As is widely being reported in the press Wednesday, March 26, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York passed away. Throughout more than 40 years of his career Senator Moynihan was a champion of individuals with severe mental illnesses and their families.
In 1963 Senator Moynihan led a task force in the Kennedy White House that developed legislation that became the Community Mental Health Center Act of 1963. After being elected to the Senate in 1977, Senator Moynihan played an instrumental role in the development of a broad range of legislation dealing with the needs of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families including the 1999 Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act- legislation to address the pervasive disincentives to employment in the SSI and SSDI programs. As one of his last actions in the Senate, Senator Moynihan issued a general accounting office report spotlighting how the system of community mental health centers had failed to provide a comprehensive system of care for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.
View Senator Moynihan's obituary in the New York Times