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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

    Jan 22, 2018 | By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

    Let’s face it: anxiety disorders are tricky to handle and treat at times. Just when you think you have a grip on your mental health issues, your anxiety may be triggered out of the blue by something new. The ever-changing way your mental illness manifests may make it more difficult for you and your mental health support team to find longterm solutions. However, if you feel like you aren’t getting the therapeutic help you 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

    New payment models, better education, and stronger advocacy key to change

    Shannon Firth, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today | December 07, 2017

    WASHINGTON — People with serious mental illness die 10 to 25 years earlier than the rest of the population, and mental health experts spoke of ways to reverse this trend at a briefing on Thursday hosted by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

    Two-thirds of people with serious mental illness die from natural causes, not psychiatric ones — “they just do so at higher Read More

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