NAMI Georgia Legislative Priorities
How Else Can We Support Mental Health in Georgia?
INVEST IN MENTAL HEALTH
Children & Youth – FOLLOW the Governor’s Commission on Children’s Mental Health recommendations. SUPPLEMENT Georgia’s federal grant for CSC (Coordinated Specialty Care: case management, medication & primary care coordination, therapy, and family education) to expand early psychosis programs.
Access – In 2018, the Georgia House of Representatives adopted a resolution recognizing telehealth as an important tool to improving population health in the state by increasing access to medical professionals INCREASE access to mental health care for all Georgians by funding telemedicine initiatives and expanding the Georgia Crisis & Access Line.
Co-Occurring Disorders – APPROVE allocations for targeted pilot programming, for opioid antidotes & therapeutic treatment centers, and for additional Behavioral Health Crisis Centers.
Military & Veterans – IMPROVE the claims process at VA clinics, as well as the assistance provided to those awaiting a disability designation.
Affordable Housing –ALLOCATE funding for programs to expand supported and assisted housing initiatives for those with mental illness. PROVIDE additional assistance to youth homeless shelters to increase educational and psychosocial support.
Family Caregivers – CONTINUE funding, through DBHDD, to NAMI Georgia, whose volunteers annually educate and support over 10,000 Georgians affected by mental health conditions, with no cost to the public.