Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on Thursday that he would introduce legislation to change the medical instrument definition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Price’s move comes as Congress tries to pass a budget deal this week.
He told reporters that the bill would “add a new element” to the manual and “have a new place” for it.
“This is a huge step forward,” Price said.
“The American people have a right to know that their doctors are practicing what they preach.”
Price’s proposal to add a new section to the DSM, which defines psychiatric disorders by listing the symptoms and medical conditions, would replace a section that already existed.
The new section would also require doctors to report all medications they prescribe to the federal government.
The measure is a compromise between the Trump administration and the American Psychiatric Association, which is seeking to scrap the current classification system, which requires doctors to provide their patients with information on medications.
Price did not say when he would propose the new bill.
Price said the new provision would provide “a much needed public benefit” for patients and doctors, as well as improve access to mental health care for people with serious mental health disorders.
He said he was “very optimistic” that the legislation would pass in Congress.
“We will do everything we can to help the American people and the Congress pass the best possible budget deal,” Price added.
“I’m very optimistic that this will be a successful and successful piece of legislation.”
The American Psychiatric Society is one of the largest mental health associations in the world, with more than 60,000 members.
It is considered one of America’s oldest and largest mental hospitals.
It has been the subject of much criticism from mental health advocates and researchers for decades.