What is the Future of Mental Health?

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  • What is the Future of Mental Health?

    By David L. Shern, President and CEO, Mental Health America


    The mental health care landscape is changing rapidly.


    Innovations in research and breakthroughs in prevention are transforming the field.  New technologies are changing how we communicate and educate.  And with Congress readying action on health care reform, it is likely we will see changes in how care is delivered.


    These important issues will be addressed at Mental Health America's Centennial Conference, June 10-13, in Washington, D.C. at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.


    The Conference, "Celebrating the Legacy: Forging the Future," will bring together an extraordinary group of political analysts, policy experts, medical experts, researchers and advocates to examine key developments and opportunities in the mental health field.

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    Mrs. Tipper Gore, Honorary Chair of Mental Health America's Centennial Conference and Celebration, will speak on the morning of Friday, June 12.


    The Keynote Luncheon on Friday, June 12, features "A Conversation with George Stephanopoulos." The host of "This Week" and chief Washington Correspondent for ABC News, Stephanopoulos will discuss opportunities and challenges facing the Obama Administration in a session moderated by Bob Boorstin, an executive with Google and former aide to President Bill Clinton.


    Boorstin will also moderate a panel exploring Americans' attitudes on health care and reform that includes Joel Benenson, pollster for the Obama presidential campaign, and Bill McInturff, pollster for the McCain campaign, and Lisa Davis of AARP's Divided We Fail Campaign.


    A roundtable of political and health experts, including White House policy veteran Chris Jennings; Karen Ignani, CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans; and Ron Dozoretz, founder and CEO of Value Options will examine the next steps for health care reform.


    Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN will moderate a panel examining advances in treatment and prevention featuring Dr. Ronald Kessler, the world's most cited mental health researcher; former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, a founding member of the Council for American Medical Innovations; and Dr. Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


    Young mental health leaders and innovators will discuss their own experiences and address how technology and web 2.0 tools are shaping and changing the way we educate and inform.


    Military mental health leaders and veterans will explore the mental health issues of veterans, servicemen and women, their families. Mark Benjamin, an award-winning reporter with Salon.com, will moderate a panel that includes Brig. General Loree K. Suttton, director of the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury; and Matt Kuntz, executive director of NAMI Montana and recognized by President Obama as one of 18 Ordinary Americans Who Have Made an Extraordinary Difference; and Rick Weidman of the Vietnam Veterans of America.


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    In addition, as part of the Centennial Conference, Mental Health America will mark its 100th Anniversary with a celebratory Gala on the evening of Thursday, June 11. The special event, which will bring together national leaders and entertainers, will honor Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Pete Domenici for their legendary work on mental health and leadership in passing the Mental Health Parity law.


    The Conference will be a launching pad for ideas and action. We hope you can join us and take part in this landmark event that is sure to inform, engage and catapult the possibilities for progress into a new era that recognizes how integral mental health is to our lives. For more information on our agenda and speakers, please visit http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/conference. Registration for the conference is available on site.  Special half-conference packages are also available.


Published On: June 01, 2009