Rep. Tim Murphy recognized for advocacy work on mental health issues

Psychologists applaud Murphy’s work on the 21st Century Cures Act.

The APA Practice Organization on March 7 honored Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., for his advocacy work and legislative accomplishments on mental health issues by presenting him with the 2017 Outstanding Leadership Award. This award is given annually during the Practice Leadership Conference to a member of Congress who has done exceptional work on behalf of professional psychology.

Murphy championed a much needed overhaul of federal funding and coordination of mental health and substance use programs, an APA Practice Organization priority, which was accomplished in the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act. Congress enacted the legislation as part of the 21st Century Cures Act late last year. The law will greatly improve services to patients, particularly those with serious mental illnesses.

“I am grateful for the help the American Psychological Association, the APA Practice Organization and their members have provided to get this vitally important bill across the finish line. It’s been a long, difficult process but nowhere near as difficult as the individuals and families who are dealing with mental illness,” said Murphy. “Many will call this the most significant mental health legislation in 50 years. This new law helped to unite mental health organizations that do not traditionally work together. We’ll continue to build on the strength of all the mental health professionals and organizations to work towards improving services for those who are struggling — from children to seniors to [the] severely disabled and everyone in between.”

“Representative Murphy’s efforts reflect his long-standing dedication and commitment to improving access to mental health care for individuals across the lifespan, particularly those with serious mental illness,” said Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, executive director for professional practice.

In the House, Murphy is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (O&I) and also serves on the Health, Energy and Environment subcommittees.

Murphy is serving his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Pennsylvania’s 18th District.