February 10, 2017

 
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This edition of the NAMI E-News comes as we ramp up our advocacy efforts to create a more mentally healthy New York State. You will find links to the testimony NAMI-NYS presented earlier this week, information about our 2017 Legislative Advocacy Day which will be taking place this Tuesday and resources to familiarize yourself with the issues NAMI-NYS is focusing on. You will also find information on the developments on the national level in the NAMI section. 

This issue makes it clear that your advocacy voice is needed more than ever, both here in New York and on the federal level. Together, we have made tremendous strides in improving the delivery of mental health services, but the progress we have made can easily be undone. We hope you can join us this Tuesday as we take the next steps in advocacy.

As always, we want to know about the work you are doing. Please email  Matthew@NAMINYS.org with details and pictures about your work. This way we can feature it in the E-News and print Newsletter. Showcasing your work will allow others to learn from you and that's the best way we can grow together as an organization. 

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NAMI-NYS News
NAMI-NYS Presents Legislative Testimony
Make Your Voice Heard -Register for our 
Legislative Advocacy Day


This past Monday, NAMI-NYS gave testimony before the Joint Legislative Hearing on the Executive Budget Proposal-Mental Hygiene. Executive Director Wendy Burch detailed the gaps in funding recognized by NAMI-NYS and Government Affairs Chair Irene Turski detailed how housing issues impacted her family. Click here to read the testimony. 

In reading the testimony, you will see that we have a lot of work ahead of us to create a more mentally healthy New York State and we need as many of our readers to lend their voices to our advocacy efforts. There is still time to register for our Legislative Advocacy Day taking place this Tuesday, February 14th. Click here to register. 

As we prepare for Legislative Action Day here are a few resources to help you project your advocacy voice:

Click here to view our 2017 Action Agenda.
Click here to view a list of supported legislation.
Click here to view our talking points for legislative meetings.
Click here for our tips on how to make the most effective legislative meetings.

NAMI-NYS Young Adult Leader Marissa Pane
Featured in Worth Living and Proceeds from Sales from her Website to be Donated to  NAMI-NYS in February
 
Marissa Pane, one of NAMI-NYS's Young Adult leaders (and who presented at the 2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference), recently wrote an article for Worth Living entitled  Recovery through a Course in Miracles. Marissa details how when she was a teenager she was diagnosed with clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder and how her life was almost cut short due to a crippling battle with anorexia nervosa." She states, "Since restoring my mental health, I made it my mission to help anyone and everyone avoid the suffering that accompanies mental illness." Click here to read the article. 

Marissa runs a website SPIES Fit to Fight and during the month of February all sales of the site's merchandise will be donated to NAMI-NYS. Click here to view the site and shop.

NAMI-NYS is thankful to Marissa for her dedication to supporting others impacted by mental illness and her generosity to NAMI-NYS.

NAMI Mid-Hudson Participates in Community Event at
Pawling Methodist Church 


Pastor Joanne Utley from the Pawling Methodist Church reached out to NAMI Mid-Hudson to participate in a community screening of Newton, about the tragedy in Newton CT. Pastor Utley along with Mark and Jackie Barden, who lost their son Daniel in the shooting, and the film's director, Kim Snyder, participated in panel following the screening. 

NAMI Mid-Hudson's Tina Lee said, "It was a privilege to be a part of this event. Pastor Utley told me that she had a lot of push back from fellow clergy about showing this film and even talking about mental health."
 
The affiliate's participation will be leading to other opportunities as Mrs. Barden is a teacher a Pawling Middle School and wants to bring Ending the Silence to the school. Pastor Utley also wants to bring NAMI Faithnet to the church.

NAMI Westchester Participates in Strategic Planning Forum

NAMI Westchester was invited to be part of a strategic planning forum on children and adults, sponsored by Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, Performing Provider System (PPS): Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative and Center for Regional Healthcare Innovation-WMC Health. The objective was "to create a blueprint for a comprehensive, system-wide, person-centered, system of care that reduces the trauma, use of Emergency Rooms and avoidable involuntary hospitalizations and coercive treatment and overall promotes mental well-being of children and adults in Westchester County." 

