NAMI Ohio’s Campaign for the Mind of America is a grassroots partnership initiative to increase access to mental health treatment and services by offering solutions to public policy challenges at the federal, state, and local levels. The Campaign highlights solutions while underscoring the unintended economic and personal consequences of policy failures. Nearly half a million of Ohio’s adult and children residents are living with a mental illness.
As part of the campaign, NAMI Ohio is releasing on April 5, 2005 Ohio Priorities for Action to Reduce the Cost of Untreated Mental Illness. The release of this report coincides with grassroots activity aimed at advocating for budget priorities as the state develops its spending plans for the next fiscal year.
Nationwide, untreated mental illness costs the nation more than $100 billion annually from lost productivity and diverted resources. The Campaign creates unique partnerships among different sectors on the front lines that deal with the crisis including law enforcement, county and city leaders, healthcare professionals, and other community leaders. In tandem with these organizations and leaders, the Campaign will work to underscore the unintended costs and consequences to the community of lack of access to treatment and services for those living with mental illness.
NAMI Ohio, a NAMI state organization, is a volunteer, non-profit, self-help organization composed of families and friends of persons who have a mental illness and consumers of mental health services. NAMI National, NAMI Ohio, and the over 55 affiliates in local communities across the state work together to meet the NAMI mission of support, education, advocacy and research to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their families, and our communities.
Representing Special Education Resource Centers, Rhonda Dickson
Representing Sheriffs of Ohio, Sheriff Gene Kelly, Clark County
Representing Schools, Mary Ascierno, Former Principal and Educator
Representing the Faith Community, Tracee Black, Director of TOVA’s N.E.S.T.
Representing Children’s Services Boards, John Saros, Executive Director, Franklin County Children’s Services
Representing County Commissioners, Bob Hackett, Madison County Commissioner
Representing Families, Jim Maurro, Columbus Attorney
Representing Judges, The Honorable Jennifer Vrunner, Franklin County Common Pleas Court
Representing the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. John Duby, M.D.
Representing Ohio Psychiatrists, Janet Shaw
Representing programs serving troubled youth, Angela Cornelius, Executive Director, Project Linden
The American College of Emergency Room Physicians
The Society of Adolescent Medicine
The National Association of Social Workers
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