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Media Advisory: Mark The Dates
May 10-12, 2005

National Conferences, PBS Broadcast Focus on Ohio;
Address Mental Illness and Criminal Justice Issues

On May 10, PBS will broadcast nationally a documentary on mental illness filmed inside the Ohio state prison system. The broadcast will coincide with two national conferences being held in Columbus, OH on May 11-12 on mental illness, law enforcement and the criminal justice system, co-sponsored by the Ohio chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

The events follow NAMI Ohio's recent launch of the "Campaign for the Mind of America" in the state, which included release of a special report on Ohio's overall mental healthcare system. See At a Campaign press conference on April 5, Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelley declared:

"I see the long term costs of insufficient mental health care services every day. People with mental illness being shunted to the courts, the juvenile justice system, jail and prison. When you add in the toll on families, schools, and emergency medical care, the long term costs of cutting mental health far outweigh any short term 'savings.'"

Tuesday, May 10
PBS Frontline, 9PM ET (Check local listing)

PBS Frontline will broadcast "The New Asylums" about the shift of the burden of mental healthcare costs to jails and prisons -- going deep into Ohio's prison system to explore issues that involve nearly half a million people with mental illnesses incarcerated nationwide. The film includes unprecedented access to prison therapy sessions, mental health treatment meetings, crisis wards, and prison disciplinary tribunals. For more information, see

Wednesday-Thursday, May 11-12, 2005
Greater Columbus Convention Center

First National Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Conference (May 11-12) and Third National Conference on Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System (May 12).  For more information see

The Ohio Supreme Court, NAMI Ohio, Capital University Law School, and Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCOE are co-sponsors of the conferences, which will include participants from around the nation.

NAMI Ohio contact: Blair Young 614-224-2700


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