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SAMHSA News - July/August 2005, Volume 13, Number 4

Recovery Is Key for Mental Health Action Agenda (Part 2)

Stakeholder Support

Support for the Action Agenda comes not only from within the Federal Government but also from stakeholder organizations.

The Campaign for Mental Health Reform is a coalition of 16 national mental health organizations. The Campaign's Director, Charles G. Konigsberg, applauded "SAMHSA's coordination of multiple Federal agencies in developing an Agenda to follow up on the Commission."

At the National Association for the Mentally Ill, Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick hailed the Action Agenda as "an important first step in defining the role that the Federal Government can play, in partnership with states and communities, in establishing a coherent and cohesive mental health system in America."

According to Robert Glover, Ph.D., Director of NASMHPD, "A series of important activities have occurred that we believe will fundamentally change the way we care for people with mental illnesses and improve and save many lives—the creation of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the issuance of the Commission's final report, and now, the release of SAMHSA's Transforming Mental Health Care in America—The Federal Action Agenda: First Steps."

Dr. Glover continued, "This Action Agenda dedicates virtually every agency of the Federal Government to the goal articulated by the President more than 3 years ago in his Executive Order: That all people with mental disorders live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities."

For a print copy of Transforming Mental Health Care in America—The Federal Action Agenda: First Steps, contact the National Mental Health Information Center, P.O. Box 42490, Washington, DC 20015. Telephone: 1 (800) 789-2647 or 1 (866) 889-2647 (TTY). For an electronic copy of the Action Agenda, visit SAMHSA's Web site at www.samhsa.gov/
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