Pressures for Better Services
Carter's Prescription for Federal Support
The mentally ill, it is said, have no constituency. Everyone seems to want them out of sight and out of mind. But when President Carter sent Congress his message on mental health care one key constituent was on hand to endorse his legislative proposals. Rosalynn Carter, who has had a long and abiding interest in mental health matters, was at her husband's side as he spoke with news reporters in the White House press room. She had served as honorary chairperson of the President's Commission on Mental Health whose report1 laid the groundword for the legislation he was that day (May 15) asking Congress to enact.
The commission report drew together many of the facts and enigmas surrounding ...