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January 5, 2018

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

    12/20/2017 | NAMI

    “Having a stable place to live is the most important part of my recovery and stabilizing my mental health. It has allowed me to gain strength and knowledge on my disorder and get it under control knowing that my basic needs were met and stable too. Having housing has allowed me to be a productive volunteer as well as an employee.”

    —Stacey, Colorado

    Having a safe and stable place to call home is a critical component of recovery Read More

    Dave Ress-Contact Reporter |  December 19, 2017

    Tales of kids taken for emergency mental care in handcuffs prompted a legislative panel to step up the pace of change in the way people in mental health crisis get to the hospital.

    Paying for an alternative to a trip to the hospital in the back of a police car could cost $10.2 million if phased in statewide, but the panel decided to seek that instead of a more modest $1.7 million program Read More

    December 27, 2017| Megan Pauly

    Mental Health America recently released its 2018 State of Mental Health report. Last year, Virginia ranked 38th. This year, the state’s ranking dropped to 40th overall, and 42nd when it comes to access.

    “It’s certainly abysmal, particularly for youth mental health,” said Bruce Cruser, Executive Director for Mental Health America of Virginia.

    The Commonwealth fared even worse in terms of its prevalence of untreated youth with depression – ranking 49th. “A lot of it has to do Read More

    New Online Course Helps People Who May Have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

    November 8, 2017 |

    In recognition of Veterans Day, NAMI is launching a short course about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can happen to anyone, and it affects 3.5% (7.7 million) of the adult population in the United States.

    The online course was created for service members and veterans, but is also helpful for anyone who has experienced a traumatic life event. This program provides a safe, confidential way for you to explore whether you’d Read More

    Mental Health Deserves Equal Treatment

    November 11, 2017 |

    The data is in: the inequities for people seeking mental health care are real.

    On November 30, NAMI released its third nationwide parity report, The Doctor is Out. The report found that, despite the federal parity law, people lack the same access to mental health providers as they have for other medical providers.

    “Treatment is very expensive, mostly out-of-network, and at least in the area we are in, there is a shortage of psychiatrists.” Cami

    More than Read More

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