I'm traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina today and will be giving a presentation to the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI-Charlotte, at St. John's Baptist Church this evening. I'll be talking about MVFHR's Prevention, Not Execution project, which aims to end the death penalty for people with severe mental illness.
Activists in both the mental health and anti-death penalty arenas have come together on this issue in North Carolina, and during the last legislative session the state came close to passing a bill that would exempt people with severe mental illness from the death penalty. At MVFHR we continue to value our collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and we appreciate opportunities to work together toward our shared goal. I'll report on the Charlotte event later this week.