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CLOSING SESSION - Call to Action

Congressman Patrick Kennedy

May 24, 2011
27 minutes
Patrick Kennedy


Congressman Patrick Kennedy served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Rhode Island’s First District. Patrick Kennedy was the author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008, legislation which provides tens of millions of Americans who were previously denied care with access to mental health treatment. Congressman Kennedy has authored and co-sponsored dozens of bills to increase understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including the National Neurotechnology Initiative Act, the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act, the COMBAT PTSD Act, and the Alzheimer’s Treatment and Caregiver Support Act. Founder of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus and the 21st Century Healthcare Caucus, Congressman Kennedy is winner of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Distinguished Service Award, the Society for Neuroscience Public Service Award, the Autism Society of America Congressional Leadership Award, the Depression and Bipolar Support Paul Wellstone Mental Health Award, and the Epilepsy Foundation Public Service Award. Congressman Kennedy is Co-Chair of One Mind for Research, dedicated to dramatic enhancements in funding and collaboration in research across all brain disorders in the next decade.