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Carter Center Featured Partner: Twenty-fifth Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy

Featured October 2009

Thanks to the support of our partners, The Carter Center Mental Health Program is proud to host the Twenty-fifth Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, Preparing for Health Care Reform: Challenges and Opportunities for Behavioral Health Care. Each year, The Carter Center invites mental health administrators, policy makers, researchers, treatment providers, consumers, and family members to the Symposium to discuss a pressing mental health issue and develop well-informed recommendations. On Nov. 5-6, 2009, members from the mental health and policy communities will meet at The Carter Center to discuss crucial issues in the national debate on health care reform.

Developing an effective plan to promote and achieve integration of mental health and substance use care with primary care and disease prevention is an essential component of health care reform. Without appropriate system reform, modifications in the mental health field, such as insurance expansions, health promotion and disease prevention tools, and potential savings through financing simply will not be effective. By replacing a fragmented system with a more effective integrated one, national health care reform can impact the behavioral health care field.

The two-day Symposium will involve a series of panel discussions, a keynote address, and work groups on the following topics: Clinical Processes: Building the Health Home; Comparative Effectiveness: Moving from Research to Practice; and Information Technology: Putting the Patient at the Center of the Information Flow. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a leading advocate for mental health, will be joined by notable panelists and speakers including Tom Daschle, distinguished senior fellow, Center for American Progress; Tom Bryant, M.D., J.D., president of Nonprofit Management, Inc.; and the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and quality, Carolyn Clancy, M.D. On the 25th anniversary of the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, Mrs. Carter and the Mental Health Task Force propose to support the current calls for closer integration of health care by exploring some of the major policy and programming areas that both impact and are impacted by efforts at integration.

The Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy would not be possible without the generous support of our partners. We greatly appreciate their dedication to promoting mental health and look forward to our continued partnership in the future.

Annenberg Foundation

The Boston Foundation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

The Charles Engelhard Foundation

Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Janssen, L.P.

National Institutes of Mental Health Administration

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

And many generous individuals

Carter Center Photos

Mental health researchers, consumers, treatment providers, and policy makers listen to a presentation at  the 2008 Rosalynn Carter Symposium for Mental Health Policy, Unclaimed Children Revisited: Fostering a Climate to Improve Children's Mental Health.


Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter and Dr. Thomas Bornemann, director of the Carter Center's Mental Health Program, listen to a presentation at the 24th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy held at The Carter Center in Atlanta. The symposium brings together national leaders in mental health to focus and coordinate their efforts on an issue of common concern.


Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter addresses the attendees at the 2008 Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy.

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