Include Acupuncture in the "9-11" Mental Health Benefit sign now

Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
125 Worth St., 3rd Floor, room 331 cn38
New York, NY 10013

Dear Dr. Thomas Frieden,

We the undersigned implore you to include acupuncture as a covered benefit as part of the
9-11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefit.

The 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefit that was funded through Red Cross resources included auricular acupuncture as a covered benefit. Unfortunately this benefit ended Dec. 31, 2007. In addition other programs, which offered the auricular acupuncture in New York City, have been discontinued as funding has run out.

Acupuncture has been an important part of the healing process of many people directly impacted by the events of 9-11. Many of us have discovered that acupuncture has been highly effective in helping us with improved sleep, reduction in anxiety, reduction in cravings for alcohol and other substances and has helped us feel calmer. Acupuncture has a long history in helping people with anxiety, depression, insomnia and substance abuse problems. It is being used internationally to address symptoms associated with PTSD. Many significant benefits have been noted. We have also noticed the positive changes in others who have received this treatment.

Having this benefit extended to include acupuncture coverage would enable us to utilize acupuncture as a treatment modality when we experience the need. Experiencing acupuncture, a non-verbal treatment method, has often prepared us to have more productive counseling sessions for those of us who have also chosen a more traditional counseling approach.

Please reconsider your decision and do include acupuncture as a covered benefit in the 9-11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefit. You will be helping many people and New York City!

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