Editorial: The mental-health care gap

Editorial: The mental-health care gap

Pennsylvania Congressman Tim Murphy delivered a message this week that resonated in Southwest Florida: Antiquated policies and the lack of an effective mental-health-care system in the United States are detrimental to our nation — and its local governments, communities, families and, especially, millions of Americans with mental illnesses.

At a “town hall” gathering on the New College of Florida campus and in community-based meetings, including one at the Herald-Tribune, Murphy labeled mental health — and the federal government’s approach to it — a “national crisis.”

The Republican representative, who was hosted by our own congressman, Vern Buchanan, made the case for his solution — a sweeping reform bill, H.R. 3717, also known as “The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.”

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