The Official Newsletter of NAMI Wyoming July-August 2008 Inside this issue: How to Help a Mentally Ill Family Member How to Help a Men- Pages tally Ill Family 1-3 Who Has Been Arrested Member This is, tragically, not that uncom- chapters of California and Wisconsin. European States Pages 1 mon a concern for families of schizo- Depending on your state regulations, Treat Mental Illness & 3 phrenia patients. It's important to these may or may not work for you. Patients Prefer In- Page 3 know that people with schizophrenia Look up your local Protection and jections are not more violent than the average Advocacy Agency “In Our Own Voice” Page 4 person—as long as they are receiving (http://www.napas.org/), Training adequate treatment. However, it is which offers services for mentally ill Help Pass Insurance Page 4 increasingly difficult for people with citizens, and ask for legal advice per- Parity schizophrenia to get and stay in treat- taining to your area.: Generalized Anxiety Page 5 ment, and this is perhaps why about 1 Disorder in 6 inmates have some sort of mental 1) Offer your support. Help your illness. loved one stay calm, and remind Calendar: Continued from Page 1 Once someone has been arrested, him/her of legal rights (right to an their daily lives they are in the domain of the legal sys- attorney, etc). this is the meeting tem, which can be just as, if not more, 2) Contact the local jail where for you. For more confusing than the medical system. your relative is being held. Let the info contact Rita Right now there is not very good coor- official in charge know that your Overfield at 527- dination between these two systems to relative has a psychiatric disorder, 7068 or Peg Strow help offenders with brain disease. and give information about the at 587-9426. However, there are some things that specific diagnosis and symptoms. • New Wyoming Men- you can do, and some resources you Ask how long your loved one is tal Health & Sub- can tap. expected to be held, and ask the stance Abuse Om- The following suggestions have jail staff about arranging a psychi- budsman, Patti Rob- been adapted for general use from atric evaluation. If he/she is erts Ms. Roberts will NAMI publications by the Continued on Page 2 discuss the status of CONTACT US! European States Treat Mental Illness Before It Becomes :NAMI Wyoming Prison Problem 133 West 6th St. A Tennessee judge’s recent trip to Health Drug courts and a collabora- Casper, WY 82601 The Netherlands to speak at an inter- tive effort that will provide residential Tel: 1-888-882-4968 national conference provides a Euro- drug therapy and mental health treat- Email: nami- pean perspective on treating mental ment for individuals in the criminal email@example.com illness. Dan Einstein, a judge in justice system who suffer from both Website: Davidson County, Tennessee pre- serious mental illness and drug addic- www.NAMIWyoming.org sented a symposium about the Mental Continued on Page 3 Page 2 National Alliance on Mental Illness Calendar Continued: How to Help a Mentally Ill Family Member Who Has Been Arrested (Continued) and changes in the Continued from Page 1 the staff in conducting their own as- Ombudsman pro- seriously ill, you can ask for a sessment before placing your loved gram.. Thu. Sept. police transport to a psychiatric one in a mental health unit. Keep the 4th at 7 PM, Uni- hospital (this is called a "5150" information in the fax medical re- tarian Universalist hold) for three days of evaluation lated only, and keep a copy for fu- Church, 3005 and treatment. Ask about the pos- ture reference. Thomes, Chey- sibility of receiving medication at enne. the holding facility (it seems like 5) Find out if there are any Men- • “In Our Own medication is generally available tal Health Courts in your area - Voice” Training, only at County jails, not city these are special courts that Oct. 17th-19th, ones). assist mentally ill offenders. Casper. Call 3) Notify your loved one's psy- Sometimes these courts make NAMI Wyoming chiatrist, case manager, and the decisions to release an offender office at 307-265- jail medical staff or administrator (after a certain portion of the sen- 2573 or 888-882- of the situation, and stress the im- tence is served) on the condition 4968 for info. portance of continuing uninter that the person remain in an ap- Also, see Page 4 rupted medical care. proved treatment program. of this newsletter. 4) If and when your relative is 6) Decide about legal representa- transferred to a county jail facil- tion. If you do not have a private ity, contact them and ask for attorney, your loved one will be their location and booking num- assigned a public defender. Don't ber. Ask if you can fax over in- automatically assume that the formation regarding your public defender will do a less relative's medical diagnosis, and credible job than a private one; do ask about placement in a mental some research and find out about health unit (if available). all options. A local support group such as a NAMI chapter might be Information about your relative to a good resource for this, if other provide to the jail facility staff: families have had experience in • Diagnosis the local legal system. Also, see • Psychiatrist's the American Bar