The Little Rock NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will meet at Panera Bread, 314 South University, Saturday, June 13 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Buy your own lunch, drink or snack. This is for this week only.
Thank You all for your involvement with this year's NAMIWalk! Your donations and support are greatly appreciated.
We still need your support. Please help us reach our goal of $80,000! We are still accepting donations.
Our NAMIWalk is Saturday, May 9
at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock
Come take a Walk in the ballpark to strike out stigma!
Registration/check-in: 9:00 a.m.
Walk begins at 10:00 a.m.
Park in the lot west of the ballpark (look for the NAMIWalk signs) and walk under the bridge to find the entry to the event.
Teams: Your team captain will check your team in and get your tickets to get into the gate. Once those are distributed, then you can enter.
Individuals: You will have a place to register and we can get you through in the same manner.
We must have a waiver on file for you!
But no worries, you do that at the park!
It's a rain or shine event!
Help us reach our goal of $80,000!
Watching the AETN show and looking for the video?
We had to post the link on our public Facebook page so head to www.facebook.com/NAMIArkansas and look for the link there!
Our NAMIWalk is Saturday, May 9 and here are the details:
Where: Dickey-Stephens Park, North Little Rock
Check-in/Registration: 9:00 a.m.
Walk begins: 10:00 a.m.
Registration cost: NONE!!!!!
This is a fun and fundraiser! Come out and join us for fun and help us keep our quality services at no cost to those who use them. Raise $100 and receive an event t-shirt.
Head to the NAMIWalks link above for some great news regarding our NAMIWalk Saturday, May 9 at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock! It will truly be a day to Strike Out Stigma and you can help!
We're waiting out the weather, so you still have time...
Family-to-Family Classes in Little Rock will begin Monday, March 16!
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
*Registration is required*
You may register in one of these ways:
Contact the Detmers at 870-879-4514, or
Email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and put F2F class in the subject line, or
call the state office at 501-661-1548
We'll ask you some questions to get you registered!
We still have openings, so call or email today for registration!
If you are a:
of an adult with mental illness, you are appropriate for this class.
Questions? Send email to email@example.com
Please come to our program with Mr. Harry Ehrenberg, presenting:
"Protecting Your Child's Medicaid Eligibility through Proper Estate Planning"
WHEN: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
WHERE: Freeway Medical Tower, 5800 W. 10th Street; Little Rock, AR 72204 – Room 906 (9th Floor, Board room)
TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION: Not required, but suggested. Please contact NAMI Arkansas at firstname.lastname@example.org with “February 3 presentation” in the subject line and we can e-mail you a document for the presentation. Or contact NAMI Arkansas at 501-661-1548 or 1-800-844-0381 to register.
Mr. Ehrenberg has been recognized as an authority on personal finances by both State and Federal Courts. Federal Judges have awarded his financial recommendations to the penny. He is the owner of Ehrenberg Financial, a life insurance agency dating back to 1899 and is a registered principal, offering securities through J.W. Cole Financial, Inc. a member of the NASD/SIPC. Additionally, Harry is an investment advisor representative offering services through J.W. Cole Advisory, Inc.
Have you joined our e-newslist? If not, send an email to email@example.com and write 'please add to e-newslist' in the subject line. We'll add you!
Save the Date!
Our 2015 NAMIWalk
is Saturday, May 9, 2015 at
Dickey Stephens Park!
The website will open soon for walkers. We're taking sponsors now! You can become a sponsor online at
Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 5 - 11, 2014
6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Steps of State Capitol First United Methodist Church
Chapel, 206 W. Johnson Ave.
Hosted jointly by NAMI Springdale and Mental Health America Northwest
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
AETN: Healing Minds, Changing Attitudes
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Adults
Thursday, October 9, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bringing NAMI Arkansas to Your Community
Friday, October 10, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Details below - please join us and our special guest!
Get ready! Our 2014 Annual State Conference is Friday, October 10 and it's all about us!
