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Bill Allen / The Associated Press, Oct. 31, 1963

Sunday, October 20, 2013

50 years later, Kennedy’s vision for mental health not realized

President Kennedy, surrounded by lawmakers, signs the Community Mental Health Act — a bill authorizing $329 million for mental-health programs — at the White House on Oct. 31, 1963. The legislation aimed to build mental-health centers accessible to all Americans so that those with mental illnesses could be treated while working and living at home.