Association's name/phone/address (http://www.abanet.org/disability/ • Medical doctor's lawpract1.html) name/phone/address 7) Resources you can contact for • Medications with dosages and assistance: times to be administered --The National Association of • Side effects that your loved one Protection and Advocacy Sys- experiences tems (http://www.napas.org) • History of suicide --The Bazelon Center for threats/attempts Mental Health Laws - • Other medical conditions and http://www.bazelon.org/ (202- medications prescribed for 467-5730) them --The Treatment Advocacy- Center – Providing this information can help Continued on Page 3 National Alliance on Mental Illness Page 3 How to Help a Mentally Ill Family Member Who Has Been Arrested (Continued) Continued from Page 2 http://www.psychlaws.org (703- Northumberland Nightmare (author 294-6001). Paul L. Wegkamp), written by a fa- --The Consensus Project - a na- ther whose mentally ill son was tional effort to improve the ser charged and incarcerated for robbing vices to people with mental a bank. He writes about difficult en- illness in the criminal justice counters with both the legal and system medical system in the struggle to get (http://consensusproject.org/) fair and decent treatment for his son (Source: http://www.schizophrenia.com) An excellent book on this subject is European States Treat Mental Illness Before It Becomes Prison Problem (Continued) Continued from Page 1 nia. Yet, according to a 2006 U.S. Jus- tion. This program just received a fed- tice Dept. study, 24% of local jail in- “Of the European eral grant for implementation. It ap- mates reported symptoms of a psychotic psychologists, university pears to be the only type of program in disorder. professors and students, and the United States where separate courts are working together on these issues. Why this discrepancy? Certainly, some law enforcement there are many reasons. However, Of the European psychologists, uni- Judge Eisenstein believes one reason attendees many were versity professors and students, and may be access to health care. European curious as to why so many some law enforcement attendees many countries have universal health-care mentally ill people were in were curious as to why so many men- plans; perhaps because of this access tally ill people were in the U.S. criminal to treatment and medication, fewer peo- the U.S. criminal justice justice system. It appears that a much ple have mental health issues that dete- system.” higher percentage of people incarcerated riorate to a level where the police and in the United States suffer from serious courts have to become involved. mental illness than in most European The Europeans may be attacking this countries. For example, during one issue on the front end, thus resulting in seminar it was stated that fewer than 5% fewer people with mental illness wind- of people arrested for crimes in The ing up in jails. Netherlands suffered from schizophre- (From The Tennessean, July 18, 2008 ) Patients Prefer Long-Acting Injections Recent studies have shown that people center, where a nurse on staff gives it to “With long-acting injections taking antipsychotic medication would them in the form of a shot. Or they can choose long-acting injections as their choose to receive the shot directly from of the medication, instead of first choice of treatment compared to their doctor’s office. Resperidol is an daily oral forms, non- daily tablets. With long-acting injec- example of a medication that can be adherence rates can be tions of the medication, instead of daily received this way. The shot lasts two reduced..” oral forms, non-adherence rates can be weeks, and then the procedure must be reduced. repeated. Check with your doctor to Many patients, after picking up their determine whether or not you can re- injectable medication from the phar- ceive your medication in this form in- macy, go directly to their counseling stead of daily pills! National Alliance on Mental Illness Page 4 “In Our Own Voice” Training in October Casper will be hosting another “In a very new program to Wyoming (as Our Own Voice” (IOOV) training we got it up and running only a year scheduled for October 17th, 18th, and ago) it has been enormously success- 19th. We are very interested in train- ful; with our presenters getting won- ing presenters from some of the areas derful feedback repeatedly. Working “’In Our Own Voice’ is that do not have this very valuable in pairs is a program requirement that designed to educate the program in their communities. offers a challenge to the rural areas of public about mental illness our state. Presently this program is IOOV is designed to educate the pub- active only in Casper and Cheyenne, and reduce stigma.” lic about mental illness and reduce however, we would very much like to stigma associated with it. Presenta- expand it to include all areas of the tions feature persons living with men- state. tal illness sharing their stories and demonstrating that recovery is not If you are interested in being a pre- only possible, but highly likely. senter for this very worthwhile pro- gram, please call our office at 307- Even though “In Our Own Voice” is 265-2573 or 1-888-882-4968. Help Pass Insurance Parity