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Mentally Ill Access To Treatment & Family Involvement | Video

1 in 5 adults experiences mental illness in a given year (

• Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in
the past year. Among adults with serious mental illness the percentage is higher: 62.9%.

• Treatment should be collaborative and family members are a central resource in the treatment
of both children and adults living with serious mental illness. Family members should be
informed and empowered to play an active role in treatment whenever possible.

• Access to treatment is particularly limited within underserved communities. In order to address
this, programs and forms of treatment that are culturally relevant and appropriate must be fully
funded, developed and implemented in every area of the state.

Talking Points:
 People living with mental illnesses must have consistent and timely access to effective
appropriate treatment options

 Treatments should be client focused with meeting the consumer’s needs, not the desires of the
system or service providers.

 Research overwhelmingly shows that when families take an active part in treatment decisions,
consumer outcomes are better. Family and consumer advocacy is effective and powerful.

 NAMI California programs work to increase awareness of mental health in the community, and
to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.

 State and local governments should continue to increase funding for stigma and discrimination
reduction programs, including those which operate in schools.

 With access and the right treatment, recovery is possible!
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By Eve Reiland

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