Main Line NAMI Weekly Update
Advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness is urgently needed at both the national and state levels.
At the national level, the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act was released yesterday. This bill includes provisions that would have devastating effects on access to care for individuals with mental illness. It would phase out the expansion of Medicaid, substantially reduce the funding for Medicaid in future years, allow states to require Medicaid recipients to work, and allow states to opt out of requiring insurers to include coverage of mental health treatment (http://www.businessinsider.com/senate-healthcare-bill-trumpcare-ahca-details-2017-6 . Please call Sen. Toomey (202-224-4254) or email him (https://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact).
At the state level, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 218. The state budget bill for 2017-18 includes deep cuts to funding for mental health and substance use disorder programs. PA House Bill 218 will have a devastating impact on vulnerable Pennsylvanians if passed as is. Urge Your State Senator to oppose a budget based on House Bill 218. Call or email your legislator NOW.
Feature of the Week: Philadelphia Leisure Activities and You Guide
The Temple University Collaborative will be hosting a webinar “Share Your Story: Beyond the Diagnosis” on Tuesday June 27 from 1-2.00 p.m. Individuals with mental illnesses, loved ones, and providers are welcome to share their stories about community participation using the StoryCorps app. We want to hear about what you do in your community and how it benefits you; the love, laughter and joy. Register for the webinar here: http://bit.ly/2sRZMBq