Press Releases

NAMI Applauds Visionary Bill to Reduce Criminalization of Mental Illness
Jun 05 2003

Senator Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), in partnership with a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues, and Congressman Ted Strickland (D-Ohio) addressed the national tragedy of criminalizing individuals with mental illness today by introducing the "Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2003." 

May 15 2003

As the third weekend of "NAMIWALKS for the Mind of America" begins, the final report and recommendations of President Bush’s "New Freedom" Commission on Mental Health  are expected soon.

NAMI Honors "Hope on the Street"
May 12 2003

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) today announced that San Francisco’s KQED Public Television will receive its 2003 Outstanding Media Award for the television documentary "Hope on the Street," produced by Michael Isip.

House Hearing out of Step with President Bush & Surgeon General
May 06 2003

Today’s hearing by the Committee on Education & the Workforce Subcommittee on Education Reform in the House of Representatives on "Protecting Children: The Use of Medication in our Nation’s Schools" represents yet another exercise that will generate sensational headlines and alarm parents, while obscuring the true nature of a public health crisis.

Partnerships For Recovery
May 01 2003

The nation’s mental health system is in crisis and President Bush’s New Freedom Commission is challenging all of us to lead.

States Force Families to Abandon Thousands of Children
Apr 21 2003

In a report to three leading Members of Congress, the General Accounting Office (GAO) has confirmed that states and counties force parents to give up custody of tens of thousands of children and adolescents with mental illnesses (biologically-based brain disorders) in order to secure necessary treatment -- even though child welfare and juvenile justice systems are not primarily designed to provide mental healthcare.

NAMI’s Campaign for the Mind of America Launches NAMIWALKS in 11 States
Apr 14 2003

Thousands of Americans will take to the streets next month to support research, education and advocacy to improve the lives of people living with mental illnesses.

Pulitzer Prizes Focus on Mental Illness for Second Year in a Row
Apr 08 2003

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is proud to congratulate Clifford Levy and The New York Times for winning the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for their series on abuses in adult homes for people with mental illnesses.

Don't Lose the War at Home
Mar 29 2003

The National Board of Directors of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) today called unanimously on Congress to oppose any cuts in Medicaid in the budget resolution currently before them.

Medicaid Malpractice
Mar 10 2003

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) today released a 10-point policy prescription for State Medicaid programs to ensure access to effective medications for people with severe mental illnesses-challenging moves by states to save money by restricting drug benefits.