Much has been written in the last several months about national mental health care reform in response to two separate bills making their way through Congress.
The most well-known is the Murphy bill introduced by U.S. Representative Timothy Murphy from Pennsylvania. Rep. Murphy is a credible expert on the topic. He has been a practicing psychologist and has co-authored publications on child and adolescent mental health. His bill has stirred controversy among mental health providers and advocates with both groups expressing varying opinions of support and dissent. One of the more controversial elements of the bill is expansion of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT).
But all of this discussion is a distraction from what should be our real focus.