Don’t forget to join us on Tuesday, October 10th for our monthly meeting. Our speaker will be Victor Smith from Hill Crest.
Thank you all who came out and walked with us for mental health this year! Our 1.5 mile walk raises awareness and funds for NAMI organizations across the country. We couldn’t have done it without all your support.
With proper treatment, people can realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively and meaningfully contribute to the world. Without mental health we cannot be fully healthy.
Our Family to Family program is back and will meet weekly starting August 30 at UAB Center for Psychiatric Medicine at 6:00 p.m. Please CONTACT Jan Naccari 205 531-2966.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Trained family members who have lived with this experience teach this course. Over 300,000 family members have graduated from this national program.
All course materials are provided.
Since January, Congress has been talking about health care reform. Recently, the American Health Care Act, which would have left 24 million Americans without mental health coverage, failed to get enough support to pass the House.
Members of Congress are still talking about a bill and mental health coverage is a target.
Proposals under discussion would strip important safeguards that protect people with mental health conditions, including allowing insurers to:
• Not cover mental health and substance use treatment (also known as letting insurers scrap essential health benefits)
• Charge people with mental illness morewhich prices people out of health insurance (also known as doing away with community rating, a safeguard which requires insurers to charge people the same price for coverage)
• Refuse to cover people with mental health conditions (also known as eliminating guaranteed issue, which requires insurers to cover everyone)
There are also proposals to create high-risk pools, which are another way of charging people with mental illness more money and providing less coverage.