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    Join Me for Hill Day!

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    Where Will You Be In October?                  

    I'd like to invite you to join me at the National Council for Behavioral Health's annual Public Policy Institute and Hill Day, to be held October 2-3 in Washington, D.C.

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    THE TAC REPORT HAS BEEN RELEASED

    MS_Childrens_Behavioral_Health_3-6-15_final_(3)-1covercrp.jpgTHE TAC REPORT ON CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH IN MISSISSIPPI HAS FINALLY BEEN RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OR READ.

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    TAC REPORT RELEASE IMMINENT?

    lt appears that the release of the TAC Report is imminent. We will keep you posted with any updates. READ MORE HERE.10515159989TACRELEASE_Page_1.png

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    Mental Health Funding Cuts

    Budget-300x300.jpgWe have been asked a number of questions about the Department of Mental Health budget over the past few weeks.  Our responses are below.  Please feel free to contact us if you have additional feedback.

    • What is the crisis with mental health funding?  In its 2017 session, the Mississippi State Legislature reduced the annual budget for the Department of Mental Health from approximately $600,000,000 to $585,000,000, although various people interpret the numbers differently.  The Board of the Department of Mental Health then allocated the money. Mental health care should be adequately funded, but it is crucial that we examine both the adequacy and the allocation of funds.  Most funds, even after the cuts, went to the twelve state-run institutions. 

    • What is the most helpful way to use mental health funds? Institutional care is very costly, and there is little, if any, objective evidence that it helps people. A wide range of services in the community that allow people to work, go to school, and be with their friends and family while they get treatment means almost all people with mental illness can get better outside of institutions. Institutions are then freed up for people who genuinely need them - for example, people with mental illness who are incarcerated.

    • How do other states allocate mental health funds? States across the country, including those that neighbor Mississippi, have moved services to the community.  Arkansas, similar to Mississippi in demographics and population, has only one state-run institution and spends most of its mental health money locally. It also leverages federal funds for community services. If Mississippi did the same, it would likely have nearly one billion dollars each year for community services.
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    WEBINAR TODAY!

    webinar.jpgFamilies as Allies, in partnership with the Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center (MSPTI), will present a webinar on Families as Allies today, Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 from 12 noon-1 PM.

     

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    CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR ON BEHALF OF OUR CHILDREN TODAY!

    StateresponseCL-TAC_Page_1CROP.jpgGOOD NEWS!
    Families as Allies learned yesterday from a court document filed by Attorney General Hood that “The Mississippi legislature is a party to the negotiations” in the United States Justice Department’s mental health lawsuit against Mississippi.

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    FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: A GREAT START TO THE NEW YEAR!

    BMH5crop.jpgIt's been a great start to the new year for Families as Allies! Beginning with an open house that was attended by many old and new friends, continuing with a new training session held in conjunction with the Department of Mental Health (DMH), two more community town halls and a presentation to the Board of Mental Health, it's been quite a busy time. And that's not counting a recent meeting with Governor Bryant. Shown at right: Executive Director Joy Hogge and member of the Board of Mental Health Dr. Jim Herzog.

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    STATE RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR JUDGE WINGATE TO REVIEW TAC REPORT

    This is the state response to the request by plaintiffs that Judge Wingate review the TAC report.pg1stateobjtroupecl.jpg The Clarion Ledger has sued to make the TAC report public, and this issue was argued
    in court last Friday, Feb. 10th as part of the Troupe v. Barbour suit.

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    IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING

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    In this video Grace and John Gallagher speak eloquently about finding Families as Allies, learning how to advocate for their child, and as a result of working with our organization being able to give back to their community by advocating with and for other families. They are an example of how we hope to impact and give back to communities all across the state.

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    FAMILIES AS ALLIES ATTENDS AND PRESENTS AT NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE IN PHOENIX

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    Executive Director Joy Hogge and other members of the Families as Allies staff attended and spoke at the National Federation of Families For Children's Mental Health conference in Phoenix this past weekend. Dr. Hogge and Family Partner Henry Moore gave a presentation titled: Using State Challenges to Create Opportunities for Family-Driven Reform. 

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Families as Allies is funded through generous donations, training fees, grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration, the City of Jackson and the Department of Mental Health, and contracts with other non-profits and agencies.