|Ask Your Representatives to Attend a Briefing for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week|
On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, a legislative briefing will be held in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The briefing will focus on effective services and supports for Youth and Young Adults and the value and importance of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) funded grant programs.
Briefing attendees will hear directly from SAMHSA about their initiatives that achieve positive outcomes and improve young lives in communities across the country. Representatives from programs in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Georgia will also present on the positive outcomes they have achieved in their programs for youth and young adults and the importance of SAMHSA funded grant programs.
We urge you to contact your House and Senate representatives to ask them and their staff to attend this important breakfast briefing in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. It is critical that we get as many Congressional offices to attend as possible to help educate and inform them about the importance of funding mental health programs that improve the lives of children, youth and young adults. As a constituent, your request for them to attend is essential. Here is the vital information:
- Date and Time: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
- Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-338
All House and Senate offices can be reached through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Please call or email your Congressional Members today! Thanks for all that you do to improve the lives of children, youth, young adults and their families.
Access to decent, safe and affordable housing is the cornerstone of recovery. We all know that permanent supportive housing – housing with supportive services – is a successful evidence-based model that promotes recovery, integration and full life in the community. Unfortunately, budget cuts at HUD now before Congress pose a huge threat to federal investments in supportive housing. This includes a proposed $40 million cut in the President’s FY 2014 budget to the HUD Section 811 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PRA) Demonstration program.
Act Now – Urge Congress to Support Funding for Supportive Housing
There are two separate letters now circulating in the House and Senate that will protect and expand critical investments in supportive housing programs targeted to people living with serious mental illness living in restrictive settings such as nursing homes and substandard board and care homes or experiencing chronic homelessness. Advocates are encourage to contact their Senators to urge them to sign on to the following “Dear Colleague” letters in support of funding for housing and homelessness programs that serve people living with serious mental illness.
1) The letter in support of restoring funding for the HUD Section 811 PRA Demonstration program being circulated by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), and
2) The letter in support of FY 2014 funding for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act being circulated by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI).
All Senate offices can also be reached by calling 1 (202) 224-3121.
|Act Now! Support Treatment, Not Jail Ask Your Members of Congress to cosponsor important legislation promoting jail diversion today!|
Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Representative Richard Nugent (R-FL) recently introduced H.R.401/S.162, the bipartisan Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act (JMHCA) to renew the successful Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA). The JMHCA extends this important program and helps criminal justice and mental health agencies work collaboratively towards better outcomes. The bill:
- Extends for five years the authorization for grants for mental health courts and CIT programs;
- Authorizes investments in veterans treatment courts, which serve arrested veterans who suffer from PTSD, addictions and other mental health conditions;
- Increases focus on corrections-based rograms;
- Supports the development of training curricula for police academies.
The JMHCA has attracted a strong bipartisan support in both houses, but more support is needed. Please contact your Member of Congress to urge them to sign on to to cosponsor the JMHCA by clicking here.
Taken from nami.org/advocacy alert
Recently NAMI Henderson has tried to have two Family to Family classes for the Henderson, Union and Webster County areas. We had scheduled one for the beginning of January and one for the beginning of March and both have had to be canceled due to lack of interested participants. To conduct a NAMI class it is important to have a minimum of ten (10) participants. We have not been able to get enough to participate in this class and have been forced to cancel both sessions. We hope to have a class in the fall 2013 and hope that anyone that is interested in this great educational experience will contact us to be put on a list of interested participants.
This class is free of charge and is one of NAMI’s signature programs. It has great information for those that have a family member or friend that deals with a mental illness. Information such as what to do when someone is in crisis, how to talk to someone in crisis or while in a dulusional state, why does it take so long for a diagnosis, what causes brain disorders, treatments, medications, emergency information and how to get the best results, what you can do to assist with care, how to talk with the medical staff, caring for yourself during crisis, and a whole lot more. We recommend that everyone take this class. The materials are written by experts, you receive a notebook full of important information, support, meeting others that are dealing with similar situations, and very important contacts. For more information about this program visit http://nami.org our national NAMI web site.