"Bringing NAMI Arkansas to Your Community"
With 1 in 4 adults being diagnosed with a mental illness in a given year, a lifetime prevalence of mental illness in youth aged 13 to 18 years being 46.3%, the average onset of mental illness being age 14 and only 36% of those with mental illness receiving treatment for it, it's clear we're in this together. And together, we become not just an organization, we become a movement.
Join us October 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and learn how to become part of that movement. All you have to do is come to the conference. Print this NAMI Arkansas 2014 State Conference Registration Form and mail it along with your payment; or you can register with a credit card at:
You know we have a saying at NAMI Arkansas - Find NAMI, Find Hope. So we want you to tell us your story of Hope...we know you have one. It may be one where you've been on your journey with your own recovery and your hope now is to help others. Or your journey has been that of a family member and your story of hope is that of helping others...or your story of hope is for your loved one.
Perhaps your story is that of a provider, or administrator, or advocate or friend...no matter what your story; as long as it is one of hope; it's one that we want to have. So send us your story - let us know what you are thinking and let us know for what you have hope for our state and how NAMI Arkansas is part of that. We're in this together. And together we'll make a difference.
If you decide to share your story of hope, please know, we may contact you. Please read the form below and begin!
There is still time to donate to our 2014 NAMIWalk!
We hoped to provide more training this upcoming year. We need you to help support our organization by donating to make this possible!
All of our services are free to those who use them and NAMI Arkansas is a charitable organization in Arkansas - we aren't part of the National NAMI office staff. This means we must raise funds for the cost of the lease of our office space and all the costs of having an office. We depends on grants and funds, like the NAMIWalk funds! So please consider giving and give generously. If we've helped you before, consider what that was worth to you and please give. Everyone knows someone with a mental illness. Would you want someone you know to have the things that NAMI Arkansas could offer if it could bring all the NAMI programs to Arkansas? We need to train more individuals in Family to Family as teachers so that we can offer this wonderful program to more across our state. And, we all know we need more support groups so we need more trainings for support group facilitators. We also need more NAMI Basics teachers and we've long wanted the NAMI In Our Own Voice here as well as Peer to Peer and Parent and Teachers As Allies and other valuable programs.
We can bring them here, but it takes funds to do so. Please consider giving to the NAMIWalk or giving to NAMI Arkansas - either way will help us. Click on the Donate button above or you can go to www.namiwalks.org/arkansas to donate to the NAMIWalk.
Thank you so much for your support!
Kim Arnold, Executive Director
Tune-in June 4 to Hear Why It’s Time to Take Action on Children’s Mental Health
· Forum, webcast provided by National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cigna Foundation
· Half of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14
· One in five children suffer from mental illness
BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Half of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, with one in five children affected by mental illness and often not getting treatment for years. To help children and their families, schools and communities, the Cigna Foundation is sponsoring and co-hosting a forum and webcast today with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The forum will provide steps that teachers, parents and health care professionals can take to address the growing mental health crisis among youth.
Today’s forum is taking place between 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT. The full agenda, speaker information and live webcast are available on the forum webpage at www.nami.org/childrensmhforum. In mid-June, taped videos of the forum sessions will be posted to the forum webpage.
Called “It’s Time to Take Action: Innovative Community Approaches to Children’s Mental Health,” the forum includes advocates and experts from the mental health field discussing conditions, treatment, bullying and addiction.
“It’s time to move the needle from talk to action. Cigna is pleased to shine a light on this urgent topic, as children’s wellness is a priority as part of our company’s corporate responsibility platform,” said Stuart Lustig, M.D., M.P.H., lead medical director for child and adolescent care for Cigna Behavioral Health and associate clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco in the Department of Psychiatry.
“Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among youth, ages 10 to 24,” said NAMI executive director Mary Giliberti, J.D. “Early recognition of symptoms in children and early treatment can save lives and ensures a better future.”
