January 28, 2008 - U.S. Representative Ramstad sponsors Mental Health Bill
A recent article in the Star Tribune Online discusses what is seen as Representative Jim Ramstad's legacy legislation, a mental health bill currently before Congress. The bill, H.R. 687, is entitled An act to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a State family support grant program to end the practice of parents giving legal custody of their seriously emotionally disturbed children to State agencies for the purpose of obtaining mental health services for those children. A similar Senate bill, S. 382, was put forward by Senator Susan Collins of Maine. The House bill, introduced in January 2007, was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health where it has stayed for the past year.
Congressman Ramstad announced last September he would not be seeking re-election in 2008.
Article Source: Diaz, Kevin. "With mental health bill mired, Ramstad's legacy at stake." Star Tribune Online, January 28, 2008.