Nonpartisan group pushes 2020 candidates to share mental health policies

Eight mental health organizations launched a nonpartisan group — Mental Health for US — to drive more conversations about mental healthcare policies in the 2020 election.

The coalition wants candidates to discuss policies for preventing mental health issues, for creating access to affordable treatment, and for expanding recovery services and treatments. It plans to seek and publish 2020 candidate positions on mental health policies later this year.

The eight founding organizations are:

  • The Kennedy Forum
  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • The Jed Foundation
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Mental Health America
  • One Mind
  • Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation

Mental Health for US is co-chaired by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., and former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore.

 

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