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Wyden issues Senate Finance Committee report on shortfalls in mental health care system


WASHINGTON (KTVZ) -- Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released a report Tuesday documenting the array of shortfalls that currently exist in the mental health care system that he said prevent American families from accessing the care they need.

The report was jointly authored by majority and minority staff on the committee.

“This report marks the Finance Committee’s next step in the bipartisan effort to understand the mental health care crisis in the U.S. and, further, to craft a legislative package, which the Committee intends to consider this summer,” Wyden wrote. “The committee’s lodestar must be this: Every American is able to access the mental health and substance use disorder care they and their loved ones need when they need it.” 

The report comes as the committee continues a bipartisan effort to address shortfalls in the mental health care system. Last month, the committee held two hearings on youth mental health, and later this week will meet to discuss mental health parity and care integration.

The committee has also designated co-chairs for five focus areas for developing legislation: workforce, care integration, parity, telehealth and youth.

The full report can be found here.

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  1. The government has been paying homage to the mental health disparities in this country since, forever. Many a politicians have “spoke” to the needs of reforms, they came, they talked and they too went. And here we are, the latest talking head to lend yet more talk to an inaction dumpster fire. They keep talking while people keep living and dying. We have just got to comes to terms with the fact that because mental health isn’t the wellspring of profits that many profit-rich industries are that mental health and thus treatment will never likely receive 1/100th of the investment it deserves. These career politicians are chasing money the very moment they step into office and it never stops, they take that into the corporate world with them when they leave. The problem is that the mentally ill and disadvantaged have few advocates and thus they have been perennially ignored. Same thing with the homeless crisis in this country, no money, no taxes to collect, who cares! says the government.

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