NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness Home | About NAMI | Contact Us | En Espanol  | Donate  
Find
  Advanced Search  
 

Sign In
myNAMI
Communities
Register and Join
Donate
What's New
State & Local NAMIs
Advocate Magazine
NAMI Newsroom
NAMI Store
NAMIWALKS
National Convention
Special Needs Estate Planning
NAMI Travel

 NAMI Newsroom
  Press Release Archive
  Bios

Print this page
Graphic Site
Log Out
 | Print this page | 
 | 
press_release_archive

For Immediate Release
June 2, 2004

Contact:  Bob Carolla  703.524.7600  email: Bobc@nami.org


NAMI Establishes New Multicultural Action Center

Los Angeles Forum on President Bush’s Mental Health Report

Reflects Need to Move From Outreach to Action

Arlington, VA — NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) today announced creation of a Multicultural Action Center (MAC) in conjunction with a national forum offering multicultural perspectives on President Bush’s New Freedom Commission Report.

The new center replaces the NAMI Multicultural & International Outreach (MIO) Center established in 2002.

"This is more than a symbolic move," said NAMI acting executive director Michael J. Fitzpatrick. "It represents a new strategic phase. We are moving from outreach to action."

"Our entire community is entering a new era," said Majose Carrasco, who was appointed MIO center director earlier this year and now becomes MAC director. "We have the President’s New Freedom report. We have the Surgeon General’s Report on Culture Race and Ethnicity. We have the Institute of Medicine’s report on Unequal Treatment. The challenge now is to use them to shape programs and policies, to achieve cultural competence and broad inclusiveness."

California Director of Mental Health Stephen Mayberg—a member of the New Freedom Commission—served as a panelist at the multicultural forum. The event was held in Universal City and sponsored by the Latino Behavioral Health Institute, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and NAMI.

MAC priorities include addressing:

  • Disparities in treatment and services
  • Lack of bilingual/bicultural mental health professionals
  • Higher rates of misdiagnosis, institutionalization and suicide among youth of color
  • Overrepresentation of people of color with mental illnesses in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
  • Underrepresentation of people of color in research studies and clinical trials

# # #

Visit the NAMI Multicultural Action Center.

View a printable pdf version of this press release.


 | Print this page | 
 | 

Donate

Support NAMI to help millions of Americans who face mental illness every day.

Donate today

Speak Out

Inspire others with your message of hope. Show others they are not alone.

Share your story

Get Involved

Become an advocate. Register on NAMI.org to keep up with NAMI news and events.

Join NAMI Today
Home  |  myNAMI  |  About NAMI  |  Contact Us  |  Jobs  |  SiteMap

Copyright © 1996 - 2011 NAMI. All Rights Reserved.