Senator addresses commission. (Policy & Practice).
Mental health advocate Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) spoke in favor
of full mental health parity and against stigma in a recent address to
the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Stigma has
accounted for the lack of equality in insurance benefits for mental
health, the senator said. He called lack of parity a "terrible
exception" in insurance policies. "You can cover the heart,
but you can't cover the brain." Sen. Domenici also called upon
the National Institute of Mental Health to phase in more rigorous
research programs. The senator's wife, Nancy Domenici, also a
mental health advocate, called upon the commission to keep these issues
at the forefront of their recommendations to the president. "If you
keep the steam up, I think that's the main thing."