Earlier this week, Trilogy posted a New York Times opinion piece on our Facebook and Twitter feeds titled “Shameful Profiling of the Mentally Ill.” It addressed the discrimination of several individuals who, on separate occasions, were disgracefully denied entry into the United States simply because they had sought treatment for mental illness in the past.
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy signing the Community Mental Health Act (CMHA) into law. The CMHA was the first legislation passed for mental health and it funded the establishment of comprehensive community mental health centers, like Trilogy, across the country. This altered the way mental health services were delivered and was a historic moment for people living with serious mental illness. These community mental health centers helped people with mental illnesses who were “warehoused” in hospitals and institutions move back into their communities and forge independent lives for themselves. The CMHA was the beginning of a movement to assist people in their recovery from serious mental illness and the fight to reduce the stigma associated with it.