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NAMI OC Board Members attend Kennedy Forum in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, February 6, NAMI Orange County Board members Barb and Tom Maier attended a powerful gathering of mental health advocates brought together and hosted by The Kennedy Forum* in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

To “attend” the event yourself via YouTube CLICK HERE

Presenters focused on the broken mental healthcare system, with much of the discussion highlighting the woefully inadequate enforcement of existing mental health care parity laws.

Speakers included:

  • Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) – Founder, The Kennedy Forum; co-chair, Mental Health for US
  • Former U.S. Sen. Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) – Author of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act; co-chair, Mental Health for US
  • U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) – House Ways and Means Committee, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee
  • U.S. Rep. David Trone (D-MD) – Chair, Freshman Working Group on Addiction
  • Andy Slavitt – Former Acting Administrator, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Board Chair, United States of Care
  • John Madigan – Senior Vice President of Public Policy, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Daniel Gillison – Incoming CEO, National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Joe Pyle, MA – President, Scattergood Foundation
  • Benjamin Miller, PsyD. – Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust
  • Katherina Rosqueta – Founding Executive Director, Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Thompson – President & CEO, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions
  • Brandon Staglin – President, OneMind
  • Tracy Neal-Walden, Ph.D – Director, The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals
  • Carmen B. – Consumer advocate

*The Kennedy Forum, founded in 2013 by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, leads a national dialogue on transforming the health care system by uniting mental health advocates, business leaders, and government agencies around a common set of principles, including full implementation of the Federal Parity Law.

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