The nation is facing a mental health emergency, and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) is proposing comprehensive reform (“Re-institutionalization push: Backers of mental health overhaul see bigger role for inpatient care,” Feb. 2, p. 20). The debate is not an either/or (should there be more beds or more community services). We need it all to get people with serious mental illness the right care at the right time. The alternative is a status quo that values the jail cell over treatment.
We support Rep. Murphy's ongoing efforts to build a better system, and we look forward to working with all stakeholders to pass comprehensive mental health reform.