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NAMI, Grassroots Advocates Call on FCC to Improve 988 Routing to Support Local Response

Jul 11, 2024

NAMI and NAMI advocates last month called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure that calls to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline are routed to local call centers while protecting callers’ personal information. NAMI advocates provided more than half of all comments received during the comment period, urging quick action to connect people […] Read More.

NAMI Mourns Passing of Dr. Herbert Pardes

May 28, 2024

Statement from Dan Gillison, NAMI CEO on the passing of one of NAMI’s early champions NAMI mourns the passing of Dr. Herbert Pardes, a key figure in the creation of NAMI. His influence and contributions were instrumental in shaping the landscape of mental health advocacy and support in our country. Dr. Pardes’ connection with NAMI […] Read More.

NAMI Releases Issue Brief Exploring Trends in Access to Mental Health Care State Policy

May 23, 2024

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI released a new publication, Trends in Access to Mental Health Care State Policy. This issue brief provides highlights on state legislation passed in 2023 that will improve access to mental health care. There are many barriers to accessible, comprehensive and affordable mental health care. Studies routinely show […] Read More.

NAMI Statement on New FCC Rulemaking on 988 Georouting

Apr 25, 2024

Arlington, VA – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from Chief Advocacy Officer Hannah Wesolowski: “NAMI applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for formally starting the process to ensure calls to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline are routed to the nearest call center for lifesaving help. We’re grateful […] Read More.

Leading Mental Health Organizations Applaud Strengthening of Mental Health and Substance Use Access in Medicaid Under Historic New Rules

Apr 23, 2024

The nation’s leading mental health organizations applaud the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) newly finalized rules that will help ensure people with mental health and substance use conditions can access covered services within Medicaid, announced yesterday. As the single largest payer for mental health services in the United States, these new Medicaid requirements […] Read More.

Unfair & Unequal Coverage Significantly Affects Access to Mental Health Care, Finds New Report

Apr 17, 2024

Throughout NAMI’s 45-year history, mental health parity has been a top priority. Parity means covering mental health and addiction care at the same level as other health care. Despite laws requiring mental health parity in many health plans, a landmark report released today by the nonprofit research institute RTI International, Behavioral Health Parity – Pervasive […] Read More.

NAMI Celebrates Finalization of FY 2024 Federal Spending Bills, Preservation of Mental Health Funding

Mar 26, 2024

In the midst of a mental health crisis, NAMI continues to track federal funding and advocate for more resources from the federal government to help people affected by mental health conditions. Read More.

NAMI Statement on FCC Action to Improve 988 Call Routing

Mar 21, 2024

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today released the following statement from Chief Advocacy Officer Hannah Wesolowski. Read More.

NAMI Releases Issue Brief Exploring Trends in Mental Health and Criminal Justice State Policy

Mar 21, 2024

People with mental illness are disproportionately represented in our nation’s criminal justice system. About two in five people who are incarcerated have a history of mental illness. NAMI’s Trends in Mental Health and Criminal Justice State Policy [insert link] shows how state policymakers and advocates can address this problem through effective legislation. Read More.

NAMI Leads 40+ National Organizations to Urge Immediate Improvements to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Mar 20, 2024

Today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) led a group of over 40 national organizations in urging leadership at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take immediate action to improve the routing of 988 calls so that people in a mental health crisis are connected to critical care available in their own communities. Read More.

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