June 7, 1999


“As a nation founded on the ideal of equality, it is high time that America's health plans serve all Americans equally. We must make it clear once and for all: mental illness is no different from physical illness – and our nation's health plans should provide both with the same quality coverage.”

President Bill Clinton
June 7, 1999

Today, in Washington, D.C., President and Mrs. Clinton and Vice President and Mrs. Gore participated in the White House Conference on Mental Health. The Administration unveiled new proposals to provide parity, improve treatment, bolster research, and expand community responses to help those with mental illnesses.

Unveiling New Initiatives to Address Mental Health. At today's White House Conference on Mental Health, the Clinton-Gore Administration unveiled unprecedented initiatives to support those with mental illnesses. Highlights of these initiatives include:

Challenging Congress to Pass Mental Health Legislation. In an effort to improve care and services for people with mental illness, the Administration urged Congress to:

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