Post-Newtown, Mental Health Advocates Have Their Say, Too

Even as the debate over gun control captures the spotlight in discussions over the response to last month’s massacre of children in Newtown, Conn., mental health advocates also are working hard to press for their reforms, as well. Michael Fitzpatrick , executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) met Wednesday with Vice President Biden’s task force on gun control, along with other leaders of the mental health community, urging action to strengthen and expand mental health care services. Biden has been leading the administration’s efforts to fashion a response to the Newtown shooting, the victims of which mostly were young children. NAMI calls itself the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for … Continue reading

Team Obama Plans Online Conference

On the eve of his second inauguration, President Obama’s campaign team is planning a conference in Washington and online to lay the groundwork for a “new organization” of grassroots support to bolster the president’s initiatives in his second term. “Issues like immigration, climate change, and gun violence will be debated over these next four years, and President Obama is ready to take  them on — but he needs us by his side. Our goal is to help him get things done, but also to help change how things get done in Washington in the first place,” 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina says in an email sent Thursday. “Over inauguration weekend, you’ll have a chance to participate in a discussion about … Continue reading