Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Supports Mental Health Reform

Jul 6, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Diaz-Balart was an original co-sponsor of the legislation.


"Individuals suffering from mental health and their families have been working inside an ineffective system that does not recognize the unique needs of mental health disorders for far too long. Today's passage of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act allows for better quality of care for these patients. The current healthcare system provides far too many obstacles that delay, and even prevent, these individuals from receiving the care they need quickly and effectively. By updating antiquated healthcare and mental health policies to better fit the needs of the patients and their families, we can provide better care for those who are silently pleading for help. This bill also includes mental health treatment under the types of care that can be paid for by Medicaid, making treatment more accessible to patients in underserved communities. It's time to reform our mental health system to provide care for these folks who so desperately need and deserve it.


"I am proud to work with Chairman Upton and Congressman Murphy on this issue, and I am grateful for their leadership on an area that affects millions of Americans."