By Harris Meyer
October 8, 2016

After decades of taking a back seat to other social issues, fixing the nation's broken system of care for millions of Americans suffering from mental illness and drug addiction has risen to the top of Congress' agenda.

Lawmakers are poised to pass a sweeping package of mental healthcare reforms during the lame-duck session next month, following enactment in July of legislation to address the epidemic of opioid addiction. They and advocacy groups are optimistic the Senate will follow the House in approving bipartisan legislation to revamp the government's mental healthcare efforts and increase funding for prevention and treatment.