FEDERAL GOVERNMENT-WIDE EFFORT UNDERWAY TO BETTER ADDRESS SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the formation of a new federal interagency initiative to better address serious mental illness (SMI) across the nation. The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) was created under the 21st Century Cures Act to foster coordination of all federal efforts related to SMI. SAMHSA is responsible for managing the ISMICC. The committee will be comprised of representatives from federal government agencies as well as members of the public. Ten federal agencies will participate in the ISMICC, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, Labor, Veteran Affairs, Defense, Housing and Urban Development, and Education, and the Social Security Administration. In addition, there will be at least 14 non-federal members, including mental health researchers, providers, patients, families, judges, law enforcement that was to be submitted by June 2, 2017.