WASHINGTON, DC USA
House lawmakers this week will vet a bill to reform the nation’s mental health care system, an effort that has gained renewed energy after a series of mass shootings and the growing opioid addiction crisis.
The system is badly in need of reform, said Bay State Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III.
“Talking to people at hospitals around Boston, they say, ‘Look, we get inundated in our emergency department with people who need mental health care,’ ” Kennedy told the Herald yesterday.
But Kennedy and other lawmakers warn that some aspects of the legislation could create greater barriers to access mental health care for some.
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