By Benedict Carey and Sheri Fink
May 24, 2017
For decades, therapists, patient advocates and countless families have
worked to elevate mental health care in the political conversation. Their
cause recently received a big boost when a new law created a federal mental
health "czar" to help overhaul the system and bridge more than 100 federal
agencies concerned with mental health.
But the White House's choice for the first person to fill that position has
already been divisive, exposing longstanding rifts within the field that may
be difficult to mend.