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Mental health care: It’s the haves vs. the have-nots in Mississippi

October 16, 2019

Oct. 14, 2019 By Shirley L. Smith, Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting Clarion Ledger https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/14/mental-health-system-care-mississippi-funding-fragmented-community-centers/3931991002/ Mississippi’s poorly constructed mental health system gives mental health providers insufficient funds to provide court-ordered, community-based services, and a poorly conceived Medicaid system cuts into their revenue stream, said Richard Duggin, chief executive officer of Region 7 Community Counseling Services center in West […]

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Mississippi mental health care: ‘The system failed Bobby’

September 30, 2019 By Billy Watkins, Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting Mississippi Today https://mississippitoday.org/2019/09/30/mississippi-mental-health-care-the-system-failed-bobby/ Some of the details are sketchy, clouded by time and his battles with a bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Others remain painfully clear. On April 18, 2008, Bobby Thomas was arrested and spent four days in the Franklin County jail. Thomas says he was not […]

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NAMI Releases First Free Online Class For Parents Of Children With Mental Illness

Oct 01 2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2019/NAMI-Releases-First-Free-Online-Class-for-Parents-of-Children-with-Mental-Illness Arlington, VA– The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today announced the release of a free online education course, NAMI Basics OnDemand. The new class format is an adaptation of the in-person NAMI Basics, a free, six-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth aged […]

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NAMI Applauds 3-Digit Suicide Hotline Legislation

9/25/2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2019/NAMI-Applauds-3-Digit-Suicide-Hotline-Legislation NAMI is thrilled by the introduction of H.R. 4194, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. The bill directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to designate 9-8-8 as the 3-digit dialing code for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. This would make it easier for Americans experiencing a crisis to […]

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From WLBT: Mental Health Week raises awareness, promotes importance of seeking help

October 15, 2019

By Patrice Clark | October 14, 2019 at 10:11 PM CDT – Updated October 15 at 8:03 AM JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Almost half of adults in this country will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. In fact, it affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or even coworkers. This past week, the country focused on […]

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