VP Joe Biden says “remarkable changes” are coming for mental health treatment

During a forum this week on mental health, Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered encouraging remarks for the future of mental health care, reports the Associated Press. The event celebrated the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Community Mental Health Act.

Their remarks touched on eliminating stigmas and barriers to treatment, scientific advancements and ongoing research to better support veterans facing post-traumatic stress disorder. The Affordable Care Act and its promise to expand access to mental illness was also discussed.

‘‘’This is the civil rights movement of our time,’’ Kennedy said. ‘‘Together we’re going to ensure not only quality treatment but equality of treatment.’’’