Wood River mental illness alliance lobbies for mental health funding


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(KMVT/KSVT) — One Wood River Valley group is lobbying for mental health funding in Idaho at the state capitol.

NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) of the Wood River Valley spent last week talking with state representatives about mental health issues. They were joined by state officials for NAMI.

The group was arguing for extended Medicaid funding to uninsured people and bills to help ensure funding to help people impacted by mental illness.

They were also arguing against further penalties for people under psychosis. Currently, they can face stiff penalties for hurting health care workers.

“We agree protecting health care workers, but people that are under psychosis are not aware of what they’re doing, so having additional penalties that amount to a felony for somebody that doesn’t understand what they’re doing was excessive we believe,” said Michael Sandvid of NAMI Idaho.

NAMI Idaho has seven chapters in Idaho. One of them is the Wood River Valley chapter.