The Pledge

We have a mental health and addiction crisis in America, and it impacts everyone. We can see it in poor test scores and alarming school dropout rates, overflowing jails and chronic homelessness, and skyrocketing health care costs and workplace absenteeism. Every day, 44 Americans lose their lives to an opioid overdose, 35 babies are born opioid‐dependent, and 112 Americans complete suicide, including 22 veterans. Our system is broken. The time for action is NOW.

Let’s get the 2016 candidates to pledge their support to address mental health conditions and addiction.

  • Clinton
  • Sanders
  • Trump
  • Bush
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  • Bush
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We are asking our nation’s policymakers, business leaders, and 2016 presidential candidates to take the NOW pledge, which is based on six proven and cost-effective strategies that will transform mental health and addiction in America.

I pledge:

  • To guarantee ACCESS to person-centered treatment, providers, and community-based services and support for all Americans living with mental illness and addiction.
  • To support long term RECOVERY and relapse-prevention for all Americans living with addiction and mental illness so that every opportunity, from education to employment, is within reach.
  • To advance INTEGRATION of addiction and mental illness care with physical health in all settings and throughout our public systems, from criminal justice to foster care, so that we treat the whole person and bend the cost curve.
  • To honor our VETERANS by improving addiction and mental illness services for all service men and women, and their families, so that we end the growing veteran suicide and addiction rates.
  • To prioritize PREVENTION in our communities – health care settings, schools, and workplaces – so that we stop crises before they start and nurture healthy brains that are ready to learn and ready to work.
  • To encourage INNOVATION in research, technology, and models of care so that we continue to improve treatment and outcomes for people living with mental illness and addiction tomorrow and into the future.
Affiliated Organizations
American Foundation for Soucide Prevention
National Council for Behavioral Health
Mental Health America
American Psycological Association
Legal Action Center
National Alliance on Mental Illness
The Kennedy Forum
Faces & Voices of Recovery
Families for depression awareness
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Facing Addiction