PRESS RELEASE: Jack Register appointed to the North Carolina Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use

RALEIGH, NC (August 31, 2015) – Jack Register, MSW, Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness North Carolina (NAMI North Carolina), was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve on the North Carolina Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use. The Task Force was formed by an executive order on July 14, 2015, and NAMI North Carolina was invited to attend the executive order signing ceremony.

The Task Force will be made up of 24 members, including representatives from each of the three branches of government: executive, judicial and legislative branches of government and key stakeholders to make recommendations that will improve the lives of citizens with mental illness and substance use disorders. There are also 11 member slots available for public members, including those from the healthcare provider community, county leadership, government and non-government entities, and private sector employers. Register was appointed to one of these member slots.

“NAMI North Carolina is grateful to be a part of such an important Task Force,” said Mike Mayer, PhD, President of the NAMI North Carolina Board of Directors. “We are thankful to the Governor for including us and for making mental health such a large priority. NAMI North Carolina is committed to continuing to be the voice for those affected by mental illness and their families.”

The Task Force will submit findings and strategic recommendations to the Governor for improving the lives of North Carolina children and adults with mental illness and substance use disorders and their families.

NAMI North Carolina provides free support groups, education programs, and advocacy efforts throughout North Carolina. NAMI NC is the state’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to promoting recovery and optimizing the quality of life for those living with mental illness. Founded in 1984, NAMI NC has become North Carolina’s voice on mental illness, serving 30 local affiliates across North Carolina, who join together to meet the NAMI mission. For more information on programs, our advocacy efforts and the 30 affiliate organizations in North Carolina, visit our website at naminc.org.

PRESS RELEASE: Jack Register appointed to the North Carolina Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use
PRESS RELEASE: Jack Register appointed to the North Carolina Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use
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NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site in sharing public domain a munber National Alliance on Mental Illness RSS info.

Indy Week: Why does the N.C. Senate want to cut funding for mental health organizations?

NAMI North Carolina’s executive director, Jack Register, and interim chair of the NAMI NC Consumer Council, Lucy Wilmer, were featured in this article by reporter Billy Ball in the Indy Week’s August 26, 2015 edition.

“This is how Lucy Wilmer wants to remember Bill: the tousled brown hair, the wry grin, the sense that, before he even finishes this joke, he has two more waiting.

“People tell me the world’s worse off because Bill is gone,” Wilmer says. “It sounds like a platitude, but it isn’t. He was just super funny and outgoing, one of the friendliest, quirkiest, most interesting human beings.”

Bill, her 38-year-old boyfriend, killed himself in 2008 in Beaufort County, four years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Like many with that condition, Bill suffered crippling mood swings.

“When he was in a manic state, he didn’t feel the need to take any medicine,” Wilmer says. “He was going to start 17 businesses. But when the depression started, it was very difficult to get him to do anything, to take his medicine, to go to his doctor’s appointments.”

It was a struggle until the day he killed himself. But earlier treatment may have made the difference, says Wilmer, now the chairwoman of the consumer council for the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an advisory panel of volunteers who have experienced the ramifications of mental illness. And North Carolina’s reformed public mental health system, which is a little more than a decade old, can offer the kind of creative outreach needed for people like Bill, many of whom begin to show symptoms in their 20s.

That’s why the architects of the state’s push for regional, public mental health authorities say North Carolina’s experiment, which has come under legislative attack, must be preserved. The system, designed to simplify, economize and improve the state’s confusing network of providers, relies on nine regional groups called local management entities, or LMEs, “one-stop shops” charged with dispensing Medicaid dollars for mental health treatment.”

Click here to read the full article.

Indy Week: Why does the N.C. Senate want to cut funding for mental health organizations?nami nc
Indy Week: Why does the N.C. Senate want to cut funding for mental health organizations?
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NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site in sharing public domain a munber National Alliance on Mental Illness RSS info.

How to Survive and Thrive With a Mentally Ill Relative – Lecture Series

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How to Survive and Thrive With a Mentally Ill Relative – Lecture Series NAMI – San Gabriel Valley
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NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

Transparency:
THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site. I am sharing from public domain content. As a member as my local National Alliance on Mental Illness right now I am using RSS number national NAMI feed info. Including adding my own content.

NAMI North Carolina statement on the Senate budget proposal to cut LME-MCO funding

Lawmakers in Raleigh are trying to come to a decision about the state budget. The House and Senate could not be further apart about how to support our publically funded mental health system. Right now, the divide over the budget is so great that we are in the second continuing resolution. Part of the wedge in these discussions is the fate of Medicaid.

Numerous perspectives and possible plans have been put forward as to what will happen. While the negotiations continue in the halls of the legislature, the public system for mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services (MHIDDSAS) system of local management entities/managed care organizations (LME-MCO) continues to function.

The system was designed to provide high quality care at a predictable cost. While the LME-MCO system has achieved budget predictability and is not responsible for the Medicaid cost overruns you have read about in the media, the LME-MCO system is just beginning to tap into new, innovative services that will improve care and outcomes for people living with mental illness.

When lawmakers created the LME-MCO system, the intent was that all “savings” accrued by the LME-MCO system were to be invested into creating and broadening innovative services. The Senate budget proposes cutting state funding to the LME-MCO system by millions, forcing the system to use their current fund balances to fund the status quo, instead of creating new services.

More worrisome, these innovative services could have given hope to those who haven’t found recovery and are cycling in and out of our emergency rooms. Legislators are looking for a solution to the ever growing problem of people with serious mental illness presenting at local emergency departments. The LME-MCO system may have the answer to this problem, but we will never know if the Senate budget passes.

