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The Honorable Peter Brunstetter
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North Carolina House of Representatives
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North Carolina House of Representatives
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North Carolina House of Representatives
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North Carolina House of Representatives
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North Carolina House of Representatives
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North Carolina House of Representatives
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North Carolina House of Representatives
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The Honorable David R. Lewis
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North Carolina State House

North Carolina General Assembly: Protect access to Mental Health in NC!

    1. Petition by

      Access to Health for North Carolina

Help us stop restrictions on mental health medications for North Carolina's Medicaid patients.  Restricting access to mental health medicines could: threaten patient health; interfere with a doctor's recommended treatment regimen; increase potential for homelessness, violence and incarceration; and, raise Medicaid costs in the long term for the state.

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    1. Goal Clarified

      A few days ago we blew past the 1,000 signatures goal. Kudos to each of you who have signed and shared.

      Rather than a pre-set number of signatures, our ultimate goal is is to make our voices heard to those in the legislative arena. They, after all, will decide whether or not patients, specifically those Medicaid recipients of mental health medicines, will be protected from state budget cuts.

      So don't stop now. Keep the pressure on. Certainly more signatures and comments representing the voices of NC will mean much more with increased volume.

      So as long as you keep signing, we'll keep pushing for the Governor and General Assembly to get this right. Please share this link on your facebook page today and ask your NC friends to sign and share: https://www.change.org/petitions/north-carolina-general-assembly-protect-access-to-mental-health-in-nc

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Goal Updated

      Your participation in the petition has been tremendous. So positive in fact that we've updated the goal to double our original: 1,000 signatures.

      Your voices must be heard. Please continue sharing with your friends and asking them to stand up for those who don't have a voice -- for those who might think they won't be heard. Give them this link and encourage them to sign and share. https://www.change.org/petitions/north-carolina-general-assembly-protect-access-to-mental-health-in-nc

      Thank you again.

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Nearing 60% of our goal

      More than 285 of you have signed the petition telling the NC general Assembly that restricting access to needed medicines is bad for patients.

      And we're getting so close to our goal of 500 signatures. Would you help us reach that goal by posting a link to this petition to your facebook page and ask your followers to share?

      Copy and paste this link onto your facebook status and share today:

      Help us stop restrictions on mental health medications for North Carolina's Medicaid patients. I signed this petition and am asking you to sign it as well. Click on the link now to sign https://www.change.org/petitions/north-carolina-general-assembly-protect-access-to-mental-health-in-nc

    6. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 4 months ago

      "Whenever the keys to self-esteem are seemingly out of reach for a large percentage of the people, as in twentieth-century America, then widespread 'mental illness,' neuroticism, hatred, alcoholism, drug abuse, violence, and social disorder will certainly occur. Personal worth is not something human beings are free to take or leave. We must have it, and when it is unattainable, everybody suffers. A size-able proportion of all human activity is devoted to the task of shielding us from the inner pain of inferiority. I believe this is to be the most dominant force in life."

      James Dobson

      Any illness with a psychological origin, manifested either in symptoms of emotional distress or in abnormal behaviour. Most mental disorders can be broadly classified as either psychoses or neuroses ( neurosis; psychosis). Psychoses (e.g., schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) are major mental illnesses characterized by severe symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and an inability to evaluate reality in an objective manner. Neuroses are less severe and more treatable illnesses, including depression, anxiety, and paranoia as well as obsessive-compulsive disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders. Some mental disorders, such as Alzheimer disease, are clearly caused by organic disease of the brain, but the causes of most others are either unknown or not yet verified. Schizophrenia appears to be partly caused by inherited genetic factors. Some mood disorders, such as mania and depression, may be caused by imbalances of certain neurotransmitters in the brain; they are treatable by drugs that act to correct these imbalances ( psychopharmacology). Neuroses often appear to be caused by psychological factors such as emotional deprivation, frustration, or abuse during childhood, and they may be treated through psychotherapy. Certain neuroses, particularly the anxiety disorders known as phobias, may represent maladaptive responses built up into the human equivalent of conditioned reflexes.

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    • Beth Knight CHAPEL HILL, NC
      • 5 months ago

      Any one of us could suffer from mental illness. We have the tools to treat victims of mental illness. We have the moral duty to do it.

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    • James Kinnan CARY, NC
      • 7 months ago

      Attempting to reduce expenditures by reducing access to effective psychotropic medications is a very short sighted approach which will result in increased costs for inpatient and crisis services when consumers can't access their medications when they need them.

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    • Erica Mika RALEIGH, NC
      • 9 months ago

      My boyfriend has schizophrenia. Treating mental illness prevents crime, homelessness and provides hope to those who are ill and their friends and loved ones.

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    • Wanda Johnson FOUR OAKS, NC
      • 10 months ago

      This is important because when I was dealing with a mental health crisis in the late '90s...the mental health treament I received through Medicaid allowed me the therapy and medications necessary to handle the problems and take control of my life again. I want others to who may be in crisis now to have the same opportunities.

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