NAMI is releasing our national policy priorities. As members of Congress settled into their offices on Capitol Hill, NAMI welcomed new and returning members alike with a clear agenda for improving our nation’s mental health system.
The 2017 legislative priorities are:
1. Invest in Mental Health and Innovation
2. Promote Early Intervention
3. Improve Integration of Care
4. Support Caregivers, Military Service Members and Veterans
5. End The Criminalization of Mental Illness
Read a more detailed version of NAMI’s 2017 national policy priorities here. We also created specific fact sheets related to safeguarding mental health care, protecting Medicaid and protecting veterans access to mental health care.
View the Press Release.
With the start of the New Year, NAMI resolves to fight more boldly than ever before to ensure that people with mental health conditions get the quality mental health care they need to experience recovery. By working together and committing our time, passion and individual voices to these shared priorities, we can shape the future of mental health care in America.
Criminal Justice Reform Update
Thank you everyone who called their representatives regarding the House Criminal Justice Reform bill! All four of the amendments we asked you to support have been resolved as follows:
Amendment #208 Length of Solitary Confinement for Prisoners with Serious Mental Illness
This amendment will now be included in the House bill, which will be sent to a conference committee to be debated alongside the Senate Criminal Justice Reform bill. The conference committee will write a final, combined bill from the two versions, and will hopefully include this language.
Amendment #12 Restoration Center Pilot program
Amendment #207 Frequency of Mental Health Screening provided to Individuals with Serious Mental Illness in Solitary Confinement
Amendment #209 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Trust Fund
These amendments were withdrawn without a vote.
The Restoration Center amendment, however, was included in the Senate Criminal Justice Reform bill and therefore will also go to the conference committee.
We greatly appreciate your advocacy on these issues!
Below is some information on the Criminal Justice Diversion Program and NAMI’s work with other organizations to bring much needed reform to police training and response in Massachusetts. 3 LINKS: