- July 26, 2016
The Kennedy Forum, in partnership with the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, offer a 12-point agenda for achieving comprehensive reform of treatment and diagnosis for mental illness and substance use disorders. This nonpartisan platform outlines strategies that predict, mitigate and prevent mental health emergencies, placing greater emphasis on improved diagnosis and treatment for people living with behavioral health disorders.
The platform, which could dramatically improve the health and well-being of all Americans, will be formally announced as part of the Like-Minded Rally for Mental Health and Substance Use Reform, which will take place during the National Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.
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Just as President Kennedy rallied the nation to dream big and set audacious goals 50 years ago, The Kennedy Forum seeks to set a new standard for the future of health care in the United States.
Our mission is big, and the stakes are clear. We seek to unite the health care system, and rally the mental health community around a common set of principles: Fully implement the 2008 parity law, bring business leaders and government agencies together to eliminate issues of stigma, work with providers to guarantee equal access to care, ensure that policymakers have the tools they need to craft better policy, and give consumers a way to understand their rights.