Our community is suffering. With two of Iowa’s four Mental Health Institutes closed and the other two in jeopardy of closure, the need for outpatient services is continuing to grow. We need to determine a way to increase the availability of outpatient mental health services to improve the overall health of our state.
Currently, a person will have to wait nearly two months before seeing a provider and get prescribed medications — even if they are having a medication issue Read More
Today would have been Karen Schmitz’s nephew’s 34th birthday. Two years ago, Steven ended his own life after mental illness and incarceration — rather than treatment — meant that he didn’t get the help he needed.
So Schmitz, her family and hundreds of other Iowans gathered on Sunday to participate in March on the Capitol for Mental Health to demand support from Iowa legislators so the young Stevens in the world live to see their next birthdays, even if they are suffering Read More
A recent survey reports that 47% of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27% college dropout rate in the U.S. overall. Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70% more likely to drop out of college than students with no psychiatric diagnosis.
My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his junior year of college. I was devastated by what I perceived to be the loss of hope for his future, but he was Read More
In a report on psychiatric beds in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Treatment Advocacy Center found Iowa ranked dead last in terms of mental health beds per capita. Dr. Jimmy Potash, professor and chair of psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, says that’s a big problem.
“It’s very clear that we don’t have as many psychiatric beds in the state as we really need. And the gap is most glaring when it comes to Read More
The state of mental health services in Iowa, especially as it relates to jails and prisons, has been in the news recently. There is no question the current mental health system needs improvement. We want Iowans to know there are many of us working hard, collectively and independently, to make that happen.
Incarceration is not an acceptable alternative for a broken mental health system, yet that’s exactly what has happened, in Iowa and across the country. When a person’s behavior is driven Read More
NAMI Applauds “A Major Step Forward”
Jul 06 2016
WASHINGTON—The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for taking “a major step forward” to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness.
The House passed H.R.2646, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” sponsored by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) by a vote of 422 to 2.
NAMI Chief Executive Read More