The Obama Administration has launched the Data-Driven Justice Initiative (DDJ) with a bipartisan coalition of 67 city, county, and state governments who have committed to using data-driven strategies to divert low-level offenders with mental illness out of the criminal justice system. When implemented in several test communities, the strategies measurably reduced jail populations, helped stabilize individuals and families, better served communities, and often reduced costs.
The DDJ communities, which include Fulton County in Atlanta, will implement the following strategies:Use data to identify Read More
1 in 5 people in the U.S. will at some point in their lives be affected by a mental health condition. Persons of minority cultures experience mental health issues in the same ratio as the population in whole, but often face more barriers to recovery due to lack of access to health care, lower rates of medical coverage, cultural insensitivity of providers, bias and discrimination in the delivery of care, language barriers, and higher levels of stigma. Active outreach and advocacy are vital to Read More
H.R. 2646, The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, passed the House of Representatives on July 6th.
Though a step in the right direction, the provisions of the bill were considerably weakened before the vote. Now, we are awaiting a vote on the Senate version of the bill, S. 2680, The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016. Passage of this bill may result in several key provisions amended out of the House bill to come back under consideration.
The final version of the House Read More
Chamique’s courageous story led her through both struggle and victory. After an illustrious career that included three NCAA championships, a WNBA Rookie of the Year Award, six WNBA All-Star appearances, and an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, a long-suppressed battle with mental illness threatened to derail her career and her life.
Kim Jones, NAMI Georgia Executive Director, was met by the AKA welcoming committee at the Atlanta airport upon returning from NAMICon16 in Denver, Colorado. NAMI Georgia loves our #AKA1908 ladies. We congratulate them on their successful 67th Annual International Convention!