On October 23-24, Former SAMHSA Administrator and AFSP Public Policy Council member Charles Curie and AFSP Senior Director of Public Policy John Madigan attended the Kennedy Forum in Boston, MA.
This October marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Community Mental Health Act, the landmark bill that laid the foundation of contemporary mental health policy. President Kennedy’s call to action in 1963 was based on a belief that all Americans – including those with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities, and addictions – have a right to lead dignified lives and to share in the benefits of our society. His vision still guides us today.
The Kennedy Forum creates a national conversation that will further remove the stigma surrounding mental illness and to once and for all achieve parity by treating the brain the same way we treat the rest of the body. By joining the Kennedy Forum, AFSP is lending its voice to the launch of a bold, ongoing effort to advance the work President Kennedy began.