MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative, will be the speaker at the AUM Business Breakfast Wednesday, March 30, at the RSA Activity Center in downtown Montgomery.
Kennedy will present on My Journey: Making Mental Health Essential Health. He will discuss why mental health is critical to the overall health and well-being of all Americans, why the healthcare system needs to adapt to better accommodate mental healthcare, the underlying public policy imperatives of parity, and why we need to invest in innovation.
Patrick also will discuss his own journey toward mental health and recovery and how he sees the world today. In fact, since his earliest days in public service, Patrick believed that mental health should be a national priority. After 16 years in Congress and countless bills passed, one stands out among the rest for the impact it has on the lives of all Americans - the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This bill ensures that mental health is treated on-par with physical health, breaking down decades-old practices in the health care system that kept those two areas separate from one another, often with dire consequences.
Register to attend the Business Breakfast by clicking here. For table sponsorship or questions, contact AUM Outreach at 334-244-3804. WSFA 12 News is a sponsor of the AUM Business Breakfast series.