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Americans Agree Mental Health Needs Radical Change; David Satcher And Patrick Kennedy Team Up
Medical Daily

A new survey found 71 percent of Americans believe the country’s policy regarding mental health is in need of significant, radical change.

The results of the survey were in tandem with the announcement of the formation of the Kennedy Center for Mental Health and Research. Spearheaded by former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy and former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, the center will focus on “highlighting, expanding, and promoting best practices in mental health and addiction treatment and policy.” And it will be housed within the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, Ga.

“Dr. Satcher and I agree that the state of mental health and addictions in America is challenging for our citizens, and we need significant change,” Kennedy said in a press release, who also founded The Kennedy Former to advocate for mental health. “We are optimistic that by working together, we can take the necessary actions to ensure that we are living up to the letter, and spirit, of the 2008 parity law, which guarantees equality for people seeking services.”