The next step after the mental-health law
For the last couple of years, the congressman who represents most of Washington and Greene counties labored to get his Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act through Congress. Motivated by the horrific carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December 2013, the measure called for greater coordination among a tangle of federal agencies and departments that deal with mental-health issues, improved access to psychologists and psychiatrists by residents of underserved rural areas, and an assistant secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services who will be charged with overseeing programs and initiatives that could help those dealing with mental illness and substance abuse problems....