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June 9, 2015

The Promise of the Americans With Disabilities Act for People With Mental Illness

Author Affiliations
  • 1Bazelon Center, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2015;313(22):2223-2224. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.4015

When Congress enacts civil rights laws, like the Voting Rights Act enacted in 1965, it adopts principles that represent US ideals and our best selves. When it enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990,1 among the principles it adopted was a commitment to include all individuals with mental illness, including serious mental illness, in the mainstream of society.