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February 11, 2016


In 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) attempted to eliminate protected status for antidepressants and antipsychotics in Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. After strong bipartisan opposition from both legislators and advocates alike, CMS rescinded the proposal, but left the door open for future action. In November of 2015, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) took an important step toward that action when it considered proposed policy options for Medicare, including the possibility of eliminating protected status Read More

    Versions of a gene linked to schizophrenia may trigger runaway pruning of the teenage brain’s still-maturing communications infrastructure, NIH-funded researchers have discovered.  People with the illness show fewer such connections between neurons, or synapses.  The gene switched on more in people with the suspect versions, who faced a higher risk of developing the disorder, characterized by hallucinations, delusions and impaired thinking and emotions.

    “Normally, pruning gets rid of excess connections we no longer need, streamlining our brain for optimal performance, but too Read More

    In April, members of NAMI Georgia will elect five Directors for the Board. We need leaders who are passionate about NAMI’s mission to help steward the organization.  We’re looking for candidates who are professional, ethical, reliable,  and even fun! Special skills such as accounting, nonprofit law or information technology are invaluable.  Lived experience in dealing with mental illness is also valuable to ensure representation of all voices on the Board.   Click here for the application and election timeline – applications are due by February Read More

    A six week course sponsored by the Agency on Aging for Chronic Disease Management will be offered free of charge at on Mondays Jan. 25 – Feb 29. Location is: Lakeside Church at Lake Oconee 5800 Lake Oconee Parkway Greensboro, GA 30642 This course is designed for persons who are dealing with chronic disease or caring for someone with special needs. For information, please contact: Linda Calvo Kimbell, LCSW

    Wellness Counselor Lifestyle Medicine of Lake Oconee  Read More

    NAMI Georgia encourages you to contact the legislators on the Georgia Health and Human Services Committee to request their support for House Bill 705. HB 705 requires that mental health professionals provide opportunities for a patient to designate a trusted second party to discuss their condition and treatment plan with their doctor.

    Download 2016-01-19 HB705 talking points.

    GA House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee members: click to see a legislator’s contact info and profile :

    Cooper, Sharon—Marietta   Chairman (Alison)

    Hawkins, Lee—(Dentist) Gainsville   Vice Chairman

    Rynders, Ed—Albany   Read More

    NAMI has partnered with Elm Street Cultural Arts Village to present the musical play “Next to Normal”. The play is focused on the effect on a family of dealing with mental health issues, and on common public perceptions of mental illness and medical treatment. For each ticket sold, $1 will be donated to the affiliate identified by the purchaser in the purchasing process, $1 will go toward implementing the NAMI HomeFront program in Georgia, and $1 will go to the NAMI Georgia state organization.

    Each night Read More

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