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Prison is Not Treatment

“Imagine putting people in jail when they experience a heart attack. Imagine a family being told that a spouse, son or daughter has suddenly experienced a psychiatric crisis and as a result faces a prison term.”
-Mary Giliberti, Executive Director, NAMIAccording to the Human Rights Watch report, Callous and Cruel, “unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force” is used in jails and prison to control inmates with mental illness. And the Vera Institute of Justice found as many as 2 million people are incarcerated each year with mental illness and more than 80% do not receive mental health treatment.

This is not an isolated issue. When mental health budgets are repeatedly cut and we trade incarceration for treatment, we bleed our economy, we deprive individuals of necessary care and we ignore the problem.

With your support, NAMI was able to participate in the #31Stories31Days project, which highlighted struggles and successes from all sides of the justice system, such as Crisis Intervention Teams trained to respond humanely to individuals in mental health crises, sheriffs who want to divert people from prisons to treatment and individuals making a difference by sharing their experiences.

NAMI is committed to ending these kinds of abuses. But we need your help. With your gift today, you can do your part to ensure that our prisons and jails don’t continue to be our largest mental health care centers.

Be inspired: 31 Stories, 31 Days

We are accepting wait-listed registrations for this class

This class has been postponed until we have at least 9 people who are interested in attending the 12-week course. The next class will be conducted as soon as we can get it filled. Please contact Lyn Pearson as soon as possible to put your name on the wait list.

  • Space is limited so please register early. Send your name and phone number. All contact is strictly confidential but you cannot participate in the classes unless you register first.
  • There are 12 classes; to obtain the best results you must attend all 12 classes, which will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S Solano, from 7-9:30 pm.
  • There will be a break and snacks during the classes, which begin promptly at 7 pm and end on or before 9:30 pm.
  • Classes begin January 22 and end April 9, all class materials are provided free of charge by NAMI Dona Ana County
  • All Family-to-Family instructors are required to take extensive training in order to teach these classes and are certified to teach by NAMI.
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New Mexico Mental Health Services
Why can’t we get the help we need?

How widespread is mental illness?

Mental illness results in more disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. In 2004, an estimated 25% of adult Americans reported having a mental illness within the previous year.

What is the economic effect of mental illness?

The economic cost of mental illness in the United States is substantial, about $300 billion in 2002.

It is time for Memorial Medical Center to step up and take responsibility for what they have done and take immediate steps to properly staff and maintain 5 West – that, Mr. Harris, means actually admitting and treating patients who are experiencing mental health crises. That does not mean offloading them onto private hospitals such as Peak Health or Mesilla Valley Hospital where they can’t receive medical treatment that may be associated with the patient’s mental health crisis.

More About New Mexico Mental Health Care

If you think the state’s service are adequate, watch this movie. If you think services are inadequate, watch this movie. Remember, many people who experience mental illness first exhibit problems in youth, just as they are entering their most productive years. Since many of these illnesses can be treated effectively enabling many people with those illness to lead happy and very productive lives with minimal support, why can’t New Mexico families find the resources they need to help their loved ones? We should ask why our government considers the mentally ill as a “throw-away” population.