By Jacob Izenberg, MD
August 2, 2016

There is a glimmer of hope for those suffering from serious mental illness. On July 6, the House of Representatives almost unanimously passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Although lacking significant new funding, the bill introduces reforms that seek to expand access to acute psychiatric care while also bolstering community-based programs, such as assisted outpatient treatment, that have a proven track-record of reducing hospitalization and incarceration. It remains to be seen when the Senate will act on this legislation.