Alignment for Progress: Charting a Course for the System we Need

Patrick J. Kennedy is one of the world’s leading voices on mental health and addiction. He works to align government leaders, philanthropists, the private sector, and advocates in order to transform our health care system to finally treat illnesses of the brain on par with illnesses of the body. Patrick is available to speak and consult about his new book, Profiles in Mental Health Courage, the pursuit of mental health equity; the role of the Federal Parity Law; health care integration; technology in mental health care; mental health is essential health; combatting the opioid crisis; a roadmap for a better health care system; national and state advocacy work; and workplace mental health.


In addition to serving as lead author of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy has worked tirelessly to inform government officials, unite government agencies, and facilitate government action around prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. Highlights include:


The private sector is key to advancing the evidence-based practices, programming, and technology necessary to achieve health equity for those with mental health and substance use disorders. Through his extensive professional reach and subject matter expertise, Patrick J. Kennedy has been able to develop and nurture relationships with some of today’s most innovative companies and service providers—making great strides in uniting changemakers across the country. Highlights include:


The final and perhaps most important element of building the system we need is advocacy. It is the fuel that powers lasting change. Through unparalleled campaigns and resources developed in conjunction with the nation’s largest mental health organizations, Patrick J. Kennedy and The Kennedy Forum have inspired countless people across the country to stand up and speak out about mental health and addiction. Highlights include: