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This exhaustive report from President Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health emphasizes the need to transform our nation's mental health system. Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America, also provides recommendations for steps that can be taken at national, state and local levels to improve mental health services and supports for people of all ages with mental illnesses.

Will the report of this Commission result in the wholesale transformation called for by the Commissioners? Or, will it prove just to be another Washington report gathering dust on shelves?

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Goals & Model Programs Identified In The President’s New Freedom Commision On Mental Health Report

The report places special emphasis on 6 goals and several programs around the nation that are successfully promoting recovery and providing effective services to individuals with mental disorders and their families. Visit the programs below to find out more.
New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Final Report (PDF File)
Read the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health's Final Report on their findings of the current mental health system.

Goal 1: Americans Understand Mental Health Essential to Overall Health
President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Final Report Goal 1: American's Understand that Mental Health is Essential to Overall Health

Goal 2: Mental Health Care Consumer/Family Driven
President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Final Report Goal 2: Mental Health Care is Consumer and Family Driven Part 1

Goal 2: Mental Health Care Consumer/Family Driven part 2
President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Final Report Goal 2: Mental Health Care is Consumer and Family Driven Part 2

Goal 3: Disparities in Mental Health Services Eliminated
President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Final Report Goal 3: Disparities in Mental Health Services are Eliminated.

Goal 4: Early Mental Health Screening
President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Final Report Goal 4: Early Mental Health Screening, Assessment, and Referral to Services are Common Practice.

Goal 5: Excellent Mental Health Care Delivered and Research Accelerated
President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Final Report Goal 5: Excellent Mental Health Care is Delivered and Research is Accelerated.

Goal 6: Technology Used to Access Mental Health Care
President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Final Report Goal 6: Technology is Used to Access Mental Health Care and Information.

Air Force Initiative to Prevent Suicide
In 1996, the Air Force Chief of Staff initiated a community-wide approach to prevent suicide through hard-hitting messages to all active duty personnel.

Wraparound Milwaukee
Provides coordinated system of care through a single public agency (Wraparound Milwaukee) that coordinates a crisis team, provider network, family advocacy, and access to 80 different services.

Supported Employment for People with Serious Mental Illnesses
Outreach (often by formerly homeless people), comprehensive services, 24/7 availability, partnerships with community providers, and real-time evaluation.

AB-34 Projects
Outreach (often by formerly homeless people), comprehensive services, 24/7 availability, partnerships with community providers, and real-time evaluation.

Dallas School-based Youth and Family Centers
Annually serves the physical and mental health care needs of 3,000 low-income children and their families.

Nurse-Family Partnership
A nurse visits the homes of high-risk women when pregnancy begins and continues for the first year of the child's life.

TeenScreen®
All youngsters in a school, with parental consent, are given a computer-based questionnaire that screens them for mental illnesses and suicide risk.

IMPACT
IMPACT-Improving Mood: Providing Access to Collaborative Treatment for Late Life Depression uses a team approach to deliver depression care to elderly adults in primary care setting.

Texas Medication Algorithm Project
Development of algorithms as well as development of consumer education materials and other tools for treating serious mental illnesses.

Veterans Administration Health Information and Communication Technology System
VHA is the largest integrated health care system in the U.S. with approximately 1,300 sites providing a full continuum of health care services. VA provided mental health services to more than 750,000 veterans in 2002.

Network of Care
The user-friendly Web site enables consumers and families to find pertinent mental health information; identify available services, supports, and community resources; and keep personal records on secure servers

Executive Summary
President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Final Report Executive Summary

Conclusion
Presidents New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Final Report Conclusion


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