NAMI gives Perdue feedback on Georgia's mental health care

Monday Gov. Sonny Perdue and Georgia Department of Human Resources officials met with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for feedback regarding NAMI’s national scorecard and the kinds of improvements that could have an immediate impact on Georgia’s score, said Kenya Bello, DHR spokeswoman.

NAMI issues a comprehensive state-by-state analysis of mental health care systems, scoring every state on 39 specific criteria that focuses on funding, availability of community-based services and the quality of treatment.

In his remarks, according to Bello, Perdue said, “We can agree on our destination – a mental health system that Georgians consider worthy of an ‘A,’ and we clearly have the strengths and resources to succeed. Today’s discussion is a chance for you to tell us what we need to do to get there.”

“Mental health is a priority for Gov. Perdue because it touches every family in Georgia,” said B.J. Walker, Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Resources. “Being here today shows his interest in and commitment to these issues.”

Meeting participants came from across the state – representing mental health service delivery, law enforcement, and public policy as well as family and consumer organizations, Bello said.