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MENTAL HEALTH ACT-50 YEARS
50 years on, President Kennedy's vision for mental health care never fully realized
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, October 20, 2013 11:28 AM EDT
The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed marks its 50th anniversary Oct. 31, the transformative Community Mental Health Act.
Recent events including deadly mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard have focused public attention on how the nation is treating mental illness.
It's clear Kennedy's vision was never fully realized. While the legislation helped usher in positive changes, it was never fully funded so many of the sickest people had nowhere to turn.
Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy is gathering advocates this week for the Kennedy Forum to develop an agenda for improving mental health care.