By Maria A. Oquendo, M.D. President of the American Psychiatric Association
August 17, 2016
The last piece of legislation that President John F. Kennedy signed into law was the Community Mental Health Act on Oct. 31, 1963. In addition to being the last bill that Kennedy signed before his assassination that fateful November day in Dallas, the Community Mental Health Act was the last mental health reform bill to be signed by a president. More than a half century has gone by and nine more presidents have sat in the Oval Office and there hasnt been a federal law passed to significantly improve our nations mental health system. That could change next month.