A New Era in Mental Health and Addictions Begins in America

February 9, 2015 8:41 PM

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This was a good week in the United States for mental health, addictions and social justice. On Feb. 3, 2015, The Kennedy Forum issued its groundbreaking announcement of the launch of a new research center. A center dedicated to a new corps of public health leaders, who will advance research and best practices, and inform policy makers of the critical need to invest in behavioral health research, treatment which will promote the following four core areas: quality, innovation, equity and integration. As stated by Dr. Vacherie Montgomery Rice, president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine, "Our mandate is clear, and stakes for millions of Americans are too big to ignore." The center will focus on facilitating the full implementation of the 2008 parity law, bringing public and private sectors together to eliminate issues of stigma and work to strengthen policies which promote and protect consumer rights to parity in accessing behavioral health care treatment.

In support of the launch of the new Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research, the Kennedy Forum released research on how Americans view the current state of mental health and addictions in America. According to its public opinion poll, "71 percent of Americans call for significant or rad...

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