- June 29, 2017
On Tuesday, June 27, The Kennedy Forum Illinois (KFI) took part in an important City Club of Chicago panel discussion, “Crisis in Mental Health Policy: Treatment v. Incarceration.” Speakers included KFI Executive Director Kelly O’Brien along with Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, Executive Director, Cook County Department of Corrections and Karen Teitelbaum, President/Chief Executive Officer, Sinai Health System. It was an opportunity to emphasize the need for state leaders to collaborate for coordinated response and creation of resources that get people into treatment, not jail.
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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.