February 21, 2012

State of Alabama
Press Release: Mental Health, Department of

2012 Mental Health & Disabilities Legislative Day to be Held in Montgomery Tomorrow

WHAT:     Hundreds of advocates and individuals receiving mental health services will gather to raise
               awareness of key issues regarding the future of the mental health system across the state.

WHEN:    Wednesday, February 22, 2012; 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:   Alabama State House
               11 South Union St., Montgomery

WHO:      2012 Mental Health Day & Disabilities Legislative Day is sponsored by a statewide coalition of
               mental health, disability and substance abuse organizations and stakeholders. A complete list
               of sponsors is included in the below Resources section of this media alert.

WHY:      Tom Holmes, executive director of The Arc of Alabama says, “ADMH is facing a proposed 25
               percent funding cut for FY 13, presenting the most serious threat in our lifetime to our state’s
               ability to provide services to the individuals it serves. Stakeholders want to make sure their
               voices are heard.” Advocates argue that adequate funding for mental health is not only the
               right thing to do; it is the less expensive alternative to crisis care and hospitalization.



  • For more information, please contact Tom Holmes, executive director, The Arc of Alabama at 334-262-7688.
  • Sponsors include State Representative DuWayne Bridges; The Arc of Alabama, Inc.; People First of Alabama; Alabama Conference of Executives of The Arc; Alabama Disability Advocacy Network; Wings Across Alabama; Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities; Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards; Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program; ADMH; Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services; Alabama Head Injury Foundation; Autism Society of Alabama; Independent Living Center of Mobile; Independent Living Resources of Greater Birmingham; Montgomery Independent Living Center; Mental Health America; NAMI Alabama; Disabilities Leadership Coalition of Alabama; Alabama Family Ties; Family Voices of Alabama; Glenwood, Inc.; Volunteers of America-Alabama; Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama.

  • For more information, visit http://mh.alabama.gov
  • For more state-wide press releases, click here