This has been an especially frustrating time being a mental illness advocate. We have a wonderful bill which would help not only the families and people with serious mental illness but all who have for years struggled getting help for their loved ones and for themselves. Time and time again, we hear the stories of families and people who have tried to get help with nowhere to go or disheartened because they see their loved ones suffering and cannot be the voice to help. Now is the time to make that phone call or write that letter, it is imperative and NAMI-NYS cannot do it alone. Congressman Murphy's bill HR-3717 is the bill many of us have waited years for, we cannot let this opportunity pass by. We recently heard that Congressman Murphy, who first introduced his bill and Congressman Barber met to try to compromise on the Barber bill HR-4574 which was introduced after and seems to be the "status quo" that has not worked efficiently for years. Isn't it ironic that this meeting took place shortly after all the commentaries in the Times Union and backlash received? Click here for the wonderful op-ed that Congressman Murphy has gallantly penned and appeared in Friday's Times
The prestigious APA (American Psychiatric Association) has thrown their weight behind the Murphy Bill.
Please call your representative and ask them to "support and co-sponsor HR 3717, The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act" and especially "the provisions that focus on SERIOUS mental illness, not just mental wellness". Click here to quickly get the phone number. This is a critical call to make at a critical time.
Thank you for your continued support and bless you for all your advocacy.