Mental health care: Small steps and big initiatives

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June 6, 2011 — During Mental Health Awareness Month in May, we heard a lot of hopeful news regarding mental illness: mentions of groundbreaking treatments, less stigma, and better care. But are things really improving? Some experts say that despite millions of dollars spent on research, care is often inefficient and unavailable. We take a look at big initiatives and small steps. Are they making a difference for those seeking and finding support for their mental health care needs? Dan Gottlieb is joined by WHYY’s Behavioral Health reporter Maiken Scott and guests:

Mark Salzer – a professor and founding Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. He is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.

Edie Mannion – manager and co-founder of the Training and Education Center (TEC) at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP).

Arthur Evans, Jr. – heads Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services.

Photo by Flickr user Duncan Work

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