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National Coalition Policy Priorities for 2008
||Adequate funding and organizing of peer run networks and services in every state through Block grant and other federal funding to go directly to consumer-run statewide organizations/coalitions to ensure sustainability.
||Peer-run alternatives to hospitalization such as crisis respite, warmlines, and in-home supports.
||Universal psychosocial Coverage - Parity with choice covering a variety of alternatives in the community, in rural areas, delivered by peers
||Create model legislation to carry out the recommendations here.
||Ensure that peoplesí Rights are protected (ECT, informed consent).
||Self-directed care through individual self-determination accounts and training.
||Ensure adequate funding of consumer/survivor run housing.
||Consumer-driven transformation of Social Security reform to enable people who can to return to work by:
- Raising asset limits and income limits
- Increasing work incentives (PASS plans, IRWEs)
- Increasing work supports (education, training, child care)
- Re-evaluate benefits based on geography
- Coordinating agencies that provide benefits and coordinating benefits
||Control the influence of pharmaceuticals on policies by:
- Eliminating direct pharmaceutical advertising and doctor incentives
- FDA reform - independent research on pharmaceuticals
||One stop shopping for housing, education, support, integrated health and mental health care.
||Facilitate voting by people labeled with mental illness by ensuring that HAVA (Help America Votes Assistance) and GOTV (Get Out the Vote) initiatives are provided to consumer/survivors.