Patrick J. Kennedy to Keynote Otsuka Pharmaceutical Advancing Mental Health Policy Forum November 28

Date: November 28, 2018
Location: Washington, D.C.
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. will host its Advancing Mental Health Policy Forum to celebrate and commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires insurers to cover illnesses of the brain no more restrictively than illnesses of the body. Patrick J. Kennedy, lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, founder of The Kennedy Forum, former Rhode Island Congressman, and international advocate for parity in mental health and substance use disorder treatment, will deliver the keynote address. The event will convene mental health policy leaders, patient advocacy groups, practitioners, and leaders in the mental health care industry, and aims to drive collaboration and advance policy goals for people living with mental illness. Participating organizations will include The American Psychiatric Association, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Alliance on Mental Illness, and other leading government, advocacy, and policy institutions. Interactive panel discussions will focus on three main themes: fulfilling parity, care coordination, and community supports and incentivizing quality care. To learn more about Otsuka, please visit