Please see and share the link below to an excellent article by a NAMI National Policy Intern – “What’s at Stake in the 2012 Elections?”.
“What does this year’s election season have to do with mental health? The answer is everything. Candidates elected into office during this time of critical health care debate and reform will make decisions with lasting impact on access to mental health treatment and services. New reforms make mental health parity a requirement and care more affordable, but these policies are still being debated. We need leaders who are ready to move forward to ensure that individuals receive the full effect of intended benefits. For people living with mental illness and their families, much is at stake in these elections. Now is the time for you, NAMI voters, to weigh in and tell candidates, “Mental health care gets my vote!” Exercising the right to vote is important in each election, but there are several opportunities in the 2012 elections that make this campaign season imperative to mental health: the timing, NAMI policy priorities, local leadership and the opportunity to connect with candidates.” Source: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Top_Story&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=146464