Inequity in Mental Health Care Access image

February 20, 2019 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, B015
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

This panel discussed the many local and national hurdles to mental health care access and equity. How do the barriers to mental health care impact people of different backgrounds and socioeconomic status? What can local, state, or national governments do to reduce the disparities in mental health care outcomes? How can lawyers help reduce these mental health care inequities?

This event was free and open to the public.


  • Ana Progovac, PhD, Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Senior Scientist, Health Equity Research Lab

Ana Progovac's research focuses on improving the quality of mental health care in the U.S., with a focus on reducing disparities by race/ethnicity, gender identity, and socioeconomic status.   

  • Natalie Litton, Policy and Project Coordinator, Health Care For All

Natalie Litton co-authored HCFA’s recently released report “The Urgency of Early Engagement: Five Persistent Barriers to Mental Health Treatment, Care and Recovery in Massachusetts and the Search for Solutions” which was the culmination of a comprehensive assessment on the state of access to mental health services in Massachusetts.

Steven Schwartz began practicing mental disability law in 1971 after graduating from Harvard Law School and served as the Center’s Executive Director for 38 years, until September 2011. He has extensive experience litigating class action cases challenging issues related to the institutional confinement and community integration of persons with disabilities and has successfully resolved a number of damage cases for individuals with disabilities. 

Sponsored by the Harvard Health Law Society and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.


bioethics   disability   health law policy   human rights   lgbtq   mental health   public health   race   regulation   women's health