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Spotlight on mental health policy

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MPR News Political Editor Mike Mulcahy paneled a Call to Mind discussion.
MPR News Political Editor Mike Mulcahy (left) moderated a Call To Mind Spotlight on Mental Health Policy discussion in the MPR UBS Forum with panelists Tony Lourey, Jinny Palen and Ezra Golberstein.
Eamon Coyne | MPR

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of Americans will experience a mental health condition in their lives. Yet many Minnesota counties report that people are unable to get appropriate care when they need it. 

MPR News Political Editor Mike Mulcahy hosted a conversation about why people who need mental health care are unable to access it, and why funding challenges remain a decade after federal mental health parity law was enacted. 

This event, recorded in MPR's UBS Forum, is part of Call to Mind, Minnesota Public Radio's initiative to foster new conversations about mental health.

Guests:   Tony Lourey— Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Human Services

Jinny Palen— Executive director at The Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs

Ezra Golberstein— Associate professor of heath policy and management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.