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House Subcommittee Urges Improved Coordination Related to Mental Illness

This week, the House Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing to review a recently released report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Mental Health: HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness. The GAO report found, among other things, that more than 112 federal programs across eight agencies support people with serious mental illness, yet fewer than one-third of those programs have been evaluated in the past five years. Witnesses from the GAO, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration testified. HHS did not concur with GAO’s findings. For more detail, see the subcommittee news release.