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Before becoming a passionate advocate for people with mental illness, Paul Gionfriddo was the mayor of Middletown, CT, and a state legislator in Connecticut.  Now, he is a powerful voice for patients and families who have been affected by mental illness.  He launched "Our Health Policy Matters", widely read health policy blog, in 2010 to bridge the gap between policy and information.  Most recently, he published an article in "Health Affairs", arguably the most influential health policy journal in the U.S.

In this revealing article, he documents his personal and professional experience with issues so central to mental illness.  Mr. Gionfriddo has a son who has been battling schizophrenia since childhood - the article document's Tim's battle with the illness and with the systems of care that failed him.

Please check out these links:

Health Affairs article

Our Health Policy Matters blog

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