Mental Illnesses Treatment Support & Programs NAMI Advocacy Find Your Local NAMI NAMIWalks
Search
 | Print this page | 
 | 
top_story

June 19, 2005

NAMI Hears Call for Bold Leadership to Transform Mental Health System in America

AUSTIN, TX -- Two years after President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health issued a report with recommendations to begin transformation of a fragmented "system in shambles" for mental healthcare, King Davis, chair of University of Texas School of Social Work, believes it is time for the President to actually accept the recommendations in the White House Rose Garden.

The President also should call a summit and implement the report’s recommendations, Davis told the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), at the opening session of its national convention.

"We need a leader," he said.

Davis also proposed that the Commission be established as an ongoing body to monitor and generate change.

"The New Freedom Commission’s report was significant. It was bold in its vision, mission and goals."

Many events or factors drive transformations, he said. Expect them to be complex, expensive, controversial and to require oversight.

Although federal and state budget cuts are greatly hurting people with severe mental illnesses, and outlooks disheartening, "it is an opportunity to be bold" said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick.

"New ideas are important."

Texas Commissioner of State Health Services Edwardo Sanchez said that mental illnesses for too long have been treated as "moral failures rather than medical problems." Money is being spent in all the wrong places—such as the criminal justice system, which in Texas, is the largest provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment for children and adults.

Sanchez called for integrated health approaches based on the principle of sound mind, sound body.

Copyright Date: 06/20/2005

Post a Comment, Share on Facebook


 | Print this page | 
 | 

Donate

Support NAMI to help millions of Americans who face mental illness every day.

Donate today

Speak Out

Inspire others with your message of hope. Show others they are not alone.

Share your story

Get Involved

Become an advocate. Register on NAMI.org to keep up with NAMI news and events.

Join NAMI Today
  • Follow NAMI
  • Contact Us
    • NAMI
    • 3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100
    • Arlington, Va 22203
    • Main: (703) 524-7600
    • Fax: (703) 524-9094
    • Member Services: (888) 999-6264
    • Helpline: (800) 950-6264