By Louise Radnofsky
July 6, 2016
WASHINGTON-The House passed legislation Wednesday to overhaul the nation's mental health system, the first effort by lawmakers to specifically tackle federal policies on serious mental illness.
The bill passed 422-2, overwhelming support that reflected a decision by sponsors to defer debates on some of its most controversial aspects. The bill would reorganize the federal agency overseeing mental health policy, direct funding to combat serious mental illness as opposed to general mental health programs, and change Medicaid reimbursements for treating patients with illnesses like schizophrenia.