Congress keeps talking about “reform” but as Debbie Plotnick of Mental Health America said, “you can’t reform what doesn’t exist.” We are at a special moment with several bills in both the Senate & the House, some of which are coming out of committee, that have real changes. Actual funding, not just grants, for mental & behavioral health programs.
This is a great time to raise your voice & tell your legislators you want/demand paid-for mental healthcare. I encourage everyone to call, write, email your Senators and Congress-person. H.R. 2646 just came out of committee and is predicted to go to a full house vote this summer. While not enough (read Joe Kennedy’s take: http://kennedy.house.gov/media/press-releases/kennedy-on-house-mental-health-bill-good-but-not-good-enough) keep telling your legislators you want the care you & your loved one are entitled to be paid for. The Parity act is 8 years old and we are still waiting for $$.
I raise money to pay for care that insurance doesn’t cover… and what I can do is not enough. We need legislation!