Celebrate May as Mental Health Month!
Join Us For Our Annual Pasta Dinner
Monday May 15
5:30 PM Caring and Sharing Support Group
6:30 PM Pasta Dinner
$5 Donation Suggested
Please come and network with other families as we acknowledge May as Mental Health Month and honor all those who have been advocates for improving mental health treatment and confront the need to continue advocating for mental health parity. We will have short video about mental health, hear about the annual Walk to fight stigma, and share with our fellow NAMI South Bay members.
As usual we will be in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.
In response to the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) yesterday, six major medical organizations jointly released a statement urging the Senate to “put aside” the AHCA and instead work with them to “achieve real bipartisan solutions to improve affordability, access, and coverage for all.”
The six groups that signed onto the statement are the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Osteopathic Association. They collectively represent more than 560,000 physicians and medical students. Among other things, the statement says:
Before and throughout the AHCA debate, our organizations continually offered constructive ideas on achieving agreement on legislation consistent with our shared principles. Regrettably, the AHCA, as amended and passed by the House, violates our principles, dramatically increasing costs for older individuals, resulting in millions of people losing their health care coverage, and returning to a system that allows insurers to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.
We also oppose the AHCA’s Medicaid cuts, including capping and cutting the federal government’s contribution to Medicaid, sunsetting federal funding for Medicaid expansion, and eliminating Medicaid coverage of essential benefits.”
In addition to encouraging the Senate to not take up the AHCA “in any form,” the statement encourages the Senate to take the following actions:
Work to achieve real bipartisan solutions to ensure that coverage remains affordable.
Stabilize the individual market.
Ensure long-term, adequate funding for the CHIP program.
Make primary, preventive, and mental health and substance use services more readily available to all Americans.
Lower the costs of pharmaceutical treatments.
Reform medical liability laws.
Reduce the administrative and regulatory burdens that add costs and take time away from patients.
The statement concludes: “We stand ready to assist the Congress on achieving these and other necessary improvements.”
How does the health care bill affect mental health?
The AHCA will strip over $800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years, forcing states to slash mental health services.
24 million Americans will lose insurance for mental health care.
Allows states to:
Drop coverage of mental health and substance use (one of the essential health benefits) from insurance plans
Charge people higher premiums if they have a pre-existing condition, like depression or anxiety.
Create high-risk pools, which are another way of charging people with mental illness more money and providing less coverage
Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, as 1 in 5 U.S. adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. However, everyone is affected or impacted by mental illness through friends and family.
Throughout May, NAMI and participants across the country are raising awareness for mental health. Each year, we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. Help us spread the word through the many awareness, support and advocacy activities below by showing you’re #IntoMentalHealth.
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.
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.
Ms. Gilda Ramos Assistant Division Chief – LPS Program from Los Angeles County Office of the Public Guardian will present on Conservatorship at our monthly meeting 7:30 PM Monday, April 17, 2017.
Ms. Ramos is with the Office of Public Guardian which administers conservatorship in Los Angeles. She will tell us what conservatorship is all about and how one goes about obtaining conservatorship or having someone conserved.
The Caring and Sharing Support Group will start at 6 PM and the Speaker Presentation will start at 7:30 PM at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.