House Democrats Unveil Bill to Fix Mental Health Care System

On Tuesday, House Democrats introduced a bill (HR 274) that would overhaul the nation’s mental health care system to better identify, prevent and treat mental illness, The Hill reports.

According to The Hill, the new bill — by Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) — could further complicate the push for mental health care reforms as a similar GOP-sponsored measure (HR 3717) introduced last year has struggled to secure adequate support and advance in the chamber.

Barber was a staff member in the office of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was severely injured in a shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people. Barber was also among about a dozen people who were injured in the shooting by a man who was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

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