In a sequence of votes cast late last week, Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10) demonstrated a cold and callous disregard for the approximately 1 in 4 Americans who are diagnosed with a mental health disorder in a given year.
On Thursday, May 14, Perry voted against H.R. 2877, a bipartisan bill introduced by Georgia Republican Drew Ferguson (GA-03). The bill amends the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to "develop best practices for the establishment and use of behavioral intervention teams at schools." Perry was one of 93 House GOP members to oppose the measure.
This comes on the heels of an even more egregious vote on a group of mental health bills that were considered en bloc under suspension of the rules, meaning that they were voted on together in anticipation of passing by a large majority. Perry was one of 74 House GOP members -- and the only Pennsylvania GOP member -- to vote No on the package that, according to an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention press release, included legislation to "increase access to mental health care, expand vital resources for students, and enhance research opportunities."
Let Rep. Perry know how you feel about these votes, particularly if you or someone you know have been affected by a mental health issues. Contact Rep. Scott Perry's office here.
If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text 741741.