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The 2003 report from the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America,challenges states to "fundamentally transform" how mental health care is delivered and to work toward a recovery-oriented system. Pennsylvania's Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) embraced the challenge and is guided by the OMHSAS Advisory Committee as well as a broad range of stakeholders who create accountability for the system transformation.
Supporting the Journey: Transforming Pennsylvania's Behavioral Health System describes changes to the Commonwealth's behavioral health system to become more responsive to the needs of consumers, families, and communities. We invite our partners to use this resource to educate others about the behavioral health system, to learn more about the transformation, and to continue to make your voices heard as the behavioral health system continues its journey.
Supporting the Journey starts with a Timeline beginning with the 1966 MH/MR Act through the closure of Allen State Hospital in 2010. Additional topics include:
I hope Supporting the Journey serves both to inform its readers and to stimulate dialogue about a vision for transitions yet to come.
Sherry H. Snyder
Acting Deputy Secretary