Hillary clinton mental health care

Mental health - The Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton

Note: This page is a reproduction of the Hillary for America policy proposal on mental health. 

More than 40 million adults in America—nearly 1 in 5—and 17 million children are coping with a mental health problem. Too many individuals are being left to deal with these issues on their own, and many face complicating life circumstances like drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness, incarceration, or chronic health conditions.

These Americans and their families need our support. Hillary Clinton strongly believes we have to bring mental and behavioral health care on par with physical health care—and end the shame and stigma associated with treatment. To that end, she has announced a comprehensive mental health agenda that will:

  • Promote early diagnosis and intervention. The majority of Americans living with lifelong mental health illnesses show signs of distress at an early age, and yet few are treated. As president, Hillary will increase public awareness and action to address maternal depression, infant mental health, and trauma and stress in the lives of young children. She will scale up funding for programs through which pediatricians and schools seek to identify and support children facing behavioral problems. And she will encourage colleges and universities to provide comprehensive mental health services.
  • Launch a national initiative for suicide prevention. America is facing the highest suicide rate in 30 years—and it’s becoming increasingly prevalent among adolescents, college students, veterans, and older adults. As president, Hillary will create a national, cross-governmental suicide prevention initiative to be led by the surgeon general and involve all relevant agencies, from HHS to the VA to USDA. She’ll provide federal support for suicide prevention programs in high schools and on college campuses, and she’ll work to ensure schools are meeting the mental health needs of all students—particularly LGBT students and students of color.
  • Integrate our nation’s mental and physical health care systems so that health care delivery focuses on the “whole person” and expand community-based treatment.Hillary will work to foster better integration of our health care systems so that high-quality behavioral care—for mental health problems and as well as addiction—is available in general health care settings. She’ll launch a national strategy to increase the number of mental health providers. And she will support the creation of top grade, comprehensive community health centers in every state where behavioral care is available.
  • Prioritize treatment over jail for low-level, nonviolent offenders and help train law enforcement officers in responding to conflicts involving persons with mental illness. Hillary will increase investments in local programs, such as specialized courts, drug courts, and veterans’ treatment courts, which emphasize treatment and rehabilitation over incarceration. She will also direct the attorney general to issue guidance to federal prosecutors, instructing them to prioritize treatment over incarceration for low-level, nonviolent offenders. And she will ensure adequate training for law enforcement on crisis intervention so that officers can properly and safely respond to individuals with mental illness.
  • Enforce mental health parity to the full extent of the law. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which Hillary proudly co-sponsored, requires group health plans to provide the same level of benefits for mental health as other medical conditions. Despite the law, too many Americans seeking mental health treatment still get turned away. Hillary will strengthen federal monitoring to make sure insurers are complying with the mental health parity law—and she’ll make it easier for patients to file a complaint when their rights are violated.
  • Improve access to housing and job opportunities.  Hillary will launch a joint initiative among HUD, HHS, and USDA to expand community-based housing opportunities for individuals with mental illness and other disabilities. She’ll work with private employers and state and local mental health authorities to expand job opportunities for Americans with mental health issues. And she’ll increase support for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program.
  • Invest in brain behavioral science research. As part of a broad new investment in scientific research, Hillary will provide new federal funding for research into brain development and human behavior, promote research partnerships across sectors, and ensure data is widely shared.

Hillary’s plan builds on a long record of fighting for better services for Americans with mental illnesses:

  • In the U.S. Senate, she co-sponsored the Campus Care and Counseling Act, which established critical mental health support and early suicide prevention for college students across the country.
  • She also supported a $500 million increase in mental health care for veterans, co-sponsored the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act, and worked across the aisle to make sure their mental health needs would be included in policy recommendations to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • And she strongly supported the enactment of mental health parity laws, which have helped ensure that millions of Americans with mental illness do not lose access to the services that they need because of financial restrictions or arbitrary treatment limits.

