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  • Carole Spurrier
    commented 2019-08-18 09:41:08 -0400
    I care about individuals and families that struggle with mental illness. I am a proud member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and lead NAMI’s activities on Maryland’s Lower Shore.


    In the last several weeks President Trump made statements about reopening mental institutions” and perpetuated false stereo types of the mentally ill. Two weeks ago, the president also called people with mental illness “monsters.”


    In response, National Alliance on Mental Illness Acting CEO Angela Kimball released the following statement:


    “The president should be talking about better care and earlier access to intensive treatment, not revisiting the shameful institutions of our past.


    “Words matter, Mr. President. ‘These people’ are our friends, neighbors, children, spouses. They’re not ‘monsters,’ ‘the mentally ill’ or ‘crazy people’ – they’re us. Talking about re-institutionalization only further marginalizes and isolates the one in five people with mental illness. Instead, we need to be talking about the power of early treatment and effective intervention to change lives.”


    Today, too often, people languish in emergency rooms and law enforcement officers are responding to avoidable crises because community-based mental health services aren’t there for people who need them.

    Instead of focusing on the past, we urge the administration to focus on improving access to mental health care. There are commonsense approaches that we know are effective and that can be implemented now to improve access to mental health services. We must:

    • Promote early intervention. Half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14, 75% begin by age 24. Getting help early, such as with Coordinated Specialty Care for first episode psychosis, results in better outcomes and lowered costs.

    • Invest in better access to quality care. For example, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) are helping people get care when and where they need it. Congress needs to extend funding for the CCBHC pilot program and expand it nationwide.

    • Divert people from the criminal justice system. Jails and prisons shouldn’t be today’s mental health institutions. Instead, we need readily-available crisis response and intensive mental health services for people experiencing severe symptoms.


    NAMI welcomes the opportunity to meet with President Trump and work with his administration on steps for improving mental health services in America. I also welcome the opportunity to continue our conversations about mental illness on the lower shore.


    Carole Spurrier

    NAMI Maryland’s Representative on the Lower Shore

    carolespurrier@msn.com
  • Brookellen Rider
    commented 2019-05-09 12:13:13 -0400
    Hi. It’s Dr. Brook Rider. A friend mentioned about scholarships that may be available for Maryland residents attending college. Where can I find additional information
  • John Pratt
    commented 2019-02-21 08:04:15 -0500
    Dear Delegate Hartman,


    With regard to the annual nuisance of the H20i event, wouldn’t a very simple solution be to install temporary speed-bumps at key intersections throughout O.C.?

    I can’t imagine anything more annoying to someone with a low-riding vehicle, than the need to slow down dramatically for fear of damaging their car!

    These can be leased from traffic-safety companies, then returned.


    John Pratt
  • Matt Bellacicco
    commented 2018-02-28 10:03:47 -0500
    It was great meeting you Mr Hartman. Thank you for coming out in support of the Jaycees. I would love to link up with someone from the Green Team in Ocean City to share ideas and best practices. Please have them reach out to my personal email. I relayed the request for volunteers for St Patty’s Day parade. I will see if I can recruit some Jaycees or friends to help.
  • David Knupp
    published this page 2018-01-05 15:40:21 -0500