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Mental Health America Celebrates 100 Years of Mental Health Advocacy and Support
Date:12/15/2008

ealth services to citizens living in rural areas. (1987)
  • Played a leading role in the development of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects mentally and physically disabled Americans from discrimination. (1990)
  • In conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Institute of Mental Health, organized the first comprehensive conference on The State of Mental Health and Mental Illness in Black America. (1994)
  • Helped secure passage of the "Mental Health Parity Act," the first federal legislation to bring more equity to health insurance coverage of mental health care and implementation of parity in mental health insurance coverage for 9 million federal workers and their families. (1996-1998)
  • Participated in the first-ever White House Conference on Mental Health. (1999)
  • Successfully advocated against the death penalty for juvenile offenders, resulting in a landmark Supreme Court ruling that removed 73 individuals from death row. (2005)
  • Along with a coalition of mental health agencies and advocates, succeeded in getting the Mental Health Parity Act signed into law. (2008)
  • About Mental Health America:

    Celebrating 100 years of mental health advocacy, Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 300 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation -- everyday and in times of crisis. In 2009, we will mark a century of achievement with a year-long Centennial Observance: "Celebrating the Legacy. Forging the Future."


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