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The Importance of Framing Federal Mental Health Policy within a Disability Rights Framework

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The Importance of Framing Federal Mental Health Policy within a Disability Rights Framework

To uphold strides made in recent legislation under the Obama administration that has expanded opportunities for people with disabilities, including those with psychiatric disabilities, it is imperative that government approach mental health from a disability rights perspective. Contrast this with policies focusing on “mental health” that tend to associate psychiatric disability with violence and crime.