Episode #93 – Patrick Kennedy: From Addict to Advocate
Patrick Kennedy (Former U.S. Representative (D-RI) and Founder of The Kennedy Forum) stops by to advocate for better treatment of mental health in the US.
Mental Health Parity: Ending Discrimination in Health Insurance Coverage – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCEATUtBcUY
Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nHc9geAvacY
About Patrick Kennedy:
During his time in Congress, Patrick J. Kennedy was the lead author of the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Federal Parity Law), which requires insurers to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders no more restrictively than treatment for illnesses of the body, such as diabetes and cancer. In 2013, he founded The Kennedy Forum, a nonprofit that unites advocates, business leaders, and government agencies to advance evidence-based practices, policies, and programming in mental health and addiction. In 2015, Kennedy co-authored the New York Times Bestseller, “A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction,” which details a bold plan for the future of mental health care in America. In 2017, he was appointed to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
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