November 15, 2017
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On Nov. 1, started its annual enrollment period for health insurance. If you don’t have coverage or you just need to renew your plan, make time to review your health plan options before Dec. 15. All health plans offered through must cover mental health and substance use services at the same level as other health conditions. However, some plans Read More

    Stigmatizing Media Portrayals: What Can We Do?

    October 23, 2017 | By Emma Frankham

    The media often reports on individuals with mental illness. However, little is known about how accurately the media portrays these individuals. Are journalists getting mental illness “right?” It seems the answer is no. I analyzed news reports about individuals with mental illness who were killed by police during 2015 and 2016 and found that these individuals were often stigmatized because of their mental illness. In 301 online news reports, I found 231 examples of stigmatizing language.

    This stigmatization Read More

    This summer, with the help of your advocacy, we defeated Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And just a few weeks ago, we fought back again against the dangerous Graham-Cassidy health reform bill.

    Now, the White House has announced plans that would make significant changes to mental health coverage. Meanwhile, congressional leaders are working toward reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and have forged a tentative bipartisan agreement to stabilize the insurance markets.

    CHIP Reauthorization Update

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    October 30, 2017 | By Samantha Swindler

    Of the 4,000 people living on the streets in Multnomah County, more than half have serious mental illness and more than a third have physical disabilities.

    You’d think many of these people could qualify for disability income help from the government.

    The short answer is they probably could.

    The reality is the more disabled they are, the harder it is for them to pursue benefits.

    This is where Mellani Calvin comes in. In April 2010, she founded Read More

    Thanks to all who joined us in Cottage Grove for our annual conference! We were happy to see NAMI members from around the state. For those of you who couldn’t join us, we have posted information from our presentations. Click here for more information.

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    Smith Award Dinner a Success!

    Thanks so much to all who made our 9th Annual Gordon & Sharon New Freedom Award dinner a success! We were thrilled to join Sen. Gordon and Sharon Smith to honor Oregon State Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, and Dave Underriner, chief executive for the Oregon region of Providence Health and Services, at our dinner Oct. 3.

    Special thanks to the Smiths, Kerry Tymchuk, presenting sponsor Providence Health & Services, and emcee Cathy Marshall of KGW for a fantastic evening! Read More

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