I am very sad to report that Claire Boudreau died instantly in a horrific car accident Tuesday morning when her car had a head on collision with a Dunkin Donuts truck. Many of you know and have worked with Claire as she volunteered for NAMI Mass for years and years. Among other things, Claire led our weekend trainings for Family Support Group Facilitators where she trained dozens of family support facilitators across the state. Claire also chaired the Board Education and Support Committee. In the past year, Claire spearheaded NAMI Connection in her area where there were 2 thriving Connection Support Groups. Claire was also a vital member of her local NAMI Affiliate – NAMI Central Middlesex – where she was treasurer and membership coordinator and did a hundred other things for NAMI Central Middlesex. Claire will be deeply missed. Please read the information below about a memorial service and celebration of her life that is taking place this Sunday, November 20, 2011. Please spread the word.
Executive Director, NAMI Massachusetts
A memorial service for our friend and NAMI colleague Claire Boudreau.
The following announcement is from Claire’s Family:
Visiting hours and a memorial will be held at the Badger Funeral Home, 347 King St, Littleton on Sunday, November 20. Visiting hours will be from 10 am to 1 pm, immediately followed by a Celebration of her Life from 1 to 2pm, in which anyone who wishes to share may participate. For those who would like, contributions may be made in her name to NAMI of Central Middlesex, Inc, 18 Mount Auburn Street, Chelmsford, MA 01824.
Her notice will be posted on above web site tomorrow & her obituary will be posted in the following local papers: Boston Globe, Lowell Sun, Littleton Independent.
We have several people that will ‘start’ the Celebration part of the memorial at 1pm, however if you could email everyone you know at NAMI to let them know. Please feel free to participate by bringing pictures they can hang on easels that will be there, as well as pictures they can leave in a Memory scrapbook that will be there, artwork/words/poems for the scrapbook or if comfortable, or sharing their remembrances out loud, that would be very helpful.
November 14, 2011
The Honorable Deval Patrick
Office of the Governor
State House – Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
Dear Governor Patrick:
Re: NAMI report card: State Mental Health Cuts
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has issued the attached report, reviewing trends in mental health authority spending for Fiscal Years 2009 – 2012. The report describes the continued crisis in care as many states continue to cut mental health budgets.
Although Massachusetts recognizes the value of preserving the mental health safety net as demand for care increases during a time of economic distress, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health ranked last among New England states, losing $55 million through budget cuts during the four year period. Timely effective care helps children thrive and adults rebuild their lives as contributing members of the community. One man said, “I lost my job, thus insurance. It was tough figuring out what to do. I did get in with a community mental health agency, the only place that doesn’t charge me. They are friendly and are helping me get back on my meds. They are my harbor in a storm right now.”
Investing in the right care at the right time also reduces the need for emergency rooms, homeless shelters, law enforcement, andjails to struggle with the costly effects of untreated mental illness.
On behalf of all Massachusetts residents affected by mental illness, we urge you to preserve the mental health budget for the coming fiscal year. We hope this report, State Mental Health Cuts: The Continuing Crisis inspires a dialogue about the impact of untreated mental illness and the value of supporting cost-effective investment in services that promote recovery. As a grassroots organization representing children, adults and families affected by mental illness, we look forward to serving as both a resource and partner in mental health care.
Enclosed: Full report State Mental Health Cuts The Continuing Crisis
cc: Secretary, EOHHS, JudyAnnBigby, MD
Commissioner Barbara Leadholm, DMH
 As compared to other New England states, Massachusetts has had the most mental health cuts per capita, followed by New Hampshire, reflected in the State Mental Health Budgets FY2009-FY2012: Maine, 15.4% increase; Rhode Island, 10.6% increase; Connecticut, 5.8% increase; Vermont, 1.0% increase; New Hampshire, 1.3% decrease; and, Massachusetts, 8.1% decrease.