The United States Senate Committee on Finance

February 01, 2022

WASHINGTONChairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Ron WydenD-Ore., will convene a hearing on Tuesday, February 8, to discuss the challenges youth and families face in youth mental health care. The committee’s only witness will be the Chief Medical Officer of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy. The hearing, entitled “Protecting the Mental Health of Young People: Part I – A Notice and a Call to Action”, will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 215 from Dirksen Senate Office Building.

“As chair of the finance committee, I am determined to attack the failures of mental health care in this country,” Wyden said. “It begins with two hearings this spring, one with the Surgeon General and another with Americans who are experiencing the mental health crisis first hand. I thank Dr. Murthy for agreeing to appear before the committee in a timely manner to discuss this critical issue on a bipartisan basis.”

Late last year, Wyden announced that the committee would host the Surgeon General after he published a Surgeon General’s advisory to highlight the urgent need to improve the mental health of young people, particularly in light of the effects of 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 Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy


Hearing on mental health care for young people


215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510


February 8, 2022

10:00 a.m.

Media are encouraged to attend the hearing or view the webcast and testimony at


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