Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Honoring JFK and Heeding His Call on Mental Health 50 Years Later

Post from The Boston Globe by Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum, is a former member of Congress representing Rhode Island.

Fifty years ago this month, my uncle, President John F. Kennedy, signed the Community Mental Health Act, long-considered the law that laid the foundation for modern-day mental health care. In the decades since the landmark signing of that legislation, the mental health community has made great strides. But we have much more to do to honor President Kennedy’s legacy, achieve equality, and improve care for those suffering from mental illness, intellectual disabilities and addictions.

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