Sunday, 24 June 2018



Who is Tim Murphy?

Full Name:  Timothy F. Murphy220px 113th Congress Official Photo of Rep. Tim Murphy

Born:  September 11, 1952

Residency:  Born in Ohio, Lives in Pennsylvania

Current Position:  US Representative, Pennsylvania’s 18th District (since 2003)

Party Affiliation:  Republican

Background:  Murphy holds a PhD in psychology, Has worked as an assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, and has co-authored several books (e.g., ’The Angry Child’).  

Why People are Listening To Him: 

  • Because he is seen as a ‘mental health professional’
  • Because people respond to those in power (and he’s been a politician for over a decade)
  • Because people get scared and want someone to have the answers

Why People Might Want to Think Twice About Listening To Him: 

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  • In 2010, Murphy was named among the 22 most corrupt members of Congress by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. (www.crewsmostcorrupt.org
  • According to www.opensecrets.org, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical employees are two of Murphy’s top three campaign funders
  • Murphy has also regularly practiced opportunistic tactics that capitalize on the fear of US citizens, appearing on television to promote his agenda each and every time there is a tragedy in the country (see image to the left where Murphy takes a similar tactic, comparing Ebola to "dealing with terrorism")
  • He has openly attacked and mocked activities in the peer-to-peer community and consistently ignores evidence that does not support his personal agenda


For more about Tim Murphy, see his Wikipedia entry here.



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  • The Murphy Bills and Beyond

    In June of 2015, Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania re-introduced the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act" (HR 2646), better known as the Murphy Bill.  A month later, Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut introduced a very similar bill in the Senate called the "Mental Health Reform Act of 2015" (S2680).  Both pieces of legislation threatened to dramatically increase the use of force and dismantle many of the more progressive and healing alternatives that have been developed in recent years. As of November 2016 the fate of both bills remained uncertain.

    Meanwhile, another piece of legislation called 21st Century Cures was in development and garnering increasing bipartisan support. A sweeping and expansive healthcare bill, 21st Century Cures was, initially, minimally focused on mental health provisions. Having been stalled in part due to resistance from Senate Democrats' concerns that the bill was dangerously empowering for the pharmaceutical industry, 21st Century Cures also faced an uncertain fate in November. However, the election of President Trump and consequent fears for the bill’s fate prompted a reworking of the bill that also included the absorption of many aspects of HR 2646, “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis.”

    21st Century Cures was passed by the House and Senate on November 30th and December 7th of last year, respectively. On December 13, 21st Century Cures (now including substantial portions drawn directly from HR 2646, "Helping Familties in Mental Health Crisis") was signed into law by President Obama. 



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