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IN THE NEWS: NAMI Illinois

February 8, 2018

On Feb. 7, Congressional leaders announced they had reached a two-year budget agreement, which will guide the appropriations process to finalize a FY 2018 budget. The Senate and House are expected to vote on a “continuing resolution,” or CR, later today to fund the government through March 23 – giving Congress six weeks to finalize the details of the FY 2018 budget. This will be Congress’ fifth CR since the fiscal year began last Oct. 1.

 

While the CR is likely Read More

    Jan 19, 2018 | nami.org

    Across the country, more than 10 million people with mental illness rely on Medicaid, including many who live with severe conditions. Medicaid helps address the nation’s mental health care crisis by paying for services that people need, such as medications, case management, therapy, peer supports, crises and hospital care.

    Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emphasized the goal of self-sufficiency through employment. On Jan. 11, CMS issued a State Medicaid Director letter supporting Read More

    Motherhood And Your Mental Health

    Jan. 26, 2018 | By Meredith Vaughn

    As soon as her baby was born, Anna felt a change. Something wasn’t right. She feared for her baby’s safety to an extreme degree. She would sit awake, staring at her baby through the night, terrified something would go wrong, and her daughter would die. After feeding, Anna wouldn’t allow herself to leave her baby’s side for even a moment, worrying something would happen in her absence.

    As her daughter grew older, Anna felt intense Read More

    Roni LeForge | January 09, 2018

    CARBONDALE — When someone suffers a mental health crisis, police officers are usually first on scene. But a majority of officers are not trained on how to safely interact with people who have a mental illness.

    Chuck Doan, the Director of the Southern Illinois Criminial Justice Training Program, says officers have two roles when responding to an emergency.

    “One is arrest people for committing crimes, introduce them into the criminal justice system or recogonize someone has Read More

    Mental health is closely tied to our physical health, but it’s not an integral part of medical system. Why?

    Nicole Spector | January 22, 2018

    President Trump recently had his annual physical exam, and though he did undergo (and pass) cognitive screening tests to detect memory issues and dementia, there’s no evidence that he received a full mental health evaluation. Some medical experts argue that a psychological workup is in Read More

    12/13/2017 | NAMI

    Today is the one-year anniversary of when the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the power of NAMI’s collective advocacy. Real change happens for our cause when we work together at the local, state and national level.

    Here are just a few highlights of changes made since you helped mental health reform become law:

    Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D. was appointed the first Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Read More
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