Franklin James Cook

Hogan Reflects on 2003 Mental Health Commission Report

In Policy on October 30, 2008 at 6:40 am

ORIGINAL INTERVIEW — The American Psychological Association’s magazine Psychological Services includes in its November issue an interview with Dr. Michael F. Hogan, who served as the chairman of the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. The interview is cast as a look at the status of the commission’s findings five years after they were published, in 2003.

Hogan says about the commission’s work, “the first thing we learned was that mental health is and must be a bipartisan matter.”

For us to succeed with our mission of recovery we will need ongoing policy changes and leadership across a spectrum of programs and settings—not just in specialty settings and state mental health systems. We will need to be engaged in health and school reform, disability policy, affordable housing, criminal justice, and all the other places where adults and youths with mental disorders appear in our health and human services systems.

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