Did you know the 21st Century Cures Act was passed? This Bill opens the doors for those suffering from severe mental illness. The way I conceptualize this Bill is that it provides more flexibility for families to step in to help their loved ones and for society to learn more about de-criminalizing those suffering from severe mental illnesses. With this Bill being passed, we have stepped into our future. We need a Bill that will favor those struggling with severe and untreated mental illness. For way too long we have ignored them. It’s about time we see some change.
I encourage you to send a Thank You letter as well. By visiting the following website you will be able to submit a pre-written letter to Senator’s Bob Casey (D-PA), Patrick Toomey (R-PA), and Tim Murphy (R-PA). This letter not only encourages all three Senators to continue reaching out to and helping families of loved one’s with severe and untreated mental illness, but also displays your gratitude for leaders talking the initiative to make things better. To learn more about the Bill, click here. Watch the video here.
For a peak my letter, see below!
I wish you well.
Thank you for supporting the 21st Century Cures Act!
Thank you for passing landmark mental health reform and criminal justice reform in the 21st Century Cures Act! Because of your leadership and dedication, the federal government will be empowered for the first time to help people with severe mental illness and their families, with a wider range of solutions that will focus on people most in need of care.
As a state licensed mental health therapist and certified trauma therapist, I see, on a daily basis, the great need among families of loved ones with severe mental illness. It is great. It is saddening. But thankfully we have taken a million steps forward with this Act. And I thank you.
Your vote demonstrates your commitment to strengthening and funding evidence based treatment programs for serious mental illness, and to bolster effective national de-criminalization efforts. We, as a nation, do not need to see our families, friends, or community brothers and sisters being “punished” for having a severe and untreated mental illness. De-criminalizing their behaviors in favor of getting them treatment is best.
I (and many families) appreciate your bipartisan work to make mental health reform a reality.