Hillary Clinton to roll out comprehensive mental health plan


By Associated PressAug. 29, 2016


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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Hillary Clinton is rolling out a comprehensive plan to address millions of Americans coping with mental illness, pointing to the need to fully integrate mental health services into the nation’s health care system.

Clinton’s campaign released a multipronged approach to mental health care on Monday, aimed at ensuring that Americans would no longer separate mental health from physical health in terms of access, care, and quality of treatment.

The Democratic presidential nominee’s agenda would focus on early diagnosis and intervention and create a national initiative for suicide prevention. If elected, Clinton would hold a White House conference on mental health within her first year in office.


Clinton’s proposal would also aim to enforce mental health parity laws and provide training to law enforcement officers to deal with people grappling with mental health problems while prioritizing treatment over jail for low-level offenders.

“Building on her longstanding commitment to health care for all, Hillary believes everyone should be able to access quality mental health care — without shame, stigma, or barriers,” said Maya Harris, a senior policy adviser to Clinton’s campaign, in a statement.


The former secretary of state planned to hold a town hall meeting by telephone with stakeholders on Monday during a three-day fundraising spree in the Hamptons. The policy rollout would overlap with a Clinton plan to address drug and alcohol addiction which she campaigned on in Iowa and New Hampshire after hearing frequently about the problems from voters.

The federal government estimated in 2014 that about 43.6 million adults in the United States had mental illness in the past year, or about 1 in 5 adults age 18 and over. It estimated nearly 10 million adults suffered from serious mental illness.

An estimated 17 million children in the US experience mental health problems, including 1 in 5 college students, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Nearly 1 in 5 veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan experienced post-traumatic stress or depression.

Clinton’s campaign said the plan would attempt to integrate the nation’s health care system to create a more seamless way of providing both medical and mental health treatment to patients.

It would expand the reimbursement systems for collaborative care models under Medicare and Medicaid that aim to treat patients through a team of health care professionals, including a primary care doctor, a care manager, and a behavioral health specialist.

It would also be helped by a Clinton proposal to boost funding for community health centers that she announced earlier in the summer along with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, her primary rival.

Money for the centers, a priority for Sanders, was increased under the Affordable Care Act. Clinton’s plan would make the money for the centers permanent and expand it by $40 billion over the next decade.

— Ken Thomas

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is an American politician, US Secretary of State (since 2009), previously a member of the US Senate from the State of New York, a member of the US Democratic Party. The wife of the 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton

Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton was born October 26, 1947 in Chicago.

American politician, US Secretary of State (since 2009), former member of the US Senate from New York State (2001-2009)), a member of the US Democratic Party.

Hillary Clinton - wife of 42 US President Bill Clinton (1993-2001).

Family, childhood and youth

Mother - Dorothy Rodham, housewife.

Father - Hugh Rodham, owner of a small textile business.

Hillary was born in a family of immigrants from England and Wales. When she was four years old, they moved to the Park Ridge area, which is located near O'Hare Airport.

She took an active political position very early. While studying at school, she considered herself a Republican, was a supporter of Senator Berry Goldwater. In Chicago's "South Side" neighborhoods, Hillary helped the local pastor work with Hispanic and Negro children, took part in organizing charity events for the children of seasonal workers.

After graduating from Park Ridge High School, Hillary attended Wellesley College, a women's institution of higher learning, where she served as student government chair. She organized the first anti-war demonstration, and in 1968 led the campaign for Senator Eugene McCarthy, an opponent of the Vietnam War. Hillary was an exemplary student, able to captivate with her ideas - a large group of like-minded people gathered around her. In her free time, she preferred endless discussions on social and political topics to visiting cinemas or sporting events. Her popularity was boosted by several college cup television wins. She was instructed to prepare a report on the end of the academic year (1969). In her speech, she criticized the policies of the Nixon administration, which made a strong impression on all those present. The text of the speech was published in Life magazine, and a photograph of Hillary was also posted.

