Boonville Daily News: Missouri NAMI Director speaks in Boonville

Local Boonville residents and law enforcement heard from the Missouri National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Executive Director Cynthia Keele spoke Tuesday during a meeting at the Nelson Memorial Methodist Church. She talked about legislation that could affect mental health within the state.

By Edward Lang, Managing Editor

Posted Apr 15, 2016 at 12:01 AM
Updated Apr 15, 2016 at 8:32 AM

Boonville

Local Boonville residents and law enforcement heard from the Missouri National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Executive Director Cynthia Keele spoke Tuesday during a meeting at the Nelson Memorial Methodist Church. She talked about legislation that could affect mental health within the state.

Keele was adamant about getting people the help they need before their illness progressed too far or even takes their life. She even discussed the rising suicide rate and the importance of deterring this problem.

“Often times, a person’s support system deteriorates,” Keele said.

Keele pointed out that people have a difficult time finding the help they need, and friends and family don’t always stick by their side. She said that finding help right away with organizations such as NAMI is important in helping the individual cope and succeed in life.

Laws that are currently in the works include a bill that is being sponsored by Kevin Engler (R) of Farmington, that could potentially raise the Medicaid Asset limit to $2,000 from $1,000. A bill by Jeannie Lauer (R) of Blue Springs could allow teachers to count suicide prevention training toward professional continuing education. She also spoke about a bill by Jill Schupp (D) of St. Louis is proposing that people with mental health need prompt access to care.

“We appreciate investments that have been made to mental health in recent years, but more is needed. Far too many have no access to care when they need it. Young adults who don’t get care when they first get symptoms are likely to become disabled,” Keele stated.

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