By Peter Sullivan and Sarah Ferris
March 14, 2016

After the near-unanimous passage of last week's drug abuse bill, the Senate Health Committee is now beginning work on a mental health bill that it also hopes will pass this year.

The committee will hold its markup on Wednesday, just a week after introducing the bipartisan measure. The bill diverges sharply from a years-old House mental health reform bill from Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), raising questions about how lawmakers will bridge the divide.