NAMI North Carolina statement on the Senate budget proposal to cut LME-MCO fundingnami nc
NAMI North Carolina statement on the Senate budget proposal to cut LME-MCO funding
NAMI News and Update: nami nc

NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

Transparency:
THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site. I am sharing from public domain content. As a member as my local National Alliance on Mental Illness right now I am using RSS number national NAMI feed info. Including adding my own content.

Filling the Gap – States address mental health issues

Some states are increasing funding for mental health services due to the desperate need in many areas. State Legislatures January 2015 issue summarizes some of the effective programs being funded around the country.  Read the article “Filling the Gap” by Suzanne Weiss.  Here are some examples from the article:

  • Additional funding in Texas of $250 million over two years only brought the funding back to the 1999 level.
  • Colorado use $18.5 million to start a statewide mental health crisis hotline and established 5 mental health crisis centers.
  • Oregon added $67 million in 2013 to expand residential psychiatric treatment and juvenile mentla health services.
  • Texas requires K-12 teachers and staff to be trained to recognize mental health issues in students.
  • Several states funded suicide prevention programs.

Filling the Gap – States address mental health issues NAMI Lansing
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NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

Transparency:
THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site. I am sharing from public domain content. As a member as my local National Alliance on Mental Illness right now I am using RSS number national NAMI feed info. Including adding my own content.

Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: An In-Depth Report

The British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology issued a ground-breaking report:  “Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia.” The quotes below are from news coverage in Science Daily.

“The report is entitled ‘Understanding psychosis and schizophrenia: why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality, and what can help’. It has been written by a group of eminent clinical psychologists drawn from eight UK universities and the UK National Health Service, together with people who have themselves experienced psychosis. It provides an accessible overview of the current state of knowledge, and its conclusions have profound implications both for the way we understand ‘mental illness’ and for the future of mental health services.”

And:

  • “The problems we think of as ‘psychosis’ — hearing voices, believing things that others find strange, or appearing out of touch with reality — can be understood in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness.
  • They are often a reaction to trauma or adversity of some kind which impacts on the way we experience and interpret the world.
  • They rarely lead to violence.
  • No-one can tell for sure what has caused a particular person’s problems. The only way is to sit down with them and try and work it out.
  • Services should not insist that people see themselves as ill. Some prefer to think of their problems as, for example, an aspect of their personality which sometimes gets them into trouble but which they would not want to be without.
  • We need to invest much more in prevention by attending to inequality and child maltreatment.”


Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: An In-Depth Report NAMI Lansing
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NAMI News and Update: NAMI Lansing

NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

Transparency:
THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site. I am sharing from public domain content. As a member as my local National Alliance on Mental Illness right now I am using RSS number national NAMI feed info. Including adding my own content.

Crisis Intervention Teams

It will be exciting to hear Sam Cochran speak on Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) here on October 7 and on Verbal De-escalation on October 8 during Mental Illness Awareness Week 2015. Details will be available soon. For now, consider that:
“At its core, CIT is a model of collaboration to improve how police, mental health services,
and communities respond to mental health crisis. The model brings stakeholders together to
advocate for the implementation of CIT, develop a program tailored to the community,
implement the training and supporting interagency agreements, and provide ongoing
collaboration.” from “The Crisis Intervention Team Model of Police Response to Mental Health Crises: A Primer for Mental Health Practitioners” by Amy C. Watson, PhD and

Anjali J. Fulambarker, MSW. Read the full article at this link to this excellent article on Crisis Intervention Teams.
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Crisis Intervention Teams NAMI Lansing
Thank you! Crisis Intervention Teams
NAMI News and Update: NAMI Lansing

NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

Transparency:
THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site. I am sharing from public domain content. As a member as my local National Alliance on Mental Illness right now I am using RSS number national NAMI feed info. Including adding my own content.

“Denied”: 60 Minutes Story on Insurance for Mental Illness

Check out CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 7 PM Eastern Time to see coverage of insurance problems in obtaining treatment for mental illness.

 


“Denied”: 60 Minutes Story on Insurance for Mental Illness NAMI Lansing
Thank you! “Denied”: 60 Minutes Story on Insurance for Mental Illness
NAMI News and Update: NAMI Lansing

NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

Transparency:
THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site. I am sharing from public domain content. As a member as my local National Alliance on Mental Illness right now I am using RSS number national NAMI feed info. Including adding my own content.

Family-to-Family Starts September 10, 2015

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Family-to-Family, the most well-known of NAMI’s signature programs, will meet on Thursday nights, 6;30 to 9 PM, September 10 to November 19, 2015. The class will meet on the McLaren Campus in Lansing.

The class is taught by trained teachers who themselves have a loved one with mental illness. Learning about mental illness symptoms, coping skills, and communication methods can be very helpful, as is meeting others whose families have been affected by mental illness.

Mental illness is a brain disorder. Help is available and recovery is possible.

Register now for this FREE class by calling 517-484-3404 or emailing info@namilansing.org or submitting the Family-to-Family Registration Form.

For more information, read the Family-to-Family flyer, or give us a call at 484-3404.

 


Family-to-Family Starts September 10, 2015 NAMI Lansing
Thank you! Family-to-Family Starts September 10, 2015
NAMI News and Update: NAMI Lansing

NOTE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. So the information I share will not alway be from Charlotte County. Or Port Charlotte. The info is from other resources dedicated to learning. https://www.nami.org

Transparency:
THIS BLOG AND IT’S CONTENTS is not an Official NAMI website. I am just a member and it is a fan site. I am sharing from public domain content. As a member as my local National Alliance on Mental Illness right now I am using RSS number national NAMI feed info. Including adding my own content.