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In this op-ed written for Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Todman, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Adler School Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE), examines the question "Why should policymakers and business leaders be concerned about mental health?"
Because, she writes, improved mental health means:
- Better educational outcomes for kids. The National Bureau of Economic Research found that children with mental disorders have comparatively poor educational outcomes.
- A stronger workforce.
- A broader local tax base. For instance, healthy people are more employable and employed people have higher incomes and pay more income taxes. They also spend more money and pay more sales taxes, and they better maintain their homes, which positively impacts property values and municipal property tax revenues.
Dr. Todman's insights are based on her research and the ISE's Mental Health Impact Assessment (MHIA): “U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Policy Guidance: A Mental Health Impact Assessment.” Dr. Todman also serves as Vice President for Leadership in Social Justice at the Adler School.
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