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'UNCOVERING THE TRUTH - A Town Hall Meeting on Mental Health Parity'
Date:9/14/2007

Sponsored by Community Network Services' Anti-Stigma Team in collaboration

with Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority and County

Commissioner Jim Nash

Press Briefing - Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, 5:45 p.m.

PONTIAC, Mich., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Legislators; advocates for parity; individuals who have experienced discrimination in health coverage; and representatives from the insurance industry will participate in the upcoming "Uncovering The Truth - A Town Hall Meeting on Mental Health Parity" on Monday, September 17, 2007, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Commissioner's Auditorium, in the County Complex, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac, MI 48341. Sponsored by Community Network Services' Anti-Stigma Team in collaboration with Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority and County Commissioner Jim Nash, District 15, this important discussion forum presents a unique opportunity to hear all aspects of the impact of mental health parity on the residents of Michigan.

There has been a strong debate in our legislature for many years as to whether or not Mental Health Parity should become law in the state of Michigan. The legislation in question would guarantee equal insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse issues as compared to other physical health problems.

Some critics point to increased costs to local businesses as a reason not to approve it here, while those in favor of the legislation say that there is little to no cost increase to business owners at all.

"Currently Michigan has no parity legislation in place and people with a mental health or substance abuse disorder are forced to pay more for coverage or forgo treatment," said Malkia Maisha Newman, Community Educator, Anti- Stigma Team Community Network Services. "We have invited all the elected officials from Oakland County and we have 9 legislators from Lansing coming, from both sides of the aisle and represe
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