Mental Health

Mental Health

Lawmakers request review of mental health programs

House members probing U.S. mental healthcare in light of the Newtown, Conn., shooting have asked government investigators to review federal grants and programs designed to assist the severely mentally ill.

Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), who lead the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Friday to report back with a special study on federal investments in mental health.

Murphy and DeGette expressed special interest in grants issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and how they are overseen.