Watch: The State of the Union in Mental Health and Addiction

On Tuesday, February 3, Patrick J. Kennedy and Dr. David Satcher announced the formation of the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research, released new polling data on how Americans see the issue today, and issued a call to action.

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Coverage for mental illness & addiction is our right.
THE 2008 PARITY LAW GUARANTEES THAT MENTAL ILLNESS & ADDICTION WILL BE TREATED LIKE ANY OTHER DISEASE. WE MUST FULLY IMPLEMENT THIS LAW.

  • 25%
    of all Americans are affected by some form of mental illness.
  • $80-100B
    estimated annual indirect costs to employers for not treating mental health and substance abuse issues.
  • 700K
    Americans seek treatment for addiction every day.

Our Approach

We believe in the power of community, and bringing people together to tackle and solve the most pressing challenges in mental health and addiction treatment.

The Kennedy Forum works with policymakers, medical experts, the business community, and advocates from across the political spectrum to ensure the rights secured by the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act are realized by all Americans. We do this by developing consensus on the issues that must be addressed, as well as policies that will ensure continued progress. No one individual, organization, discipline, or political party has all the answers to these questions, but, together, all of us can work to blaze a new path forward.

Photo: (from left to right) Former Senator Gordon Smith, SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde, National Council CEO Linda Rosenberg, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher

The Benefits

Parity law compliance helps reduce employer costs, increases the quality of life for those affected by mental illness & addiction and promotes fairness across health insurance providers.
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Up to 80% of people with mental illness will improve with appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing monitoring.

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