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Report Says Federal Programs Present Barriers for Those With Severe Mental Illnesses

A report released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee reveals that people who are most in need of treatment for severe mental illnesses – including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression – are least likely to get the medical help they need. Spurred to action by the violent acts committed in Newtown, Connecticut, at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., and others, the committee examined how federal dollars devoted to mental health research and treatment are prioritized and spent. The report notes a number of issues impairing access to treatment, including gaps in inpatient and outpatient care, outdated legal barriers to adequate care, and discriminatory regulations, and underscores the need for better integration of psychiatric and primary care.