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Legislative Priorities

Angela Kimball shares NAMI’s Priority Issues

Angela Kimball, NAMI’s Acting CEO, was on C-SPAN Washington Journal for a 30-minute segment about the state of mental health in America. Angela discussed mental health issues, the importance of parity for mental health care, NAMI’s WhyCare? campaign and the importance of reducing stigma and discrimination around mental illness. The segment also included call-in questions from the public where Angela talked personally with individuals who face the day-to-day reality of mental illness.

NAMI’s Top Three Priorities – Intervene Early * Improve Care including Supportive Housing *  Divert from Jail

1. Intervene Early! — Over 50% of mental illnesses appear before age 14. Read about the lifesaving First Episode Psychosis Program at Henderson Behavioral Health

2. Improve Care Including Supportive Housing

Housing Statistics

Supportive Housing Saves Lives & Money

The NAMI Advocacy Group of Broward County created a Vision for Supportive Housing for Those with Mental Illness. Read the booklet here

3. Divert from Jail

NAMI Broward County joins the national STEPPING UP INITIATIVE to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails. We will work collaboratively with our community partners to ensure mental health treatment is the priority, not incarceration.

Read more about NAMI Broward’s 2020 Legislative Priorities

 

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