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October 16, 2017

Our President, Ed Murphy, was one of seven honored by Putnam Community Service Network.  Ed was presented with the Ruth Dain Voluntary Service Award.

The article from the Courier included this in their article on Movers & Shakers shown here

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    Congress just unveiled the American Health Care Act, which ends the requirement that Medicaid cover mental health care.   It caps Medicaid funding, which will lead to deep cuts and jeopardize mental health services. And it will freeze Medicaid expansion, putting young people who are first experiencing serious mental illness at risk. 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. Read More

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    Many of the following posts are very interesting posts from National NAMI.

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    What is CIT?

    CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.

    Getting Started

    Community partnerships are the key to a successful CIT program. Only by working together can law enforcement, mental health providers and advocates improve the way a community responds to a mental health crisis.

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    Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate picture of the reality of mental illness is to share with them the stories of those whom have had personal experiences with mental illness.

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    Eighty percent of people with mental illness are unemployed, a statistic that says more about the lack of support for this group of people than it does about the economy, according to a new study.

    As in so many other areas of mental health, solutions to this problem exist, but simply aren’t utilized, says Mary Giliberti, executive director of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

    “These statistics paint a pretty bleak picture,” she says. “We think we can do a lot Read More

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