CareCentrix has appointed Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative (D-RI), to its strategic advisory board. Kennedy is one of the leading advocates for the awareness, screening and treatment of mental health, and a proponent of a patient-centric approach to care, which is central to CareCentrix’s vision of a world where everyone can heal and age at home.

“Medical and behavioral conditions frequently co-exist, and treating both improves outcomes and cost. To maximize impact there must be more consistent access to and delivery of behavioral services across the continuum,” said John Driscoll, chief executive officer, CareCentrix. “We are thrilled for Mr. Kennedy’s thought-leadership to shape and improve the access to mental health services in the home.”

During his 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Rhode Island’s First Congressional District, Kennedy led a surge in support for mental health equity, becoming one of the most recognized advocates for the cause in Congress. He is most widely known as the lead sponsor of the groundbreaking Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (The Federal Parity Law), which requires insurers to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders no more restrictively than treatment for illnesses of the body, such as diabetes and cancer.

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