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Open the Conversation. End the Silence.

December 30, 2017

Open the Conversation. End the Silence. “I wish we could get on a loud speaker and tell people to wake up.”  That’s how one NAMI support group facilitator describes the need to open the conversation around mental illness. We can’t change minds overnight, but each one of us can play a role in ending the more »

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Rainville’s Ascent

July 3, 2017

By G. Wayne Miller, Staff Writer, The Providence Journal Raised in dire circumstances, living with mental-health challenges, Jeremiah Rainville will be honored with a national Inspiration Award CRANSTON — This is not how the story usually goes. You do not survive childhood abuse, a succession of foster homes, the trauma of a mentally ill mother more »

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Cuts in Coverage Would Hammer Rhode Island

April 14, 2017

Commentary in The Providence Journal by Ruth Feder and David Spencer. The Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (the ACA) with the American Health Care Act has been withdrawn. For consumers of behavioral health services, this is very good news. This plan would have dramatically reduced the number of individuals who more »

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Failed Health Bill Would Hurt Vulnerable People

March 29, 2017

Letter to the Editor, The Providence Journal, March 26, 2017 The health-care bill that went before the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday paired social injustice with fiscal irresponsibility. Nearly one out of three people covered by the Medicaid expansion lives with a mental health or substance use condition. The proposed American Health Care Act more »

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Stop Equating Mental Illness and Bad Behavior

By Cindy Elder, Executive Director, NAMI Rhode Island The Providence Journal, March 25, 2017 Crazy. Unhinged. Nuts. Insane. Unstable. These words fly across our nation like shrapnel, often missing the target and hitting the most vulnerable bystanders: people who actually live with a mental health diagnosis. One in five Americans today lives with a mental more »

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