The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015

Untreated mental illness has a huge impact on individuals, families, communities, and workplaces. Proposed legislation H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015, is intended to reduce the barriers to treatment for those who need it most. As currently written, the Act would require states to authorize assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) in order to receive Community Mental Health Service Block Grant funds. It also would clarify HIPAA to permit a “caregiver” to receive protected health information from a mental-health-care provider who reasonably believes disclosure to the caregiver is necessary to protect the health, safety, or welfare of the patient or the safety of another. (The definition of “caregiver” includes immediate family members.)

Information about this proposed legislation can be found here.

MSEC’s April 2015 Bulletin featured the article, Mental Health-Friendly Workplaces. A December 2014 MSEC Matters article, Workplace Mental Wellness, preceded it.