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ADVOCACY ALERT: United States of America v. State of Mississippi

June 5, 2019

ADVOCACY ALERT: The trial for the case of United States of America v. State of Mississippi (docket number 3:16-CV-00622-CWR-FKB) has begun with Judge Carlton Reeves presiding. In the case, the U.S. Department of Justice asserts that when it comes to mental health services, Mississippi should work more toward community-based care and depend less on institutionalized […]

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ADVOCACY ALERT: CMS Proposes Payment Increases for Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities

April 26, 2019

 From the National Council on Behavioral Health: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed increasing Medicare payments for inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs) by 1.7 percent, or $75 million, for FY 2020. The proposed rule would update Medicare payment policies and rates for the IPF Prospective Payment System and the IPF Quality Reporting […]

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ADVOCACY ALERT – Action Needed: HB 329 and 334, SB 2524

February 26, 2019

ADVOCACY ALERT – Action Needed:   We strongly urge NAMI Mississippi members and others to support and contact their legislators on (1) HB 329 and 334 which would create and fund statewide mental health courts and (2) SB 2524 which would include psychiatry students in the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Residency Program.   Both bills […]

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ADVOCACY ALERT – Action Needed: Urge Your Senators to Protect Medicare Access to Mental Health Medications

February 15, 2019

Medicare Part D provides drug coverage for 43 million seniors and adults with disabilities, including many people with mental health conditions. Currently, Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans must include “all or substantially all” of the medications in six protected classes, which include antidepressants and antipsychotics. These six protected classes were created to ensure […]

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