The following news release was sent to the newsroom from the McHenry County Mental Health Board:
Dr. Richard Kirchhoff, president of the NAMI – McHenry County board, presented a check for $2,000 to the Mental Health Board-administered Emergency Medication Fund at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting on April 23.
“This fund is important to our community because the ability to access medications by those suffering from chronic mental illness has been and remains a major concern,” said Brett Wisnauski, president of the MHB.
“Of special concern are individuals with limited finances and who lack prescription drug coverage,” Wisnauski said. “As income levels decrease, individuals spend less and less of their total income on medical needs and prescriptions, neglecting themselves and exacerbating their symptomology.
“Access to prescription drugs is as cost effective as it is health effective because it reduces costly emergency room visits and in-patient hospitalizations,” Wisnauski continued.
The MHB is responsible for determining a medical diagnosis and the need for financial assistance with medications.
NAMI supports this program because “We believe that with proper medication many people who have mental illnesses can be productive members of society,” said Kirchhoff.
NAMI McHenry County is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those whose lives are affected by mental illness. Offices are located in the MHB Community Resource Center at 620 Dakota Street in Crystal Lake.
For information about NAMI McHenry County call 815-308-0851 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org net. Or visit the NAMI web site at: http://www.namimchenrycounty.org.