2011 State Legislature

Memo of Support

To: Assemblyman, Felix Ortiz, Chair, Assembly Mental Health Committee
CC: Assembly Mental Health Committee Members
From: National Alliance on Mental Illness, New York State (NAMI-NYS)
Re: Assembly Bill A6987-The Enhanced Version of Kendra’s Law
Date: May 24, 2011

Chairman Ortiz,

The National Alliance on Mental Illness-New York State (NAMI-NYS) supports Assembly Bill A6987, introduced by Assemblywoman Gunther, which would enhance the assisted outpatient treatment program known as Kendra’s Law.

NAMI-NYS represents New York’s families who have loved ones living with mental illness. A major concern we hear almost daily from families around the state is: what can be done when their loved ones stop taking their prescribed medication and reject treatment? Sometimes, our families are helpless once their loved ones begin to decompensate due to noncompliance with treatment. They fear the potential tragic results that could occur as their loved one’s mental illness sometimes makes them a danger to themselves and others.

The enhanced version of Kendra’s Law would close some of the loopholes that exist as the law is currently constituted. The new bill will require mental- health officials to examine the records of those with mental illness who are being released from the criminal justice system and those discharged from hospitals and treatment facilities who have demonstrated past behavior that can be considered a danger to them or others, to determine if they need court- ordered treatment. The bill would also require officials to investigate when concerned families provide credible information that a loved one is mentally ill and in need of treatment to prevent deterioration.

NAMI-NYS asks you to listen to the concerned pleas from families who love their relatives with mental illness and only wish to maintain their well-being and safety, by supporting bill A6987 and improving Kendra’s Law.


Memo of Support

To: Senator, Roy McDonald, Chair, Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee
CC: Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee Members
From: National Alliance on Mental Illness, New York State (NAMI-NYS)
Re: Senate Bill S4884-The Enhanced Version of Kendra’s Law
Date: May 24, 2011

Chairman McDonald,

The National Alliance on Mental Illness-New York State (NAMI-NYS) supports Senate Bill S4884, introduced by Senator Young, which would enhance the assisted outpatient treatment program known as Kendra’s Law.

NAMI-NYS represents New York’s families who have loved ones living with mental illness. A major concern we hear almost daily from families around the state is: what can be done when their loved ones stop taking their prescribed medication and reject treatment? Sometimes, our families are helpless once their loved ones begin to decompensate due to noncompliance with treatment. They fear the potential tragic results that could occur as their loved one’s mental illness sometimes makes them a danger to themselves and others.

The enhanced version of Kendra’s Law would close some of the loopholes that exist as the law is currently constituted. The new bill will require mental-health officials to examine the records of those with mental illness who are being released from the criminal justice system and those discharged from hospitals and treatment facilities who have demonstrated past behavior that can be considered a danger to them or others, to determine if they need court-ordered treatment. The bill would also require officials to investigate when concerned families provide credible information that a loved one is mentally ill and in need of treatment to prevent deterioration.

NAMI-NYS asks you to listen to the concerned pleas from families who love their relatives with mental illness and only wish to maintain their well-being and safety, by supporting bill S4884 and improving Kendra’s Law.

Press Release from Coalition supporting Patient Protection Legislation

Read the press release from Assemblyman Rivera and the coalition of patient advocacy groups supporting the passage of the A3287/S5646 Legislation that would create patient protections.  NAMI-NYS’s Executive Director is quoted in the release.

NAMI-NYS's Testimony Before the P and T Committee

Read NAMI-NYS's testimony before the New York State Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting on June 16, 2011.  The committee will decide which medications receive preferred status for Medicaid patients.

Memo of Support for Bills A8237/S5646 Which Would Mandate Patient Protections

NAMI-NYS’s memo of support for Assembly Bill A8237 and Senate Bill S5646.  These bills would mandate provider prevails allowing doctors to choose which medications they feel is appropriate for patients receiving Medicaid services.

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