State budget cuts are impacting mental health systems at a level never faced before. Across the country, demand for public mental health care is increasing while budget cuts are reducing coverage for and access to treatment for children and adults with mental illness. NAMI recognizes this as a priority issue and has organized an initiative, State Advocacy 2010, to protect and strengthen funding for mental health treatment and supports. (more)
The goal of NAMI's State Advocacy 2010 initiative is to help protect and strengthen funding for mental health care treatment for children and adults by equipping our leaders, members and Web visitors with the information, tools and skills to engage in successful state budget advocacy efforts.
State Advocacy 2010 Advisory Group
A group of six leading NAMI executive directors and three members of NAMI's Board of Directors provide strategic vision, planning and oversight in their integral role as an advisory group to the State Advocacy 2010 initiative.
Sue Abderholden, Executive Director, NAMI Minnesota
Sheila Amdur, First Vice President, Board of Directors, NAMI
Graham Champion, Board of Directors, NAMI
Mike Cohen, Executive Director, NAMI New Hampshire
Sita Diehl, Executive Director, NAMI Tennessee
Mira Signer, Executive Director, NAMI Virginia
Kevin Sullivan, Board of Directors, NAMI
Sherri Wittwer, Executive Director, NAMI Utah
Alicia Woodsby, Public Policy Director, NAMI Connecticut