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Policy, Equity & Access To Services In Mental Health Care

The fight for parity and equal rights for individuals living with serious mental illness has come a long way since Dorothea Dix began lobbying for better quality of life for those with mental health conditions in the 1840s. Even with major advancements, there is still much more that can be done to increase equity and access to services for those living with mental illness.1 Policies such as the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), and other national advocacy efforts like the civil rights movement have made great gains; however, until further laws are put in place at a state and national level, desperately needed services and coverage for individuals with mental illnesses will continue to be insufficient.2

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