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1963 re botulism, between the subcommittee, the Food and Drug
MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS CONSTRUCTION ACT
TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 1967
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 10 a.m., pusuant to notice, in room 2123, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. John Jarman (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Mr. JARMAN. The subcommittee will please be in order. The hearings today are on H.R. 6431, the Mental Health Amendments of 1967, introduced by Chairman Staggers at the request of the administration. This bill would extend the current program of grants for the construction and initial staffing of community mental health centers; would authorize research, training and demonstration project grants to be made to Federal institutions; and would authorize establishment of a contingency account for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
This committee has been active in the field of mental health legislation for over 20 years now, beginning with the initial legislation establishing the National Institute of Mental Health.
In 1955, this committee initiated the Mental Health Study Act of 1955 calling for the establishment of a program of research and study of our resources, methods and practices for diagnosing, treating, caring for, and rehabiltating the mentally ill.
A Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health was established pursuant to this legislation and the Commission made its final report on December 30, 1960. The Commission recommended establishment of community mental health centers to provide care for the mentally ill close to their homes in a community setting:
The report of this Commission was studied by the executive branch and the Congress and in 1963, President Kennedy recommended to the Congress the enactment of legislation providing Federal matching grants for construction and initial staffing of community mental health centers. Hearings were promptly held on this legislation and legislation was enacted in October 1963 authorizing matching grants for construction of community mental health centers.
In 1965, President Johnson recommended the enactment of legislation providing matching grants for initial staffing of community mental health centers; and this legislation became law in 1965.
The authorization for matching grants for construction is due to expire June 30 this year, and the authorization for grants for initial