Advocacy Needed – Ask your State legislators to support the public mental health system
State budget language calls for moving control of Medicaid funding for mental health from the public community mental health system the Medicaid private insurers by 2020. Most work on the State budget will be completed by the end of May. Now is the time to let your State legislators know that you support the recommendations of the Section 298 workgroup to maintain the public community mental health system. No one should be switched to a privately run insurance plan pilot program without individual consent. More info from NAMI Michigan is available here.
Special Event June 5
Treating a Lack of Insight into Mental Illness
Monday, June 5, 6:30 PM
Ingham County Human Services Building 5303 S Cedar, Enter Door #3
Go to 2nd floor Conference Room A
The inability to recognize one’s illness is a common symptom of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other illnesses. Come an learn about the revised Kevin’s Law and how it removes roadblocks to treatment.
Topics will include:
- What’s the rationale for AOT?
- How does the new Kevin’s Law work?
- How can you help someone to access treatment?
- What can you do if AOT isn’t working?
Staff from Clinton Eaton Ingham Community Mental Health Authority will be present to help answer your questions.
Save the Date!
Picnic, Potluck, and Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5:30 to 8 PM
Sharp Park Pavilion
1401 Elmwood Dr
Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Advocacy Event at the Michigan Capitol
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Thanks for NAMI Lansing members who attended!
Quilted Conversations –
Human Rights Issues Including Mental Health Featured in MSU Quilt Exhibit
On display through June 9, 2017, the MSU Museum is showing the beautiful and meaningful quilts made from quilt square submitted by community members on human rights. Here is the square submitted by NAMI Lansing member Judith Fryer:
Youth Mental Health First Aid
First Aid classes to help parents, teachers, and others with recognizing and assisting with mental health or substance abuse issues in adolescents from ages 12-18 will be offered by Community Mental Health on This one-day training is offered free to parents and those who work with youth, funded by a grant from the Department of Community Health.
Adult Mental Health First Aid
This class is for family members, first responders, law enforcement, policy makers, and members of the public. The information in this course helps us to recognize mental health and substance abuse issues, offer appropriate help, and connect people to resources. Having information about mental illness helps reduce stigma.
To get a current listing of trainings for
Adult Mental Health First Aid &
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Additional classes can be scheduled on request for groups of 15 to 35. Contact Ashlee Bailey at 517-887-5234 to schedule a training at your location.
A Must-See WILX Series on Mental Illness
WILX recently did a series of special reports on mental illness. These segments featured NAMI members and others who shared their experiences and expertise. Please take time to view and share these links.
Segment on the challenge of finding mental health care It features NAMI Lansing member Maureen McMullen and NAMI Michigan Executive Director Kevin Fischer. The story originally aired 2/24/16.
Effective Early Treatment for Psychosis Available Locallywith Cathy Adams and Colin Spencer
Treatment and Public Safety featuring Margaret Keeler, Teresa Ritsema, and Judge Jamo
More links coming soon! Many thanks to WILX and the NAMI members and others who participated in this important series.
Family Support Group Schedule Change:
Now Meeting Twice a Month
Effective February 2016, the Family Support Group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
All meetings will be held from 7 to 8:30 PM in the Green Room at Sparrow Behavioral Health.
The twice-a-month schedule will continue until we have a more facilitators for this support group.
Mental Illness Awareness Week Results
Crisis Intervention Teams:
80 Officers Received a 40-Hour Training
The first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training in the Lansing area was held in late November 2016. With outstanding support from the Lansing Police Department, Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Community Mental Health Authority, and other stakeholders including NAMI Lansing, the first 41 police officers from the Tri-county area received training. A second class was held in April 2017 and a third class of 40 is scheduled for June 2017.
Available from NAMI Lansing:
NAMI Homefront is a new NAMI Signature Program, a 6 session class for family and friends of veterans or service members with mental health conditions that may arise while they are serving our country. The class is designed for the unique needs of military families. Funding from the Capital Area United Way will help us launch this program in Lansing!
Capital Area United Way Honored
As the 2014 Adult Volunteer of the Year!
