Allegheny Health Network Hosts Rep. Murphy, DA Zappala Monday For Forum On Need to Reform Mental Health System

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U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy will speak at Allegheny General Hospital Monday on key features of his Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.

The Allegheny Health Network has invited Congressman Tim Murphy to be a featured speaker at a special public forum today Monday, March 31, 2014, at 8AM on the need to reform the nation’s mental health system. The program begins at 8:30 a.m.and media availability with Rep. Murphy will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Rep. Murphy will describe key features of his Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which he introduced following a year-long investigation that revealed major problems in the current system of care. Dr. Anthony Mannarino will discuss implications of the bill for mental health services for children and families and proposed changes in HIPAA for clinicians. District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. will discuss the law enforcement perspective on psychiatric treatment and the criminal justice system.

Dr. Murphy is a clinical psychologist with thirty years’ experience and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Nationwide support from newspaper editors, physicians, and parents of children with mental illness continues to roll in for his bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which has been described as the most significant overhaul of the nation’s mental health system since the Kennedy Administration law establishing community mental health clinics.

WHAT:     Special Forum on The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act
WHO:        Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18); The Honorable Stephen A. Zappala, Jr., Allegheny County District Attorney; Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D. Director of Allegheny General Hospital Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents
WHEN:                     Monday, March 31, 2014
8:00 AM — Registration
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM — Program
9:30 AM to 9:45 AM — Press availability
WHERE:         Allegheny General Hospital, Magovern Auditorium, 320 East North Avenue, on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
Parking is available in the James Street Garage.

Contact: Brad Grantz, 202.225.2301
Dan Laurent, 412.807.8103

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