In 1969, Hillary received her bachelor's degree and entered Yale Law School. There she became a supporter of the Democratic Party, worked as an editor of the Yale Law magazine. Professors remember her as an intelligent, smart and diligent student.
In 1970, she met Bill Clinton at the university library. Answering the question of what attracted her to him, she said: "He was not afraid of me."
Together they traveled to Texas to head the 1972 Democratic presidential campaign for George McGoven. This work brought them closer.
Hillary received her JD in 1973.

Career and social work

After graduation, she moved to Washington. On the recommendation of Civil Law Judge John Dora, she served on the House Judiciary Committee preparing the indictment of President Richard Nixon in the Watergate case.

In 1974, she moved to Arkansas, where Bill Clinton persistently called her. She first taught law at the University of Arkansas and then moved to the Rose Law Firm.

On October 11, 1975, Bill and Hillary got married. The newlyweds went on their honeymoon to Acapulco, Mexico.
In 1976 they moved to the capital of Arkansas, Little Rock, where Bill became the state's attorney general.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed Hillary Clinton to the Board of the Legal Services Corporation. In the same year, Bill Clinton was elected governor of Arkansas, Hillary accompanied him on trips during the election race.

As first lady of the state for twelve years (1979-1981 and 1983-1993), Hillary was actively involved in community activities, particularly in areas such as education, health and children's rights.

In law, Hillary has made great strides. Her area of ​​expertise is family law and real estate law. In 1974, in the Harvard Educational Review, she published an article, "Children Outlawed," arguing for the need for more effective legal protection for children.

Caring for children is Hillary Clinton's public service line.

Hillary Clinton became a member of the Board of the CDF (1976), and later its chairman (1989-1992). She has always been of the firm opinion that

more money should be invested in the health care and education of children.

Hillary Clinton launched a campaign against child abuse and neglect of parental rights. Hillary took part in a commission set up in the southern states that developed a program to reduce neonatal mortality, which is very high in the United States.

She is still a member of the Board of Trustees of Arkansas Children's Hospital.

After her trip to France, Hillary Clinton published an article in The New York Times stating that the French system linking day-to-day supervision of children with early childhood education and health care should be adopted and adapted to American conditions (1990) . After visiting Israel, she drew attention to home preschool education. This program was called the "Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters", or HIPPY for short.
Hillary Clinton has been a vocal advocate for raising the level of education in Arkansas and has served as chairman of the Arkansas State Commission on Education Directives. On her initiative, a program was developed that encourages parents to take an active part in the spiritual development of children, since it is at preschool age that the influence of parents is especially strong.

Barbara Bush, in her book The First Teachers, spoke positively about Hillary Clinton's involvement in the development of American early childhood education.

Another important topic in Hillary Clinton's public work was the position of women in society and in politics. She supported the women's struggle for the position of headmaster, because, in her opinion, women are left out in promotions in school education. In 1977, along with other authors, she published the Handbook of Legal Rights for Arkansas Women.

Hillary was a member of the presidium of an agency that funds hospitals for the poor (1978-1981).
Hillary herself was awarded the title of "Young Mother of the Year" (1984). She managed to win business people to her side to support her social programs.

First Lady of the United States

When Bill Clinton ran for president, Hillary entered the narrow circle of advisers, strategists and employees who helped him in this.
After becoming the first lady of the state after Clinton's victory in the 1992 presidential election, Hillary chaired the Task Force on Health Care Reform. It brought together 511 government employees, congressional staff and experts.

At the end of September 1993, he issued an opinion proposing universal health insurance in the United States for 10 years. The survey found that 57% of Americans approved of the plan, only 31% were negative. It was a great success for Hillary Clinton and one of the most difficult assignments she has ever received.

However, the reform plans and the very appointment of the president's wife to this position became the objects of harsh criticism from representatives of the medical industry and Republicans.

