Category Archives: Advocacy

Mental Health Parity At Risk

New research highlights insurance disparities that prioritize profits over people and jeopardize the well being of Americans with mental health conditions.

NAMI has released a new report on the risks posed by current efforts to weaken the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Please read! Tell your legislators that you want them to protect insurance parity for mental health conditions.


Advocacy – North Reading & Wilmington

Here is some Middlesex County specific information to inform our members:

There is an amendment pending on the Criminal Justice Reform bill that would establish a Restoration Center pilot program in Middlesex County. The proposed 24-hour center would provide specialized crisis services specifically for mental health, substance use, and related issues where police officers could drop off an individual, explain the situation to a clinician, and know that the person will get the care they need – including the possibility of staying for a few days to stabilize.  FACT SHEET

Constituents of Senator Bruce Tarr – including our North Reading and Wilmington members – can help move this process forward.  MORE INFO

Mental Health on College Campuses

At the NAMI National Convention in June 2017  this report – in the works by the National Council on Disability – was announced.  You will likely have read press reports about it during the late summer.  Use the link above to find the full report of recommendations for Congress, federal agencies, and colleges to improve college mental health services and post-educational outcomes for students with mental health disabilities.

Will you be motivated to reach out to your alma mater, your child’s college/university or a college or university local to you about how they will address these recommendations?

National Suicide Prevention Week Social Messages

Today is the first day of National Suicide Prevention Week! The American Foundation for Suicide prevention has a special theme and hashtag for each day. To kick things off, today’s theme is #MondayMotivation! Click the link below to see what motivates some of the people in our community to stop suicide…then please share what motivates you on social media using the hashtags #MondayMotivation and #StopSuicide!

Join #MondayMotivation  Let’s get motivated! Together, we can make a difference.


NAMI Mass Opposes Recreational Marijuana Ballot Initiative

This fall, Massachusetts voters will likely have the opportunity to vote on whether the sale of marijuana for recreational use should be legalized in the Commonwealth. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Massachusetts states its strong opposition to this ballot question because the legalization of recreational marijuana will have detrimental effects for those with mental illness and for people predisposed to mental illness.

Click here to read the NAMI Mass position paper in full: CLICK