Fall 2020 Indiana Mental Health News & Updates
10.29.20 | Fall 2020 Issue
What is Happening at Mental Health America of Indiana:
The Mental Health and Addiction Symposium and Heroes for Recovery Luncheon
Don't miss out on this year's FREE and VIRTUAL Mental Health and Addiction Symposium, in conjunction with our annual Heroes for Recovery Luncheon!

This year we will have workshops that will focus on:
  • Racial Disparities in Mental Health and Addiction
  • The State of Suicide in Indiana
  • The Next Steps in Supportive Housing in Indiana
  • Addressing Severe Mental Illness
  • The Next Addiction Crisis
  • Mental Health in the Schools and Children
  • The History of Mental Health

To learn more about the conference and to register click the button below!
Regional Recovery Hubs
Mental Health America of Indiana has created Regional Recovery Hubs distributed geographically around the state. These Hubs will expand our ability to connect Hoosiers with mental health and substance use disorders to treatment and recovery supports through Certified Peer Recovery Coaches, Community Health Workers, and Certified Recovery Specialists. These Regional Recovery Hubs will be able to assist individuals with substance use disorder, regardless of where someone is in their recovery journey.
MHAI Interviews with WFYI on Dealing with Stressful Times
With the culmination of a divisive election, the pandemic, social inequities, job losses and widespread economic challenges, many experience high stress right now, and that can have health consequences.
Niki Angelaki, Vice President of Treatment Services for the Mental Health America of Indiana, spoke with WFYI's Terri Dee about the need for people to stay connected, but set boundaries and accept that they cannot extend themselves as much as they used to.
What is Happening Around the State:
Addressing Mental Health in the State House
During the interim, Mental Health America of Indiana has been focused on following how the Indiana State Legislature plans to deal with the behavioral health crisis as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, specifically in minority communities. MHAI will continue supporting our community partners in working on the following issues:
  • Address the increase in mental health issues and misdiagnoses in the minority populations.
  • Reduce mental health stigma in minority populations.
  • Support the coalition to use tobacco tax dollars to increase mental health screenings.
  • Help 142,000 Hoosiers stop smoking or avoid addiction.
  • Help more Hoosiers access healthcare.
  • Invest in training and recruiting more health care professionals in rural and urban communities.
  • Improve our rankings by investing in behavioral health.
To review MHAI’s full Public Policy Agenda, click here.
The Indiana General Assembly’s Interim Public and Behavioral Health Committee considered a number of these issues over the summer months. To watch the most recent public health committee, please click here.
The Behavioral Health Commission:
As the governor has appointed our CEO, Steve McCaffrey, as one of the new members of the Indiana Behavioral Health Commission, we hope that you follow along with us! To view the recap of the most recent meeting click the button below!
Thank You For Supporting Our Mission!
For every dollar raised, Mental Health America of Indiana is able to continue to serve Hoosiers living with mental health conditions and addiction disorders. We hope that you consider giving to our cause and thank you for your support in the fight for victory over mental illness for all!
Thank you to our Annual Sponsors!