April 21, 2015 – NAMI Lansing’s members and friends are well aware of Margaret Keeler’s dedication and ceaseless efforts. Now the greater Lansing community will know it, too, thanks to the Capital Area United Way recognition of Margaret’s outstanding efforts on behalf of persons with mental illness and their families.
At the 2015 Awards and Volunteer Recognition Dinner held April 21 at the Kellogg Center, Margaret was honored for her long-time service as president of NAMI Lansing, her work to expand the NAMI signature programs offered in the Lansing including Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, NAMI Connection, and NAMI Family Support Group, and her many hours of service to the community to further NAMI Lansing’s services.
Thank you, Margaret, for your many efforts on behalf of NAMI Lansing families. Thank you, Capital Area United Way, for recognizing the scope and significance of Margaret’s contributions.
Our Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014 Speaker on NPR
Read or listen to story about Dr. McFarlane’s work: “Halting Schizophrenia Before it Starts” on Morning Edition, October 20, 2014.
NAMI Lansing in the News!
WKAR’s Current State: Interview with Dr. McFarlane, our speaker for Mental Illness Awareness Week
Lansing State Journal: Vicki Dozier Column featuring Dr. McFarlane and Catherine Adams
Margaret Keeler’s Column in the Lansing State Journal: Many Avenues for Treating Mental Illness
City Pulse Brief about the event.
Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014
Dr. William R. McFarlane spoke in East Lansing on October 9 about the evidence for the effective early treatment of psychosis. Check out the photos!
Mental Health Parity:
Final Rules Issued for 2008 Law
On November 8 final rules were issued to implement parity in insurance coverage provided for mental illnesses and other illnesses. These rules will apply nationwide to employer-provided plans. The Affordable Care Act provided parity in individual and small group policies. Interim rules have been in place since 2010. Read the ABC News article here.
America’s Mental Health Madness
An Audience of Close to 300 Came to Hear
A Presentation by Pete Earley
Close to 300 people came to hear Pete Earley speak October 9, 2013 on incarceration and mental illness. The appreciative audience heard Mr. Earley’s story of his son’s illness, criminal problems, and recovery; the social forces that contributed to the change from institutionalization to incarceration as the primary holding place for persons with mental illness; and some of the shocking conditions in which inmates with mental illness are held in Florida, where Pete did research for his book Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. The largest mental health facility in the nation is the Los Angeles county jail. He also talked about programs that support recovery.
Pete Earley in East Lansing
A Packed House at Hannah Community Center
The Speakers with Members of the Board and Volunteers
Left to Right: Elizabeth Pratt, Greta DeWolf, Kevin Keeler, Jed Magen, DO, Margaret Keeler, Pete Earley, Sharon Wright, Dan Wright, and Jamie Kelly
Pete Earley signing his book.
Please see details and the logos of all of our sponsors on the event blog post. Our sponsors also are listed below. Thank you for your support!
Our NAMI Walks Team 2013
NAMI Lansing Featured on WKAR’s Current State
NAMI Lansing President Margaret Keeler and member Cindy Lepard were interviewed on Current State in 2013, WKAR’s public affairs program. Listen to the broadcast here.
For Families Facing Mental Illness, There is is Help Here
NAMI Lansing President Margaret Keeler, writing in the Lansing State Journal December 23, 2012, responded to the Newtown tragedy. Here is an excerpt from the article:
More attention must drawn to how to recognize when behaviors and symptoms raise red flags as to a person’s mental wellness. Dedicated volunteers in communities across the nation, including here in Lansing, are regularly working to educate about symptoms of mental illness, treatments and support for individuals and families…Nationally recognized programs are offered right here in Lansing free of charge for individuals with mental illness (or symptoms of mental illness) and their families. Often families come to NAMI even if a diagnosis has not been established. The education is so very valuable to help guide families and individuals. NAMI advocates for changes in the system that would allow for greater access to proper diagnosis, treatment and recovery support.
Read the article here. Please explore our website or contact us at 517-484-3404 or by sending an email to email@example.com for information on NAMI Lansing’s resources for support of families and persons living with mental illness.
We welcome new members. Membership information is here.