Health Care

The Atlantic Summit on Mental Health and Addiction

April 12, 2016
Washington, D.C.

Issues around mental health and addiction have never been more prominent. Our understanding of the brain is more sophisticated than ever before and mainstream depictions of the toll of addiction are driving the national debate. From access to care to deconstructing stigma, The Atlantic's inaugural Summit on Mental Health and Addiction uncovered the stories of patients and families, and practitioners and advocates, working in mental health and addiction fields. As these issues are brought to the fore in politics, policy, media and culture, the Summit explored the frontier of our scientific understanding, probed systemic challenges facing the nation's mental health care and worked to identify groundbreaking treatments within reach.

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Note: All times are ET

  • Tuesday, April 12
  • 9:00 a.m.WelcomeMargaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 9:10 a.m.Taking Action: A View From Capitol HillSenator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
    Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 9:40 a.m.In Search of The AnswerGabrielle Glaser, Author, Her Best-Kept Secret
    With Scott Stossel, Editor, The Atlantic and Author, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
  • 10:00 a.m.Cook County Jail: America's Largest Mental Health FacilityNneka Jones Tapia, Executive Director, Cook County Department of Corrections
    With Steve Clemons,The Atlantic
  • 10:15 a.m.Confronting a Crisis: Veterans & SuicideCaitlin Thompson, National Director, Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Barbara Van Dahlen, President and Founder, Give an Hour
    With Ross Andersen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 10:50 a.m.Capture: A Theory on Mental Anguish & AddictionPatrice A. Harris, MD, Chair, American Medical Association Task Force on Opioid Abuse
    David Kessler, Author, Capture and Former Administrator, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    With Ross Andersen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 11:15 a.m.The Opioid EpidemicSecretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Chair, White House Heroin and Opioid Abuse Task Force
    With Scott Stossel, Editor, The Atlantic
  • 11:40 a.m.Heroin: From San Francisco to Cape CodTracey Helton Mitchell, Author, The Big Fix
    Steven Okazaki, Director, Heroin: Cape Cod, USA
    WithOlga Khazan, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • 12:10 p.m.Atlantic Exchange: The War on DrugsSir Richard Branson, Chairman, Virgin Group
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 12:45 p.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low Smith



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