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NAMI To Hold Legislative Conference
January 30 - February 1, 1998


Contact:
Jackie King 703/516-7961
Valerie Rheinstein 703/516-7963
For Immediate Release
27 Jan 98

Arlington, VA --- The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) will conduct its annual legislative conference January 30 - February 1, 1998, at the Arlington Hilton Hotel (950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA; 703/528-6000). More than 100 NAMI leaders from throughout the country will attend the meeting to discuss a wide range of policy issues that affect persons with severe mental illnesses and their families. Among the speakers will be Bernard Arons, M.D., director of the Center for Mental Health Services; Tennessee State Representative Kathryn Bowers; Nelba Chavez, Ph.D., administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Texas State Representative Garnet Coleman; Charles Cook, editor of Cook Political Report; and Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA.

Conference Highlights:

Jan. 30, 9:00 a.m.

Health Care Policy Issues in the 2nd Session of the 105th Congress and in the 1998 Elections
Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA

Jan. 31, 9:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion on Managed Care
Moderator: Laura Lee Hall, Ph.D., NAMI deputy director of Policy and Research
Patricia McTaggert, Dir of Quality & Performance Management Group, HCFA
Danna Mauch, Ph.D., president and COO, Magellan Public Solutions
Janet Susin, AMI-PATH, New York State

Jan. 31, 4:00 p.m.

How to Promote Recovery in a Dependency Based System
Moderator: J. Rock Johnson, J.D., NAMI Board of Directors
Ken Dudek, executive director of Fountain House
Rick Douglas, director, Disability Initiative, U.S. Department of Labor
Kim Hildred, staff dir, House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Social Security

Feb. 1, 9:00 a.m.

Building on Parity
Representative Garnet Coleman (TX) - NAMI Board of Directors
Susan Dore, senior legislative advisor, NAMI Campaign to End Discrimination
Bill Emmet, NAMI Board of Directors
LeRoy Goldman, senior policy advisor, NAMI

With more than 168,000 members, NAMI is the nation's leading grassroots organization solely dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders. NAMI has more than 1,140 state and local affiliates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada.  

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