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NAMI Omaha is a non-profit organization composed of consumers, family members, professionals, and friends who have come together to share and take comfort in the commonality of their experiences and to educate members of their communities about serious brain disorders. Along with education and support, NAMI Omaha actively advocates at the local, state and national levels to improve the services, and the lives of those affected by mental illness, and their families.
NAMI Omaha has been supporting, educating and advocating for consumers,
family members and professionals in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and
Washington counties since 1986.
Monthly Affiliate Meeting update
When: 3 September, 2015, 6:00pm
Where: CHI Health Service Center, 7261 Mercy Rd., Omaha NE
NAMI National Convention Highlights - Two of our Board members recently attended the NAMI National Convention in San Francisco for their first time. They will present the highlights of their outstanding experience, and their excitement about upcoming NAMI programs.
NAMI Omaha announces it's fall education schedule for Family 2 Family classes. These courses are 12 weekly sessions structured to help family, friends, and caregivers understand and support individuals with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Topics include information about mental illnesses, medications, coping, resources, and family communication.
August 27, Thursday evenings 5:30-8:30, at Community Alliance,
41st and Leavenworth, Omaha.
September 15, Tuesday evenings 6:30-9:00 pm at Christ Community Church, 404 South 108th, Omaha.
September 16, Wednesday afternoons, 3-5 pm at Veterans Recovery Center, building 8, Veterans Service Center, Omaha.
Registration 1 week ahead of first class is required . These courses are sponsored by NAMI Omaha with assistance from Region 6 Behavioral Health Services.
Each course is limited to 20 people.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org phone 402-517-5772, or NAMI Nebraska 402-345-8101
New Mental Health Television PSAs: NAMI Launches "Hope Starts with You" Campaign: SAN FRANCISCO, July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched "Hope Starts with You," a new campaign of public service announcements (PSAs) for television.
Unveiled at NAMI's 36th annual convention, July 6-9, the two PSAs
featured in the campaign emphasize the difference that individuals
can make in helping the 1 in 5 Americans who live with mental illness
in any given year. Click to view the new PSAs, "A
Brighter Day", and "Peace
Breathe Easy with Air...Are you into social media? NAMI has a new social media app for your Apple IOS or Android mobile device. Download it free form the Apple App Store or Google Play, search for NAMI Air, and then join in the social interaction with others living with mental illness or their families/caregivers. Air allows people to anonymously share their stories and receive feedback in the form of , "likes", "hugs", and "me too." It also allows users to access information on how to get help, learn more about NAMI, and connect with the NAMI Helpline.
This week, the U.S. Senate adjourned for its August recess but not before introducing two major mental health bills.
Mental Health Reform Act of 2015
Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced The Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 (S. 1945), legislation to comprehensively overhaul and strengthen Americas mental health care system.
The bill addresses many of the same issues as the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 2646) introduced by Representatives Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-La.) in the House of Representatives, although there are differences between the two bills as well.
S. 1945 includes proposals to:
Establish an Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance
Use Disorders within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS) to oversee grants and promote best practices in early diagnosis,
treatment and rehabilitation;
Create an exception to the Medicaid IMD exclusion for acute inpatient services furnished in state or private psychiatric hospitals;
Permit same day billing in Medicaid for mental and physical healthcare services;
Establish a new Mental Health Policy Laboratory within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fund innovation grants that identify new and effective models of care and demonstration grants to bring effective models to scale for adults and children;
Authorize grants for states to facilitate more effective integration of physical and mental health services;
Improve transparency and strengthen enforcement of the federal mental health and addictions parity law;
Clarify the circumstances in which HIPAA permits health professionals to communicate information to family members or other caregivers, support training of health care providers about the circumstances in which information can be shared with caregivers.
Establish a federal Interagency Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee to foster a more coordinated approach to research, services and supports for people with serious mental illness within the federal bureaucracy;
Implement a new grant program to stimulate early intervention and mental health treatment for children, youth and transition age young adults.
S. 1945 does not contain any provisions restricting the activities of Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) programs. It also does not include the provision in HR 2646 authorizing 2% incentive payments through the federal Mental Health Services Block Grant for states that implement Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) programs.
It does however include a provision, also contained in HR 2646, that would extend authority to support AOT pilot programs for an additional two years through 2020. This program was first authorized in 2014 but it has not yet been implemented due to lack of funding.
NAMI supports S. 1945 as legislation that, in conjunction with HR 2646 in the House, helps advance the process of passing comprehensive mental health reform.
The Mental Health and Safe Communities Act
This week, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX.) introduced the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, a bill which has not yet been assigned a number. The major focus of the bill is on preventing unnecessary incarceration of people with mental illness and enhanced treatment and services for individuals with mental illness while incarcerated and following release.
The bill specifies that federal resources should be used to expand programs with proven effectiveness such as:
Pre-trial screening and jail diversion programs
Mental Health Courts
Veterans Treatment Courts
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs for law enforcement and other first responders
Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) programs
Other evidence based approaches.
The bill also directs federal resources to be used for improving mental health and substance use treatment for people who are incarcerated and for services to assist people with mental illness reentering communities.
The Mental Health and Safe Communities Act additionally proposes to amend the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) program by clarifying when mental health records should be reported for inclusion in the system and when they shouldnt. It is important to note that the bill does not propose to expand existing requirements but rather to make them clearer.
The bill would also replace the highly offensive terminology currently
in the federal gun reporting law, persons adjudicated as mentally
defective with more current and appropriate terminology, persons
adjudicated as incompetent. Over a number of years NAMI has
emphasized the need to make this change.
The Omaha World Herald editorial: Team
effort needed on behavioral health