Statement of John Snook, Executive Director, Treatment Advocacy Center:
Mental Health Reform
On December 13th, President Obama signed HR 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, which incorporates monumental bipartisan reform of our nation's mental health system. These reforms include a host of Treatment Advocacy Center priorities including provisions to reform the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), increase the number of psychiatric beds nationwide, address the criminalization of untreated mental illness, and collect data on the role untreated mental illness plays in our public lives.
The Treatment Advocacy Center is pleased that the Cures Act also prioritizes the use of assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) by greatly expanding the federal AOT grant program for individuals with serious mental illness and by making AOT programs eligible for Department of Justice grant funding. This prioritization ensures that individuals with the most severe mental illness will receive the care they need to live happy and healthy lives.
We will work tirelessly with advocates, on behalf of the individuals with severe mental illness and their families, to ensure these important changes are implemented.
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Check Presentation II
Nicholas Andreas, founder of "The Semicolon Movement" presents another check in the amount of $10,000 to Marge Chapman, Executive Director of NAMI-Dauphin County.
The presentation was made at the Aurora Club in Harrisburg to Illustrate NAMI's continuing efforts for consumers to let them know that NAMI is utilizing the funding to provide more educational programs. NAMI's goal is to obtain better support and treatment, erase stigma and continue to advocate the Legislature for more funding.
We want to extend a special thank you to Nicholas for his outstanding contribution to NAMI and furthering the cause of mental illness.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
A free, 12 week course for family caregivers of individuals with mental illness. The next Family to Family program will begin on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 6:30 PM and held at the Epiphany Lutheran Church, 1100 Colonial Road, Harrisburg, PA. Please contact Marge Chapman firstname.lastname@example.org (717.233.1164) if you have any questions.
2016 Walk for Wellness
2016 NAMI Walk for Wellness
From left to right Nicholas Andreas, Presenter, Margaret Chapman, Executive Director, NAMI Dauphin County, and Daniel E. Eisenhauer, MH/ID Administrator, Dauphin County.
Nicholas stated that throughout his childhood he helplessly watched mental illness tear apart close family and friends. He had always wanted to help take the burden away from his mother who tried everything to keep his brother from spiraling out of control. If it wasn't for NAMI Dauphin County,He didn't know if he would still have his brother. This is why he chose to create the semicolon movement.com. Nick wants people to know that there is help out there and they can live a happy, fulfilling life. Nick is currently a student at Penn State. He stated that he witnessed how the support provided by NAMI Dauphin County can actually save lives an he was moved to action.
Nick had a friend who lost his father to suicide. He experienced more tragedy by 18 than most people do in a lifetime.
In a creative way Nick took his personal time and combined it with his entrepreneurial interests and talent getting important information on mental illness and suicide prevention. This was the beginning of www.semicolonmovement.com.
In two months Nick has raised $5,000.00 for NAMI Dauphin County and is confident he can raise much more. NAMI Dauphin County wishes to express sincere gratitude to Nick for his hard work and generous donation.
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Who We Are
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Dauphin County is a Non-Profit Organization of people united by mutual needs and concerns. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for victims of brain disorders (mental illnesses), their families, and friends. NAMI Dauphin county helps both the consumer and their loved ones overcome the normal feelings of guilt, shame, frustration, lonliness, helplessness, etc. NAMI Dauphin county provides a support group and treatment resources for both the consumer and family members.
What We Do
• We meet once a month to understand and cope with mental illness and to acquire the strength and support we need to face difficult situations.
• We share problems and frustrations that no one else can understand unless they have been in that situation.
• We work together to determine how we can affect the mental health system.
• We develop friendships that allow each of us to grow beyond the pain and suffering mental illness brings into the gamily. We also share solutions to problems and frustrations. these are feelings that no one else can understand.
• We provide Educational Programs, such as, "Family to Family," "Peer to Peer," and "In Our Own Voice."