Message from Rep. Anna G. Eshoo

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March 11, 2014 

Dear Ms. Mohr, 

Thank you for contacting me in support of H.R. 3717, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013, introduced by Representative Tim Murphy. I welcome your thoughts on this issue. 

As you know, H.R. 3717 restructures and coordinates the efforts of the many federal agencies whowork on issues of mental health. This legislation creates an Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and creates an Interagency Serious Mental Health Illness Coordinating Committee to ensure better cooperation and sharing of knowledge between the different federal agencies working onthis issue. The bill also establishes the National Mental Health Policy Laboratory which is tasked with researching, identifying and finally implementing universal best treatment policies. 

H.R. 3717 also directs the Department of Education to coordinate with HHS in raising awareness of mental illness in our secondary and postsecondary schools. These efforts will help to erode thestigma and misinformation about mental illness, allowing more young people to seek out the help they may need to live better, happier lives.  

H.R. 3717 has been referred to the Committees on Judiciary; Education and the Workforce; Ways and Means; Science, Space, and Technology; and Energy and Commerce (which I’m a member of). I will be guided by your thoughts should H.R. 3717 come before me.

If you have any other questions or comments, let me hear from you. I value what my constituents say to me, and I always need your thoughts and benefit from your ideas.

Most gratefully,  

Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress

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