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Daria Pearl

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August 12, 2011

NAMI provides free information and access to a myriad of services for the mentally ill, a population that has been targeted in numerous budget cuts and healthcare revisions in recent years. Countless MA residents have been left without coverage and without proper warning & explanation; they are left without answers to the questions of why, when, where, who, and what??
NAMI provides guidance & answers re: coverage changes & policy revisions to Medicaid/Medicare, treatment options and assistance w/ location of proper facility (inpt, outpt, hosp, clinic, etc)... NAMI advocates for especially vulnerable populations, including the elderly, disabled, severely mentally ill, homeless, abused women & children, and pregnant women - NAMI volunteers (myself included) attempt to facilitate the processes necessary to obtain specific needs(healthcare, temporary housing, food & medication...).
We offer several support groups in all areas of MA on a weekly basis and provide both online and in-person guidance, support, referrals, and allegiance at all times. My work with NAMI is multi-faceted - I focus on Legislative Action and Advocacy that entails letters, phone calls, and outreach to members of our govt. re: votes, bills, and changes in policies pertaining to NAMI members; I focus on NAMI members individually and collectively, and I focus on my purpose as a NAMI volunteer... and member.

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