A Unified Vision for Transforming Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care
NAMI National has announced participation in a groundbreaking new coalition with 13 partner organizations to create a unified vision for mental health care in the U.S. NAMI CEO, Daniel H Gillison Jr., will join the other leaders from the coalition to engage policymakers and lawmakers at all levels to prioritize a response to our nation’s escalating mental health crisis.
In a joint statement, the leadership coalition said: “The mental health crisis that has evolved along with the COVID pandemic is unprecedented. The levies have broken on an overwhelmed system of care and state leadership must move to address mental health care as an integral aspect of their pandemic response. As leaders in mental health care, we offer a viable roadmap for immediate and long-term changes that will lead to a mental health care system capable of saving our nation.”
The leadership coalition’s plan titled “A Unified Vision for Transforming Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care,” calls for policy, programs and standards that prioritize mental health care and address the social and economic conditions – including racism and discrimination – that disproportionately impact people of color and low socioeconomic status, and result in inadequate and inequitable access to effective treatment.
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- NAMI News Item
- Op-ed titled, “A road map from our nation’s experts to transform the mental health system,” authored by Thomas R. Insel, M.D Chair of the Steinberg Institute, co-founder of Humanest Care and former director of the National Institute of Health (2002-2015) and Former U.S Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, the founder of the Kennedy Forum.