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NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave., Suite 400, St. Paul, MN 55104
MEDIA RELEASE – March 14, 2018
Contact: Chuck Krueger, 651-645-2948 or ckrueger@namimn.org, or
Sue Abderholden, 612-202-3595 (cell), sabderholden@namimn.org

Advocates Seek Equal Mental Health Care

Mental health advocates and friends are urging legislators to provide critically needed mental health services for adults and children with mental illnesses. Concerned family members, advocates and people living with a mental illness from Moorhead to St. Cloud and from Duluth to Rochester will rally in support of equal mental health care and share their stories with legislators on Mental Health Day at the Capitol, set for March 15.

The event is sponsored by the Mental Health Legislative Network, a coalition of nearly 40 organizations working to improve mental health services in Minnesota, and will be highlighted by a Rally in the Capitol Rotunda from 11:00 to Noon.

“People from across the state are gathering at the Capitol to urge the legislature to ensure that public policies provide parity and equality when it comes to mental health treatment,” remarked Sue Abderholden executive director of NAMI Minnesota, a co-chair of the Network.

Advocates say mandates to provide mental health care on a level equal to that of physical care have not been carried out and shortages of care persist on nearly every level throughout the state. Long waiting lists, lack of crisis response and school linked mental health services, shortages of psychiatrists, psychologists, residential treatment, affordable supportive housing, employment programs and more remain commonplace, and reports have shown mental health parity remains far from a reality.

The Network has planned an issues briefing session at 9:30 a.m. on the same day at the St. Paul Armory which hundreds are expected to attend. Discussions will be held on Parity, Mental Health Workforce Needs, Children’s Mental Health, System Flow Issues, Housing, Medicaid and Health Insurance, Solitary Confinement, and Civil Commitment. Visits with legislators will be held in the early afternoon.

For more information, contact Sue Aberholden at 612-202-3595 (cell), or sabderholden@namimn.org.

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NAMI Minnesota is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families through its programs of education, support and advocacy.