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June 24, 1963 -- Amenia, New York -- Interview 19
Well, as I've said, I organized the National Mental Health Committee in 1946 and '47.
This was really the start of it.
This was because you couldn't get anywhere with the other setup, with Mr. duPont.
Now, although the Institute had no funds for the first year of its existence, from
fiscal '46 to '47, by fiscal '53 we had gotten the funds up to 10 million 518
thousand dollars. I felt it was much easier to support and increase these federal
funds than to raise funds with the lack of talent of the newlymerged voluntary
organization, the National Association for Mental Health. Consequently, I invited
Charlie Shclaefer, who had also been on the board of the Association, to form the
committee with me, and invited all the governors of every state to be honorary
chairmen. All but about six accepted. Among those who did not accept were Governor
Dewey of New York and Governor James Bynnes of South Carolina.
What role did you envision for these governors?
Well, I wanted to interest them in what their states could do in their state mental
hospitals and make them realize that they needed to appropriate research and training
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