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Episode 19 - Dr. Michael Hogan: The "President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health": Promise, Progress, and Challenge

Monday, May 04, 2009, 10:51:22 AM

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Dr. Hogan discusses his work on the Bush Administration's President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, which he chaired from 2002-2003. He discusses how the work of the Commission focused research and service efforts in mental health on promoting recovery, resilience, and transformation in the lives of individuals with mental illness, and what he sees as the ongoing challenges of the work.

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Average Rating: 5stars  certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, msw student, Tuesday, January 19, 2010

By C. Neu :

This writer found Dr. Michael Hogan’s interview on the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health refreshing. As a provider of mental health services, I have witnessed the challenges faced by providers and recipients of service alike in their attempts to promote hope in recovery. As Dr. Hogan mentioned, the Commission identified new principles that should underpin the reform of the mental health system; recovery and resiliency. Transitioning the focus of mental health treatment towards the individual, developing person-centered models of care, allows the individual to develop self-direction, increase abilities to positively cope with life’s challenges, facilitate recovery and build on resilience.
To be able to positively advocate that recovery is possible is a huge stride taken by the mental health community. Dr. Hogan’s perspective on utilizing the notion of transformation as an approach to change was intriguing. Change is difficult for so many, the concept of transforming and being able to focus on the strengths and positives of a system of care can truly be inspiring rather than a barrier. Refocusing the viewpoints in order to provide the practical tools for providers are indeed necessary. The mental health system still has numerous challenges ahead; funding, the physical health of its recipients and the changing of beliefs. I agree that one positive step forward would be the commitment of the provider community to be willing and open to doing something different, believing in recovery and promoting hope. People with a mental health diagnosis can recover. Individuals have the right to live the best possible life and be supported in advocating for their right to take the steps necessary to walk down the path of recovery.

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