Every day, Hillary Clinton negotiated with the Capitol, visited all the significant people in the Senate and the House of Representatives. She organized 31 meetings with deputies of the House of Representatives and 19 meetings with senators. Hillary's work was abruptly interrupted on March 19, 1993, when her 82-year-old father Hugh Rodham had a heart attack.

After seven months of the Committee's work, Hillary Clinton left her post.

Hillary said that there is no recipe or guide to read how to handle the role of First Lady.

In May 1994, she invited former US First Ladies to Washington. These were Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush. Everyone arrived except for Jacqueline Kennedy, who was about to have an operation. The event raised a million dollars to create a people's park in Washington.

As First Lady, she made many official trips. Represented the country during the introduction of South African President Nelson Mandela (1994). Traveled for ten days in South Asia, where she was received by presidents and prime ministers (1995). Participated in the session of the United Nations held at the highest level in Copenhagen (1995). Eleven days traveled through seven countries of Central and Eastern Europe (1996). The American press assumed that by this trip to Europe, Mrs. Clinton was trying to raise the image of America and thus help her husband in the 1996 presidential election.

B 19In 1994, the Clinton family appeared in a judicial investigation of the Whitewater Corporation, which built residential buildings in Arkansas in the 1970s and 1980s. The Clintons were suspected of using illegal methods of financing the corporation through the bankrupt Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan, owned by financier James McDougal, with which Hillary collaborated while working at the Rose Law Firm. But the Clintons' guilt has not been proven.

In early 1996, a Congressional committee resumed hearings on the Travelgate case. Questions arose about Hillary's role in the sudden layoffs of staff members who handled White House travel arrangements to make way for the presidential couple's favorites.

In 1998, a new scandal erupted - Bill Clinton was charged with sexual relations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The president was threatened with impeachment. In this difficult situation, Hillary supported her husband and did not file for divorce. The first lady in a public speech categorically denied the validity of the accusations against Bill Clinton and explained the scandal as a "large-scale conspiracy of the right."

Political career

In 2000, Clinton ran as a Democratic candidate for the New York State Senate. To get rid of the image of the "man from the outside", Clinton conducted an intense campaign. In all 62 districts of the state, she spoke to voters and spoke about her plans if she won. According to her, the focus should have been on the problems of the economy. Her Clinton political program was frowned upon by both Republicans and some Democrats, but she won the election.

November 7, 2006 Clinton was re-elected to the Senate, defeating Republican John Spencer and gaining 67% of the vote.

Clinton officially announced her intention to run for president on January 20, 2007. Until June 2008, she fought for the Democratic presidential nomination. Barack Obama became her internal party competitor. However, on June 7, Clinton announced her withdrawal from the presidential race and called on her supporters to support Obama in the upcoming presidential vote in November.

Hillary Clinton - US Secretary of State

In the new presidential administration of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State. Clinton's candidacy for Secretary of State was approved by the Senate Foreign Policy Committee on January 13, 2009. She officially took office after consideration of her candidacy in the Senate: Clinton was supported by 94 senators, two votes were cast against.

Hillary Clinton was sworn in by US Vice President Joseph Biden. Hillary vowed to defend her country from external and internal enemies, and to uphold the US Constitution. After taking the oath, Hillary thanked the president for his trust in a difficult period for the country. The ceremony was attended by Bill Clinton, whom she also thanked.

While serving as Secretary of State, she announced the intention of the new US administration to upgrade relations with Russia qualitatively (2009).

Books by Hillary Clinton

"It takes a whole village" (1996), dedicated to the problems of raising children.

She received a Grammy Award for the audio version of this book.

The autobiographical "Living History" begins with the confession: "I was not born a first lady or a senator." The first print run of the 562-page book was one million copies, for which Hillary Clinton received a fee of $8 million.

Almost a hundred biographical books have been written about Hillary Clinton herself.

In July 2009, filming began on The Special Relationship, which tells the story of Bill Clinton's adultery with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The role of the former first lady of the United States in the film will be played by Julianne Moore. Clinton will be played by Dennis Quaid. Written by Peter Morgan.

