Mental Health Parity: NAMI Tells Congress that Enforcement of Federal Law is Needed; NAMI Study CitedSeptember 12, 2016
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is calling for legislation to ensure enforcement of the 2008 federal mental health insurance “parity” law and expanded coverage under the 2009 Affordable Care Act.
The call coincided with a hearing held by the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health.
“While significant progress has been made, people living with mental illness continue to encounter significant barriers in getting necessary mental health services Read More
DECATUR — In 2005, lawyers from the ACLU of Illinois and other organizations filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of mentally ill people residing in institutions for mental disease (IMDs).
That lawsuit, known as Williams v. Quinn, claimed that Illinois’ reliance on IMDs was against the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).
“Illinois has a long track record of waiting until there’s a lawsuit before they do something,” Heritage Chief Clinical Services Officer Tim Macken said.
Historically, stigma weighed heavily on individuals struggling with mental illness or drug/alcohol addiction or both. In the ‘70s and ‘80, families easily shunned and abandoned relatives who were under psychiatric care, embarrassed by their existence. Politicians acted scarcely better.
But over the last 30-years, persistent advocacy and political trench warfare by committed mental health care and addiction treatment activists have demonstrated effective therapies exist and have helped reverse the tide of negative public opinion.
In fact, in recent years after mass-shootings, a Read More
A recent survey reports that 47% of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27% college dropout rate in the U.S. overall. Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70% more likely to drop out of college than students with no psychiatric diagnosis.
My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his junior year of college. I was devastated by what I perceived to be the loss of hope for his future, but he was Read More
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE JED FOUNDATION RELEASE STARTING THE CONVERSATION: COLLEGE AND YOUR MENTAL HEALTH, A GUIDE FOR FAMILIES ON STARTING A CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in partnership with The Jed Foundation (JED), today released “Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health,” a guide to help students and parents talk about mental health.
Approximately 75% of mental health conditions begin by age 24, making college a critical time, especially as students transition away from their support systems. With one in five young adults living with a mental health condition and suicide ranking as the Read More
Now that the Republican and Democratic National Conventions are behind us, Election 2016 is in full swing. NAMI grassroots advocates have a crucial role to play in telling candidates for federal, state and local office – across all parties – that voters care about mental health.
Keep in mind that NAMI organizations are nonprofits. While election education and engagement activities are allowed, there are some restrictions. Here is what to Read More