Sharon McCarthy, NAMI Westchester Executive Director, attended the event and was pleased the importance of family education in helping those living with mental health issues was included in the plan.  The agencies and organizations invited to this "invite only" event were asked because they are seen as stakeholders in Westchester County in terms of mental health services and supports. 

There was representation from many local police departments who detailed the struggle they encounter in trying to assure individuals get the help they need.  Follow-up events will be planned to keep the discussion going and to work towards making changes.


NAMI News
NAMI Details What's At Stake: How the Affordable Care Act 
Helps Americans with Mental Illness and Why it Matters

One topic seems to be echoing through the halls of Congress like a broken record: health care. 

Luckily for NAMI, the debate about health care means an opportunity to talk about mental health. NAMI is at the frontlines of that debate, fighting for every American's right to quality mental health care.

While our voices are loud, the numbers around mental illness in America speak louder:

  • Mental health conditions cost the economy an estimated $193 billion dollars in lost earnings each year.
  • Mental health conditions are the number one cause of disability and workplace absenteeism.
  • Suicide is at a 30-year high. Every day, an average of 117 people die by suicide.
  • Up to 25% of people who are homeless live with a serious mental illness.
  • People with serious mental illness are jailed at nearly 4 times the rate of other individuals.
The advocacy voice of NAMI members have led to sweeping reforms such as the 21st Century Cures and Medicaid expansion, however, these advancements are in serious jeopardy which is why we must project our voices louder than ever before. Click here to read more. 

These issues are especially important to New Yorkers, as one-third of the state's budget comes from federal funding. We do not have enough services here as it is and we cannot afford to take a step back. This why we need as many people as possible to register for our Legislative Advocacy Day. 


New York State News
Suicide Wave Grips Columbia

This week the New York Post reported on "a disturbing wave of seven suicides and likely drug overdoses that has swept through Columbia University so far this school year - and students say fiercely competitive academics and inadequate campus counseling programs are in large part to blame." The article profiles the students who passed away this year and details the lack of mental health services at the prestigious school. Click here to read the article.

The lack of sufficient mental health resources is a problem in colleges across the country and speaks to why the NAMI on Campus program as well as the NAMI programs that address issues in high schools are so important. 

Schizophrenia Research Seeking Participants


National News

It's Time to Prioritize Suicide Prevention in the 
Juvenile Justice System

In a piece for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren offers her thoughts on emphasizing suicide prevention in mental health courts.  She " identifies suicide prevention as a core fidelity of the mental health court," and as such she ensures that she and her team associated with the mental health court are educated about the facts surrounding suicide and the risks for those detained.  

She also provides suicide prevention resources from the bench. She advocates for more emphasis on suicide prevention both as a member of the court and in the community. Judge Lerner-Wren asserts that "judges have become important behavioral health champions, and transformative leaders in matters of therapeutic justice. Yet, there is more to do to develop community partnership and alliances to advance Zero Suicide Initiatives on local and state levels."

Click here for more information.


NIMH News
  
Director's Message Computational Neuroscience: 
Deciphering the Complex Brain
In his most recent Director's Message, Dr. Joshua Gordon explains how computational and theoretical neuroscience can advance research into mental disorders. Click here to read more.

NIMH Update

Click here to read the latest Update from NIMH.

Dr. Sarah Lisanby Appears on Dr. Oz

 NIMH's Sarah Lisanby, Director of the Translational Research Division, appeared on the January 17th episode of the nationally syndicated television program The Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Lisanby was invited to appear on-set to discuss electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The segment included an ECT patient and emphasized the effectiveness and safety of ECT. Click here to watch the segment. 
Save the Dates

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February 14 -NAMI-NYS Advocacy Day. Meeting Room 4 Empire State Concourse. Click here to register.

