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Like-Minded Leaders Unite at DNC for Rally to Transform America’s Approach to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

The nation’s leading mental health and addiction organizations and policymakers come together to present actionable solutions

WHAT: It’s 2016 in America. One in four Americans are affected by a mental health condition. Suicide rates are at an all-time high. Someone dies of an opioid overdose every 19 minutes, and drug overdoses have replaced car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. Veterans are more in need than ever for help to heal the invisible wounds of war.

Mental health and addiction are two of our nation’s greatest public health challenges, and many are working tirelessly to present ideas and solutions that deliver effective treatment and recovery. But real change won’t happen if we’re not coordinated and like-minded in our approach. That’s why hundreds of people are planning to gather in Philadelphia outside of the Democratic National Convention for the Like-Minded Rally for Mental Health and Substance Use Reform, presented by The Kennedy Forum, The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation and the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.

We’re coming together to say we’re no longer content with working in today’s fractured environment. It’s not acceptable for this to be someone else’s campaign issue. It’s time to hold our leaders accountable and ensure public policy keeps pace with the science that proves mental health and addiction must be treated the same as any other health condition.

For too long, these issues haven’t had a voice. We’re here to change that. Mental health and addiction issues are voting issues. We are the constituency, and we’re raising our collective voices to demand that delegates and officials at every level adopt some important policy priorities.

WHO: The following will present twelve key priorities for transforming mental health and addiction treatment and share their personal commitment:

  • Patrick Kennedy, Former U.S. Representative (D-RI) and Founder, The Kennedy Forum
  • Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Donald Norcross, U.S. Representative (D-NJ)
  • Van Jones, President and Co-Founder, Cut 50 and Advisor, Advocates for Opioid Recovery (Invited)
  • Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City (Invited)
  • Joe Pyle, President, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation
  • Arthur Evans, PhD, Commissioner, City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
  • Barbara Ricci, Board Member, NAMI and Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
  • Gary Tennis, Pennsylvania Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs

 WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 3:30-5 p.m.

WHERE: Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

CONTACT:

Meghan Swope
814-591-5664
meghan.swope@curastrategies.com

Jeff Valliere
202-441-2894
jeff.valliere@curastrategies.com