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Posted: January 18, 2017

By: Debbie Plotnick, MHA Vice President of Mental Health and Systems Advocacy Why am I and why should you be concerned about the prospect of rolling back or eliminating healthcare reforms? If you or a family member has mental health needs, it’s important for you to understand how this could impact you and your loved ones. Let me tell you why, from my personal and professional viewpoint. People who know me or have heard me speak publicly know my signature story: “Every gray hair says Ashley....

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Posted: January 6, 2017

By: Nathaniel Counts, J.D. MHA Senior Director of Policy, and Debbie Plotnick, MSS, MLSP, MHA Vice President of Mental Health and Systems Advocacy A new year, a new Administration, and a new Congress brings new opportunities to best attend to our nation’s mental health. This year, in addition to working with Congress on the pressing issues around health care and social services that surface, Mental Health America (MHA) will have four areas of focus: Prevention for All. Too many children...

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Posted: December 15, 2016

By: Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO It is fair to say that a year ago, few people thought we’d be celebrating mental health reform as part of the last major legislation signed by President Obama. There were so many outstanding issues to resolve, and many on both sides appeared to have dug in their heels. But Congress did come through, due both to the dogged determination of a few key legislators, like Tim Murphy in the House and Chris Murphy in the Senate, and to the willingness of...

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Posted: November 15, 2016

By: Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO To contain costs, President-Elect Donald Trump has suggested replacing Obamacare with a package of benefits that might include: Permitting Insurance to be sold across state lines Retention of the mandate covering pre-existing conditions Allowing young people to remain on parents’ insurance Creating high-risk pools to provide insurance to people with chronic diseases Using Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) as an alternative to tax credits...

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Posted: November 10, 2016

By: America Paredes, Senior Director of Partnerships and Community Outreach The last 48 hours have been shocking for many, to say the least. Many of you are fearful of what comes next. We understand. We hear you. In light of the election results, many individuals have reached out to us and shared their concern, anxiety, and despair about the impact that the next four years and beyond may have on the lives of individuals that are part of any community that is deemed as “other.” We recognize...

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Posted: October 28, 2016

By: Kelly Davis, MHA Policy and Programs Associate and Theresa Nguyen, MHA Senior Director of Policy and Programs Every year around Halloween we see a recurring rise of haunted asylums, straight jacket “psycho” costumes, and costumes depicting suicide. At MHA, we’ve called for the removal of offensive costumes and attractions, and to draw attention to why these representations are just wrong. They falsely paint people with mental health conditions as violent and scary. They dishonor countless...

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Posted: October 12, 2016

By: Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, Mental Health America From the time Mental Health America launched our online mental health screening program in 2014, we have asked screeners what they want. Their most frequent response?  “Help.” We’ve been thinking a a lot about what screeners need and how we can most effectively provide them help. But what do they mean by “help?”  And does the meaning change based on who is answering the question? As we approach two million screeners, we...

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Posted: September 22, 2016

By Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO Tulsa, Milwaukee, Charlotte… North Charleston, Ferguson, Baltimore… Orlando, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights… These are communities forever linked by acts of violence, where in nearly every instance, a person attempting to preserve the peace of the moment lost a life. These events are the sources of daily headlines, focusing on seemingly unchecked violence and unrest in America. Emotions are high, and finger pointing from all sides is ongoing. But as we...

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Posted: September 15, 2016

By: Nathaniel Counts, J.D., MHA Director of Policy and Kelly Davis, MHA Policy and Programs Associate When you have your first child, you go to classes throughout your pregnancy. The classes help you feel as comfortable as you can be on the big day. But then the classes stop. You might have made it through pregnancy, but now you suddenly have a baby to take care of – and most parents would tell you that this is hardly the easiest part. So why do the classes stop when the baby is born? Why don...

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Posted: July 14, 2016

From Patrick Hendry, Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports & Services phendry@mentalhealthamerica.net One of the leading criticisms about MHA creating a national certified peer specialist credential is that many people feel this should be done by a peer-run organization. Unfortunately, no peer-run organization has taken on this challenge yet. While MHA National is not a peer-run organization, many of our affiliates are. Our Board of Directors typically runs around 30% peers and well...

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Posted: June 16, 2016

Mental Health America mourns the victims in the tragic shootings in Orlando, Florida at Pulse Orlando Night Club. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, victims and everyone who has been affected by this horrific event.  Terrorism and hate crimes have no place in any modern society, and we applaud so many of our national leaders who have condemned them while pledging to support everyone victimized by trauma in the Orlando community and the nation as a whole. After a...

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Posted: May 5, 2016

By: Paul Gionfriddo, Theresa Nguyen, Nathaniel Counts and Kelly Davis Advocates have been awaiting – and many dreading – a proposed rule from the Social Security Administration (SSA) relating to firearms ownership among people with certain disabilities. The rule was proposed today. Mental Health America understands and acknowledges the challenge that SSA faces in implementing the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 (the Brady Act), as amended by the NICS Improvement Amendments Act...

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