Last year’s SARDAA “Shattering Stigma – Realizing Recovery” Award recipient, the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, has tremendous commitment to mental health issues. This Psychiatric News article describes a White House conference on mental health (with President Obama and Vice-President Biden) to which he was invited.
Patrick Kennedy, a former member of Congress, cosponsored the 2008 Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in the House of Representatives and worked hard to ensure its passage. Today he serves as a senior strategic advisor for APA.
Two continuing struggles—to combat stigma and get federal officials to issue a rule implementing the parity law—dominated the agenda.