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February 2, 2018

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

    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

    January 27, 2018 | By Bethany Bump

    As a health teacher for the Shenendehowa school district, Dustin Verga sees firsthand the pressures today’s youth are under.

    They’ve grown up in an era of over-testing, jam-packed schedules, high expectations to get into a top college, and dual lives — one in the real world and one online, where the pressure to curate a picture-perfect life and rack up “likes” is ever-present.

    That’s why the introduction of mental health literacy in New York schools this Read More

    Jan 28, 2018 | By Lisa L. Colangelo

    The city is pumping $5 million into efforts to raise awareness of Mental Health First Aid training.

    It also just launched a new ad campaign to help people talk to friends and family struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

    Mental Health First Aid trainings “provide proven practices that will help you recognize the early signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance misuse,” according to nyc.gov.

    The added funding will allow the city 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

    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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