Press Releases

The Andrew Goldstein Verdict
Mar 24 2000

The case has stood all along for the failures of America's mental health system. Unfortunately, it now also stands for the inadequacy of our legal system in addressing issues that involve mental illness.

The Family Opportunity Act Of 2000
Mar 22 2000

Mental illnesses are biological brain disorders, and must be treated equally with disabilities involving any other bodily organ or system. Health insurance plans must not discriminate in amount, duration, or scope between mental illnesses and other diagnoses.

Congressional Staff Briefing on the Abuses of Restraints in Psychiatric Facilities
Mar 21 2000

People with mental illness are being injured or killed almost weekly through the improper use of restraints. Congress needs to put in place standards and a system to end such abuses, before any more adults or children die.

Congressional Staff Briefing On Deaths And Injuries From The Abuse Of Restraints In Psychiatric Hospitals And Other Treatment Facilities
Mar 17 2000

In preparation for the House Committee on Energy & Commerce's mark-up of the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reauthorization bill, and because of recent reports of additional deaths

NAMI Emphasizes Critical Need for Increased Brain Research for Severe Mental Illnesses
Mar 07 2000

NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, is pleased to serve as a national partner of the fifth annual Brain Awareness Week, March 13-19, 2000. During Brain Awareness Week, a project of the Dana Alliance for Brain Research, the Alliance will release "Update 2000: Brain Research in the new Millennium," its annual report.

NAMI Asks Attorney General Reno for Investigation of State of Florida's Mental Health Treatment of Children & Adolescents
Mar 03 2000

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) has requested an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into Florida's treatment of children with serious brain disorders, following the February 5th death of 12-year-old boy with mental illness at a wilderness camp for juvenile offenders.

NAMI Praises Patrick Kennedy for Courage in Acknowledging Depression
Mar 01 2000

We applaud the courage of U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) in disclosing publicly that he has battled depression since adolescence, takes medication, and regularly sees a psychiatrist.

NAMI Salutes 13 For Leadership in Supporting Employment of Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses
Feb 29 2000

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) this evening honored members of Congress and the Clinton Administration for their leadership in making the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 a reality.

NAMI Presents 10-Year Forecast of Mental Health Care Trends
Feb 23 2000

At a briefing today hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Laurie Flynn, executive director of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) outlined the most important factors for change in health care for the next decade and discussed key trends in the area of mental health care.

NAMI Praises New Mexico Govenor for Signing Parity Bill
Feb 15 2000

New Mexico today became the first state in 2000, and the 29th overall, to enact into law legislation aimed at ending unfair discrimination and providing more equitable coverage for mental illness in health insurance plans.