Press Releases

NAMI Praises Senate in Landmark Move to End Discrimination Against Children with Severe Mental Illnesses
Jun 24 1997

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) today applauded passage of a Senate amendment designed to ensure that health plans offered to children as part of a new federal program do not discriminate against children with severe mental illnesses.

NAMI Applauds Governor Bush and Texas Legislature For Ending Insurance Discrimination in Coverage For Severe Mental Illness
Jun 23 1997

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) today praised Texas Governor George Bush and Texas lawmakers for taking a stand against insurance discrimination. HB 1173, signed into law by the Governor on Friday, requires insurance companies to provide insurance parity, coverage for brain disorders on par with other physical illnesses.

Parity Becomes Law in Vermont
Jun 17 1997

Vermont Governor Howard Dean today took a significant step towards ending insurance discrimination against people with brain disorders.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Assails PacifiCare For Restricting Access to Effective Medications
May 22 1997

Earlier this year, PacifiCare, California's second largest health maintenance organization (HMO), removed two antidepressants, Prozac and Zoloft, and one antipsychotic, Risperdal, from its list of covered drugs -- a decision which leaves consumers with few choices in drug therapy. This policy limitation will affect more than 15 percent of the 2 million members who belong to PacifiCare.

People With Severe Mental Illness Speak Out For The First Time In Study On Effects Of Stigma
May 20 1997

One in three individuals with severe mental illness has been turned down for a job for which they were qualified because of a psychiatric label, according to a new study released today at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, Mrs. Nancy Domenici To be Honored by New Mexico Alliance for the Mentally Ill
May 14 1997

Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association, will lead a tribute to U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Mrs. Nancy Domenici hosted by the New Mexico state affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

Parity in Missouri
Apr 24 1997

The Missouri legislature has a unique opportunity to rectify a great wrong. For too long, people with severe mental illnesses have been denied adequate health insurance coverage. HB 335 would establish nondiscriminatory parity coverage in managed healthcare plans for major mental illnesses.

In Support Of Janssen Pharmaceutica's Person-To-Person Initiative
Apr 18 1997

We commend Janssen Pharmaceutica for launching its "Person-to-Person" initiative. This innovative program will provide a valuable support service to persons with schizophrenia, to their families, and to health care providers. Through a program that strengthens the link between patients, family members, and the health care system, "Person-to-Person" can be a useful tool in rebuilding lives interrupted by a debilitating brain disorder.

NAMI Statement Concerning the TennCare Partners Program
Mar 25 1997

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) has serious concerns about inadequate services for people who are disabled by serious brain disorders such as schizophrenia and severe mood and anxiety disorders under the TennCare Partners Program.

NAMI Applauds Colorado Legislature for Ending Insurance Discrimination in Coverage For Severe Mental Illness
Mar 20 1997

Colorado has joined the ranks of an elite group of states intolerant of insurance discrimination against people with severe mental illnesses, a move lauded by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

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