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Public Policy Platform
of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)


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Public Policy Platform:


Purpose of the Public Policy Platform

Stigma and Discrimination

1. Identity and Mission

2. Priority and Special Populations

2.1 Priority Population
2.2 Additional Support
2.3 Cultural Diversity
2.4 Older Adults with Mental Illness
2.5 Adults Who Are Veterans and Active Duty Military
2.6 Persons Who Are Homeless and/or Missing
2.7 Persons Infected with the HIV Virus
2.8 Children with Serious Mental llnesses
2.9 Minor Children of Parents with Serious Mental Illnesses

3. Access to Treatment

3.1 Access to Treatment
3.2 Early Diagnosis
3.3 Mental Health Screening
3.4 Individual Treatment Plan
3.5 Outpatient Treatment
3.6 Inpatient Treatment
3.7 Family Involvement in Treatment
3.8 Outcome Measures
3.9 Non-endorsement of Specific Medications or Treatment Modalities
3.10 Access to Psychiatric Medications
3.11 Prescription Privileges for Psychologists, Workforce Shortages
3.12 Cultural Competence
3.13 Wellness

4. Services and Supports for Children, Adolescents, Young Adults and Families

4.1 Comprehensive Array of Services and Supports
4.2 School and Campus Based Services
4.3 College and University-Based Services and Supports
4.4 Restraints and Seclusion in Schools
4.5 Transition Age Services and Supports
4.6 Educational Programs
4.7 Training and Qualifications for Providers  
4.8 Integrated Health and Mental Health Care
4.9 Family Driven and Youth Guided Services  

5. Services and Support for Adults

5.1 Community Systems
5.2 Continuity of Care
5.3 Community Housing
5.4 Education and Employment
5.5 Consumer-run Programs
5.6 Educational Programs for Consumers and Families

6. Financing of Treatment and Services

6.1 Health Care Reform
6.2 Public Responsibilites and Resources
6.3 Medicare
6.4 Public Financing
6.5 Managed Care
6.6 Fundraising by Non-Profit Agencies

7. Research

7.1 NAMI's Support
7.2 Standards for Protecting the Well-being of Individuals Participating in Research
7.3 Biomedical Research
7.4 Psychopharmacological Research
7.5 Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest 

8. Quality Monitoring, Accountability, and Accreditation

8.1 Governing Boards
8.2 Hospital Standards
8.3 Tobacco Addiction
8.4 Deaths in Institutions
8.5 Protection and Advocacy Services
8.6 Training of Professionals
8.7 Accreditation of Facilities and Programs
8.8 Use of Restraints and Seclusion
8.9 Application of Less Lethal Weapons by Law Enforcement Officers

9. Legal Issues

9.1 Right to Treatment
9.2 Involuntary Commitment/Court-ordered Treatment
9.3 Advance Directives and Healthcare Proxies
9.4 Security of Trust Funds
9.5 Confidentiality
9.6 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
9.7 Education at all levels of Judicial and Legal Systems
9.8 Solitary Confinement

10. Criminal Justice/Forensic Issues

10.1 Ultimate Responsibility of Mental Health Systems
10.2 Therapeutic Jurisprudence
10.3 Collaboration
10.4 Boot Camps
10.5 Right to Treatment (Regardless of Criminal Status)
10.6 Sexual Assaults and Victimization in Jails and Prisons
10.7 Jail Diversion
10.8 Violence and Guns
10.9 Death Penalty
10.10 Insanity Defense
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