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STATE OF KANSAS,
Topeka, Kans., April 3, 1967.
House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. DEAR CONGRESSMAN STAGGERS : Please let us express our earnest endorsement of H.R. 6431, which would extend for five years the authorization for construction and staffing of Community Mental Health Centers.
Our experience with the current legislation has been quite encouraging because it has stimulated in a number of ways improvements in the mental health program. First, it has aroused interest in adequate, thorough, and timely treatment of mentally ill patients wherever they need treatment. Secondly, it has stimulated interest in preventive measures and brought out some effective social action in areas closely related to mental health. Third, it has improved morale of mental health workers and encouraged them to make more effective use of facilities already present in the community.
We are especially eager to see the extension made not only because two centers have been established, but because others are potentially in the planning stages. Four communities at least are making efforts to provide the local matching funds and to educate the elements of the community to the needs for the service. With the extension of the bill we can foresee the development of comprehensive services in four or five areas within the near future that would fulfill a great need on the part of a very large number of people.
Thus, both because of the effective help this bill has given our state in the past three years and the effective help we foresee in the near future, we would like to add our request that your committee consider the bill favorably. Very truly yours,
R. A. HAINES, M.D.,
and Community Mental Health Services.
THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS,
DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH,
Boston, Mass., March 31, 1967. Congressman HARLEY STAGGERS, Chairman, Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, House of Representa
tives, Washington, D.C. DEAR CONGRESSMAN STAGGERS: As Commissioner of Mental Health in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts I would like to put myself on record as strongly supporting H.R. 6431. Sincerely yours,
HARRY C. SOLOMON, M.D.,
Commissioner. STATE OF VERMONT, DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTII,
Montpelier, Vt., March 31, 1967. The Honorable HARLEY STAGGERS, Chairman, Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
DEAR MR. STAGGERS: I understand that the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee will convene on April 4th and 5th for the purpose of considering extension of the community mental health centers construction act and the provision for aiding in the cost of staffing such centers.
This act has made possible major strengthening and improvement of comprehensive community mental health programs in many states. In Vermont in one of our less economically developed areas which is sparcely populated, the federal aid for both construction and aid in the cost of staffing have provided part of the cost of development of such a program and has stimulated both in professional
people and the entire community to take effective action in development of a unique mental health program.
I know there are many other such programs throughout the United States in early development stages which will be significantly impaired if this act is not continued. I urge the support of your committee in making a favorable report for extension of the community mental health center construction and staffing act. Cordially,
JONATHAN P. A. LEOPOLD, M.D.,
THE STATE OF WISCONSIN,
DIVISION OF MENTAL HYGIENE,
Madison, Wis., April 3, 1967. The Honorable HARLEY STAGGERS, Chairman, Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
DEAR CONGRESSMAN STAGGERS : It is my understanding that your Committee will be considering H.R. 6431 concerning the extension of authorization for construction and staffing of community mental health centers.
Although there have been some problems in the implementation of this program, it is my opinion that it is a most valuable one and an essential one to extend.
In Wisconsin, local communities have long had considerable financial responsibility in the development of mental health services. We have a great deal of investment in the continuation of the development of such services. The state agencies of Wisconsin having responsibility in this matter are working aggressively to assist communities to use the provisions of this legislation, and it is our opinion this program will develop very soundly during the next five years and will result in mental health services being available to people in their local communities on a much more uniform basis. Sincerely,
L. J. GANSER, M.D., Director, Division of Mental Hygiene.
UTAH STATE HOSPITAL,
Provo, Utah, March 31, 1967. Congressman HARLEY STAGGERS, Chairman, Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
DEAR CONGRESSMAN STAGGERS : It is my understanding that hearings will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4th and 5th, by the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, on the Administration's proposal to extend for five years authorization for construction and staffing of Community Mental Health Centers (H.R. 6431).
Many states, particularly in the intermountain region, have difficulties in having enough time to plan and to finance Comprehensive Centers. The State of Utah has had particular difficulties in this area. At the present time we do have one Comprehensive Mental Health Center in operation and this was accomplished only through the staffing and construction grant. Further development of any Comprehensive Mental Health Centers or mental retardation centers within the State of Utah will be contingent upon an extension of the legislation.
I strongly support and urge that the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee recommend the Administration's proposal to extend for five years authorization for construction and staffing of Comprehensive Mental Health Centers. Sincerely,
GORDON S. JOHNSON, M.D., Superintendent Utah State Hospital, and Member, National Association of
State Mental Health Program Directors.
Urge favorable consideration of Administration's proposal to extend for five years authorization for construction and staffing of community mental health centers (H.R. 6431). Much planning and essential community organization presently underway in West Virginia with involvement of major communities throughout the state. However, it is vital that authorization be extended for orderly planning and phasing of projects over a five year period in line with existing state and community resources. Community mental health services and facilities considered only feasible approach to meeting burgeoning problem in the state and in the nation.
HULETT C. SMITH, Governor of West Virginia.