February 16Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services presents "Overview of Mobile Crisis Services" featuring Katie Flanagan, LCSW. The discussion will take place at the CDPC Family Resource Center located at  75 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208
beginning at 5pm and will be followed by a family support group.

Click here to register and for more information.

February 16- NAMI Westchester will hold a screening of "People Say I'm Crazy" at the Picture House, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803

Doors open 6 p.m. -- Screening begins at 6:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion to follow screening with leading professionals
in the field of schizophrenia and individuals living in recovery.
Tickets $15 per person
Tickets must be purchase in advance by February 12, 2017

Click here for more information.

February 22-NAMI Queens/Nassau presents a special book discussion and signing with  Dr. Lloyd I. Sederer, Chief Medical Officer, NYS Office of Mental Health, Medical Editor, mental health for the Huffington Post. Dr. Sederer will be discussing and signing his new book, Improving Mental Health:  Four Secrets in Plain Sight. The event will begin at 7pm at the Zucker Hillside Hospital, Sloman Auditorium. Click here for more information.  

March 1st-Join NAMI of Central Suffolk at 7:30 pm at Mather Hospital, Port Jefferson, Conf Rooms One and Two for their Educational/Informational Speaker Series Program. Their March speaker is Dr Roberto Gil,  who will present Brain Imaging Research. Dr Gil is the psychiatrist in charge of the clinical assessment and evaluations of any volunteer subject enrolled in research studies with the MMTI (Multi Modal Translational Imaging Lab).  The MMTI is a research group of investigators/psychiatrists, using PET and MRI imaging, with a focus in understanding the changes in the brain that lead to symptoms of schizophrenia spectrum disorders, and ultimately seeking better treatment options. The group has been working together for the past 20 years. We recently moved from Columbia University to Stony Brook University. Hope you can join us for an informative evening. 

March 7-The Paenera on New Scotland Ave. in Albany will be having a fundraising night to benefit NAMI-NYS. Click here to obtain a flyer to present at the restaurant. 

March 7- Information meeting for 2017 NAMIWallks NYS.  Click here for more information..

APRIL 5- NAMI of Central Suffolk's  Educational/Informational Speaker Series offers: SAVE A LIFE WITH NARCAN TRAINING ! The free training, is given by Suffolk Co DOH and will enable participants to recognize an opioid overdose, administer intranasal Narcan and take additional steps until EMS arrives. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes nasal Narcan . Hope you can join us at Mather Hospital Port Jefferson Conference Rooms One and Two at 7:30 pm.

April 21-2017 "A Brighter Day" event at Glenpeter Jewelers. Click here for more information.
Signature Programs
FEBRUARY 8 - NAMI Rensselaer Connection. NAMI Rensselaer will be hosting a  Connection Peer Support Group the 2nd Wednesday of each month starting February 8th 6:00pm- 7:30pm 
at the University at Albany School of Public Health, 1 University Place,Rm 6,  Rensselae r. Contact Paul Klein (518)209-2812 or Mary Crowley (518)227-6701.
 
FEBRUARY 14NAMI Rensselaer will be hosting a Family Support Group the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month 6:00 pm-7:30 pm at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 420 New Scotland Ave, Albany NY 12208. Contact information:Jeff Kellert (518)-527-5669/jmk82652@aol.com or Christine Rickeman (518)462-2000 / christine@naminys.org

FEBRUARY 21- NAMI NYC Metro Family-to Family. Tuesdays February 21st - May 9th 6pm-8:30pm at NY Presbyterian/Weil Cornell-Baker BLDG, 525 E 68th St. (Btw York & E River) Rm 1170. Facilitators Patti Sacher and John DeNatale, Contact NAMI Metro at (212) 684-3264, and they will have facilitator contact you for registration.

FEBRAURY 27 - NAMI NYC Metro Family-to-Family. Mondays February 27th -May 15th 6:00pm- 8:30pm at Fountain House College Re-Entry Program,437 W 47th St.( Btw 9th & 10th Aves) 1 st Flr. Facilitators: Rajene Hardeman and Bonnie Goldburg. Contact NAMI Metro at (212) 684-3264, and they will have facilitator contact you for registration.

