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December 7, 2017

November 11, 2017 | nami.org

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

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    November 8, 2017 | nami.org

    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

    Toni Lasicki |  November 30, 2017

    New York’s mental health housing system is at a financial breaking point. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers with serious psychiatric disabilities rely on community-based mental health housing to help them reintegrate into their communities and recover. A statewide funding shortfall puts all of them at risk of displacement. Without this housing, these New Yorkers are hospitalized, become homeless, enter nursing homes or are incarcerated. All at much higher cost to Read More

    November 13, 2017 | By Pam Belluck

    For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors whether, and when, patients take their medicine.

    The approval, announced late on Monday, marks a significant advance in the growing field of digital devices designed to monitor medicine-taking and to address the expensive, longstanding problem that millions of patients do not take drugs as prescribed.

    Experts estimate that so-called nonadherence or Read More

    October 23, 2017 | By Emma Frankham

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    The media often reports on individuals with mental illness. However, little is known about how accurately the media portrays these individuals. Are journalists getting mental illness “right?” It seems the answer is no. I analyzed news reports about individuals with mental illness who were killed by police during 2015 and 2016 and found that these individuals were often stigmatized because of their mental illness. In 301 online news reports, I found 231 examples of stigmatizing language.

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    This summer, with the help of your advocacy, we defeated Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And just a few weeks ago, we fought back again against the dangerous Graham-Cassidy health reform bill.

    Now, the White House has announced plans that would make significant changes to mental health coverage. Meanwhile, congressional leaders are working toward reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and have forged a tentative bipartisan agreement to stabilize the insurance markets.

    CHIP Reauthorization Update

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