JOINT COMMISSION ON
MENTAL ILLNESS AND HEALTH
Headquarters, Boston, Massachusetts
December 31, 1960
To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled:
Pursuant to the provisions of section 304(b) of Public Law No. 182, approved July 28, 1955, we have the honor to submit Action for Mental Health, the Final Report of the Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health.
The Joint Commission received a mandate from Congress to survey the resources and to make recommendations for combating mental illness in the United States. An extensive study has been made by experts under the sponsorship of the thirty-six organizations making up the Commission. This study, while comprehensive, is not exhaustive because of the nature of the problems involved. This final volume contains a resumé of the findings and the recommendations.
Mental illness involves so many complexities—biological, chemical, psychological, and social—that we do not presume to present wholly definitive conclusions or universally approved recommendations. But the study has been thorough and conscientious. Its proposals are bold