The Seattle Times

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