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In The News: NAMI Georgia

July 29, 2016

You are invited!

NAMIWalks Georgia Kickoff Event Friday, August 26, 2016, 8:30am – 10:00am DeKalb Community Service Board Bohan Auditorium, 445 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030

Please join us for a free breakfast as team captains, walkers, volunteers, sponsors and mental health advocates come together to learn more about NAMIWalks, have fun and #BeAGaMentalHealthHero! To attend, please RSVP by emailing the Walk Manager at All are welcome!

Thank you to the DeKalb Community Service Board for hosting our Kickoff Read More

    Video: SCMPD Officers Talk Two Men Out of Suicide

    These SCMPD Officers received Crisis Intervention Team or CIT training.

    CIT is a 40 hour program teaching first responder (uniformed) Law Enforcement Officers to recognize a person experiencing a mental health crisis and use de-escalation techniques in responding. The program is offered at no cost by NAMI Georgia and other organizations, and is nationally sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. CIT Officers make a difference in the lives of mentally ill persons Read More

    NAMI Georgia is now offering a monthly Emerging Affiliates conference call on the third Tuesday of each month. (This call is in addition to the monthly Affiliate Development conference call held on the first Saturday of each month). To join the call, dial 1-712-432-1549 and enter code 5465#.

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    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 this was a step in the right direction, a wide swath of amendments took the heart out of the bill before it was passed. Now, we are awaiting a vote on a Senate 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.

    Please take action now to let Read More

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