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“PA Coalition Supporting Insurance Parity Will Hold Press Conference to Announce Introduction of Bill to Enforce Federal Law”

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This June 10, 2016  article talks about a gathering in Harrisburg, PA to be held on June 13, 2016 on the Capital Rotunda where State Representative Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery County) will be joined by providers, family members and mental health Consumers to advocate for a bill being introduced to better enforce the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 here in Pennsylvania.

“A Psychiatrist Opposes H.R. 2646: Here’s Why”

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This December 7, 2015 letter to Congressman Upton from Coni Kalinowski, MD
Medical Director, Mojave Adult, Child, and Family Services
University of Nevada School of Medicine, talks about why she opposes H.R. 2646 from the perspective of a Psychiatrist.

“A Critic Says Murphy’s Bill Is Problematic: Explains Why Some In Congress Oppose It”

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This blog post by Pete Early talks about the reasons some in Congress oppose Rep. Murphy’s mental health reform bill.  Some reasons include civil rights issues among other issues.

“Patients’ Rights Questions Hang Over Mental Health Debate”

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This Sept. 14, 2015 article by Melissa Attias on the staff of Roll Call talks about Rep. Tim Murphy’s mental health reform bill and the stalemate involving the question of whether or not basic rights will be violated if it passes.

“Don’t coerce the mentally ill into treatment Tim Murphy is raising the right issues but proposing the wrong solutions”

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This September 10, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the flaws of coerced treatment for people with mental illnesses.

English: Rain Garden Apartments in the Villebo...

English: Rain Garden Apartments in the Villebois development in Wilsonville, Oregon. Provides housing to those with mental illnesses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Law helps boost mental disabilities awareness”

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This July 19, 2015 article on theTimes-Tribune.com website talks about some of the details found in a bill that was recently passed requiring training for certain judges and law enforcement officers to turn the tide and prevent incarceration from being the go-to solution to mental health issues.

“Wolf signs bill to require mental health training for police officers”

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This July 11, 2015 The Sentinel article talks about a bill with vague training requirements for police officers to receive training in how to identify people who have a mental illness, intellectual disability, or Autism but really doesn’t go into specifics about the depth or extent of the training required just that police offers are now required to have this training.  It is hoped that officers will be trained to work with mental health professionals as part of this training and their work in the field.

“Negotiators to meet amid Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate”

Stalemate chess

Stalemate chess (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This July 6, 2015 article found on the Lancaster Online website talks about the stalemate between Governor Wolf and the GOP as negotiations continue over the state budget.  The article points out that state employees would still be paid, but that county social services that provide a safety-net for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens would go unpaid until a budget is passed.

“Bill a good start in reforming mental-health care”

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This July 2, 2015 article found on the Philly.com website talks about not only the benefits of Rep. Tim Murphy’s mental health bill, but also points out some weaknesses I feel are worth taking a serious look at that include housing, pregnancy care,  day care, homelessness, and trauma among others as areas to consider improving to further help people with serious mental illnesses.

“Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies”

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This June 25, 2015 New York Times article talks about the supreme court ruling upholding the subsidies to low and middle class people for healthcare insurance.

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