“National dialogue about children’s mental health is important, but dialogue also must lead to action. We hope the forum will help move mental health professionals and policymakers forward,” Giliberti added. The forum will focus on successful, innovative and cost-effective programs that should be examined for replication nationwide to help prevent suffering and tragedy, including:
· Ensuring that schools are equipped with mental health prevention and early intervention tools;
· Early identification, intervention and care for youth with mental health conditions, and how to fill the gap in a shortage of mental health services and providers; and
· Opportunities to talk about mental health, such as the NAMI Ending the Silence program for high school students and OK2Talk.org, a social media community that promotes sharing, dialogue and resources to eliminate the barriers that often stand in the way of children with mental health conditions.
“Talking more openly about mental illness and the tangible actions that benefit children helps to remove the stigma and discrimination that often surrounds these conditions. Today’s forum is a start,” Dr. Lustig said.
About the Cigna Foundation
The Cigna Foundation, founded in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.
Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 80 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope. To learn more about NAMI, visit www.nami.org
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Help us meet and exceed our goal of $80,000 for our NAMIWalk and you could win an iPad Mini in the process! Check our our NAMIWalks section and find out how, then register to walk in our NAMIWalk! Raise funds and awareness and help us keep our services free to those who use them now and available and free to those who may need them in the future. After all, everyone knows someone with a mental illness, so please help us help everyone! With more funds, we can have more services available to more areas in our state! Click on the NAMIWalks section to find out more!
There is still time to register for Family to Family!
Due to inclement weather, classes in both Little Rock and Fort Smith began March 10, 2014
That means you can still call the numbers below to register and attend through March 17!
Check our NAMIWalks section for information on our Kick off luncheon happening March 18, 2014!
NAMI Arkansas is proud to offer
Family to Family in Little Rock and Fort Smith!
Free for family members, partners and friends
of individuals (adults) with
Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)
Schizophrenia and Schizo-affective Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Co-occurring Brain Disorders and Addictive Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Pre-registration required for both! You may pre-register with the teachers or with the state office but we MUST have you on the register!
Many go without Health Coverage. If you don't have health insurance, go to HealthCare.gov right now and sign up. You can compare plans based on your own needs and budget, and you can sign up for coverage. To have coverage on January 1, 2014 you must signup by December 23, 2013.
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Added to National Registry of Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs
ARLINGTON, Va., May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is pleased to announce that the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program has been added to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
In the review, the program was independently assessed and rated for quality of research and readiness for dissemination.
"NAMI is proud to be included in the registry," said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick .
"It is an affirmation of one of NAMI's signature education programs, established over 20 years ago, which to date has already helped more than 300,000 family members of people living with mental illness.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-session course taught by other family members who have received intensive training for its presentation. Instruction and course materials are provided free to class participants.
Class topics include:
· Current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder.
· borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders.
· Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence.
· Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and evidence-based treatments to promote recovery.
· Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
· Problem solving, listening, and communication techniques.
· Acquiring strategies for handling mental health crises and relapse.
· Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload.
· Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community.
· Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand mental health services.
NREPP is a searchable online database intended to help people learn more about available evidence-based programs and practices and determine which may best meet their needs. It is a voluntary, self-nominating system in which program developers elect on their own to participate.
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope.
SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness
ARKANSAS NAMIWalk is Saturday, May 11, 2013!
Clinton Presidential Center
Registration is 9:00 a.m. - Walk begins at 10:00 a.m.!
The route we'll walk is a 1.2 mile loop - walk around 3 times for a little over a 5K or more if you want to walk for more exercise!
Remember - the NAMIWalk is a RAIN or SHINE event!
There is still time to qualify to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet - you can register online at www.namiwalks.org/arkansas or you can register at the WALK site and bring your donations there - each increment of $50 raised qualifies you for an entry for a drawing. You can continue to qualify for the Tablet with donations until noon, Friday, May 17, 2013!
NAMI Arkansas is proud to recognize
May 9, 2013 as
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
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Raise funds for NAMIWalk Arkansas, and YOU might WIN a SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB!
