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May 29

Briefing Regarding Committee’s Report on Federal Programs Addressing Severe Mental Illness


Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, will hold a briefing on Thursday, May 29, to highlight the committee’s recent report on its investigation of federal programs addressing severe mental illness. The report follows a more than yearlong investigation reviewing the mental health resources and programs across the federal spectrum. The committee’s investigation began in January 2013, following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and against the backdrop of subsequent mass killings tied to untreated SMI at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., and Fort Hood, Texas.


  • DJ Jaffe, Founder and Executive Director of Mental Illness Policy Organization
  • Edward Kelley, father of son with schizophrenia and advocate for reform
  • Michael Welner, M.D., forensic psychiatrist, Founder/Chairman of the Forensic Panel


Opening Statement:

Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy