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Mental Health Bill Caters to Big Pharma and Would Expand Coercive Treatments

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Oryx Cohen of the National Empowerment Center wrote a blog on the Murphy Bill published in Truth-Out.

On its surface, the mental health reform bill introduced by Congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania looks promising. Murphy is the only licensed psychologist in Congress, everybody agrees that our mental health system is not working, and we would all like to help families in crisis.

On closer inspection, however, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 2646) - commonly known as the "Murphy Bill" - appears to cater more closely to the desires of pharmaceutical companies than to the actual needs of people in psychological distress, perhaps because of Murphy's connections to key lobbyists.

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