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June 3, 2002

President Bush Names Appointments to White House Commission on Mental Health

On May 31, the White House officially announced the long awaited appointments to the New Freedom Initiative Commission on Mental health Services. The commission is intended to examine the current gaps in mental illness treatment services and make recommendations for ways in which the federal government can help states increase access to care and improve quality in their public programs. See the full text of the President's Executive Order.

NAMI Member Included Among the Appointments

See the full list of White House appointees.

Among the notable appointments to the White House Commission is NAMI Indiana member Robert Postelhwait. In addition, several other appointments have considerable experience in working with NAMI over the years including Judge Ginger Lerner Wren (presiding judge of the Broward County Florida Mental health Court), and Henry Harbin (CEO of Magellan Behavioral Health). Further, the Chairman of the Commission, Ohio Mental Health Commissioner Mike Hogan, is a longtime ally of NAMI Ohio and will be speaking at the upcoming NAMI convention in Cincinnati, June 26-30th. In addition to these appointments announced late week, an additional 5 senior officials from federal agencies such as Health and Human Services, Labor, Education and the Veterans' Administration are still to be selected.

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