Public Mental Health Emergency Preparedness Act

First respondersThe Public Mental Health Emergency Preparedness Act of 2007 (S. 1452) would have prepared first responders/health care professionals to effectively address mental health consequences of public health emergencies.

In the 110th Congress, language was added to this legislation to address the needs of potentially vulnerable subgroups, including:

  • caregivers
  • children
  • individuals with disabilities
  • individuals with mental health problems
  • older adults
  • those living in poverty

APA's Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO) supported the inclusion of this language and is now working in support of the reintroduction of this legislation.