When we unite our voices to speak out on policies, budgets, and legislation that affect people with mental illness, we become a powerful voice for change.
NAMIGlendale’s mental illness advocacy makes a vital difference in the lives of people with serious mental illnesses and their families. We make change happen.
As a participant in our advocacy network we will alert you to important developments in local cities and Los Angeles County, as well as at the state and national levels with concrete suggestions on how to make your views heard.
Access to Care and the Right to Treatment
“When I look at our broken mental illness treatment system, I see two key things we must work for which touch on nearly everything that is wrong with the provision of care for those with serious mental illness: the absolute right to treatment and access to the right care when it’s needed.” John Hallowitz, NAMI Glendale Advocacy Committee.
Other Advocacy Groups and Voices
The Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment for people with severe mental illness including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. We do not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry. TAC promotes laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The Stanley Medical Research Institute is a fully integrated supporting organization to the Treatment Advocacy Center.
Mental Illness Policy Org. brings together the best research and insights from writers and researchers around the world who have studied serious mental illness, and synthesizes their scholarship into actionable policies designed to improve care, save money, and keep public and patients safe.
Pete Early’s blog Pete Early is nationally established author, newspaper reporter, and speaker. His is the premiere mental illness blog in the nation in reach, clarity, and prestige. http://www.peteearley.com/blog/
Paul’s Legacy Project Advocates, researches, and educates about the most seriously mentally ill and impediments to them in accessing treatment and services. http://www.paulslegacyproject.org/
National Shattering the Silence Coalition (NSSC) supports a right to treatment for all ages living with serious mental illness (SMI) and speaks out about federal, state, and local policies affecting adults with SMI and children with serious emotional disorders (SED). Read the NSSC brochure to find out more about this group and its mission NSSC also has a website and a Facebook page.
The federal government’s Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) released its first report to congress at the end of 2017, “The Way Forward: Federal Action for a System That Works for All People Living With SMI and SED and Their Families and Caregivers“ (ISMICC, 12/13/17). On 3/14/2017, the NSSC released a detailed and thoughtful response, “NSSC Position Statement in Response to the ISMICC 12/17/2017 Report Recommendations“. This document supports many of the recommendations while making significant constructive criticisms to support and deepen the work of the ISMICC.
The LPS Reform Task Force produced, in 1999, a report titled, A New Vision for Mental Health Treatment Laws. The report included several recommendations for revisions to the LPS Act, with a focus on the involuntary treatment law as it pertains to adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
LPS Reform Task Force II convened to refine the 1999 recommendations, to review California’s system of involuntary psychiatric treatment and to identify what is working and what is not. The report resulting from this task force is called Separate and Not Equal: The Case for Updating California’s Mental Health Treatment Law. This report developed 18 recommendations for legislative reform of the LPS act. However, much of these recommendations have yet to be implemented.