The State of Mental Health Care: Challenges and Solutions

About one in five Americans suffer from mental illness every year but less than half of those are receiving treatment, costing the country more than 190 billion dollars in lost earnings annually.

As the nation's health care law faces replacement, what will the future hold for those battling mental illness? How might mental health benefits and additional funding for care provided under the 21st Century Cures Act be affected?

What is the role leaders at the state level can play when it comes to issues of access, quality of care and mental health coverage under Medicaid? How can it be ensured that prisons and jails do not continue to be the primary providers of behavioral health care in the country and what more can be done to provide caregivers with the support and resources they need?

The Hill convened state leaders, health officials, academics, and patient advocates for a conversation about mental health policy at the federal, state and local level, and the impact on patients and caregivers.


  • Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Member, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health
  • Governor Terry McAuliffe (D), Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Michelle Wang Goodridge, President, Central Nervous System, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Dennis Hobb, Executive Director, McClendon Center
  • Fred Osher, Director, Health Services and Systems Policy, Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Teresa Pasquini, Mental Health Advocate
  • Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • John Snook, Executive Director, Treatment Advocacy Center
  • Dr. Altha J. Stewart, President-Elect, American Psychiatric Association


  • Peter Sullivan, Staff Writer, The Hill
  • Reid Wilson, National Correspondent, The Hill 

             Underwritten By:                                             With Support From:

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Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., was the sole underwriter for this event, with input and promotional support from the National Council for Behavioral Health. Both organizations had input into the scope and speakers of the event; however all final program decisions were made by The Hill.