It’s been a good month since my last medications were finished and it took until now to feel the results. Since my arrival to Nor Cal, I’ve been trying to familiarize the area I live in so I can know where to get my medication. Though however because I have Medi-Cal I don’t have as much choices, but to attend a county Mental Health Agency. The process is taking longer than I thought. When I was at school, at least my psychology gave it to me right away. But then again this is a national/state agency using national/state health insurance so of course it will take a little awhile while still assessing my mental health. I hope
The early symptoms I felt was irritability and right now it’s become lack of concentration, increased ruminating thoughts and lack of sleep. I mean…I went to bed early last night…okay, midnight, but it’s still early for me, but I couldn’t sleep once I was awake. And now…I’m just very tired. Ugh! It’s hard to believe I lived this way without medication. But at least I know I can be strong (because I lived without it) until I get medication.
I know that bills/acts are not the most exciting things to learn about, but these particular bills and acts are crucial to you and/or your loved one’s mental health and your protected rights as an American citizen. As this year comes to a close, I wanted to highlight the accomplishments/milestones that has been accomplished for this year :
- The celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (U.S.)
- The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare (U.S.)
- December 3rd will be forever known as International Day of Persons with Invisible Disabilities
- The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (U.S.)
- Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 (S.1945) was instated
- The Mental Health and Safe Communities Act (U.S.)
- The 21st Century Cures bill (U.S.)
- The Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act of 2015 (S.993) (U.S.)
- Medicare Formulary Improvement Act (S.648) (U.S.)
- A $400 Billion Budget (or the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016; H.R. 2029) was established and approved for the year 2016 for Mental Health. The budget will increase funding in mental health research, mental health services, supportive housing, veterans, and criminal justice (U.S.)
- The re-approved and expansive funds toward the Mentally Ill Offender and Treatment Crime Reduction Act or MIOTCRA. This act includes veterans treatment courts, training for law enforcement & correctional officers on how to respond individuals experiencing psychiatric crises and alternatives to solitary confinement (U.S.)
- The upholding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) especially for those living with mental illness. The ACA (Public Law 111-148)
allows people living with mental illness to keep their health insurance (U.S.)
Not bad, not bad…. See this is what happens when we voice our stories living mental illness… This is what happens when we take part advocating for ourselves and each other….Let’s continue to take part in these activities as we take go into 2016! We still have some work to do!
For more information on these bills and acts, click on the article links below:
In the process…..