Baucus, Hatch Thank Mental Health Community For Input on Improving Care

02/06/2014

WASHINGTON –Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today thanked the mental health community for their responses on how to improve the mental health system in America. Last August, the senators sent an open letter requesting stakeholders identify problems and potential improvements to the mental and behavioral health care system.

“Senator Hatch and I are grateful for the sensible and thorough responses to our call for input on this critical issue,” Senator Baucus said.  “Millions of Americans struggle every day with mental illness. The recommendations we’ve received from the mental health community can help further enhance the programs that serve some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.”

“Thanks to the critical insight and recommendations from experts within the mental health community, we now have a better understanding of how we can strengthen and improve programs that serve the millions of Americans and families coping with a mental illness today,”said Hatch. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress and experts in the field to advance common-sense initiatives that will further break down barriers and increase patient access to high quality treatment and care.”

A summary and overview of the responses can be found here.