The Kennedy Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity (KSCMHE) was jointly envisioned by the 16th U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher, and former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI). Building on their longstanding relationship and shared commitment to promoting mental health parity and health equity for people living with mental health and substance use disorders, the Center was made possible through a generous endowment from the Kennedy Forum, and matched by MSM’s endowment from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
The Center was formally launched at the First Annual State of the Union in Mental Health and Addiction on February 3, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to further discussion of the most important challenges and opportunities for advancing best practices and policies for people living with mental health and substance use disorders. Under the leadership of Dr. Glenda Wrenn, the Center focuses on partnership development and participation in conferences and events that convene national leaders in mental health policy, practice, and advocacy.