We need Wisconsin constituents to call Senator Ron Johnson and ask him to co-sponsor S. 2680. Mental health reform legislation is moving fast.
Congress has immersed itself in understanding our nation’s mental health system. This has led to unprecedented agreement on the need to improve access, quality and outcomes for people living with mental health conditions.
It has also led to the introduction of several bills, one of which has generated controversy (HR 2646, sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy). While the House continues to debate, the Senate HELP Committee has passed the S 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, which enjoys strong support from stakeholders and from both sides of the aisle. S. 2680 is a consensus bill that does not contain any controversial provisions.
In order to take important steps toward mental health reform, S. 2680 needs to be passed by the Senate. But, time is running out. At a time when suicide rates are rising-- over 40,000 lives a year are lost to suicide-- Congress should not turn its back on mental health.
- Bring the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, S 2680, to a vote on the Senate Floor before the Memorial Day recess.
- S. 2680 creates an impetus for reforming mental health care. Taken together, the many elements of the bill will strengthen our nation’s mental health system.
- Americans concerned about mental health care will be watching. Action—or inaction—will speak volumes for people living with mental health conditions and their families, for health and mental health systems and for first responders who see people falling through the cracks.
- We know there’s strong bipartisan consensus on mental health reform and we expect a bill to be passed this year.
All across America, people who care about mental health are calling for a vote.
Contact Senator Ron Johnson today! We need your voice!