Mill, Bills, and Capitol Hill

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a new favorite organization of mine, and one whose advocacy recommendations I intend (with God’s help!)  to review regularly. Deep inside I know how crucial it is to stand up for our brothers and sisters with mental illness. My book characters, Mill and Gary Fairbairn, are brothers who struggle with these issues as well.

With this in mind, I educated myself this week on two federal mental health services bills competing for the privilege of becoming law. schoolhouse-rock-bill2

“At least I hope and pray that one will, but today it is still–just a bill.”  (thanks Schoolhouse Rock)

Here is a little bill background, courtesy of NAMI:

“Both bills authorize federal resources for jail diversion, expand resources for suicide prevention, protect access to psychiatric medications in Medicaid and Medicare, and provide financial incentives for improved health information technology in mental health care. There are also some differences that reflect contrasting visions of what is needed to improve the mental health system.”  

In my book, “The Reluctant Archivist,” I weave the late 1970’s version of mental health care into the story–the good, bad, and ugly. How far have we come, or were people better off in 1975?

Quench Your Thirst for Meaning–Read.

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