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9-8-8 National Day of Action

9-8-8 National Day of Action We need your help to get 9-8-8 over the finish line! This easy-to-access, nationwide 3-digit emergency number (9-8-8*) will help people in a mental health crisis. And it’s close to becoming a reality. The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted in July to designate 9-8-8 as the universal three-digit dialing code…

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Important information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the impact on NAMI Massachusetts programs

updated March 10, 2020   Dear NAMI Massachusetts community, Governor Baker has just announced a State of Emergency for Massachusetts due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Because we take the health and well-being of our NAMI Massachusetts community very seriously, we advise that in-person classes and support groups change to a conference call format and…

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NAMI Basics OnDemand is now available!

NAMI Basics OnDemand is now available! NAMI Basics OnDemand  was created in response to the outpouring of requests for a program option that doesn’t require in person attendance. The OnDemand format gives participants an opportunity to get engaged with NAMI programs who otherwise may not be able to participate in their communities. NAMI Basics OnDemand…

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NAMI to Appeal Decision in Short-Term, Limited-Duration Plan Lawsuit

Last fall, NAMI joined a lawsuit challenging an Administration regulation that allowed for the expanded sale of short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plans. Earlier today, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon upheld the Administration’s regulation in ACAP v. Treasury. NAMI believes this regulation hurts our decades-long fight for mental health parity by allowing for an…

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Mental Health Treatment Denied to Customers by Giant Insurer’s Policies, Judge Rules

In a scathing decision released Tuesday, a federal judge in Northern California ruled that a unit of UnitedHealth Group, the giant health insurer, had created internal policies aimed at effectively discriminating against patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders to save money. U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero found that United Behavioral Health,…

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State expands treatment for people with both addiction and mental illness

Massachusetts health officials are significantly expanding addiction treatment, adding nearly 400 long-term recovery beds devoted to people who suffer from both addiction and mental illness. The recent move aims to address a major failing of the current system: Addiction programs typically lack the expertise to also treat the depression, anxiety, and trauma that often underlie…

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