Trends in State Mental Health Agencies

“After a year of study, and after reviewing research and testimony, the Commission finds that recovery from mental illness is now a real possibility. The promise of the New Freedom Initiative—a life in the community for everyone—can be realized. Yet, for too many Americans with mental illnesses, the mental health services and supports they need remain fragmented, disconnected and often inadequate, frustrating the opportunity for recovery.”1 - President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. July 2003.

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About the Authors
Theodore C. Lutterman is the director of research analysis for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute, Inc. (NRI).

Robert Shaw is a systems analyst for NRI.

Ronald Manderscheid is the chief, Survey and Analysis Branch, U.S. Center for Mental Health Services.

Noel A. Mazade is executive director of NRI.