All you have to do is raise money for NAMIWalks Arkansas to qualify to win one of two Samsung Galaxy Tabs! Our contest began at noon on Thursday, May 2, and will end at noon on Friday, May 17. For every $50 an online walker raises during that period he/she will get a chance to win the prize and the online Team Captain who’s team raises the most funds during that period will win a Tab! What, you haven’t registered for the Walk? Don’t worry, there’s still time to register and to get into the competition, just follow the link – www.namiwalks.org/arkansas. See below for all the details regarding how YOU can be one of the lucky winners of a Samsung Galaxy Tab!
How it works:
For every increment of $50 you (an online registered NAMIWalks’ walker) raise between noon, Thursday, May 2nd and noon, Friday, May 17th you will be entered into a raffle to win a tablet! So, if you raise $50 you get 1 chance to win, raise $100 you get 2 chances, raise $150 you get 3 chances, etc. The more you raise the better your chances are to win the Samsung Galaxy Tab!
Don’t worry Team Captains, we haven’t forgotten about you and the hard work you’re doing! The team that raises the most money between noon, Thursday, May 2nd and noon, Friday May 17th will win its Team Captain a Samsung Galaxy Tab! Now that’s one lucky Captain!
Donations must either be made online during the raffle timeframe by a donor using his/her credit card or money must be submitted to the Walk Manager or to the NAMI Arkansas office by noon, Friday, May 17th. Unverified donations that are posted to the website by a walker/Team Captain will not count toward the contest. Previously submitted donations do not count. This is a clean slate, everyone is starting from zero!
If you are mailing in donations in the form of checks, please include a note indicating your name, and what Team or Affiliate you wish to receive credit for your funds. Send donations to NAMI Arkansas, 1012 Autumn Road, Suite 1, Little Rock, AR 72211. Donations must be received/in-hand by noon, Friday, May 17th. Mail post marked May 17th doesn't count if it arrives after 12:00 PM that day.
So, walkers and Team Captains get ready to start contacting your family and friends to make a donation to your Walk efforts! Contact them in person, through online social networks, or by phone or email! Remember to download the NAMIWalks’ app to your Droid or iPhone and have people donate to you in the palm of their hands! For those who haven’t registered for the Walk, there’s still time! Follow this link –www.namiwalks.org/arkansas – to register today! When registering make sure to select the Facebook option, so your Facebook friends will see that you're raising money for NAMIWalks Arkansas!
Make sure you’re registered and ready to get your family and friends to start donating at noon today!
Thank you for supporting NAMI Arkansas!
Remember our WALK is Saturday, May 11!
Please support NAMI Arkansas – you could make a donation as a holiday gift to a friend or relative, or in honor or memory of a loved one. Please consider making your tax-deductible donation to NAMI Arkansas before the end of the year by:
On behalf of the NAMI Arkansas , I wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! Thank you for all your efforts to improve the lives of those that live with mental illnesses and their families. Please join me in supporting NAMI Arkansas!
Ruth Trowbridge,NAMI State Trainer/NAMI Connection Facilitator
Disaster Distress Helpline Offers Immediate Crisis Counseling
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.
Our texting service also is available to Spanish speakers. Text "Hablanos" to 66746 for 24/7 emotional support.
TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517
The recent shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, continues to bring out strong emotions across the Nation. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from this tragedy.
Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual, and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America's communities.
Statement from Kim Arnold, NAMI Arkansas Executive Director, and Greg Mashburn, NAMI Arkansas Board President, on Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy:
Our hearts ache for the children, families and community of Newtown, Connecticut. We concur with the statement from NAMI below. We also know that our children here in Arkansas may begin to ask questions about their safety. In addition to the suggestions in the NAMI statement, as Outreach Partners with NIMH (National Institute on Mental Health), we have a publication from them that you may find useful on talking to children about violence and disasters. We've added the attachment. (PDF can be downloaded at the bottom of this page)
The Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy; NAMI Statement Includes Trauma Resources
[National Alliance on Mental Illness. (PRNewsFoto/National Alliance on Mental Illness)]
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI<http://www.nami.org/>) has issued the following statement which includes recommended links to trauma resources for families:
"Like other Americans, NAMI is horrified and saddened by today's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As of Friday at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern), news reports indicated that close to 30 people were shot and killed, most of them children. We extend our sympathy to their families and to all who knew and loved them.
