Statement by McLean Hospital on the death of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 27, 2009
Belmont, MA - McLean Hospital joins the nation in mourning the loss of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who throughout his career in public office was one of the strongest and most vocal advocates for the mentally ill. "His influence on the mental health community was profound; the results he obtained continue to improve the lives of those with mental illness and our ability as clinicians to provide them with compassionate, effective care," said McLean Hospital President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD.
Sen. Kennedy was instrumental in the passage of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires insurance plans to grant the same coverage for psychiatric illnesses as other medical conditions, thus providing greater access to mental health services for the millions of Americans who have a mental illness.
He was equally committed to advancing our understanding of psychiatric illnesses and truly appreciated that from knowledge will come a cure. He strongly supported biomedical research, advocating for stem cell research and increased funds for the National Institutes of Health. His voice in Washington, DC, championing our shared cause will be greatly missed.
We send our condolences to Senator Kennedy's family in this time of sadness.
McLean Hospital is the largest psychiatric facility of Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare. For more information about McLean Hospital, visit www.mclean.harvard.edu.