Rep. Timothy Murphy (Republican of Pennsylvania) has again targeted all who believe that “Recovery Is Real!” through reintroducing legislation (HR 2646) in June 2015 that not only provides federal financing to enact Involuntary Outpatient Commitment laws, but also seeks to eliminate the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
What is SAMHSA’s crime? It is believing in the following Recovery Principles:
- Recovery emerges from hope.
- Recovery is person-driven.
- Recovery occurs via many pathways.
- Recovery is holistic.
- Recovery is supported by peers and allies.
- Recovery is supported through relationships and social networks.
- Recovery is culturally based and influenced.
- Recovery is supported by addressing trauma.
- Recovery involves individual, family, and community strengths and responsibilities.
- Recovery is based on respect.
For more information read SAMHSA’s Working Definition of Recovery.
Please join MPower in opposing Rep. Murphy’s assault on these ten principles. Help defeat HR 2646. Join our Stop Involuntary Outpatient Commitment subcommittee on the third Tuesday of every month. Rep. Murphy’s H.R. 2646 will:
- Increase the use of forced treatment and hospitalization at the expense of voluntary, pro-active, community mental health services and supports.
- Divert millions of Medicaid dollars from community services and supports to increase hospitalization.
- Deny mental health block grants to states without involuntary outpatient commitment laws.
- Prescribe the qualifications for certified peer support specialists in law, an unprecedented step that will ossify our discipline.
- Eliminate the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA has promoted and funded major innovations such as peer support, recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care, state consumer and family networks and Alternatives.
- Drastically cut grants that fund critical mental health services, substance abuse prevention and substance abuse treatment across the Nation.
- Eliminate many innovative mental health services grants, put doctors in control of grant review and exclude knowledgeable people with lived experience from grant review and oversight.
- Give Congress unprecedented control over all competitive grant awards.
- Amend HIPAA to erode privacy rights for people with a mental health diagnosis; what is needed instead is better education on how HIPAA works.
- Eliminate all protection and advocacy agency programs that protect our civil rights in housing, employment, education and other areas.
Based on a National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery June 2015 update.