National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Cincinnati, OH - Charles Curie, head of the federal Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and member of President Bush's newly-appointed New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, told members of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) at their annual convention today that the nation's mental health care system needs to enter a new "era of recovery" driven by consumer and family needs and preferences.
"The system fails if people don't achieve a life," Curie said, which is defined by three elements: a safe place to live, a job, and meaningful personal relationships and connections to a community.
He identified three key priorities for the Commission:
Curie also signaled an intention to change the way SAMHSA "does business" based on three criteria: