Beacon and The Evidence for Stigma Change

We’ve seen major advancements in American behavioral health care since the Community Mental Health Act of 1963, yet little has changed in the way mental illness and substance use disorders are stigmatized. Despite better treatment options, stigma remains a barrier to care, and for many, meaningful participation in society.

Dr. Clarence Jordan, Beacon’s Vice President of Recovery and Wellness, contributed to Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders: The Evidence for Stigma Change, a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that outlines evidence-based strategies to reduce stigma and encourage individuals to seek the support they need. Download the complete report here.