As part of the ongoing review by the House Energy and Commerce Committee into mental health issues raised by the Newtown tragedy, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and ranking member Diana DeGette (D-CO) announced that the subcommittee has scheduled a forum with leading national experts on March 5, 2013, to explore issues related to severe mental illness and violence.
- Thomas Insel, M.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- Harold Koplewicz, M.D., President, Child Mind Institute
- E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., Founder, Treatment Advocacy Center
- Michael Welner, M.D., Founder and Chairman, The Forensic Panel
- Pete Earley, Writer, parent of a son with mental illness
- Pat Milam, parent of a son with mental illness
- Liza Long, parent of a son with a mental disorder
- Michael Fitzpatrick, MSW, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness
Subcommittee Chairman Murphy and Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO) requested that each panelist consider the following questions, which will be used as a discussion guide at the forum:
- In what ways is mental illness more – or less – treatable than other serious medical conditions?
- What are the greatest obstacles to seeking treatment for individuals suffering from mental illness and their families?
- Among individuals with untreated and severe mental illness, when, if at all, is violence – directed at the self or others – most likely?
- What is the record of federal, state, and local programs geared towards improving health outcomes among individuals with severe mental illness?
- What are the most effective federal, state, and local programs for prevention and early detection of severe mental illness in children and young adults?
- How can federal programs be improved to reduce barriers to access and improve outcomes for individuals with severe mental illness?