February 01,2022

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Finance Committee to Host Surgeon General to Discuss Youth Mental Health Care

WASHINGTONSenate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., will convene a hearing on Tuesday, February 8th, to discuss challenges facing young people and families related to youth mental health care. The committee’s sole witness will be U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. The hearing, titled “Protecting Youth Mental Health: Part I - An Advisory and Call to Action,” will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 215 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. 

"As Chairman of the Finance Committee, I am determined to attack the failures of mental health care in this country,” Wyden said. “That starts with two hearings this spring, the first featuring the Surgeon General and another with Americans who are experiencing the mental health crisis first hand. I thank Dr. Murthy for agreeing to come before the committee in a timely manner to discuss this critical issue on a bipartisan basis."

Late last year, Wyden announced the committee would host the Surgeon General after he released a Surgeon General’s Advisory to highlight the urgent need to improve youth mental health, particularly in light of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hearing is the latest step in the Finance Committee’s ongoing bipartisan effort to improve mental health care for all Americans.



Senate Finance Committee and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy





Hearing on youth mental health care




215 Dirksen Senate Office Building


Washington, D.C. 20510




February 8, 2022



Media are encouraged to attend the hearing or to view the webcast and witness testimony at http://finance.senate.gov/hearings.