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NAMI Warns Senate about Criminalization of Mental Illness

February 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today warned the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that criminalization of people living with mental illness has reached “crisis proportions” and called for support of federal, state and local reforms to overcome failings in both the mental health care and criminal justice systems. In more »

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Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT): An Invaluable Community Resource

November 21, 2014

What is CIT? CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness. Getting Started Community partnerships are the key more »

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Your Story: A Powerful Advocacy Tool

Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate more »

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‘Bleak Picture’ for Mentally Ill: 80% Are Jobless

Eighty percent of people with mental illness are unemployed, a statistic that says more about the lack of support for this group of people than it does about the economy, according to a new study. As in so many other areas of mental health, solutions to this problem exist, but simply aren’t utilized, says Mary more »

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New Funds Jump-start Mental Illness Research

What will happen in the field of serious mental illness when human need, scientific progress and a major influx of funding converge? Scientists on Tuesday predicted that the world could see the same kind of progress in understanding schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that’s been seen in the last decade in the fight against cancer. That, more »

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