Don’t forget to join us on Tuesday, March 14th for our monthly meeting Jared S. Roe, LICSW, PIP / Director of Behavioral Health at Grandview Medical Center will be speaking.
NAMI’s $68 Million Dollar Plan to Solve Alabama’s Mental Health Crisis.
A major push from mental health groups is planned for the upcoming legislative session in February. Lead by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, advocates are asking the governor and lawmakers to approve $68 million dollars. They have laid out a strategic plan of action.
Mental health funding has been slashed over the years. They want the money restored along with mandatory police training and a 24/7 crisis center where law enforcement officers can take those facing a mental issue. All too often they say those in mental distress are taken to jails.
Read the whole story here.
In case you missed it, here are the topics that were discussed at the Mental Health Summit: A Strategic Discussion for Solving Alabama’s Mental Health Crisis on January 19, 2017
|8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.||Registration|
|8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.||Welcome/Recognition of Sponsors and Special Guests/Officials / Wanda Laird and Paul DeMarco|
|8:40 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.||Commissioner Jim Perdue / AL Department of Mental Illness|
|9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.||Proposed Legislation / Jimmy Walsh|
|9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Break|
|10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training / Major Sam Cochran|
|11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.||Ending the Criminalization of Mental Illness / Judge Steve Leifman|
|11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Lunch|
|12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.||Substance Abuse Treatment Implications for the 21st Century / Dr. Peter Lane|
|1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Crisis Intervention Team Training / Senior Corporal Herb Cotner|
|2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.||Break|
|2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Mental Health Panel Discussion / Mark Litvine, Joan Elder, Dr. Jacqueline Feldman and Judge Stephen Wallace|
|3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Finding a Better Way to Help Those with Mental Illnesses|
Did you know that state legislators count each email as representing the views of as many as 10 of their constituents?? Every email that we send packs a punch, so each person who contacts their legislator can make a huge difference!
Below is an action alert from NAMI Alabama which ALSO has a good example of an email draft that people can use and personalize. It really only takes about 10 minutes to write two legislators—one Alabama House representative, and one Alabama senator. Just make sure to change the “Dear Senator Whomever,” to “Dear Representative Whomever.” Please find a list of your Senators HERE.