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To improve the accessibility and quality of mental health and substance use services through advocacy with local, state and federal policy-makers. To education the public and promote the reduction of stigma associated with mental illness and substance abuse.
Mental Health America of Kentucky, formerly the Kentucky Mental Health Association, was founded in 1951 to promote mental health, prevent mental illnesses, and improve the care and treatment of persons with a mental illness. Its founding members and early supporters included Dr. Spafford Ackerly, Dr. William Keller, Barry Bingham, Sr., Dr. Arthur Kasey, Dr. Frank Gaines, Dr. Harold McPheeters, and Cornelia Serpell. The association was instrumental in the creation of Kentucky's community mental health services system and laws preserving the rights of people involuntarily hospitalized for a mental illness.MHA-Kentucky serves to advance
- wellness and mental health
- effective evidence-based treatment for mental illnesses
- respect for people with psychiatric disabilities
- supports for hope and recovery
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