Presidential commission urges revamp of US mental health systemBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7409.248-a (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:248
- Deborah Josefson
A drastic reorganisation of the mental healthcare system in the United States is needed, says the New Freedom Commission of Mental Health, a panel of 22 experts on mental health and social services.
The commission was founded in April 2002 by a presidential directive, in a bid to eliminate inequality among US citizens with disabilities. President Bush asked the commission to identify problems in US mental healthcare and disability programmes and to suggest potential solutions.
The commission drew on research, expert testimony, and input from over 2300 users, …