Rep. Tim Murphy Receives the Jacob Javits Award for Public Service

SAN DIEGO, May 21, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) was presented the American Psychiatric Association’s Jacob K. Javits Award for Public Service today at the APA Annual Meeting here.

Named for former U.S. Sen. Jacob Javits of New York, this award is given annually to lawmakers or other policymakers who have demonstrated distinguished leadership in supporting psychiatric medicine and mental health advocacy.

The 2017 Javits award recognizes Rep. Murphy’s tireless dedication, commitment and achievements in protecting the rights of people with mental illness. As a practicing psychologist for more than three decades, Murphy understands firsthand the needs of the mental health community. Murphy has worked throughout his legislative career to improve the delivery of treatment for mental illness and substance disorders.

The APA worked in collaboration with Congressman Murphy as he led a multi-year effort aimed at reforming and improving mental health care for the 13 million Americans living with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, their families, and the psychiatrists and mental health professionals that treat them. In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, Congressman Murphy introduced the bipartisan mental health reform legislation, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. This bill was the basis for mental health reform measures included in the 21st Century Cures Act that was signed into law late in 2016.

“I am grateful for the help the American Psychiatric Association provided to get the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act across the finish line,” Murphy said. “It’s been a long, difficult process but nowhere near as difficult as the individuals and families who are dealing with mental illness. Many will call this the most significant mental health legislation in 50 years. We’ll continue to build on the progress we’ve made, and never give up in our goal to fix our nation’s broken mental health system so it works for all.”

The American Psychiatric Association is the oldest medical association in the country founded in 1844. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,000 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

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