Trump administration to launch a ‘mental health care infrastructure’ plan
A White House official said Monday that President Donald Trump’s administration is “planning” to create a “mental health infrastructure” to care for the country’s mentally ill.
The proposal, the official said, would be unveiled in coming days and would likely be implemented over several years.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations and not to reveal any details.
The administration is expected to announce a list of mental health services in the coming weeks, the person said, adding that the plan would aim to “strengthen the capacity of mental hospitals to care and respond to patients who are in crisis.”
The announcement could come as early as the end of this month, with a formal announcement expected to be made sometime next week.
The announcement, if it happens, would come as the Trump administration is under fire for its handling of the mentally ill and the Trump-branded mental health reform law, which passed the Senate last week.
Critics have long said the law is riddled with problems and should not be considered law, but many in the White House and in Congress are now calling for a more complete overhaul.
The White House has resisted any such effort.