Since 2013, The Kennedy Forum (TKF) has been leading a national effort to transform the way mental health and
substance use disorder are treated in our healthcare system. Going into 2024, we have set our strategic focus
on shepherding an inclusive movement that will ensure every person in the United States has access to the
mental health and substance use treatment services and supports they need. Founded by Former Congressman
Patrick J. Kennedy, who led a coalition of diverse stakeholders to pass the bipartisan Mental Health Parity
and Addiction Equity Act, TKF has leveraged our unique role to coalesce a growing set of partners to advance
the next generation of mental health and substance use disorder policy, including expanding insurance
coverage, increasing access to evidence-based treatment, and improving health outcomes.
To demonstrate the
breadth and depth of this systems change movement, TKF amplifies organizations’ efforts, inviting
organizations to join the Alignment for Progress (A4P) by making a commitment
to the movement.
Building a strong coalition helps further
develop the A4P agenda and guides TKF in planning a series of issue-based convenings to drive the movement
forward. TKF’s goal is to bring closer the future where mental illness and substance use disorder are
prevented when possible and, when not, treated effectively and equally for all patients. We see mental health
as essential health.
The Kennedy Forum
4326 Harbor Beach Boulevard
Brigantine, NJ 08203