Mental Health Parity Now Law of the Land


Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy

The final federal rules regarding medical treatment for mental disorders went into effect on July 1, 2014. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008, is now law in the United States.

AFSP Chair of the Board Nancy Farrell and AFSP Vice President for Public Policy John Madigan journeyed to Hyannisport, MA on June 12th to spend the day with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and other mental health leaders to discuss fulfilling the promise of the parity law that was championed in the US House by Congressmen Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN), in the US Senate by Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Paul Wellstone (D-MN).

We have attached a letter from Patrick Kennedy issued on July 1.  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention pledges to work with Congressman Kennedy and other mental health leaders and groups to see that mental health parity is real and robust. At the 2014 AFSP Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC, AFSP volunteers visited all Senate and House offices urging that “Mental Health Parity be made real” through legislation like the Excellence in Mental Health Act and robust funding for mental health services for members of the military, veterans, their families and all Americans.  Help us ensure that the stigma of getting treatment for mental health services is fully erased and all Americans who need or want mental health services receive them in a timely and forthright manner.

AFSP applauds Congressman Patrick Kennedy for his continued vision and leadership around mental health parity for all Americans.

Please click to read Congressman Patrick Kennedy's Letter to Friends  Dated July 1, 2014 on Mental Health Parity.