Day 5…a Murphy Week
I write to you today in opposition to HR 2646 “The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act”. I believe this act as written is bad for Tennessee. It makes promises it doesn’t deliver on, lacks understanding of the mental health system in Tennessee and in fact would impose ineffective programs in Tennessee and put in danger some of the most promising and effective initiatives we have.
The bill promises states a 2% increase in block grant funding for states that have assisted outpatient programs (AOT). AOT is a program that mandates that an individual agree to take part in outpatient treatment. Tennessee tried a pilot AOT program the past two years. In two years it served one person at the cost of 20,000 dollars a person. Proponents insisted that the program would fulfill an important role in the Tennessee mental health system but the reality never matched…
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