Task Force: Doctors should screen all adults for depression
Posted on Jan 26 2016
USA Today
*NAMI policy director Ron Honberg

Major depression is a leading cause of disability in the United States The new screening guidelines emphasize that it is common, painful, costly and treatable.

Improving the Federal Response to Challenges in Mental Health Care in America
Posted on Jan 20 2016
U.S. Senate HELP Committee
*NAMI witness

NAMI New York's Hakeem Rahim, EdM, MA testified for NAMI at a Senate hearing on reform of the mental health care system. Video and text are presented.

What Obama's Executive Action Means for Mental Health Funding
Posted on Jan 05 2016
ABC News
*NAMI policy director Ron Honberg

$500 million would  provide a great help for people needing mental health care.  States across the country cut mental health funding during the recession by approximately $4 billion

Mental health legislative update: 2015 achievements acknowledged, 2016 ambitions outlined
Posted on Jan 01 2016

NAM's report “State Mental Health Legislation: Trends, Themes and Effective Practices” recognized three states— Minnesota, New York and Virginia--as national leaders. NAMI itself has many great executive directors. but it doesn't hurt that Minnesota's director is willing to make herself a thorn in the side of decisionmakers.


Neighbor worries that neighbor has mental illness
Posted on Dec 31 2015
Ask Amy (syndicated column)
*NAMI Medical Director

NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth is consulted an advises that depending on the severity of a situation, a person can start by simply asking the  neighbor, “Do you have a friend or family member I can call for you?”

U.S. police get little training to handle crises with mentally ill
Posted on Dec 29 2015
*NAMI Policy Director Ron Honberg

Police are being asked  to fill the gaps that have been created by an inadequate mental health care system.