By Benedict Carey and Sheri Fink

May 24, 2017

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For decades, therapists, patient advocates and countless families have

worked to elevate mental health care in the political conversation. Their

cause recently received a big boost when a new law created a federal mental

health "czar" to help overhaul the system and bridge more than 100 federal

agencies concerned with mental health.

 

But the White House's choice for the first person to fill that position has

already been divisive, exposing longstanding rifts within the field that may

be difficult to mend.