MARCH 2 - NAMI Queens Nassau Family-to-Family. Thursdays March 2nd - May 18th 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm. Walk in Love for Jesus Church, 906 Newbridge Road, North Bellmore,L.I. NY 11710. Contact namiqn@aol.com / (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284 or Carol Ann Viccora (516) 221-6168 / Elizabeth Janow (516) 742-8413.
 
MARCH 3- NAMI Huntington Basics. Fridays March 3rd - April 3rd 10:00am -12:30pm at Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Library, 407 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967. Contact Beth Ramme at (631) 673-6097/  BethSRamme@gmail.com to register.  
  
MARCH 6 - NAMI NYC Metro Peer -to- Peer. Mondays March 6th - May 22nd 11:00am - 1:00pm at NAMI-NYC Metro 505 Eighth Ave. @ 35th St. Suite 1103. Facilitators : Angel Rodriguez and Donna Israel. Contact NAMI Metro at (212) 684-3264, and they will have facilitator contact you for registration. 

MARCH 8 -NAMI Rochester in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs will be offering a NAMI Homefront course through April 12th. The course will be offered on Wednesday's from 6-8:30pm at Vet Center located at Crossbridge Office Park, 2000 S. Winton Rd, Bldg 5, Suite 201 Rochester, NY 14618.

Click here to register. 

MARCH 9-NAMI Rensselaer  Basics Class. Thursdays March 9th-April 13th from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the NAMI-NYS Office 99 Pine St. Suite 105. Please Contact Paul Klein at (518) 209-2812
   kleincox@yahoo.com or Mary Crowley at (518)227-6701 
mcrowley@nysid.org to register.

MARCH 9 - NAMI NYC Metro Peer -to- Peer. Thursdays March 9th - May 25th 12 pm-2 pm at NAMI-NYC Metro 505 Eighth Ave. @ 35th St. Suite 1103. Facilitators: Alice Morris and Fredricka Weinstein. Contact NAMI Metro at (212) 684-3264, and they will have facilitator contact you for registration.

MARCH 11 - NAMI NYC Metro Family-to-Family. Saturdays March 11th-MAY 27th 2:00pm - 4:30pm at NAMI-NYC Metro - SPANISH LANGUAGE Class 505 Eighth Ave. @ 35th St. Suite 1103. Facilitators: Edelmira Ventura and Dora Pozzi. Contact NAMI Metro at (212) 684-3264, and they will have facilitator contact you for registration.

MARCH 13 -NAMI Buffalo Family-to-Family.Monday's from 6:00-8:30 pm at St. Pauls Church, 4007 Main St, Eggertsville, NY . Contact Jackie Thompson at  (716) 208-5016

MARCH 13-NAMI Buffalo Family-to-Family. Mondays March 13-June 29 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm at the Elma United Methodist Church, 2991 Bowen Rd. Elma NY 14059 contact information is 
 Liz Carone (716) 481-4386 

MARCH 15 - NAMI NYC Metro Family-to-Family. Wednesdays March 15th - May 31st 11:00am -1:30pm at NYC Metro 505 Eighth Ave. @ 35th St. Suite 1103. Facilitators: Almarie Tulloch and Cynthia Scott. Contact NAMI Metro at (212) 684-3264, and they will have facilitator contact you for registration.

MARCH 16-NAMI Huntington and the Northport Veterans Administration Family-to-Family.Thursdays March 16th-June 1st at 7:00pm at the Northport Veterans Administration in Northport NY. Contact Jill Ryan 
(516) 695-0389 or Jayette Lansbury at (631) 385-0754

March 21-NAMI Mid-Hudson will be offering a Family-to-Family course at MidHudson Regional Hospital, 
241 North Road in Poughkeepsie. The course will run through June 6th from 6:30-9pm. To register, please call :845-206-9892 or
programs@namimidhudson.org.

