Archive for May, 2011

IL Mental Health and Justice Conference – JUNE 7th 2011

Posted by on Wednesday, 11 May, 2011

Attend this fascinating day!


IL Mental Health and Justice 2011-conference flyer

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TAG DAY – JUNE 3rd and JUNE 4th – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Posted by on Saturday, 7 May, 2011

Calling on VOLUNTEERS for TAG DAY: Friday 06-03 and Saturday 06-04!

On TAG DAY we COLLECT MONEY from our community members, ADVOCATE for NAMI CCNS and FIGHT STIGMA – all at once!

Both on-street and off-street locations are available in Glenview, Winnetka, Northfield, Wilmette, Evanston, and Park Ridge.  Many volunteers are needed.

Sign up for a brief, two-hour period:  7-9 am, 9-11 am, 11 am – 1 pm, 1-3 pm, or 3-5 pm.  Grab a friend or family member and help us with our fund raising and outreach.

Over the years, more and more people are stopping to talk with our volunteers and ask for information about NAMI’s mission.  We have NAMI Info cards to hand out with the candy.

We’ll have a good time!  Please call Fay at the office at 847-716-2252 or our Tag Day Chair, Tina Nelson, at 847-707-1718 to sign up or email: admin@namiccns.org.



Virtual Mental Health Rally – May 12th 2011

Posted by on Friday, 6 May, 2011

Can’t make the MAY 12th MENTAL HEALTH RALLY?

Raise your voice VIRTUALLY!Contact Button

Can’t make it to Chicago?

You can still support our

MENTAL HEALTH RALLY!

Here’s how you can participate:

Stop by your legislator’s local office, send a fax, send an email, or make a phone call.

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To deliver a letter to your legislator’s local office:

First, figure out who represents you in the state legislature by visiting:

http://www.elections.il.gov/districtlocator/districtofficialsearchbyaddress.aspx

and typing in your home address.

Second, find your representative’s local office by visiting:

http://www.ilga.gov/house/

and clicking on the name of your state legislator.

Third, sign the provided letter and deliver it to your state legislator’s local office.

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To send a fax to your local legislator:

First, figure out who represents you in the state legislature by visiting:

http://www.elections.il.gov/districtlocator/districtofficialsearchbyaddress.aspx

and typing in your home address.

Second, click on the name of your State Senator or State representative and write down the fax

number.

Third, fill out the fax cover sheet, sign the letter on the second page, and send the provided fax

packet.

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To send an email to your local legislator:

First, figure out who represents you in the state legislature by visiting:

http://www.elections.il.gov/districtlocator/districtofficialsearchbyaddress.aspx

and typing in your home address.

Second, find your representative’s email address by visiting:

http://www.ilga.gov/house/

and clicking on the name of your state legislator.

Third, send an email to your state legislator with our provided email packet attached. Be sure to

include your name, address, and phone number in the email!

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To call your local legislator:

First, figure out who represents you in the state legislature by visiting:

http://www.elections.il.gov/districtlocator/districtofficialsearchbyaddress.aspx

and typing in your home address.

Second, click on the name of your State Senator or State representative and write down the

phone number.

Third, call your local legislator and follow the call script provided. Feel free to include any

information from the Mental Health Rally Fact Sheet.

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Call Script:

Say: Hi, may I speak to Senator/Representative ____________?

If your local legislator is not available: Say: May I speak with an aide?

Say: My name is _______. I live in _________. I’m participating in the Mental Health Rally Day and

I’m calling because I’m concerned about mental health services in Illinois. Today, I want to make

sure that you know that I support mental health services, and you, as my legislator, should

support them too.

Say: I’m particularly concerned about the following issues:

Feel free to mention as few or as many issues as you would like.

  • The Governor’s proposed 2012 budget disproportionately cuts community mental health services and will result in higher costs in the future.
  • Illinois continues to rely excessively on wasteful and inhumane treatment for persons with mental illnesses in nursing homes. I support a better plan for transitioning nursing home patients to community treatment and both Senate Bills 1982 and 103.
  • Mental health patients face greatly reduced numbers of private and public hospital beds, resulting in inadequate medical treatment and burdens to emergency rooms and jails. This raises recidivism rates and the costs of Illinois’s criminal justice system.
  • The budget slashes funding for the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership which provides cost‐saving and effective preventive care for children and teens.
  • Health insurance companies continue to discriminate against persons facing mental illness.
  • Persons with mental illnesses face barriers to appropriate medications. Preferred Drug Lists, burdensome prior authorization requirements, and inadequate Medicaid reimbursement rates prevent proper treatment.

Say: Thank you for listening to me about these issues. Good‐bye.


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