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Week ahead: Mental healthcare reform comes into focus
The Hill

The bipartisan duo of Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is seeing some momentum in an effort to reform the mental healthcare system, giving hope to House members who have long failed to advance a similar bill.

After a series of speeches in recent weeks, the senators will take part in a hearing on the issue Thursday by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Witnesses include Kana Enomoto, acting administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and National Institute of Mental Health Director Thomas Insel.

The senators have been gathering co-sponsors from both parties for their mental health legislation, which they’ve described as a companion effort to the House bill, but one that steers clear of some of its more controversial provisions such as involuntary treatment and the elimination of SAMHSA.