Promoters of mental health programs and some in Congress are charging the administration with abandoning science because the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is changing how it compiles a listing it maintains of privately sold mental health programs. The opposite true. The Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz is addressing the fact that the listings were never based on science and desperately needed reform. ADVERTISEMENTCongress recognized this when it passed the bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act originally proposed by former Reps Tim MurphyTim MurphyA federal abortion law might be needed Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Pennsylvania New Members 2019 MORE (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice JohnsonEddie Bernice JohnsonPelosi heading to Madrid for UN climate change convention What has EPA been hiding about formaldehyde? Overnight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks MORE (D-Texas). As a result of that legislation, Dr. McCance-Katz has strengthened the office of the medical director, formed a Policy Lab and is trying to make science foundational to everything at SAMHSA. In the… Read full this story
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