Hillary Clinton owns shares in Wal-Mart, Liz Cliborn and others.


When choosing jewelry, Hillary Clinton prefers simple designs, without "flowers", "leaves" and "hearts".

Ten years ago, on the recommendation of stylists, she changed her hair color from brown to blonde.

The recipe for her signature chocolate chip cookie is well-known: one and a half cups of flour, a teaspoon each of salt, vanilla and baking soda, two cups of oatmeal, a cup of vegetable oil and brown sugar, half a cup of white sugar, two eggs and a package of dark chocolate chips.

Personal life

In 1980 Hillary and Bill Clinton had a daughter, Chelsea.

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Official website: http://www.hillaryclinton.com/

Clinton's biography on the White House website: http://www. whitehouse .gov/about/first_ladies/hillaryclinton

Political and psychological portraits of US presidential candidates. — Official website of the Institute of the History of Archeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of the Far East

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  • The completion of the Republican and Democratic Party conventions brought the US election race to its final stage. During the election campaign, the mutual and extremely harsh criticism of the candidates for the post of head of state was unprecedented. In addition, there was an internal split in the National Committees of both parties, associated with the unwillingness of part of the party leadership to accept the program of one of the candidates, both for rational reasons and out of the preferences of the political establishment or personal hostility. These circumstances forced the participants in the presidential race to campaign very openly and, at times, frankly, which made it possible to draw up a political and psychological portrait of the official candidates for the US presidency.

    From the very beginning, D. Trump seemed to be a non-systemic candidate, destroying all established rules, norms and stereotypes of behavior. He created for himself the image of an eccentric showman making biting statements. But was that the real D. Trump? His challenge was accepted at first by opponents in the party, but lost the primaries. Now the challenge has been accepted by H. Clinton, and it should be noted that as of the end of July 2016, she is inferior in popularity to D. Trump. Most likely, it was a conscious move by the billionaire, with the help of which he sought to create such a psychological background, to offer other participants in the election race such rules of the game that would increase his rating. At the same time, since May, D. Trump has been positioning himself as a realist, able to soberly assess the situation and find acceptable solutions. This indicates his pragmatism, the ability to develop a foreign policy strategy in which the United States will achieve greater results than their partners. In it, the Republican candidate is able to skillfully set traps that are not taken seriously at first.

    The experience of a businessman reveals other traits of D. Trump's character. First, like most Republican presidents, D. Trump, as a representative of big business, also tends to the corporate style of governing the country. Therefore, the administration of D. Trump will be characterized by a clear division of functional responsibilities. Preference will be given to professionals, experienced and capable managers who, on the one hand, will be proactive and creative, and on the other hand, respect the subordination.

    Second, as a second-generation entrepreneur (his father founded an economy-class apartment building company, and D. Trump bet on the construction of luxury housing), D. Trump will work closely with leading US corporations and manufacturers capable of offer a product or strategy that can bring significant profit. Most likely, large banks, service organizations, leading engineering companies and a number of other enterprises that develop and implement the most advanced technologies will act as such.

    In addition, overcoming the intra-party split also indicates that D. Trump is able to find a compromise with various political and other forces that influence American politics.

    The opposite of him is H. Clinton. The road to the political Olympus became possible for her thanks to her husband, the 42nd US President B. Clinton, and her opponent in the election cycle before last, B. Obama. Then she was accepted into the team only in order not to create significant problems for the current head of state, remaining outside the government.

    As Secretary of State and for the next four years, H. Clinton took the toughest position on almost all issues. This was especially evident in relation to Egypt and Libya. In the first case, she fully supported the Morsi regime, considering it to be truly democratic, and therefore deserving of all-round American support. The secular leader Hamid Mubarak was unambiguously regarded by her as a consistent opponent of freedoms and democracy. In the second case, she was the main proponent of a forceful solution to the "Libyan issue", rallying around herself a small group of supporters of this option (S. Power and S. Rice), who, nevertheless, were able to overcome the resistance of numerous opponents of the military operation and convince them that they were right. B. Obama.

