NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness Home | About NAMI | Contact Us | En Espanol  | Donate  
  Advanced Search  

Sign In
Register and Join
What's New
State & Local NAMIs
Advocate Magazine
NAMI Newsroom
NAMI Store
National Convention
Special Needs Estate Planning
NAMI Travel

 NAMI Newsroom
  Press Release Archive

Print this page
Graphic Site
Log Out
 | Print this page | 

  NAMI Minnesota Receives Outstanding Advocacy Award

Mary Rappaport 703-312-7886
Bob Carolla (703) 516-7963
For Immediate Release
3 Jul 99

Chicago, IL --- The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the nation's largest advocacy group for persons with severe mental illness, today honored its NAMI Minnesota state organization with its prestigious national award for "Outstanding Advocacy" in recognition of a hard-fought campaign to ensure that individuals with brain disorders imprisoned in Minnesota's correctional system receive the best possible treatment toward recovery.

NAMI Minnesota succeeded in reversing a Correctional Medical Services (CMS) policy that had sought to substitute older, less expensive medications with greater side effects for new generation drugs that are much more effective for persons with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. NAMI Minnesota persuaded CMS to restore the newer generation medications.

"NAMI Minnesota's efforts have had national implications," said NAMI Executive Director Laurie Flynn. "The struggle to ensure that individuals with mental illnesses have access to effective treatment extends not just to correctional systems, but also state Medicaid systems and managed care health plans. In 1999, NAMI Minnesota stands as an example for NAMI members and organizations throughout the United States. We are very proud of them."

NAMI Minnesota president David L. Nass of Woodbury accepted the award for the state organization at NAMI's 20th anniversary national convention, which was attended by more than 3,000 persons from across the country. NAMI has over 200,000 members nationwide and approximately 1,200 state and local organizations.


 | Print this page | 


Support NAMI to help millions of Americans who face mental illness every day.

Donate today

Speak Out

Inspire others with your message of hope. Show others they are not alone.

Share your story

Get Involved

Become an advocate. Register on to keep up with NAMI news and events.

Join NAMI Today
Home  |  myNAMI  |  About NAMI  |  Contact Us  |  Jobs  |  SiteMap

Copyright © 1996 - 2011 NAMI. All Rights Reserved.