NAMI Advocacy Update: July 2014
Urge Congress to Improve Mental Health Care in America
Momentum is building to reach an agreement on bills introduced by Representatives Murphy and Barber.
Please contact your U.S. Representative and urge them to support passage of comprehensive legislation to improve mental health care this year! As concerned Americans, we cannot wait any longer for a solution to the mental health crisis.
Mental Health Parity Now Law in Most Health Plans
July 1st marked the day when most health plans, including Medicaid managed care plans must provide fair coverage for mental health services. Parity is the recognition of mental health conditions and substance use disorders as equal to physical illness. Before this law, mental health treatment was typically covered by your insurance company at far lower levels than physical illness.
Road to Recovery: Mental Illness and Employment
NAMI released a report titled Road to Recovery: Mental Illness and Employment to call for better employment supports for people living with mental illness. The report highlights best practice employment programs including Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Individual Placement and Support (IPS) and the Clubhouse Model. The report also includes model legislation that you can advocate for in your state.
Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
The month of July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. NAMI joins communities around the country in raising awareness about the need to improve access to mental health treatment and services to multicultural communities.
Bright Spot: NAMI California
NAMI California not only led the charge to get July recognized as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in the state of California, but had 74 of the 80 Assembly members cosign onto the resolution. Six Assembly members also spoke compellingly in support of the resolution and the need for mental health services in diverse communities.
Watch the video of the Assembly members speaking about the importance of this resolution.