DOOR PRIZES AND WALK AWARDS
NAMIWalks Awards For
Best Team T-shirt
Top Individual Fundraiser
Join us for a time of fun and celebration!
· NAMI Broward County invites you to our Holiday Party
· Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
· Sunrise Nob Hill Clubhouse at Soccer Club Park
10200 Sunset Strip
Sunrise, Florida 33322
· RSVP to NAMI Office at 954.739.1888 or email NAMIBroward
· RSVP no later than Monday, December 9th.
Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year. We value our community relationships and thank you for your support. Because of you we have raised over $81,0000 through the NAMIWalk. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the coming year.
All the best to you, your family, and your organization,
NAMI Broward County
Help Us Find Our Way Home
We had a great time at the NAMI Walk on November 9th but we think our owner was so excited they forgot to take us home. If we belong to you or you know our owner please contact the NAMI office at 954.739.1888.
Graduation from the Family to Family class in Spanish
Photos of the graduation from the Family to Family class in Spanish. Thanks to everyone who took part and our volunteer instructor. Friends and support are made this way. Gracias!
Creigh Deeds: ‘I am alive for a reason’
By CNN Staff
updated 9:59 AM EST, Wed November 27, 2013
(CNN) — Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds, who was stabbed multiple times by his son, said he will work to change how mental health services are delivered so that "other families don’t have to go through what we are living."
Deeds’ son, Austin "Gus" Deeds, committed suicide after the fight.
"I hope we can make a positive change as a result of this tragedy," Deeds told The Recorder, a newspaper based in Monterey, Virginia.
"I think there may be a bigger problem here. I am alive for a reason, and I will work for change. I owe that to my precious son," he said.
The stabbing came one day after Deeds’ son was taken to a hospital under an emergency custody order. Police confirmed that Gus Deeds, 24, was brought in by the local sheriff for evaluation by mental health professionals.
The young man was released after the evaluation because no open psychiatric bed could be located across a wide area of western Virginia, Dennis Cropper, executive director of the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Cropper declined to comment on the specifics of the case but said not finding a bed was unusual for his agency.
CNN later learned that at least three Virginia hospitals had psychiatric beds available the day before the stabbing and suicide.
Officials at Western State, Rockingham Memorial and UVA Charlottesville hospitals said beds were available, but they had not been contacted by medical personnel who evaluated the younger Deeds.
The hospitals are within an hour or two from Bath County, where the incident occurred, but it was unclear whether those who had the initial contact with Gus Deeds reached out only to hospitals closer to Bath County.
"I cry a lot. I can’t focus now and talk to anyone," Deeds told The Recorder. "I have very strong opinions about the CSB and feel like they are responsible. My life’s work now is to make sure other families don’t have to go through what we are living."
CNN reached out to the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board for comment but did not receive an immediate reply.
Deeds, 55, is well-known in Virginia political circles. A Democrat, he ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2005 and for governor in 2009, both times against Republican Bob McDonnell, who is now Virginia’s governor.
He was released from the hospital on Friday, three days after he was stabbed more than 10 times in the head and neck.
Photos from The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Broward Inaugural South Florida NAMIWalks “Walking for Mental Health,” held Saturday, November 9 in Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek.
Over 700 registered for the walk and over $66,000 was raised! A tremendous accomplishment for the first year!
For more great photos: http://on.fb.me/1eHzuoh
Celebrate! Final Parity Regulations under Mental Health Care Law are a "Crowning Achievement" in Ending Insurance Discrimination; Statement of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick issued the following statement on behalf of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization and a leader in the mental parity movement.
NAMI applauds and thanks President Obama and Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for issuing today the final regulations that define parity under federal law, requiring insurers to provide mental health care benefits on the same terms that they cover physical illnesses.
The regulations are a crowning achievement. They are the result of a 20-year bipartisan campaign by individuals and families affected by mental illness to end unfair discrimination that led to enactment of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in 2008. They are essential to implementation of what is now the law of the land.
We also thank President George W. Bush and all members of Congress who played a role over the years leading to this moment. All Americans can applaud when our leaders, regardless of party, come together to move the nation forward on issues of this magnitude.
NAMI will prepare a more detailed analysis of the final regulations after close examination. There is still disappointment: the regulations will cover about 85 percent of the nation’s population, but gaps in coverage exist. The regulations do not apply to managed care plans through Medicaid or the equally vital Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Some of our most vulnerable people are still being left behind.
There is still a challenging road ahead. NAMI will continue working to ensure vigorous implementation and enforcement and to build on a still rapidly evolving, integrated health care system.