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Advocacy Toolkit
NAMI's new Advocacy Toolkit gives state and local leaders the tools they need to advocate effectively.

Commonly Prescribed Psychotropic Medications
Tables of commonly prescribed medications cross-referenced by generic name.

Policymakers Toolkit
This resource guide is an additional tool for use by NAMI advocates who are working with state policymakers and legislators to preserve access to life-saving mental health medications.

Facts on Access to Medications
This resource guide on mood disorders is an additional tool for use by NAMI advocates who are working with state policymakers and legislators to preserve access to life-saving mental health medications.

Facts on Access to Medications: An Introduction
An introduction to the policymaker's resource on facts on access to medications for people with mood disorders.

Facts on Access to Medications: The Patient's Individuality
Continuation of the policymaker's resource on facts on access to medications for people with mood disorders that addresses the issue of a patient's individuality when prescribing proper medications.

Facts on Access to Medications: Restrictive Formularies
Continuation of the policymaker's resources on facts on access to medications for people with mood disorders that addresses the impact on states of lack of access to treatment.

Facts on Access to Medications: Positive Effects
Continuation of the policymaker's resource on the facts on access to medications for people with mood disorders addressing the positive affects of open access.

Facts on Access to Medications: Evidence Base
Continuation of the policymaker's resource on the facts on access to medications for people with mood disorders addressing the signifance of the newer class of medications called SSRIs.

Facts on Access to Medications: Conclusion
Conclusion of the policymaker's resource on facts on access to medications for people with mood disorders.

Impact & Cost of Mental Illness: Depression
The personal and societal costs of depression are significant. They include higher rates of death, serious complications for chronic disease patients, significantly higher health care costs for employers, added family caregiver burden and associated substance abuse problems.

Impact & Cost of Mental Illness: Bipolar
The ramifications of bipolar disorder include a significant economic toll, as well as family disruption, caregiver stress, and an individual burden encompassing comorbid illnessess, substance abuse, poor functionality, and high suicide risk.

Alternative Utilization Management Strategies
Mental health advocates should actively explore with policymakers the implementation of pilot utilization management efforts in lieu of restrictive cost containment programs.

Facts for Policymakers: A Primer on Mood Disorders
A primer on mood disorders designed for policymakers and advocates.

Facts for Policymakers: Treatable Causes of Disabilty - Depression
A primer for policymakers on treatable causes of disabilty with a look at depression specifically.

Facts for Policymakers: Conclusions
Conclusions of the primer for policymakers on mood disorders.

Facts for Policymakers: Treatable Causes of Disability - Major Depression
A continuation of the primer on mood disorders for policymakers, specifically on major depression.

Facts for Policymakers: Treatable Causes of Disability - Depression in Children
A continuation of the primer on mood disorders and treatable causes of disability for policymakers, specifically addressing depression in children and adolescents.

Facts for Policymakers: Treatable Causes of Disability - Depressions That Span a Lifetime
Coniuation of the primer on mood disorders and treatable causes of disability for policymakers, specifically addressing depression in older persons, depression and pregnancy and dysthymic disorder.

Facts for Policymakers: Treatable Causes of Disability - Anxiety Disorders
A primer for policymakers on mood disorders and treatable causes of disability, specifically anxiety disorders.

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