Bill Likely to Bring Big Improvements on Mental Health
Senators making quiet progress on substantial reforms in care: NYT
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2013 5:06 PM CDT
In this July 23, 2012, photo, accused Aurora shooter James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo.   (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)

(Newser) – With the Senate poised to start debating gun legislation next week, much of the attention has focused on what the final bill won't have—a ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines, for example. But a New York Times story weighs in on what the bill probably will have, and it's no small thing: "some of the most significant advancements in treating mental illness in years," writes Jeremy Peters. Among the proposals in the works: money to build community mental health centers and to train teachers to spot mental illness early, more suicide-prevention programs, and more Medicaid funds dedicated to mental health.

"This is our moment,” says the president of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. “I hate the connection between gun violence and the need for better mental health care, but sometimes you have to take what you can get.” The progress is taking place largely out of the spotlight, and it's happening because lawmakers from both parties are on board, notes the Times.

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Apr 14, 2013 8:20 PM CDT
We need to have them make real meaningful responsible alterations to the 1st Amendment now. After all there is endless evidence to prove that it is ultimately responsible for all the recent loss of life
Apr 13, 2013 8:16 PM CDT
Oh gee, that's big of the the Senate. Considering they're responsible for loosing these kooks from the nuthouses in the 70's, I'm glad they've finally decided to do something about it. It only took them forty years.
Apr 13, 2013 9:33 AM CDT
There is a danger here. At one time the matrons, of insane asylums, made the decision of forcing pregnant inmates to have abortions! Will those dark days return?