MARK YOU CALENDARS: Board Meeting will be held on Monday, November 30th at 7:00pm. We will be meeting at Lennar Corp 790 NW 107th Ave, Suite 215, Miami. All are welcome, we encourage you to join us, particularly if you have an interest in helping or leading a committee.
Florida legislators are deciding right now whether our state will accept critical federal funds which would provide health care to a million Florida families who need coverage. Yet Gov. Rick Scott and some lawmakers want to block this money, leaving Florida to continue struggling to care for the uninsured. Join us and sign the petition to urge the Legislature to expand health care by accepting federal funds to build a better health care system at www.progressflorida.org/healthcare.
We can’t allow Florida to lose out on billions of dollars already set aside to expand health care coverage to all low-income working people in our state, including individuals living with mental illness who desperately need health care coverage. Additionally, this new funding amounts to an economic boost for the state. With the federal government fully funding the cost of new health care recipients for three years and then covering 90 percent or more of the cost each year after, we can expect to see a resulting expansion of health care jobs in the state.
The morning downpour failed to dampen the spirits of more than 1150 people as South Florida’s mental health community held this year’s walk. Children’s face painting, cheering clowns continued while a hearty breakfast was enjoyed my many. The rain subsided and hundred of walkers completed the walk. Over $11,00 was raised, but donations are still coming in so this is not be the final total. Pictures and other information will soon be posted.
NOT “just another walk” “Millions of Americans –millions- are impaired at work, at school, or at home by episodes of mental illness. Many are disabled by severe and persistent mental problems. These illnesses affect individuals, they affect their families, and they affect our country” – President George W. Bush, University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 29th, 2002. ”Simply put, treatment works, if you can get it. But in America today, it is clear that many people living with the most serious and persistent mental illnesses are not provided with the essential treatment they need.” Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of NAMI National Grading the States, 2006