Mental illness affects more than one million people in Colorado and one in five people in the United States each year, but nearly 60 percent do not receive treatment. Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy will speak about his advocacy in the field of mental health and addiction, combining his personal story with his policy work, the magnitude of the current opioid crisis and potential solution, and vision for our country moving forward.
The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. During his 16-year career representing Rhode Island in Congress, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses, highlighted by his lead sponsorship of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008–and his brave openness about his own health challenges. Representative Kennedy was appointed in May, 2017, to sit on the Trump administration’s Presidential Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crises.
This program is generously underwritten by Kathy & Neal Kimmel and Lynn & Dr. Andrew Kaufman.
Note: the doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; the program will begin at 6 p.m.