Advocacy Alert

Mental health coverage
is at risk

Congress is bringing back the American Health Care Act, which would leave millions of Americans without mental health coverage and strip Medicaid of billions of dollars in funding. Please remember that Medicaid in California is Medi-Cal. And the bill has gotten worse.

The recently introduced “MacArthur Amendment” would let states get waivers allowing health insurance plans to not cover mental health and substance use treatment and charge people with mental illness more.

It’s outrageous to even suggest that mental health coverage is optional and to charge people more because they have a mental health condition.

Medicaid coverage is also under threat. It covers important mental health services that help people with mental illness get better and stay better.

Efforts are being made to generate enough votes which we need stop. We have fought for mental health parity for a long time and this act would reverse years of effort and mean many would not have mental health coverage. Your mental health coverage is at risk.

Tell Congress to #KeepWhatWorks and REJECT the American Health Care Act.

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Thank you for your advocacy efforts.

Nominations Open for Board Candidates — NAMI California

NAMI California is currently accepting nominations for its Board of Directors. Board candidates will be voted on by members at the Annual Conference in August and serve a three-year term. NAMI California is seeking qualified candidates who have experience working at the state level, have knowledge of mental health policy, insight into nonprofit organizational structure and governance,  and/or legal, financial or fundraising experience. Board candidates must share a commitment to help all those affected by mental illness and a passion for NAMI California’s mission. Please click on the link below to complete the Board of Directors Nomination Online Application.

The deadline to submit your application is May 1, 2017. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline date.

Click here to complete the NAMI California Board of Directors ONLINE Nomination Application.

If you have any questions, please contact  Voting@namica.org

Important Meeting–Long Beach, March 30, 5.p.m

City of Long Beach
Planning Commission Meeting
to Discuss a Proposed Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

Please come and support the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center.

These services are urgently needed to assist people with mental health disorders and reduce the long waiting times in emergency rooms.

The meeting will be
Thursday at 5 p.m., March 30, 2017
at 333 W. Ocean Blvd. 4th Floor
Long Beach, 90802

Approximately 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness in a given year. Even if someone doesn’t experience this themselves, they likely know someone dealing with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder or suicidal tendencies. Sometimes those with a mental health condition experience a crisis and need help right away.

Because of the shortage of psychiatric mobile response teams, police and sheriff departments in Long Beach and surrounding cities have the difficult task of responding to mental health-related calls. The Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC or “Buck”) is a facility that will save law enforcement time in the field, will decrease the burden on hospital emergency rooms, and will help prevent unnecessary incarceration by providing medical treatment instead.

What is a BHUCC?

BHUCC will be a place where people with mental illness can go to be stabilized (instead of going to the hospital ER). It can be compared to an Urgent Care Center (where people often go for a medical emergency instead of going to the hospital ER).

The BHUCC provides:

  • Crisis stabilization service
  • Up to 12 adults and 6 adolescents (estimate about 30 clients a day)
  • Doctors, nurses, therapists, peer counselors
  • 24/7 Outpatient Program
  • Patients may stay up to 24 hours
  • Average stay is 4 to 6 hours
  • Round the clock security staff
  • Discharged patients leave the area and return to their home and community services

Learn more at http://www.starsinc.com/bhucc

 

Protect Your Mental Health Coverage

Congress just unveiled the American Health Care Act, which ends the requirement that Medicaid cover mental health care.
It caps Medicaid funding, which in California is MediCal which will lead to deep cuts and jeopardize mental health services. MediCal provides health insurance and mental health treatment for the majority of persons with a mental illness.

And it will freeze Medicaid expansion, putting young people who are first experiencing serious mental illness at risk. Whether you believe ACA should be repealed, replaced or changed we need to make sure this requirement for Medicaid (MediCal) is not ended. Please see Mental Health Coverage on what you can do.

Tell your U.S. Representative this is unacceptable.

Call (202) 224-3121, press #2 and enter your zip code.

Use our talking points below-and add your own story, if you like.

“As a constituent, I urge you to reject American Health Care Act provisions that will harm people with mental illness:

  • Don’t reduce federal help to buy health insurance. With reductions, millions of people, including people with mental illness, won’t be able to afford mental health care.
  • Don’t accept “per capita cap” funding of Medicaid. Instead of flexibility, this would lead to deep cuts and jeopardize mental health services.
  • Don’t end enrollment of people in Medicaid expansion. This will leave people with mental health and substance use conditions without the treatment they need to stay in school, on the job and in recovery.

Don’t put millions of Americans with mental illness at risk. Cutting corners in health coverage will result in worsened conditions and costly use of emergency rooms, hospitals and jails.”

Can’t make the call? Email your Representative now.

Yes on Measure H

Measure H, the “Los Angeles County Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness” is the March 7 ballot measure that will end homelessness for 45,000 families and individuals across Los Angeles County within five years. It will also prevent homelessness for 30,000 individuals and families over the same time period, including women and children, veterans, seniors, foster youth, and survivors of domestic violence.

Why is Measure H Needed?

The number of individuals and families estimated to be experiencing homelessness in LA County in January 2016 was 46,874, an overall increase of 2,515 people (6%) from 2015 (44,359) and 19% more than in 2013. The number of people living in encampments, tents and vehicles increased by 20% from 2015 to 2016 and a staggering 123% from 2013 to 2016.

Please review the information on the Measure H Fact Sheet to advocate for the passage of Measure H on the March 7 ballot. A 2/3 vote is required for passage. So please educate friends and family and vote.

Please also see www.VoteYesOnH.com for more materials and information. The South Bay Council of Governments, the South Bay Chambers of Commerce, and many other non-profits have endorsed Measure H.

Five Reasons to Attend the NAMI National Convention

  1. Learn exciting research, tools, treatment options and recovery strategies directly from experts
  2. Discover how to lead effective mental health advocacy efforts
  3. Hear relatable stories and make personal connections with powerful impact
  4. Find day-to-day support through coping strategies, health and wellness activities, and legal services
  5. Earn continuing education credits as a licensed counselor, social worker or registered nurse

The NAMI National Convention connects and inspires people with or affected by a mental illness who are looking for resources, research, support services and recovery strategies. Join this diverse, action-driven gathering of individuals with mental health conditions, family members and caregivers, policymakers, educators, researchers, clinicians, providers, exhibitors, sponsors and press this year in Washington, D.C.

The 
First-on-Board member rate of just $195 is only available until January 31.

To learn more about program offerings, CLICK HERE.

Mental Health Advocacy Services

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1977 to provide free legal services to people with mental disabilities. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental disabilities. Its projects include:

  • Special Education Outreach Project
  • Fair Housing Advocacy Project
  • Government Benefits Advocacy/Access to Mental Health Services Project
  • Behavioral Health Legal Partnership for Veterans (BeHeLP-Vets)
  • Impact Litigation

The mission of Mental Health Advocacy Services is to protect and advance the legal rights of children and adults with mental disabilities, in order to maximize autonomy, promote equality, and secure the resources needed to thrive in the community.

Learn more at Mental Health Advocacy Services’ WEBSITE.

213-389-2077
3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 902
Los Angeles, CA 90010

You can also find Mental Health Advocacy Services at: