Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Mental Health Bill Caters to Big Pharma and Would Expand Coercive Treatments


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http://www.mindfreedom.org/mental-health-bill-caters-to-big-pharma-and-would-expand-coercive-treatments

On its surface, the mental health reform bill introduced by Congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania looks promising. Murphy is the only licensed psychologist in Congress, everybody agrees that our mental health system is not working, and we would all like to help families in crisis.

On closer inspection, however, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 2646) - commonly known as the “Murphy Bill” - appears to cater more closely to the desires of pharmaceutical companies than to the actual needs of people in psychological distress, perhaps because of Murphy’s connections to key lobbyists. Murphy’s financial supporters include the American Psychiatric Association, psychiatric hospitals and the National Rifle Association, and his campaign contributors include no less than nine pharmaceutical companies and a law firm that represents Big Pharma.