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The Campaign for the Mind of America is a multi-year effort on many fronts to promote investment in recovery and to prevent the abandonment of yet another generation of Americans with mental illnesses to neglect and hopelessness. The Campaign highlights the need to build a comprehensive, efficient system to screen, evaluate, diagnose and treat mental illnesses at every stage of life.

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June 24, 2005

NAMI Florida Seeking Medication Access Protections

NAMI Florida and 64 other supporting organizations have appealed to Florida’s Governor, Health Cabinet Secretary, elected leaders, and members of the state’s Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee for protections for Medicaid recipients as the state prepares to enforce recently approved revisions to the state’s pharmacy benefit. Delivered through a resolution, the coalition calls for the following interventions as the state implements the changes:

1. Allow current Medicaid patients to remain on their current medications without applying any new prior authorization step therapy requirements;

2. Gradually phase in any new prior authorization step therapy requirements after careful consultation with medical specialists and Medicaid consumers (outside of the P&T committee) to prevent harmful clinical consequences flowing from abrupt changes in patients’ medications;

3. Ensure that all prior authorization, including requests for exceptions to step therapy, are granted by AHCA within 24 hours.

4. Monitor and report the impact of new prior authorization step therapy requirements including review of the agency’s capacity to timely respond to prior authorization requests; review of paperwork requirements for physicians to ensure they are not a barrier to access; review of clinical outcomes for Medicaid patients; and review of the fiscal impact of prior authorization-step therapy requirements on the overall Medicaid and state budget (such as impact on the Medicaid hospitalizations, Baker Act admissions, arrests and incarcerations, etc.)

The P&T Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 9 AM in the Knott Building in Tallahassee. Read the full text of the resolution.


Protect Mental Health Access for Florida
Contact your state legislators now and urge them not to make a costly mistake when it comes to access to mental health medications for our communities and families.

Campaign for the Mind of America Florida Update
Update on the Campaign for the Mind of America in Florida.

NAMI Florida Launches Campaign for the Mind of America
NAMI Florida, with national and state partners, released The State of the Mental Health Services in Florida in the state capital today, as part of a national campaign to build support for recovery.

NAMI Florida Lanza la 'Campaign for the Mind of America' con el Estudio sobre el Estado de los Servicios de Salud Mental
NAMI Florida, con socios nacionales y estatales, emitió el informe El Estado de los Servicios de Salud Mental en la Florida (The State of the Mental Health Services in Florida) en la capital el día de hoy como parte de una campaña nacional para la construcción de apoyos para la recuperación.

The State of Mental Health Services in Florida
NAMI report concludes that while the state has taken steps to implement improvements, the vast majority of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness remain ill-served. (PDF, 247k)


More Campaign Highlights

Related Resources

Open Access Talking Points
Access a list of talking points on "Open Access to Medications under Medicaid" so you can learn more about this important issue and take action. (120k, pdf)

NAMI Florida
Visit the NAMI Florida website to learn more about the Campaign for the Mind of America in Florida.

Campaign for the Mind of America Florida Print and Radio Ads
NAMI's Campaign for the Mind of America is running print and radio ads in Florida to help lawmakers understand that during their Tough Decisions they should make Smart Choices.

State of Florida Government Website
Visit the State of Florida Government website to learn more about the budget crisis and how to contact your representatives and Governor Bush.


Press

NAMI Florida Launches Campaign for the Mind of America
NAMI Florida, with national and state partners, released The State of the Mental Health Services in Florida in the state capital today, as part of a national campaign to build support for recovery.

NAMI Florida Lanza la 'Campaign for the Mind of America' con el Estudio sobre el Estado de los Servicios de Salud Mental
NAMI Florida, con socios nacionales y estatales, emitió el informe El Estado de los Servicios de Salud Mental en la Florida (The State of the Mental Health Services in Florida) en la capital el día de hoy como parte de una campaña nacional para la construcción de apoyos para la recuperación.

Advocates Assail Budget Proposals to Deny Life-Saving Access to Treatment for People in Need
NAMI-Florida supports legislators making tough budget choices with data for cost-effective, smart decisions to benefit the entire community.



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