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There are times, Mr. Chairman, really in the history of every biomedical research discipline when the conceptual framework combines with the scientific technology to restructure and reorient an entire field and to thrust it forward in a quantum leap of progress. That is precisely what is happening at the NIMH today. And we would urge your strong consideration to maintain that thrust by the consideration of the budget that NAMI and the others are requesting for the NIMH of this year, $867.9 million.
We are prepared to answer any questions you may have. [The statement follows:)
STATEMENT OF DR. LEWIS L. JUDD
Thank you Chairman Harkin, it is indeed a pleasure to appear
before you and this distinguished Subcommittee today in behalf of
years of research.
I do not think these two events are unrelated.
efforts if we
are to learn more about how to prevent and treat the
crippling or malfunction of the mind."
Mr. Chairman, those words
were contained in the Message To The Congress from President John
relax our effort to push back the frontiers of knowledge in basic
and applied research into the mental processes, in therapy, and in
other phases of research with a bearing upon mental illness."
Now, just last month,
Bush's Coordinator for the
Decade of the Brain effort, Dr. D. Allan Bromley, wrote in NAMI's
research quarterly, The Decade of_the_Brain, "It has always seemed
we do about the three pounds of tissue inside our own heads.
research is truly one of
the great frontier areas of science
it is a frontier that promises enormous practical payoff in the
form of new treatments and possibly new ways of prevention."
Mr. Chairman, I agree with Dr. Bromley, that even in these
enlightened times, it is clear
that mental illness, a problem of
major proportions which adversely affects our health, well-being,
and productivity as a Nation, is still shrouded in mystery, shame,
Aizheimer's disease, manic depressive illness or anxiety disorders.
Tragically, only one-fifth of all adults with a diagnosable
mental illness in this country actually receive the treatment they
measure the cost of the untold human suffering experienced by our
also clear even if one considers only the amount of time Americans
Depression, in fact, has been shown to have a higher morbidity rate
costs of mental disorders add up to a staggering $129 billion each
Mr. Chairman, I also agree with Dr. Bromley that unparalleled
only to overcome mental disorders but also to eliminate associated
As a part of its leadership role, NIMH has completed a series
the 21st Century: Opportunities for NIMH Neuroscience Research;
The rational Pian for Research on Schizophrenia and the Brain; The
This new research plan represents a systematic, science-based
on the inadequacy and low quality of services provided to
severely mentally ill persons in this country.
am pleased to
report that NAMI is sponsoring two seminars to explain the details
Director of the Division of Applied and Services Research, will
direct the NIMH presentations on May 8 from 9:00
am to 11:30
this building, Room SD-562, and on June 6 in the Gold Room 2168 of
provide an over-arching strategy to guide NIMH research programs
throughout this decade.
Unfortunately, however, despite ?resident
Kennecy's challenge over a quarter of a century ago,
the unfair and
unreasonable attitudes associated with illnesses of
the mind and
brain were carried-over into our public policies for many years.
a result, the mental health field was chronically and severely The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Congress,
under-funded and has been struggling to catch-up.
for some time were considered as having an unhealthy tradition of
these projects, followed by the action by your's and
Labor-his-Education Appropriations Subcommittees last year,
1992 does not indicate any change in this situation at OMB, but I
promises, as they did last year, making significant increases for
come here today with optimism to
advocate for an increase in research funding for NIMH.
in order to
take optimum advantage of existing circumstances,
this Subcommittee should adopt AMI's alternative budget which is
endorsed by the Mental fealth Liaison Group (MHLG).
Although the president's budget shows a $40 million increase
President's request is actually a reduction of $.3 million below
the amount needed to maintain the current levels (* providing the
services adjusted for
programs in NIMH.
the overall award rate for competing
grants will decrease from 28 percent in Y 1991
to 23 percent in
FY 1992, the lowest in NIMH history.