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Please join UCLA’s Friends of the Semel institute and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind/#WOW film screening of the groundbreaking documentary film Bedlam...An Intimate Journey into America's Mental Health Care Crisis by Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, M.D.

Bedlam is set in Los Angeles and is the first major documentary to explore the crisis in the care of severely mentally-ill citizens. The film tracks individual stories of mentally-ill patients caught on an endless merry-go-round of ineffective care, exposing the anatomy of a broken health care system and gives us an inside look at the historical, political, and economic forces that have resulted in the greatest social crisis of the twenty-first century.

Over the course of seven years, Dr. Rosenberg spoke with hundreds of people about severe mental illness, including patients, family members, and world experts. The culmination of that inquiry, Bedlam, explores myriad roadblocks to care: the lack of medical research, the paucity of new treatments, a profound shortage of inpatient beds, the enduring stigma, and our disabling shame.

In this special Open Mind/#WOW program, we will screen the first half of Bedlam, followed by the discussion, and then the conclusion of the film. The entire program will run for approximately two hours.


Judge Songhai Armstead is the Executive Director, Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative/County of Los Angeles (Proposition J). Judge Armstead, a longtime advocate for the underserved and an innovator within Los Angeles County’s justice system, was selected to head Los Angeles County’s groundbreaking Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative (ATI) beginning in September 2020. As the office’s first executive director, she oversees implementation of recommendations to make “care first, jails last” a reality in Los Angeles County, coordinating among multiple departments and community stakeholders.


George Gascon is the recently elected District Attorney of Los Angeles County. He previously served as the District Attorney of San Francisco from 2011-2019, as an Assistant Chief of Police for the LAPD, and Chief of Police in Mesa, Arizona and San Francisco.

Felica Jones, Executive Director, Healthy African American Families. As
the Executive Director at HAAF, Ms Jones is committed to decreasing health disparities in Los Angeles County by addressing the Social Determinants of Health in South Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. Over the past 20 years, Ms. Jones has worked on numerous research projects in various roles from Community Researcher to Co-Investigator, including projects funded by the NIH and PCORI. These projects have addressed such diverse topics as autism, depression, preterm pregnancy, diabetes, and asthma, just to name a few. In addition, she is a co-author on more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and has provided mentorship and training to junior researchers and community members.  She views Community Partnered Participatory Research (CPPR) as a key method for improving community participation in research. Ms. Jones was one of the members of the partnership that received the 2015 UCLA Landmark Program of the Year Award, the 2015 Community Campus Partnerships for Health Award, and the 2014 Joint Team Science Award given by the Association for Clinical and Translational Science and the American Federation for Medical Research for Community Partners in Care, an NIH-funded CPPR project on depression in under-resourced communities. Felica Jones also serves on The Friends of Semel Board of Directors.

The Honorable Patrick Kennedy served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island from 1995-2011. During his 16 years in the House, Patrick Kennedy fought to end discrimination against those with mental illness, addiction and other brain diseases. He is best known as the lead sponsor of the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. In 2013, he founded the Kennedy Forum, a non-profit organization whose mission is to lead a national dialogue to transform mental health and addiction care.

Kenneth Rosenberg, M.D. is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association with a private practice in Manhattan, and clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Jonathan E. Sherin, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. He is a longtime wellbeing advocate who has worked tirelessly throughout his career on behalf of vulnerable populations. As the Director of the LACDMH, he oversees the largest public mental health system in the United States with an annual budget approaching $3 billion.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

If you have previously registered,
you do not need to register again.


To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit www.friendsofnpi.org/open-mind-videos, or our YouTube Channel.

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