EVENTS & SUPPORT
NAMI’s third nationwide parity report found that, despite the federal parity law, people with mental illness aren’t getting the care they deserve. You can help fix this. Call or email Jennifer Hammer, Director of the Illinois Insurance Commission, (217) 782-4515, firstname.lastname@example.org, and ask that they ensure that health plans in our state are not violating your parity rights.
Important information about the future of Medicaid
With Harmful Medicaid Waivers Looming, the National Council issues State-by-State Fact Sheets to Support Advocacy. Help preserve Medicaid, use these fact sheets to support your advocacy efforts at the state level.
NAMI Illinois is fighting hard to make our voices heard. NAMI Illinois’ position and actions to be taken will be found on NAMI Illinois’ website at http://namiillinois.org/advocacy-legislation/. We urge you to visit that resource frequently to find additional information on important issues that are under consideration.
We need strong and persistent messages urging Congress to act. Please help advance mental health care by promoting Comprehensive Mental Health Reform Legislation.
November 30, 2017
On November 30th, NAMI released The Doctor is Out, which found that people continue to lack the same access to mental health providers as for other medical providers. When they do find a provider, many are forced to go out-of-network and pay high out-of-pocket costs at much higher rates than for primary or specialty medical care.
NAMI Family Support Group
NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Groups generally meet on a monthly basis but may meet weekly. The hallmark of a NAMI support group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants.
A peer-led support group, following 12 principles of support, open to all individuals living with any type of mental health condition. NAMI Connection groups are discreet and absolutely confidential, an ideal setting to connect with other individuals in recovery who are learning to cope with issues related to mental illness.
NAMI Parent Support Group
For parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with a mental illness. This support group offers a safe, non-judgmental and confidential outlet for sharing with other parents and caregivers who have experiences similar to yours. There is hope for your child and for you. You don’t have to face this struggle on your own.
RACE • WALK - May 12, 2018
Thanks to all who came out to run, walk, or just socialize. A special thanks to Katie Venvertloh, our sponsors, and all volunteers who helped at the race-walk on May 12th!
NAMI SWI HOMEFRONT CLASS
The next round of NAMI Homefront Online classes begins in Apr/May 2018. Peter Dodge will teach on Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Central Time Zone, this round, but feel free to register for a session in any Time Zone that suits your schedule. Click here for more info.
DO YOU HAVE STIGMA?
- Take a 3 question, multiple choice quiz to find out
“Although stigma is a virus that anyone can be exposed to, we do have a cure, and that is compassion and understanding. We need to talk openly and raise our voices, so we can put an end to the fear and shame, and cure stigma once and for all.” Mary Giliberti, CEO of NAMI. Click here for more info. Together we can #CureStigma!
Help Wanted – Step Up and
Be a NAMI Volunteer!
NAMI SWI is looking for volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors or to help with upcoming events and office activities.
Board of Directors
If you are interested in becoming a member of the NAMI SWI Board of Directors, send an email to email@example.com detailing:
- Why you are interested in becoming a board member
- Why NAMI SWI is important to you
- What skills you bring to the Board or how you will contribute to the Board
- Your résumé
Applications will be reviewed by the nominating committee and applicants will be contacted for a phone interview if they are found to be suitable. Members of the Board hold a three year term.
New Volunteer Ideas
If you are interested in becoming a NAMI SWI Volunteer check out these new Volunteer ideas.
If you are interested in becoming a board member please call 618-798-9788 or email. NAMI Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
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