Moreover, there seems to be a change in public attitudes toward the importance of mental health as well. Part of this, of course, comes in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which have underscored the need to pay attention to the psychiatric impact of traumatic events. But the efforts of APA and other groups over the last decade and more to persuade the public that mental illnesses are diseases like all others, with excellent treatments available, seem slowly to be bearing fruit. As one state after another adopted some version of parity for insurance coverage of psychiatric disorders, the pressure grew on Congress to adopt national legislation. Last year, for the first time, a parity bill passed the Senate and had a majority of members of the House as cosponsors before the refusal of the House leadership to let it come to a vote doomed the bill. Progress, as they say, but no cigar.