It is extremely important that the Newtown, Conn. community be prepared to provide trauma services and resources to all those affected by the tragedy. Our national community must do so as well. The tragedy will inevitably leave an impression on many children. Parents and caregivers throughout the country will need to reassure them.
American Psychiatric Association recommendations<http://drbeckerschutte.visibli.com/share/he23Ln> include:
* Create an open and supportive environment where children know they can ask questions.
* Give honest answers and information. Use words and concepts they can understand.
* Help children to find ways to express themselves and to know that people are there to help. Remember also that children learn by watching parents and teachers react and listening to their conversations.
* Don't let children watch too much television with frightening repetitious images.
* Monitor for physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches or other pains.
Additional resources are also available from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS<http://www.aacap.org/galleries/default-file/csts_restoring_sense_of_safety_after_shooting.pdf>), the University of Maryland Center for School Mental Health (CSMH<http://csmh.umaryland.edu/Resources/OtherResources/CSMHListofTraumaResources.pdf>) and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA<http://www.samhsa.gov/children/trauma_resilience.asp>).
NAMI will follow news reports closely as more details become known. At this time, there is no indication that mental illness was a factor in the tragedy. It is important to not make assumptions or speculate in such cases. The overall contribution of mental disorders to the total level of violence in society is exceptionally small.
When tragedies occur, no matter what their nature or cause, national, state and local communities must come together to find out what went wrong and to take steps to ensure it does not happen again. We expect such scrutiny to occur in days and weeks ahead. Today, however, is a time to mourn and pray for the victims of a senseless act and for their survivors. As a nation, we must reassure each other."
NAMI<http://www.nami.org/> is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope.
SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness
PR Newswire<PR%20Newswire> (http://s.tt/1wZhD)
Kim Arnold, Executive Director
1012 Autumn Road, Suite 1
Little Rock, AR 72211
NAMI Arkansas 2012 Annual Meeting
"Raising the Standards of Excellence"
Saturday November 10, 2012Healing Minds, Changing Attitudes
Freeway Medical Tower 9th Floor, Suite 900
8:15 a.m. registration/check-in
Conference 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (lunch included)
$15.00 - members
$35.00 - non-members
Become a member prior to registration and save!
John C. Fortney, Ph.D. will present on a study that was jointly funded by NIMH and DOD about the mental health of Veterans in Arkansas Community Colleges.
John C. Fortney, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Director of the Division of Health Services Research. For the last 20 years Dr. Fortney's research has focused on issues of access to care, especially the delivery of mental health services in rural areas. His research has been supported by NIMH, NIAAA and the VA.
AETN 7pm - 9pm
join us for a panel discussion on smoking cessation
NAMI Arkansas Annual Meeting - Saturday November 10th, 2012
Freeway Medical Tower - 9th floor, suite 900
8:15 a.m. registration/check-in
Conference 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (lunch included)
"If governors opt their states out of the health law’s Medicaid expansion — as many are now threatening to do — it’s the poorest Americans who would find themselves getting the rawest deal.
This set of charts from our graphics department helps explain why: People who earn less than 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Line (about $11,170 for an individual) are ineligible for tax credits to purchase health insurance. In a state like Arkansas, for example, that could be a big deal:" - Posted by Sarah Kliff on July 5, 2012 at 10:25 am
NAMI ARKANSAS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
Mental illness is a serious medical illness that affects one in four families.
