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NAMI Minnesota Action Alert – March 2, 2014
Action Alert: Medicare Part D
Medicare Part D Plans have historically been required to include on their preferred drug lists all or almost all psychiatric medications because personal choice and clinician’s judgment are important in decisions about what medications are taken. The proposed rule would limit the availability of anti-depressant medications in 2015 and limit the availability of anti-psychotic medications in 2016. Please submit your comments online by March 7, 2014. Click here for sample comments (please change the organization and signature). You can also help us get to 10,000 signatures on a petition to tell U.S. Secretary of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius to protect access to these crucial medications in Medicare Part D. Limiting access to medications for people who live with mental illness would threaten treatment and lives. Click here to sign a petition.
Action Alert: Tell Legislators to Invest in Minnesota’s Underfunded Mental Health System
Now that the February forecast has been released, the House and Senate can begin work on their supplemental budgets. To begin this process, each body will need to determine how much money they are willing to spend in each area of government. We need to ensure that the legislature invests in health and human services this session and mental health in particular.
Last legislative session, both the House and Senate chose to cut money from health and human services but still managed to make a number of important investments in our mental health system. Despite this progress, there is still much work to be done. Minnesota’s mental health system remains woefully under-resourced and many children and adults with mental illnesses are simply unable to access basic services and supports that they need. Recent media reports about people with mental illnesses ending up in emergency rooms, jails, or homeless, point to the need to continue to improve and expand Minnesota’s mental health system.
Contact both your State Representative and Senator today and urge them to continue investing in Minnesota’s mental health system this session. Here are some examples of the investments that would make a huge difference in people’s lives:
• $7 million to increase the availability of housing and supportive housing services for people with mental illnesses.
• $3 million to continue to expand our state’s mobile crisis response teams
• Several million dollars to change the eligibility criteria for Community First Services and Supports (CFSS) – which will replace the personal care assistance (PCA) program –so that people with mental illnesses will be able to access the program.
• $35,000 to develop an online training on the Civil Commitment statute (253B) to ensure the law is being applied consistently across the state.
• $1 million to increase funding for respite care.
Not sure who your legislator is? Look them up here. Use your own words but be sure and say that you are a NAMI member and mention any specifics in terms of services and supports that you or a family member (or client/patient) need.