Legislation: Share Your Story! As the NAMI Policy Staff has been experienced: reporting, we are now very close to an agreement on mental illness insur- Durational Treatment Limits – ance parity legislation. Senators Running against arbitrary nu- Domenici and Kennedy and Repre- merical limits on inpatient days sentatives Kennedy and Ramstad and outpatient visits in group have been working with House and health plans, and “With this important debate Senate bills. This will set the stage Financial Limitations – Being for a final debate in Congress on this forced to endure higher cost looming, NAMI’s allies in long overdue legislation to require sharing or higher deductibles Congress are asking us to group health plans to cover mental that apply only to mental illness come forward with personal illness on the same terms and condi- treatment (e.g., higher cost shar- stories of how insurance tions as all other illnesses. ing for a psychotropic medica- discrimination has impacted tion vs. other prescriptions, a With this important debate looming, separate higher deductible consumers and families.” NAMI’s allies in Congress are ask- only for mental health benefits) ing us to come forward with personal stories of how insurance discrimina- Please e-mail these personal sto- tion has impacted consumers and ries to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax families. We are asking for your them to 703-524-9094, attention help to gather these personal stories Laura Usher. to help demonstrate how parity will make a difference. Specifically, (Source: Friday Facts from NAMI NAMI is looking for instances of National: July 25, 2008.) consumers and families that have National Alliance on Mental Illness Page 5 Anticipating Disaster, Failing Health Common Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder Mental Health Update, Rita Overfield Cody Enterprise, May 28, 2008 At one time or another we have all the risk is highest between childhood experienced anxiety. People worry and middle age. about a school test, medical proce- GAD rarely occurs alone and most dure or simple everyday task. often accompanies other anxiety dis- But people with generalized anxiety orders, depression or substance disorder (GAD) go through the day abuse. with exaggerated worry and tension, Scientists have discovered in the even though there is little or nothing brain that the amygdala and the hip- that provokes it. pocampus play important roles in People anticipate disaster and are anxiety disorders. overly concerned about health issues, The amygdala is an almond-shaped money, family problems or difficul- structure deep in the brain that is be- ties at work. lieved to be a communication hub People with GAD can’t seem to get between the parts of the brain that rid of their concerns, even though process incoming sensory signals and “People with Generalized they usually realize that their anxiety the parts that interpret the signals. Anxiety Disorder can’t seem is more intense than the situation war- It can alert the brain that a threat is to get rid of their concerns, rants. present and trigger a fear or anxious They can’t relax, startle easily and response. even though they usually have difficulty concentrating. The emotional memories are stored realize that their anxiety is Often they have trouble falling in the central part of the amygdala more intense than the asleep or staying asleep. and may play a role in distinct fears, situation warrants.” Physical symptoms that often ac- such as a fear of dogs, spiders and company anxiety include fatigue, flying. headaches, muscle tension and aches, The hippocampus is the part of the difficulty swallowing, trembling, brain that encodes threatening events twitching, sweating, nausea, dizzi- into memories. ness, having to frequently use the Research will determine what role restroom, feeling out of breath and it plays in the flashbacks, deficits in experiencing hot flashes. explicit memory and fragmented More than 19 million people age 18 memories of traumatic events. to 54 have an anxiety disorder. By learning more about how the Women are more likely than men to brain creates fear and anxiety, scien- have an anxiety disorder. Twice as tists will be able to devise better many women as men suffer from treatments for anxiety disorders. panic disorder, post-traumatic stress Currently anxiety disorders are disorder, agoraphobia—an intense commonly treated with medications fear and avoidance of any place or and cognitive-behavioral therapy. situation where escape might be diffi- cult or help is unavailable—and gen- (Overfield is president of National eralized anxiety. Alliance on Mental Illness of Park GAD comes on gradually, although County.) National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI WYOMING MEMBERSHIP FORM NAME ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP In June the 20th An- nual Cody Classic PHONE EMAIL Golf Tournament SPOUSE/FAMILY MEMBERS (IF APPLICABLE): raised almost $19,000 for a MEMBERSHIP TYPE: METHOD OF PAYMENT: INDIVIDUAL/FAMILY $35 CHECK VISA number PROFESSION $35 of Park OPEN DOOR $5 MASTERCARD DISCOVER County TOTAL: ____________ organiza- _ tions, in- CREDIT CARD # EXP. 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