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Hearing on "High Anxiety and Stress: Legislation to Improve Mental Health During Crisis"

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 11:00am
Virtual Hearing via Cisco Webex

The Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a remote legislative hearing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 11 a.m. via Cisco Webex.  The hearing is entitled, "High Anxiety and Stress: Legislation to Improve Mental Health During Crisis."


Key Documents

Memorandum from Chairman Pallone to the Subcommittee on Health

Opening Statement of Chairman Pallone as prepared for delivery

Opening Statement of Subcommittee Chairwoman Eshoo as prepared for delivery





H.R. 884, the “Medicare Mental Health Access Act”

H.R. 945, the “Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2019”

H.R. 1109, the “Mental Health Services for Students Act of 2019”

H.R. 1646, the “Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Act of 2019” or the “HERO Act of 2019”

H.R. 2519, the “Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act of 2019”

H.R. 2874, the “Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act”

H.R. 3165, the “Mental Health Parity Compliance Act”

H.R. 3539, the “Behavioral Health Intervention Guidelines Act of 2019”

H.R. 4428, the “Greater Mental Health Access Act”

H.R. 4564, the “Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act of 2019”

H.R. 4585, the “Campaign to Prevent Suicide Act”

H.R. 4861, the “Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act of 2019”

H.R. 5201, the “Telemental Health Expansion Act of 2019”

H.R. 5469, the “Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act of 2019”

H.R. 5619, the “Suicide Prevention Act”

H.R 5855, the “Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act of 2020”

H.R. 6645, To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, to conduct or support research on the mental health consequences of SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, and for other purposes

H.R 7080, the “Stopping the Mental Health Pandemic Act”

H.R. 7147, the “Creating Resources to Improve Situations of Inherent Severity Act” or the “CRISIS Act”

H.R. 7159, the “Crisis Care Improvement and Suicide Prevention Act of 2020”

H.R. 7293, the “Suicide Training and Awareness Nationally Delivered for Universal Prevention Act of 2020” or the “STANDUP Act of 2020”

H.R. ___, To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the establishment or operation of a center to be known as the Emergency Mental Health and Substance Use Training and Technical Assistance Center [the text of this bill is nearly identical to section 30619 of H.R. 6800, “The Heroes Act”, which passed the House on May 15, 2020, and is currently pending in the Senate].



Former Representative Patrick J. Kennedy
The Kennedy Forum


Arthur C. Evans, Jr. Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
American Psychological Association


Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H.
President, American Psychiatric Association
Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Public Sector Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital


Arriana Gross
National Youth Advisory Board Member
Sandy Hook Promise Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Club