The action guide, Healing the Nation: Advancing Mental Health and Addiction Policy, provides meaningful and actionable solutions to help advance mental health policy in this country. By using a systems framework, the report outlines specific actions policy makers can take to advance mental health and structures solutions in an integrated fashion to achieve maximum benefits for all.
“The continued decline of U.S. life expectancy, largely due to overdoses and suicides, is a grim reminder that we are not doing nearly enough to address mental health and well-being in this country,” said Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative (D-R.I.), founder of The Kennedy Forum and Mental Health for US co-chair. “The cycle must be stopped with swift action and thoughtful policies to increase access to care and save lives. Healing the Nation is a critical resource in the roadmap for lasting change.”
Included in Healing the Nation is a new Framework focusing on multiple angles for engagement with a specific emphasis on five main entry points for policy: Health Systems; Judicial Systems; Education Systems; Workplace and Unemployment; and the Whole Community. The Framework also specifically highlights populations that have been impacted differently by the mental health and addiction crisis.
“When healthy community conditions, good coverage, and inclusive policies are in place, we can achieve positive outcomes that improve the mental health and well-being of all Americans,” said Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, chief strategy officer, WBT. “No one policy is going to solve the generational crisis we are facing – we must be thoughtful in creating more integrated and comprehensive structures for mental health, and assure that our policies bring mental health into our clinics and community settings.”
The full report and microsite are available at http://healingthenation.wellbeingtrust.org/.
“Healing the Nation offers a new vision for mental health. The framework, the solutions are there—it’s time for federal officials to act,” said Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and board chair, United States of Care.