Champions of Integrated Health Care from Diverse Backgrounds

A recent announcement about the appointment of Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W. as director of the federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) in July 2012 made me think about the roots of leaders. They come from many places and their drive and passion often enough have their source in their triumph over adversity, PsychiatryOnline | Psychiatric News | News Article, Paolo del Vecchio, director of federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).

The champions supporting the need for integrating medical and mental health care and preventing the roadblocks created by complex, comorbid psychiatric and medical disorders on the path to wellness and recovery arise from diverse backgrounds. It may be more than simply ironic that the courage of such heroes can spring from the very places we least expect.

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