NAMI NC Public Policy
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina includes as a major part of its mission the need to advocate for public policy changes to enhance the quality of life and the possibility of recovery for those living with mental illness and their families. To this end, each year the Public Policy committee of the NAMI NC Board obtains input from the grassroots affiliates and their members and they craft a public policy agenda or platform. Our positions are generally consistent with those of NAMI as well.
On this web page you will find our public policy platform, information on the legislative process, including advocacy tips, telephone trees, and even lists of those in the General Assembly. You will also find topics that are important to us such as Housing, Medication, Access to Services, Managed Care, Decriminalization, Emergency Department Wait Times, and pending legislative information.
If you are interested in joining the Public Policy Committee, which meets monthly via conference call, please call or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policy Documents & Article
December 2014, Cuts to LME/MCO dollars for administrative formula; these monies
should be put into services rather than revert to the General Fund, and a
requirement for prior authorization for drugs for mental illness – a serious
barrier to people who live with mental illness, with an associated
NAMI North Carolina 2013 Public Policy Agenda click here
Crisis Affecting Housing for People Living with Mental Illness – will direct you to a new page
Sandy Hook Resources – will direct you to a new page
2013 House and Senate Reps - divided by Committees and NAMI affiliates
Report to the General Assembly: Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services Report to the 2013 General Assembly (Jan 2013)
CMS Creates New Office for Dual Eligibles – The Affordable Care Act creates a new office within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, to coordinate care for individuals who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare.
New ACT Service Definition - open for public comment until January 12, 2013
LME Efforts in MH Crisis Management - Legislative Report on the Study of Local Management Entity (LME) Efforts and Activities in the Area of Mental Health Crisis Management