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**[TOTAL NIMH In addition to research; includes homeless and state planning grants; CSP/CASSP, homeless and prevention demonstrations; protection and advocacy; clinical training)
The NAMI/MHLG alternative budget would increase the total NIMH
recommendations, as compared to the shortfall (5271.9 million) you
will note in the table concerning the major National Plans, is due
becore available, should inplement the NAMI/MHLG recommendations
budget proposal that I present to you today, would NIMH be able to
on NINH's major blueprints for action during the 1990's,
?lan FY 92
Chiid and Adolescent Disorders
Care For Serious Mental Illness
New Combined Plan
The National Plan for Research on child and Adolescent Mental
NIMH is moving vigorously ahead with the Chiid and Adolescent
meament sesearcs; gypac-c Pesearch arc Researcs Dereistrai
Yuiticenter tiona? Co 16 borative Treatment Tria's; "License
Colaborative treatment Stucy: Prevention of rental disorcers and
senaviora? Problems; and Research Training and Career Deveiopment.
The National Plan of Research to Improve Care For
Severe Mental Disorders
depression. 1) Priorities for clinical and rehabilitative care research to be detailed in the plan include: Assessment, Treatment
include: Knowledge Transfer and Exchange, and Research Training.
linkage techniques as well as imaging, electrophysiology, and the
The report on
NK Neuroscience Research focuses
the increases in knowledge
to be gained through clinical neuroscience, such as brain imaging,
erc new discoveries woich have established the ability to reproduce
their mental illnesses. This is something, Mr. Chairman, which many
abuse disorders. Similarly, most substance abuse providers are not
knowledgeable about or willing to treat mental illnesses. As it is
currently structured, the Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health
of individuals with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders.
by Block Grant recipients in treating individuals with these cual
PROJECTS TO AID THE TRANSITION FROM HOMELESSNESS
Mr. Chairman, it is conservatively estimated that 35% of all
seriously mentally ill.
individuals also suffer from substance abuse disorders. Last year,
Congress passed important legislation designed to address the needs
of this population called "Projects to Aid the Transition from
Homelessness" or PATH.
The intent of PATH is to link housing and services for persons
who are homeless and mentally ili, including those who suffer from substance abuse disorders. 80% of the monies dispersed to community
alcohui abuse treatient, and referrals for primary health services.
The Budget submitted by the President targets $42 million for
PATH. This is far below the $75 million authorized for the program
by Congress last year. This despite the fact that PATH builds upon
an approach which has already proven successful under the Stewart
the Mental Health Services Block Grant program.
NAMI members familiar with the implementation of that program agree
that its only shortcoming was that not enough monies were available
an annual basis to begin to meet
the needs of this vuinerable
and highly deserving population. PATH represents a significant step
forward towards accressing this probiem. We therefore respectfuiiy
urge the Subcommittee to appropriate the full $75 million for this
addressing the treatment and services needs of persons with mental
illnesses in the community. The Act further mandated that mental
health planning Councils be developed in all states, with at least
50% of all members comprised of individuais with mental illnesses
and their families. Today, all 50 states, the District of Columbia,
seven territories have developed such plans, in many of them
the first long-range blueprints for addressing the needs of this
population in a coordinated, cohesive fashion ever developed. The
stage, implementation of these plans. The work of the Councils in
monitor, evaluate, and revise existing planning and implementation
activities. We therefore urge the subcommittee to appropriate the
NAMI/MHLG budget proposed here be put into place now.
As I have
in strong support of
these critical endeavors, and ensure that the Future of this nation
will receive the full
today's potential so
does not become the "Decade of Mediocrity."