    After leaving the post of head of the foreign policy department, Hillary Clinton continues to insist that Bashar al-Assad should definitely step down from the presidency of Syria as an undemocratic president, but at the same time it is necessary to fight against terrorist groups. This should be facilitated by a new democratic government formed from among the opponents of B. Assad. At the same time, the former secretary of state is ready to cooperate on the "Syrian issue" with Russia if her government agrees with the need for the resignation of Bashar al-Assad as a precondition for cooperation in the fight against terrorist groups.

    This not only confirms H. Clinton's extremely tough approach to resolving issues, but also her extremely idealistic, black-and-white view of problems. It is based on ideas about the special role of America in the world, the image of a "city on a hill", the concepts of "manifest destiny" and "destiny". In accordance with them, any actions of the United States are interpreted positively, and the position of other countries is considered as such only if it corresponds to American interests. If the Democratic candidate wins the election, she will take this approach in foreign policy.

    At the same time, H. Clinton's idealism is capable of misleading her, leading to an incorrect decision, which, as it may turn out later, is completely contrary to the interests of the United States. This was the case with Egypt, when its support for the government of M. Morsi brought the Muslim Brotherhood to power, stimulated the growth of the influence of Islamic fundamentalism in the Muslim world, created a breeding ground, an ideological base for the terrorist groups that H. Clinton now calls to fight .

    The statement about the need to finally decide on the role of NATO in the context of "Russia's threatening policy towards Ukraine" indicates that the former Secretary of State intends to politicize the United States' relations with the world as much as possible, as well as to preserve and strengthen the role of pro-American structures that have survived from the times of the bloc system of relations. This is facilitated by its strong ties with the military-industrial complex and the US military elite.

    In accordance with the personal characteristics of candidates for the presidency, American foreign policy, with a high degree of probability, will have the following characteristics.

    If D. Trump wins, America will acquire a leader who prefers to pursue a long-term, carefully thought-out strategy. This strategy will be aimed at achieving a mutually beneficial outcome from which the United States will benefit more than its partners. A key role in the decision-making process will be played by a small group of advisors who have the necessary skills, who are well versed in a particular issue, and who will be able to develop a solution that best suits US interests. However, D. Trump himself will formulate the strategic goals of the course.

    Foreign policy will be built taking into account the interests of those corporations that can get high profits from interaction with the outside world. In accordance with this, deliveries of the most modern weapons systems to US allies are predicted while reducing the American military contingent abroad, continuing the current course towards the TPP and TTIP, and searching for a mutually acceptable platform for trade and economic relations with China, Russia and other countries. When making decisions, as well as when implementing a foreign policy, D. Trump will soberly assess the position of social and political forces within the country that influence decision-making. With them, he will seek a mutually acceptable compromise, beneficial to the executive branch.

    If H. Clinton wins, the process of development and decision-making will be in the hands of the so-called. "kitchen cabinet", which will include people who are closest in their views and preferences to the head of state. Interacting with foreign partners, H. Clinton will seek to convince the opposite side of the exceptional justice of the US position. She has an inflexible, formulaic mindset. This will be the most difficult negotiator for the last 60 years among American presidents.

    The new administration will make efforts to intensify negotiations and procedures that will establish rules that are in US interests (ratification of the TPP Agreement, TTIP negotiations, negotiations with the PRC on a wide range of issues). At the same time, attempts will be continued to change objectionable leaders (B. Assad, Kim Jong-un, and others). For this, a wide, variable set of measures will be used: diplomacy, the use of "soft power", sanctions, the preparation of a non-systemic opposition, refusal to cooperate that is beneficial to another government, military intervention.

    Thus, the presented political and psychological characteristics of the current US presidential candidates make it possible to model the main vectors of the management cycle of the country's leadership by each of them.

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