U.S. Government Drops the Ball on Serious Mental-health Issues

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E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., on the front lines, as is Rep. Timothy Murphy (R., Pa.)

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., says shame on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which operates under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With a budget of $3.5 billion to reduce the burden of mental illness and substance abuse, SAMHSA has nonetheless never ascertained the prevalence (numbers afflicted) of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Neither is mentioned in a 41,804-word 4-year plan (2011-14). Acting on this is Rep Tim Murphy (R., Pa.), who has been covered in several blogs. Please read more (in a bit of fine reporting by National Review) here, and note recently published by AMHF Books Early Identification, Palliative Care, and Prevention of Psychotic Disorders in Children and Youth.

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