NAMI Arkansas' support and public education efforts are focused on educating Arkansas about mental illness, offering resources free of charge to those in need and insisting that mental illness become a high priority in the state of Arkansas. For us to continue doing this we need your support! Here is What you can do:
ACT NOW TO HELP NAMI ARKANSAS
Check out this story on Fox 16 about the danger inmates living with mental illness pose to a system ill equipt to deal with them and what can be done to keep everyone safe,NAMI Arkansas in the News
Check out these articles about Mental Illness and NAMI Arkansas!
THV Extra at 10: Treating mental illness - "The diagnosis is affecting more than 100,000 people of all ages, races, genders of Arkansans. But the good news is it's treatable."
Living with mental illness a daily struggle - link may be unavailable at this time "The leading cause of disability in Arkansas and in the U.S. has nothing to do with broken bodies. It affects more than 100,000 Arkansans and often strikes in the prime of life."
Medicare News from the Department of Health & Human Services
This press release announces that Medicare prescription drug premiums will not increase, that more seniors are receiving free preventitive care, and has information about discounts in the donut hole. http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/08/20110804a.html
Statement from Bonnie Leonhardt, President of NAMI Arkansas Board of Directors and Kim Arnold, Executive Director, NAMI Arkansas:
Arkansas experienced an increase in its mental health budget and review of the figures indicates the increase is due to the System of Care for Children. We appreciate the efforts on the part of the Governor, the First Lady of Arkansas and the state legislators who helped make this funding a reality; however we must recognize that that this funding increase was not for adults. Adults with mental illness need the same financial attention as do our children with mental illness. We urge the state to see the need and increase the budget accordingly.
ARLINGTON, Va., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two thirds of states have cut mental health care in the last three years—even though need has increased because of the nation's economic distress and troops returning home from war, according to a report released today by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Seventeen states managed to increase mental health budgets during the same three years. For 10 of them, the increases totaled four percent or less.
"State mental health cuts are a national crisis," said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick. "Some states are trying to hold the line or make progress, but most are cutting deep. This stands in contrast to the intense national concern about the mental health care system following the Arizona tragedy two months ago."
The report can be downloaded at www.nami.org/budgetcuts. State-by-state tables appear in the appendices. A summary of decreases and increases appears below listing the total change in dollars, percentages and rank.
In all states, the budget squeeze is getting worse in part because of the expiration of enhanced federal Medicaid support in June 2011. Oregon, for example, which increased mental health by $57.4 million over three years, will lose $156 million because of the expiration.
The report focuses primarily on non-Medicaid mental health services, which are financed with state general funds and provided through state mental health agencies. It is the part of the mental health system that state legislatures have the most control over.
"Cutting mental health means that costs only get shifted to emergency rooms, schools, police, local courts, jails and prisons," Fitzpatrick said. "The taxpayer still pays the bill.
"Mental health cuts mean that clinics, crisis centers and hospitals close. Admissions are frozen. Emergency room visits increase. Where services remain, staff is cut, wait times for appointments are stretched and when people finally are seen, it's for shorter amounts of time.
"Cuts mean people don't get the right help in the right place at the right time. Communities suffer and families break under the strain. Some people end up living on the street or dead."
To see the report, go to www.nami.org/budgetcuts.
Read the Parity Implementation Coalition's strategies for winning disputes with your health plan - NAMI to Release Updated Family Guide on Adolescent Depression
NAMI will release a second edition of its extremely popular family guide, What Families Need to Know about Adolescent Depression and Treatment Options in November. NAMI is thrilled to be able to offer this valuable resource to families once again. The updated guide includes new information on getting an accurate diagnosis, treatment options, research and more.
Through Nov. 30, you can preorder the family guide for free. You can order a single guide or submit a bulk order (in increments of 50 only please). Please send your order and mailing address to Program Coordinator Dana Markey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After Nov. 30, the family guide will be available for purchase in the NAMI Bookstore for one dollar plus shipping and handling. It is also available online as a PDF - Mental Health Parity Toolkit
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