APA’s CEO and Medical Director Comments on the Passing of President H.W. Bush

Washington, D.C. – In the wake of the passing of President H.W. Bush at the age of 94, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.:

“Yesterday a great president, President George Herbert Walker Bush, passed away. I had the great pleasure of serving for three years in his administration in Health and Human Services in what was then the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration. Under the chairmanship of the Physician to the President, Burton J. Lee III, M.D., and through my office at CSAT (Center for Substance Abuse Treatment), President Bush created the Linkage Initiative that today is embedded in the Collaborative Care model that links primary care with mental health and substance use disorders treatment.

President Bush was a man who was fair, always with a smile, always with a handshake and above all, he gave me an opportunity to begin what has become the Collaborative Care model health care program and Initiative when I served in government. We wish President Bush and his family Godspeed, and they are in our thoughts and prayers.

Our politics today has become increasingly divisive. He was a man who easily walked on both sides of the aisle to get programs and policy done, and he did so because of his love of this great nation, my adoptive nation and for that, I will always remember him. We send his family our deepest condolences.”

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,800 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information please visit www.psychiatry.org.

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