve as a delay tactic. Just please - fund the hospitals for the mentally ill.
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Elinor's Opinion
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03/04/2015
How many US CITIZENS' TAX dollars are wasted in studies? We need to help those with mental health problems NOW, not after YET ANOTHER long study, resulting in contradictions, vague ideas and faulty ideals.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedFebruary 10th, 2015

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedFebruary 10th, 2015

Bill Activity

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    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
    I can tell you what some of the obstacles are that a person with a mental disorder is usually faced with. 1.) Having to hide the fact of one's disorder because of STIGMA! You just have to read some of the opinions here on Countable to see that ignorance and fear cause a lot of people to disparage those who suffer from a mental disorder. Many are apparently willing to take away rights from a person, no matter what that person's diagnosis or history is. If you tell someone you suffer from a mental disorder, you risk outright rejection, because you're seen as a threat. You are guilty until proven innocent, when it SHOULD be the other way around! 2.) Difficulty in finding a psychiatrist who is willing to support one's desire to use alternative medical treatments and difficulty in obtaining health insurance that COVERS alternative medical treatments. Many of the drugs prescribed for mental disorders have very bothersome side effects, and some are extremely hard to come OFF of, even if they have begun to be less effective. The withdrawal symptoms can be severe and scary! 3.) People who suffer from a mental disorder can be challenging to live with, and sometimes they get abandoned by people they love and the very people whose support they desperately need. 4.) Therapists can be a problem, especially if you're a person with strong religious beliefs. I know a Christian with a porn addiction, and he is really struggling because he knows it's a sin. But his former therapist said it's no big deal "because everybody does it!" Rather than help you rely on your convictions to keep you from drowning in despair and dwelling on suicidal thoughts, most therapists seem to want to avoid discussing spiritual matters. And while it might be possible to discuss such matters with a preacher or elder or other member of your church, such people usually don't understand much about mental disorders and often feel at a loss as to how they can be of help. And then there's that risk of being shunned because of STIGMA, which often leads to the mentally ill person becoming more and more socially isolated, which feeds their despair and loneliness and anxiety. 5.) Difficulty in holding down a job. It's always a BIG RISK for a mentally ill person to let an employer or one's coworkers know about your disability. Again BECAUSE OF STIGMA! The cancer patient gets sympathy and support; the mentally ill patient usually faces suspicion and/or fear, if not outright discrimination. It can be very hard for mentally ill people to have lasting relationships of any kind! How do you get society to educate themselves about neurobiological brain disorders ('cause that's what most mental disorders are)? How do you get communities and families to provide the social support (and job support) that the mentally ill need? And how do you convince healthcare providers and insurance companies to treat mentally illnesses the same as any other physical illness? Anyone care to argue that the brain isn't part of one's physical body??? Mental disorders aren't just a case of distorted thinking, though that can certainly play a part! But there is almost invariably a physical component to the disorder. Why should they get less coverage? I know all of this, because I have a family member who suffers from a mental disorder.
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    We already know what is wrong. Reagan and his Republicans threw the mentally ill into the streets. Let's just take care of them.
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    Studies are only designed to serve as a delay tactic. Just please - fund the hospitals for the mentally ill.
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    How many US CITIZENS' TAX dollars are wasted in studies? We need to help those with mental health problems NOW, not after YET ANOTHER long study, resulting in contradictions, vague ideas and faulty ideals.
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    I think we already know what's wrong, the government has removed funding for those who can't speak up for themselves and used it to benefit themselves. We're aware of the problem, why should we conduct yet another study with no price tag or completion date? This feels less like genuine concern and more like postponing helping those in need at any cost.
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    It's become increasingly clear the incredible gaps in America's mental health system need to be addressed. Citizens that don't have access to care often turn to self-harm or violence because they have no other options. This study won't fix the issue-but knowing where the holes in care lie is the right place to start.
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    This is a huge issue that currently receives limited funding and almost no national recognition.
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    Although mental healthcare is an area in dire need of funding and research this bill will not add anything new to the discussion. There is current, ample research regarding barriers to mental health services and violence in those with mental illness. Research is an ongoing endeavor though this bill does not offer anything new and its intent is vague at best. The bill uses ambiguous terms when stating the intent of the study. “Severe mental illness” and “treatment services” don’t offer much focus. Is bipolar I disorder severe? How about bipolar II? Cyclothymic disorder? SAD? MDD? The list goes on. Specific disorders have different needs and what is considered to be severe must be defined. In addition, what treatment services will the study focus on? All of them? Inpatient, outpatient, psychopharmacology, counseling services, intensive inpatient, group homes? That is an awful lot to try and cover and gain valuable statistics to offer insight into the “gaps.” Funding that would go towards making this study happen should be put into public programs that we know work and are in need of further funding. This bill would be a waste of tax payer dollars. Although I agree full heartedAlthough mental healthcare is an area in dire need of funding and research this bill will not add anything new to the discussion. There is current, ample research regarding barriers to mental health services and violence in those with mental illness. Research is an ongoing endeavor though this bill does not offer anything new and its intent is vague at best. The bill uses ambiguous terms when stating the intent of the study. “Severe mental illness” and “treatment services” don’t offer much focus. Is bipolar I disorder severe? How about bipolar II? Cyclothymic disorder? SAD? MDD? The list goes on. Specific disorders have different needs and what is considered to be severe must be defined. In addition, what treatment services will the study focus on? All of them? Inpatient, outpatient, psychopharmacology, counseling services, intensive inpatient, group homes? That is an awful lot to try and cover and gain valuable statistics to offer insight into the “gaps.” Funding that would go towards making this study happen should be put into public programs that we know work and are in need of further funding. This bill would be a waste of tax payer dollars. Although I agree full heartedly that mental health services are in need of repair. ly that mental health services are in need of repair.
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    Investing in something that would benefit the American people? What a concept!
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    Only a fool would believe that this one study would magically come up with "the solution" to mental illness. It may help, but we must be cautious that we have clear goals and guidelines if we try to do so.
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    A nationwide study is likely to be more expensive, time delayed, and overly general. A better approach is likely to be forming a voluntary network of focus groups comprised of people in the trenches who are familiar with gaps in their communities, states, and regions. The universities in a given state could be tapped for support in statistical analyses, survey building, perhaps data collection as needed, especially if they have graduate programs in psychology, counseling, and/or social work.
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    The mentally ill have been left to fend for themselves for decades; my guess is this has more to do the the "A" rating that the sponsor of this bill has with the NRA. Funding a study instead of funding mental illness programs and blaming the mentally ill instead of easy access to guns makes this smell pretty fishy. I hope I'm wrong.
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    Start with incarcerated criminals and see if it works first.
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    A study doesn't do squat.
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    As a society we need all the information we can get to make informed decisions. And the more we know the better we'll be at implementing effective policy.
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    No it would a waste of money
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    Gotta start somewhere.
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    Mentally unstable people should not have them. The mental health system is terrible. And yet people can buy them for them. What's wrong with this picture? And why do you need an assault weapon to hunt a deer anyways?
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    this should be a states issue.
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    This is another approach to gun control. Leave the second amendment alone. Get rid of the Muslims and the CAIR organizations and we will not need gun control.
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