The central mission of The Claude Pepper Center at FSU is to use information and data from multiple sources to help inform policy makers, researchers, teachers, the media and the general public about the health, long term care and income security challenges confronting the nation’s older citizens.
“Mental illness affects several million individuals, and their relatives and friends, in communities across the United States and has major social and economic implications for society as a whole. The U.S. mental health system and services have changed significantly over the past several decades, as services have shifted from institutionalized to community-based settings. Advances in pharmacological, psychosocial, and preventative interventions and in mental health policy have helped to improve the mental health system in many respects. Access to acceptable quality mental health services, however, remains inadequate for far too many individuals who suffer from serious mental illness.”