Rep. Tim Murphy's (R-Pa.) mental health bill will go before Congress on Thursday.
According to the lawmaker's website, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” attempts to address "the nation’s broken mental health system by focusing programs and resources on psychiatric care for patients & families most in need of services."
“How much is enough before America and Congress says ‘we have got to pass some laws here which change the way, fundamentally, that we approach mental illness, ' Rep. Murphy said Wednesday.
"I think that time is absolutely now.”
On Tuesday, Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner said this legislation does have the potential to stop mass killings like the recent massacre in California.
Dr. Welner said the "system has got to change to enable people who are in crisis to receive treatment, to be placed in a safe environment so that they don't endanger themselves or others."