ALBANY, N.Y., April 6, 1967. The Honorable HARLEY O. STAGGERS, Chairman, House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The provisions of P.L. 88–164 and P.L. 89–105 have been important factors in assisting the State department of mental hygiene and local governments in the construction and staffing of mental health centers throughout New York State. According to the State mental health plan, 112 more community mental health centers are needed. Only 16 of these are in the construction planning phase. An even greater disparity exists in regard to mental retardation facilities. It is urgent that Federal assistance be continued so that these present needs for facilities can become future realities.
I strongly urge enactment by Congress of H.R. 6431, Mental Health Amendments of 1967, so that the Federal Government can continue in cooperation with the States and local governments to assure all residents the best in mental health services.
NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER, Governor.
HARTFORD, Conn., April 4, 1967. Congressman HARLEY STAGGERS, Chairman, Interstate and Foreign Comerce Committee, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
Urge favorable consideration by your committee of H.R. 6431 proposing to extend for five years authorization for construction and staffing of community mental health centers. This program is one of the most useful ever sponsored by the Federal Government to aid and stimulate the most forward looking programs for care, treatment and rehabilitation of the mentally ill. In Connecticut the program already has been of great value in one mental health center now operating in the city of New Haven and in the development of a second planned for the city of Bridgeport. Continuation of the program will provide encouragement and support for further development of plans on which rest the hopes of thousands of citizens.
JOHN DEMPSEY, Governor.
TOPEKA, KANS., April 7, 1967. HONORABLE HARLEY STAGGERS, Chairman, Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
I urge favorable consideration of H.R. 6431, which would extend the authorization for construction and staffing of community mental health centers. The present legislation has stimulated interest in the communities throughout the
State in preventive measures and has encouraged mental health workers to make
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., April 6, 1967.
The future of mental health treatment programs in Florida is contained in
CLAUDE R, KIRK, JR.,
Governor of Florida.
COLUMBIA, S.C., April 4, 1967.
South Carolina now has a number of comprehensive community health centers in the initial planning stage, therefore urges extension of the authorization for construction and staffing these centers as proposed in H.R. 6431.
ROBERT E. McNAIR,
LITTLE ROCK, ARK., March 3, 1967.
Hope you and your committee can see fit to continue community mental health center program for next five years.
GEORGE W. JACKSON, M.D.,
COLUMBUS, OHIO, April 13, 1967.
On behalf of Governor James A. Rhodes I want to convey Ohio's support of H.R. 6431. Federal aid to construct and staff mental health centers vital incentive to communities to improve services for mentally ill. Detailed letter of Ohio position to follow.
MARTIN A. JANIS, Director, Ohio Dept. of Mental Hygiene and Correction.
ALBANY, N.Y., April 6, 1967. The Honorable HARLEY O. STAGGERS, Chairman, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Repre
sentatives, Washington, D.C. P.L. 88-164 and P.L. 89-105 have led to greatly accelerated growth of community mental health and mental retardation services in New York State. A relatively small amount of Federal money ($15 M.) has led to applications for facilities with a total value of $55 million. Moreover these acts and the guidelines and regulations developed therefrom have directly assisted New York State in implementing the kind of broad range programs with continuity and responsibility which will provide definitive services for the mentally ill and retarded in the communities where they reside. The construction now planned will provide for only 16 mental health centers of a total of 112 needed according to State plan. Even a greater disparity exists in the field of retardation centers and the public has become keenly aware of the unmet needs. We have letters of intent for 21 additional mental health centers and 6 mental retardation facilities at a total cost of $76 M. Unless this legislation is extended as proposed in H.R. 6131 we fear loss of momentum in this great program.
ALAN D. MILLER, M.D.,
Commissioner, New York State Dept. of Jental Hygiene.
CHATTAHOOCHEE, FLA., April 6, 1967. Hon. HARLEY STAGGERS, Chairman, Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, House of Representatives, Washington, D. C.
The Florida Division of Mental Health is extremely interested in the prosposal to extend the present program of construction and staffing of community mental health centers, H.R. 6431. ('nder the present program Florida has made excellent progress by having nine projects approved for construction of community mental health centers. There are a number of other projects pending approval that will qualify should this program be extended. The staffing provision of the program is extremely important to these community mental health centers which will allow them to develop their program on a more comprehensive basis at a more rapid rate. Considerable State funds are presently involved in the staffing of the existing mental health clinics which will include future clinics under this program. Favorable consideration of H.R. 6431 by your committee will be appreciated.
W. D. ROGERS, M.D.,
Director, Division of Mental Health.
OLYMPIA, WASH., March 3, 1967. The Honorable HARLEY STAGGERS, Chairman, Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.:
I would like to express my very strong support of H.R. 6431 (Mental Health Amendments of 1967). I believe this bill to be vital to the continued development of community mental health services in the State of Washington. At the present time enthusiasm is high among those responsible for planning at the community level. Within the past two years these individuals have invested enormous amounts of time and energy in the task of laying a foundation for local mental health programs. The withdrawal of Federal funds at this time would constitute a serious blow to this concern and morale which, as you well know, has been so long in coming.
Here in Washington there are several communities which are, quite literally, on the brink of submitting applications for Federal construction or staffing