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Mental Health and Public Policy

Series: Current Topics in Counseling 2017

Date: Dec. 1, 2017

Presented by: Governor Richard J. Codey

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Governor Richard J. Codey’s talk, “Mental Health and Public Policy,” focuses on how he became interested in making mental health a focal point of his public service. This includes stories of going undercover in psychiatric institutions and nursing facilities, and doing frequent unannounced inspections of boarding homes, both of which exposed the poor treatment of patients. Governor Codey and his wife have also been open about their struggles with post-partum depression. These varied experiences led him to pass legislation which made improvements in mental health public policy.