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MEDIA ADVISORY

Tuesday, February 24, 2005                       

CONTACT:                       

Katrina Gay 615-545-2548

Sita Diehl     615-361-6608                                                                                         

 

NAMI TENNESSEE LAUNCHES STATEWIDE "CAMPAIGN FOR THE MIND OF AMERICA"

NAMI RELEASES NEW REPORT ON STATE OF AFFAIRS IN TENNESSEE

 

WHAT:            Release of A “Shared State” of Mind: Finding Solutions for Funding of Mental Health Services in Tennessee; Launch of the NAMI Tennessee Campaign for the Mind of America

WHO:              Ken Duckworth, M.D., Medical Director, NAMI National

                        The Honorable Dan Eisenstein, Mental Health Court Judge, Davidson County (Nashville)

                        Ms. Nancy Lawhead, Special Health Advisor to The Honorable A.C. Wharton, Mayor, Shelby  County

                        Donna Nichols, Parent of a daughter with Schizophrenia on TennCare, McMinnville

                        Teresa Godsey, TennCare consumer with mental illness, Johnson City           

                        Invited:

                        Randy Surber, American College of Emergency Room Physicians, Tennessee Christian  Medical Center, Madison

                        Sheriff Daron Hall, Davidson County

                        Representative Kathryn Bowers, Co-Chair, TennCare Oversight Committee

                        Mike Dietrich, Executive Director, Tennessee Hospital Association Homecare Alliance,  Nashville

WHEN:            Thursday, March 3, 2005, 1.30 p.m. CT

WHERE:            Legislative Plaza, Room 31, Nashville, TN

 

NAMI Tennessee will welcome NAMI National’s Medical Director, Ken Duckworth, and representatives of partner organizations for the release of NAMI’s state report, A "Shared State" of Mind: Finding Common Solutions for Funding of Mental Health Services in Tennessee. This report also coincides with the recent proposals to eliminate coverage for close to 30% of people living with mental illness currently on TennCare as well as proposals to dramatically reduce access to care for consumers who will remain in the program.

NAMI leaders and partners will use findings from this report to meet with administration officials and legislators to urge them to make economically sound, proven and effective decisions that have a direct impact on Tennesseans and communities across the state. A report from the U.S. Surgeon General estimated that untreated mental disorders cost the nation more than $70 billion annually to lost productivity. When the diverted resources of those in law enforcement, education, and health care are added, the cost rises to more than $100 billion per year.

This event also marks the state launch of the "Campaign for the Mind of America," a multi-year national and state-level initiative to show the effects of untreated mental illness on every community and to demonstrate the  benefits of access to mental health treatment and services.

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