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Mental Healthcare Reform
Tell your members of Congress: vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy Bill
Call (202) 224-3121, press 1 (Senate) or 2 (Representative)


Just a few months ago, you helped defeat health reform efforts that would have left millions without insurance and cut insurance protections. But Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) just introduced a new bill that is even more dangerous for people with mental illness.  For any health reform bill, NAMI asks the simple question: Will Americans have more mental health coverage and better care? With the Graham-Cassidy bill, the answer is unequivocally no.  While it is being promoted as offering more flexibility, their bill will make it harder for people to get psychiatric medications, case management, and mental health services—and other people with mental illness will lose their coverage entirely. 
 
Here are the facts about the Graham-Cassidy bill:

  • Allows states to drop the requirement to cover mental health care. Today, Exchange plans are required to cover essential health benefits, which include treatment for mental health and substance use conditions. Under this bill, each state will have the freedom to drop or change these requirements, putting mental health benefits at risk.
  • Shifts Medicaid funding to a “per capita cap” system. Shifting to per capita cap funding (a fixed amount of funding per person) may sound reasonable, but would not keep up with growth in costs and needs. This would result in states being forced to cut Medicaid services and eligibility, which would harm children and adults with mental illness.
  • Effectively ends Medicaid expansion. One in three people covered by Medicaid expansion plans lives with a mental health or substance use condition. Under this bill, Medicaid expansion would be converted to a smaller, temporary block grant that states could use for health coverage or any other health purpose, with no guarantee of mental health coverage.
  • Reduces help to purchase health insurance. Block grants would provide a fixed amount of temporary federal funding to replace insurance subsidies, severely cutting federal help for people to buy insurance. This will leave many people unable to afford the coverage they need for mental health treatment. 


Fall Picnic
Cooler weather will be here before you know it, so how about an outdoor event!  On Saturday, October 7 the affiliate will host a fall picnic at Faver-Dykes State Park from 12:00-4:00pm.  Refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring a dish to share if desired.  Directions: Take US 1 to Faver-Dykes Road.  Take right (if coming from south) or left (if coming from north) on Faver-Dykes Road.  Go 1.5 miles on Faver-Dykes Road to Faver-Dykes State Park.  The park charges a small entrance fee per vehicle.


Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 1-7, 2017)
NAMI Volusia/Flagler/St.Johns will observe Mental Illness Awareness Week on Tuesday, October 3.  In honor of the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding, which takes place during Mental Illness Awareness Week, the affiliate will gather for its annual candlelight service at the United Church of Christ, 5880 US 1 South, St. Augustine from 6:00-7:00pm.  All are welcome for a time of reflection, affirmation, and support.  If you are interested in participating in the service, please contact support@namivfsj.org.  For information about NAMI's faith initiatives, see NAMI FaithNet.  Note: the affiliate service will take the place of the St. Johns support group meetings on Tuesday, October 3.


NAMIWalks 2017
Tri-Cruisers, our affiliate NAMIWalks team, is participating in NAMIWalks 2017 Greater Orlando on Saturday, April 29.  Come join the fun and help raise funds for NAMI!  The event will be held at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs.  Check-in begins at 8:00am.  The walk begins at 9:00am.  Click here to join Tri-Cruisers or donate a walker!


​"Hidden Pictures" Film Event

Click here for flyer

May 6, 2017, 12-2pm

​Corazon Cinema and Café, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine

$20 suggested donation includes lunch

Hidden Pictures, by Delaney Ruston, MD, presents compelling global stories that reveal the universal stigma of mental illness and the power of transformational programs.  Following the screening a panel of local leaders will discuss "Fighting Stigma Locally" and local peers and family members will describe their personal experiences in a brief video.


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

See below for the dates for NAMI presentations (3-4:30pm) at St. Johns County Sheriff's Department's CIT Training.

       Directions to the St. Johns County CIT Training:

  • US 1 TO LEWIS SPEEDWAY- Lewis Speedway is the road which runs between the  Sheriff's office and the Courthouse. 
  • Lewis Speedway curves around to the left, continue to the next light.  Woodlawn Road.
  • Turn RIGHT on Woodlawn Road, continue on past new housing development on right  to Gaines Road. Gaines Road is immediately on the right past the development.
  • Turn RIGHT ON GAINES ROAD.  Continue on past the Fire Dept. training. to last buildings on Gaines Road. Turn left into Police  training facility.


  • November 14, 2016
  • January 16, 2017
  • February 13, 2017
  • no March meeting
  • April 10, 2017
  • May 22, 2017
  • June 19, 2017
  • no July meeting
  • August 21, 2017
  • September 18, 2017 (CANCELLED)
  • October 23, 2017
  • November 13, 2017
  • December 4, 2017


Affiliate Bowling Event

February 4, 2017, 1-3pm

​Anastasia Bowling Lanes, 3245 A1A South, St. Augustine

​$20 per person for two hours unlimited bowling -- Half price for peers!

​Pay at the door, or pay in advance by sending a check to NAMI Volusia/Flagler/St.Johns, PO Box 860208, St. Augustine, FL 32086.
Whether you bowl in the 200's or have never picked up a bowling ball, please join us for some fun and camaraderie.  All are welcome! 


​​Annual Meeting and Holiday Lunch

December 16, 2016, 12-2pm

Golden Corral, 225 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast 

Peers are invited as guests of the affiliate


NAMI Florida Annual Conference - "No More Time: Decriminalization of Mental Illness"
December 2-4, 2016, Tampa
Featuring Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman, Public Defender 6th Judicial Circuit Bob Dillinger, State Rep. Kathleen Peters, State Rep. Gayle Harrell, and more!  The conference fee is $35 for NAMI members and $50 for non-members and includes lunch on Saturday - Click here to register. ​A block of rooms are available for $109 per night plus tax under NAMI - Click here to reserve your room.


St. Johns County Family Support Group
​October 25, 2016
​6:00 - 7:00 PM
Psychiatrist Amit Vijapura will discuss drug research for treatment resistant Schizophrenia.


​​​​National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding

NAMI Volusia/Flagler/St.Johns Observance

October 4, 2016

6:00-7:00 PM

United Church of Christ, 5880 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL  32086
Note: the affiliate service will take the place of the St. Johns support group meetings on Tuesday, October 4.


NAMI Volusia/Flagler/St.Johns Yard Sale

August 13, 2016

​8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

St. Johns Drop-In Center, 920 State Rd. 16, St. Augustine, FL  32084​