By Congressman Joe Kennedy III

May 3, 2017

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A woman recently walked into my Massachusetts office to talk about her

daughter, who had been diagnosed with serious mental illness in 2007, when

she was just 4 years old.



A decade later, the stories this mother shared with me are heartbreaking.

The countless hospital visits. The fights with insurers and doctors and

courts. The time her daughter was kept for 21 straight days in the emergency

room as her family desperately searched up and down the East Coast for a

single available treatment bed. The ache of watching the person you love

most in the world struggle against a merciless disease.