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Mike and Florence went to the Southern Governors Conference in Hot Springs early in November of '53, and inspired the governors to pass a resolution to make a survey of the 18 Southern states as to what they were doing and could do in detail in the field of research and training. The Southern governors agreed to survey training facilities and to report where additional students might be trained as mental health personnel. They also agreed to survey research in progress and recommend where additional research in mental health fields might be undertaken.

Q:

I would think offhand that that group of governors would be more difficult to activate.

Lasker:

Yes, but there were a few really sympathetic ones. They recommended additional research in mental health fields. They encouraged the 18 states to make official surveys of their training and research facilities, and they decided to hold a mental health conference not later than July 30, 1954, at which representatives of the Southern states would draw up compacts and discuss the surveys with the idea that through compacts the governors could propose needed legislation for appropriations and other legislative action necessary when their legislatures met in '55.

Q:

Mrs. Lasker, the compacts--what does that mean?

Lasker:

The compacts meant that one state, where they didn't



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