Patrick J. Kennedy to Speak at the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems March 21

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Washington, D.C. / March 21, 2018 – The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) will host its 2018 Annual Meeting, entitled “Preparing for Tomorrow: Opportunities in Behavioral Health,” March 19-21 at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. Patrick J. Kennedy, former Rhode Island Congressman, will participate in a panel discussion addressing parity and advancements in behavioral health care on Wednesday, March 21. Panelists joining Mr. Kennedy include Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.).

According to the NAPHS website, its conference will provide industry professionals the opportunity to opportunity to learn from, connect with, and influence the decision makers who determine the future of our nation’s behavioral health legislative and regulatory agenda.

The March 21 Policy Breakfast in which Mr. Kennedy will participate will take place from 7:45 – 10:00 a.m. and is sponsored by Meridian Behavioral Health.

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About Patrick J. Kennedy:

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) is a lifelong mental health advocate and member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. He is the founder of The Kennedy Forum, a convening think tank tackling mental health and addiction issues and co-founder of One Mind, a global leader in open science collaboration for brain research. In 2015, he co-authored A Common Struggle, a New York Times best seller, which details his personal journey and provides a roadmap for the future of mental health policy. Mr. Kennedy is pushing for full enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. He was the lead sponsor of this groundbreaking legislation, which requires health plans cover mental health, eating disorder, and addiction care health benefits the same way they cover physical health benefits. To learn about Mr. Kennedy’s efforts, please visit