Opioid overdose deaths are down but the fight is far from over

An excerpt from WJLA written by Leandra Bernstein.

The organization [Advocates for Opioid Recovery] recently joined a coalition committed to making addiction and mental health treatment a prominent issue in the 2020 election. Mental Health for US aims to get presidential candidates and other office seekers on record endorsing affordable, easily accessible treatment, recovery and prevention programs for the millions of Americans that struggle with addiction.

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An excerpt from WRVO Public Media written by their staff.

You’ve probably heard that there’s a presidential election coming up in 2020. Candidates are campaigning — calling out their opponents and sharing their platform — but do any of those platforms address the mental health concerns of our country?

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An excerpt from Medscape Medical News written by Alicia Ault.

Joe Pyle, president of coalition participant the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, said the hope is that by beginning advocacy early in the election cycle, the coalition will have the greatest impact.

“We’ve got good lead time to really ask every candidate what’s their view on prevention, intervention, and recovery,” Pyle told Medscape Medical News.

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Watch Patrick J. Kennedy announce the launch of Mental Health for US on C-SPAN here.

An excerpt from STAT written by Megan Thielking.

The new nonpartisan group, called Mental Health for US, aims to push candidates in both parties to be more vocal about their policy ideas to improve mental health care — particularly as the 2020 election increasingly centers on health care issues like expanding Medicare or lowering the price of prescription drugs. It’s the product of a collaboration between some of the nation’s most prominent mental health groups, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Jed Foundation.

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An excerpt from Becker’s Hospital Review written by Emily Rappleye.

Eight mental health organizations launched a nonpartisan group — Mental Health for US — to drive more conversations about mental healthcare policies in the 2020 election.

The coalition wants candidates to discuss policies for preventing mental health issues, for creating access to affordable treatment, and for expanding recovery services and treatments. It plans to seek and publish 2020 candidate positions on mental health policies later this year.

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An excerpt from Providence Journal written by G. Wayne Miller. 

PROVIDENCE — Patrick Kennedy’s mental-health awareness and advocacy group The Kennedy Forum is one of eight leading organizations that on Monday announced the launch of a national campaign intended to “elevate mental health and addiction in policy conversations during the upcoming election season,” according to the organizations.

The campaign, “Mental Health for US,” Kennedy told The Journal, is aimed at candidates and forums as the general-election year of 2020 approaches and presidential hopefuls already are reaching out to voters.

“For far too long, those with mental-health and addiction challenges have been pushed to the side and treated as second-class citizens,” Kennedy said.

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