Fighting for the Rights of the Mentally Ill

My name is Pat Lawrence and for the past twenty years, since my 18 year-old daughter became mentally ill, my focus has been to help all of the innocent vulnerable people with a mental illness. I am past-president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts and co-founder of the New England Personality Disorder Association which supports parents and children with borderline personality disorder. In 1996, I wrote the Massachusetts Mental Health Insurance Parity Bill for biologically-based brain disorders sponsored by Senator Fred Berry and Representative Byron Rushing and written into law on 5/2/2000 by Governor Paul Cellucci giving insurance equality to the mentally ill. One piece of legislation equaled one giant step to end stigma.

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