MARCH 25 - NAMI NYC Metro Peer -to- Peer. Saturdays March 25th - June 24th 11:00am -1:00pm at NYC Metro 505 Eighth Ave. @ 35th St. Suite 1103. Facilitators: Lyle Braxton and Robert Potter. Contact NAMI Metro at (212) 684-3264, and they will have facilitator contact you for registration.

MARCH 27 - NAMI NYC Metro Family-to-Family. Mondays March 27th - June 19th 6:00pm -8:30 pm at NYC Metro 505 Eighth Ave. @ 35th St. Suite 1103. Facilitators: Chantay Reid and Rosemarie Woods. Contact NAMI Metro at (212) 684-3264, and they will have facilitator contact you for registration. 
 
APRIL 4 - NAMI Queens Nassau Family-to-Family. Tuesdays April 4th - June 27th, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm. Unitarian Universalist Congregational at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, NY 11030. Contact: namiqn@aol.com / (516) 326-0797 or Ellen Ritz RN  el.ritz@yahoo.com / (516)330-9778
Rev. Val Gittens valgittnes@aol.com / (516) 749-4432 

APRIL 4-NAMI Orange Family-to-Family. April 4th - June 27th, 6:30pm -9:00 pm. First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. Contact Dhanu Sannesy 
( 845)294-2749 /  namiorangeny@warwick.net
 
APRIL 6-NAMI Rochester Family-to-Family.  Thursdays, April 6th - June 22nd, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.  
NAMI Rochester Office, 320 N. Goodman Street, Suite 103, Rochester, NY 14607.  Contact Beth Winslow-D'Amico at (585) 423-1593 or beth@namirochester.org.

SEPTEMBER 6- NAMI Rochester Family-to-Family. Wednesdays, September 6th -November 29th, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.  
NAMI Rochester Office, 320 N. Goodman Street, Suite 103, Rochester, NY 14607.  Contact Beth Winslow-D'Amico at (585) 423-1593 or beth@namirochester.org.
 
2017 NAMI-NYS TRAINING SCHEDULE
Please contact your local affiliate program leaders for more information and how to enroll.

NAMI Ending the Silence
March 4th, 2017
Trainer: Jodie Terhune
Location: NAMI Rochester Office
 
NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training
July 14th-16th, 2017
Trainers: Ann Canastra & Cheri Caiella
Location: Comfort Suite Cicero-Syracuse
 
NAMI Basics Teacher Training
April 1st-2nd, 2017
Trainers Almarie Tulloch & Karen Alvarez
Location: NAMI Rockland Office
 
NAMI Peer-to-Peer Mentor Training
April 21st-23rd, 2017
Trainers: Cynthia Scott & Donna Israel
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
 
NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training
May 19th-21st, 2017
Trainers: Patti Sacher & Bonnie Goldberg
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
 
NAMI Homefront Teacher Training
May 20th-21st, 2017
Trainers: Pam Solomon & Jerry Burton
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
 
NAMI Support Group Facilitator Training
March 25th-26th, 2017
Trainers: Pat Sine & Jack Goldstein
Location: NAMI Rochester Office
 
NAMI Support Group Facilitator Training
June 3rd-4th, 2017
Trainers: Deniece Chi & Nancy Parker
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
 
NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter Training
June 3rd-4th, 2017
Trainers: Bill Perun & Chris Wasilenko
Location: NAMI Rochester Office
 
NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter Training
June 24th-25th, 2017
Trainers: Cynthia Scott & Lady Charmaine Day
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
 
NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training
October 20th-22nd, 2017
Trainers: Patti Sacher & Bonnie Goldberg
Location: NAMI-NYS Office Albany
 
NAMI Homefront Teacher Training
October 21st-22nd, 2017
Trainers: Pam Solomon & Jerry Burton
Location; NAMI-NYS Office Albany


To have your events and Signature Programs listed in the E-Newsletter contact Christine Rickeman at christine@naminys.org.   

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