August 1, 2018 | By Michael Haines
What does it mean to be a peer support specialist?
To me, it means providing a voice for people when they struggle in finding their own. It means advocating for people, encouraging their recoveries and even sometimes standing in courtrooms as a show of support. And it often means educating community members and outside providers about First Episode Psychosis (FEP) programs like the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA)—a program where I transformed from a Read More
July 17, 2018 | By Adrienne Kennedy
On June 30, among the 15 of my board member peers, I was elected to serve as President of the NAMI Board of Directors for 2018/2019. I am honored and humbled to be provided the opportunity to represent the hundreds of thousands of families, peers and avid supporters who comprise this important movement.
When I found NAMI in 2005, our son and our family had logged 6 years coping with serious mental illness: five Read More
July 4, 2018 | By Sy Mukherjee
For the first time, two U.S. states will require schools to provide mental health education in a bid to combat a rising tide of depression and psychological hurdles facing American youth.
New York and Virginia enacted their respective mental health education laws on Sunday. The states’ statutes differ on the specifics, as CNN reports. In Virginia, the basic premise is that physical education or health education curricula for ninth and Read More
July 16, 2018 | By Luanne Rife
Virginia is using contracts with local mental health agencies to set a standard of care, but availability and variety of services vary widely across communities.
“How do we fix the variation? It still depends on where your ZIP code is,” asked Del. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, during a meeting of a legislative work group studying reforms to the structure and funding of mental health services.
In essence it is the same question the group has been asking Read More
By Kyle Elliott, MPA, CHES | Jun. 22, 2018
g my recovery and myself has allowed me to be a better friend, a better partner and a better person; it’s also allowed me to be more successful. I’m much better at helping my clients knowing that I have learned how to help myself.
Here are five ways I help myself, so I can better help those I serve.
Adopt A Self-Care Mindset
Self-care. Self-care. Self-care. I preach these words to client after client. As Read More
We did it! Thanks to your advocacy, the House passed H.R. 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, yesterday with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 357-57!
This victory is because of you. Your advocacy made this possible.
H.R. 6082 aligns 42 CFR Part 2—the regulation that keeps health care providers from accessing information about a person’s substance use condition—with HIPAA.
This will ensure that physical health, mental health and substance use records are treated fairly and equally. This allows for better treatment Read More