When you hear about tax reform, you may not think it affects people with mental health conditions and their families. But the bills in Congress do. Here’s how
We all want solutions, but they should be based on facts and science, not speculation based on stereotypes and historical prejudice.
NAMI-Dane County is the founding chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Early work focused on advocacy efforts, especially within Dane County. Over time, as the organization grew across states and - eventually - the nation, a heavy focus on providing free, peer-led programs emerged.
Governor Walker's budget amendment will invest $7 million in state funding to raise Medicaid rates for professionals providing outpatient mental health and substance abuse services.
The White House has signed an executive order 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.
There is now extensive research demonstrating that these teams are both clinically effective
and cost effective in helping people with schizophrenia be more stable and have a
higher quality of life than without the teams.
The $15,000 investment will enable NAMI Dane County to expand the CIT program so that more officers receive the tools they need to do their job safely and effectively.
I want the world to take note that we cannot afford to lose people like Sadie. I want society to stand up and say “this is unacceptable”. We can do this through our NAMI walks.
It can be intimidating talking to someone who is going through a mental health crisis or seriously considering suicide. However, sometimes all a person needs in that situation is one person being there, helping them access the help they need. You can be that person.
We are encouraged by DCHS’s commitment to maintaining existing levels of service for those programs that impact people affected by mental illness
Logic's “1-800-273-8255” is named in reference to the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, acknowledging what so many are afraid to: that suicide is a serious problem and one that needs to be talked about.
Though providing the necessary aid for homeless persons with severe mental illness is not always an easy task, it’s one that we cannot abandon. We encourage public officials and the community to explore all options that may help Safe Haven continue serving some of our most vulnerable citizens.
One participant described her experience: “I learned about community resources that could help both my child and I. I came to accept that mental illness is a chronic brain disease that no one caused and that there were ways to have this challenge and lead a happy, fulfilling life. While gaining hope, I learned that I do not need to face this alone and will benefit from the available supports.”
Unfortunately, rates that are not reflective of the full costs to provide services mean straight MA clients must deteriorate to a point of crisis in order to get timely access to care.
Wisconsin will be forced to reduce and eliminate funding for a number of programs that provide important mental health services to some of the most vulnerable adults and children throughout Wisconsin.
The power of community can make our current situation feel manageable, while giving us a sense of hope and belonging.
There are still significant barriers to obtaining high quality mental health services for multicultural communities. Keeping this in mind, NAMI Dane County and WEA Trust hosted an event that brought together Dane County leaders to talk about challenges and future directions.
By committing to NAMI, you will be given the tools and the proper training needed to nurture your passion for mental health and become a proper advocate for mental health and illness in our community.
African-Americans are experiencing depression at the same rate as Caucasians, but ... they are not seeking mental health services at the rate they’re experiencing those issues. They are suffering in silence.
“I was thrilled to join other mental health advocates from across the country to use our voice to tell Congress how important it is to fight to protect important mental health coverage that helps people with mental illness get better and stay better.”