NM Mental Health Policy Special Panel Discussion

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2010 Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager 505/272-3679; cell 505/907-9525 ALBUQUERQUE, NM – This Thursday, February 25, an important panel discussion will explore national mental health policy, while discussing mental health policies in New Mexico with its unique populations. Panelists also will review decisions made during the NM 2010 Legislative session that impact mental health care in the state.UNM’s Health Sciences Library and the UNM Psychiatry Department’s Center for Rural & Community Behavioral Health is hosting the panel discussion. The inter-professional panel includes highly regarded and reputable panelists both in New Mexico and nationally, including:Larry Davidson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Yale University (also serves as the Mental Health Policy Director for Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services); Douglas Fraser, consumer and community member; Charlene Poola, Program Director for Native American Behavioral Health,UNM Center for Rural & Community Behavioral Health ; Wendy Price, New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute at Las Vegas; and Linda Roebuck, CEO, New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative. The panel discussion is open and free to the public and will take place Thursday, February 25, 5:30 - 7 p.m., in the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education, room B116. For more information, please contact Laura Hall at 505/272-6518. This discussion is in conjunction with the traveling exhibit,The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic,on display atUniversity of New Mexico Health Sciences Center through March 2, 2010. The exhibit is free and open to the public at the UNM Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.The Lives They Left Behindwas created by the Community Consortium, an organization of people with psychiatric histories and their allies, to honor the memories of those removed from their communities and institutionalized. This exhibit was brought to New Mexico with funding from the New Mexico Humanities Council.The Lives They Left Behindis circulated by The Exhibition Alliance of Hamilton, NY,www.exhibitionalliance.org.

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