Thompson Cosponsored Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act Passed House with Bipartisan Majority

Jul 6, 2016

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) today voted in favor of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support. The Thompson cosponsored legislation represents the most significant reform to our nation’s mental health care system in decades.  Before his election to Congress, Thompson provided and managed rehabilitation services for more than two decades, including acute psychiatric care.

“The mental health system is outdated and needs to be streamlined in order to adequately serve the more than 11 million Americans living with serious mental and behavioral health issues,” Thompson said. 

Provisions in H.R. 2646 will increase treatment for children with mental disorders and people with serious mental illness, foster evidence-based care, address the shortage of psychiatric hospital beds, and empower caregivers to adequately ensure patients receive care before their illness spirals into crisis.

“It is not uncommon to know someone, whether a friend or family member, who at some point has faced mental health issues. We need to ensure these individuals gain access to comprehensive treatment; this is especially important to ensure that people in crisis do not become a danger to themselves or others,” Thompson added.