Leading Advocate for Mental Health Parity Visits Princeton House Behavioral Health

Apr 13, 2016

Former U.S. Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (center), one of the nation's leading political voices on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases, is welcomed to Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH) by Chairman of Psychiatry Neal B. Schofield, MD (left), and Richard Wohl, MSW, MBA, President, PHBH, and Senior Vice President, Princeton HealthCare System (right).

Rep. Kennedy—whose signature achievement during 16 years in the House of Representatives is the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act passed in 2008—recently addressed 65 members of PHBH's Department of Psychiatry. He shared his perspectives on mental health and addiction and his work with the Kennedy Forum, which serves as a vehicle to unite the mental health community. Rep. Kennedy urged those present to continue to help the public overcome the perception that mental illnesses are not treatable.

Emphasizing his belief that the mental health field is now in a "golden age," he added that continuing research would lead to a "revolution that takes people with mental illness and addiction out of the shadows."

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