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U.S. Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health: Developing A National Action Agenda

Media Advisory, September 13, 2000
Contacts: Farrell Fitch, Sciencs Worldwide Communications, 202-452-6500


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WHAT: U.S. Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health: Developing A National Action Agenda
WHEN: September 18-19, 2000
WHERE: Omni Shoreham, Washington, D.C.
WHO: Laurie Flynn, Executive Director, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Member, President's National Bioethics Advisory Committee, Executive Board, Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health established by Columbia University and the New York Psychiatric Institute.

In addition, NAMI can arrange media interviews with families about their first-hand experiences seeking treatment for children in a mental health system that is woefully inadequate.

BACKGROUND

Flynn is a participant in the Surgeon General's Conference and will be discussing factors that impact access to care (e.g., stigma, and diagnosis), the availability of services, and the involvement of families in evidence-based treatment. She will be available to comment about the conference and related issues.

The Surgeon General's Conference is intended to identify appropriate, evidence-based treatments or services and provides recommendations as a basis for a Surgeon General's Call to Action. In a unique partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health at Columbia University, NAMI mobilizes its members to carry messages throughout the country about the latest scientific research and evidence-based treatments.

 


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