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E&C Announces Oversight Hearing on America’s Ongoing Mental Health Crisis

Feb 10, 2022
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Oversight and Investigations Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) announced today that the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the mental health challenges facing Americans on Thursday, February 17, at 11:30 a.m. (EST) in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Americans in Need: Responding to the National Mental Health Crisis.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and intensified the ongoing mental health crisis in the United States,” Pallone and DeGette said. “From stigma, stressors, toxic online platforms, and barriers to accessing services and care, meeting the mental health needs of the American people has never been more important. Next week’s hearing will help us better understand the breadth of mental health challenges facing Americans, particularly those affecting children and young people, people of color, and LGBTQI+ individuals, as we work together to ensure the health and wellbeing of all Americans.”

This will be a hybrid hearing that includes both in person and remote member attendance via Cisco Webex video conferencing. Members of the public may view the hearing via live webcast accessible on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website. Please note the webcast will not be available until the hearing begins.

The Committee strongly recommends that members of the media view the proceedings remotely. The Capitol and House Office Buildings currently have restricted access. Seating in the Committee room for credentialed media is very limited. Media must RSVP to their respective press gallery no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16.  

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Information for this hearing, including the Committee Memorandum, witnesses, testimony, and a live webcast will be posted HERE as they become available.