Saturday, April 12, 2008


Marsha V. Hammond, PhD: Clinical Licensed Psychologist, Asheville, NC
e mail: cell: 404 964 5338

April 12, 2008


I am sending you this notice re: Ann Aakland running for NC State Legislature. Her e mail address is:

While she is not in our catchment area, she is such a straight-talking, reasonable, level-headed, fierce advocate for MH issues (her daughter has a persistent, severe mental illness and Ann and her daughter have frequently been featured in the Raleigh News Observer and on TV news services) that I hope you will consider donating to her campaign.

I listened to her speak during a NC Policy luncheon in Raleigh about a year ago and it struck me that she was the only one who knew----or cared----what she was talking about.

I donated to her and I hope you will also.

Here is Ann Aakland's mailing address: PO Box 1059 Knightdale NC 27545

Here is a link to Ann and her daughter speaking about her mental illness. There's not a better advocate in the entire state and I would trust that she would lead the way to a good solution to NC's mental health reform fiasco.

Marsha Hammond, PhD
multiple articles on Aakland's activism:

Further Reading: "Mental-health math doesn't add up," The N&O, Sept. 26, 2002. "Citizen Awards: Ann Akland," The Independent, Nov. 27, 2002. "The house on Poole Road," The Independent, Nov. 19, 2003. "Raleigh weighs adult day care," The N&O, Jan. 7, 2004. "What do we do with Dix?" The N&O, Jul. 18, 2004. "Club broadens horizons," The N&O, Oct. 1, 2004. "What should Dix be?" The Independent, April 27, 2005. "Crisis clinic funding faulted," The N&O, June 3, 2005. "Advocate breaks silence surrounding mental illness," The N&O, Jan. 22, 2006. Search recent N&O stories.
Ann Akland
To the rescue of Dix Hospital and Wake County's mentally ill population.
27 NOV 2002 • by Bob Geary
Ann Akland: Determined to bring people together on reform.

Alex ManessThe climax of Ann Akland's three-decades-long career with the Environmental Protection Agency came in 2001, when she moved from RTP to Washington for nine months to fill a high-level management post on an interim basis while the new Bush Administration looked for a permanent appointee. It was heady stuff. Akland started at the EPA as a clerk-typist ("I'm probably the model employee for upward mobility," she says), and here she was working at the top of the agency and, coincidentally, living in the same building on Pennsylvania Avenue as her boss, EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman.

But when that assignment ended, Akland took early retirement, left her six-figure salary behind, and returned home to Knightdale to become a volunteer leader in the cause that she'd come to realize was now her driving passion--reforming the mental health system. And so she has. In a year's time, Akland has poured herself into the rejuvenation of the Wake County chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and put the organization at the front of two difficult battles:

It is pushing Wake County to step up to its new responsibilities under the state's mental health reform legislation.

It is also challenging the state's attempt to flee from its responsibilities before the counties are ready to assume them, and it's fighting to keep Raleigh's Dorothea Dix Hospital, a state facility, from being abandoned.

What happened in Washington? Two things, Akland says. First, she found herself stopping almost every day, on her walk to work down Pennsylvania Avenue, to talk to the homeless folk who congregated around a certain street bench. "They could be my daughter," she remembers thinking. One man, in particular, she befriended. She's certain he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Her daughter, Kristen's, diagnosis is schizo-affective disorder. ----------


We can do better!

Do you believe it is time for a family member of a person with a disability to serve in the NC General Assembly to fight for people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse disorders? I know many of you do because people from across the state have supported my campaign with your donations. Many of you have asked your colleagues and friends to do the same. One in 5 families is affected by a mental illness, but there are very few people in elected office advocating for us. Please support me with your donations and if you are in my district, with your vote on May 6.

With your help, we can win this election.

It takes money to get the message out to the voters.

Please share this message with others who care.

Please write a check & mail it before you forget.

Please believe that we CAN do this and WILL with your support.

Many people are working with us as volunteers. Right now our major efforts are devoted to going door to door canvassing and making calls to voters. If you have some spare time, please volunteer to help. We have momentum and are spreading the word about the plight of people with disabilities, the reason for the campaign.

Call 266-0766 to learn how you can help.

Campaign Builds Momentum

Thanks to the Employees Political Action Committee
A Subsidiary of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, Inc.
for your endorsement.

No, I'm not taking PAC money. But the EPAC acknowledged that I was very strong on state employee issues. Without the best and brightest working for our state agencies how are we ever going to fix the problems with mental health?
Thanks, EMPAC.
Members of Professional Associations & Advocacy

The Executive Directors fo our MH/DD/SAS professional associations are lobbyists and cannot donate to my campaign. However, if you are a member of the Mental Health Association, the NC Psychiatric Association, the ARC of NC, the NC Autism Society, Association of Retarded Citizens, the NC Psychological Association, NAMI and/or your organization is part of Coalition, please know that I would like to represent all of you and all our providers as well as families and consumers. I will work hard to restore NC's Mental Health System. Please forward this message to your colleagues.

We need $30,000 before May 6 to cover the expenses for our direct mail campaign.

We are moving slowly toward our goal of 1,000 checks of $100 each.

If you haven't donated yet, please write that check or donate online by clicking here:
Ann Akland Web Site

If you can donate more than $100, please do so.

If you can't spare $100, please send what you can.

Everyone can do something even if it's asking your friends
if they have written their personal checks.

Campaign Finance Laws prohibit conributions from registered lobbyists and businesses. I do not accept donations from Political Action Committees.

This message was paid for by theAnn Akland CampaignPO Box 1059Knightdale, North Carolina 27545
and I approve this message.


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