June 3rd, 2016
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We want to begin this week's E-News by expressing our most sincere gratitude to all of you who worked so hard to make Mental Health Awareness Month 2016 such a success throughout New York State. We were constantly impressed throughout the month with all the innovative ways our affiliates and members educated and raised awareness to let their neighbors know more about mental health and how NAMI is a place to find help and find hope. Thank you for your dedication!

We cannot rest on our laurels though. This week we have more opportunities to make your voice heard and raise awareness. As we enter the final month of the NYS Legislative session, there is still time for us to create a more mentally healthy New York State. There has been significant advancement this week for the legislation to regulate Step Therapy practices. We want to draw your attention to the Action Alert below which details how you can make your voice heard on this issue.

Last week we also told you about our new #PushUp2Hope campaign. We encourage our members and readers to engage in the campaign. Click here for more information. NAMI-NYS staff are getting in on the act. Click here to watch Matthew Shapiro's video and click here to watch Alicia Burns' video. Please join us in this campaign to raise awareness and support for NAMI-NYS.

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 the upcoming Spring Newsletter. Showcasing your work will allow others to learn from you and that's the best way we can grow together as an organization. Together, we can create a more mentally healthy New York State but remember... 

Hope Starts With You!

Action Alert
Tell the Assembly and the Senate to Pass Fail First Regulation Bills

Last week, we told you about NAMI-NYS's advocacy efforts to advance the bills S3419/A2834 which would regulate Step Therapy practices by insurance companies. We are excited to share that significant progress has been made on these bills. On June 1st, the bill passed through the Assembly Insurance committee and it looks like it will also be moving through the Senate Insurance committee. 

We need your continued help through grassroots advocacy and social media to get this bill passed by both houses prior to June 16th!

Our advocacy coalition had prepared an Action Alert for use in blanketing the offices of legislators in both the Senate and Assembly with emails asking for their help to pass the bill this session. Click here to view the alert and please contact your Assemblymembers and Senators about this important issue. If you would like a word version of the document, please email Matthew@naminys.org

We also are asking our members to make their voice heard via social media. Click here to view messages to use on both Facebook and Twitter.

As a reminder, step therapy forces patients to try and fail on medications other than what their doctor has prescribed before the insurance company will pay for the original medication.  

Tell our lawmakers that NY needs to put patients' health first! Pass A2834C and S3419B! 

The NAMI-NYS Nomination and Election Committee is Seeking Candidates for the Board of Directors

NAMI-NYS election season is upon us. In 2016 we will have five Board positions open for election. Those elected would serve from 2016-2019. 

Click here to view the nominating instructions and form as well as information on the 2016 Bylaw proposal process. 

Communities Across New York State Engage in 
NAMI-NYS Ribbon Awareness Campaign


We often say that NAMI-NYS's heart and greatest strength is the dedication of our affiliates and members. While we are always amazed by the work you all do to provide help and hope to your areas, it has been especially inspiring to see how you have engaged communities throughout the state to  embrace the NAMI-NYS Ribbon Awareness campaign. 

It seems like everyday throughout May we received new pictures of the campaign and learned about new partnerships our affiliates have made with their local governments, businesses, schools, police and fire departments and other civil organizations through the campaign. 

Together we have created a true movement of hope that will surely grow in the coming years.

NAMI-NYS is tremendously grateful to all our affiliates who worked  tirelessly  on the campaign and all of the new community partners who have committed themselves to raising mental health awareness.

If you have any more pictures please email them to Alicia@naminys.org,  as we want to make sure we have as many pictures as possible to demonstrate the full power and reach of the campaign. 

We want to again give a special thank you to Sheryl Brauman, who created the campaign, NAMI Westchester, the first affiliate to engage in the campaign and Tina Yun Lee and NAMI Mid-Hudson who lead the way in bringing the campaign statewide. This demonstrates that great things can be started by one person and that hope truly starts with you. 
NAMI Rochester Wins Excellus BCBS Community Health Award

In March we shared with you the exciting news that NAMI Rochester was chosen to receive the  2016 Outstanding NAMI Affiliate Award and now we share with you that the accolades for NAMI Rochester have continued.

They have recently been selected to receive an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has been serving residents of upstate New York for 80 years. Throughout those years, the company has supported hundreds of programs aimed at improving the health status of area residents. The company's Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share its mission of improving the health and health care of the residents of the communities it serves.

The awards focus on:  Activities to improve the health status of the community or to reduce the incidence of specific diseases;  Community wide health education;  Group-specific health education; Wellness.

We congratulate NAMI Rochester for this honor. In other NAMI-Rochester news, this week they participated in the poster session for graduate students at University of Rochester. They worked with Meghan Fox Ritchie, MS,  under the direction of Dr. Wendy Cross in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester. They reported that it was a great project and learning experience for all involved.

NAMI Otsego Board Member Receives 2016 Decentralization Arts Grant Award
Spotlighting Empowerment and Creativity
Redemption Movement and the Mountain View Wellness Center , along with  theater artist Barbara Gregson and musician (and NAMI Otsego board member) Mary Shepard, received a 2016 Decentralization Community Arts Grant (DEC) from the Chenango County Council of the Arts. The grant is to fund an original theater piece directed by Barbara Gregson. Barbara is teaching twenty plus adult participants (many of whom are living with a mental illness) acting, miming, and mask making. Participants also collaborate on writing the script with her and work with Mary to create original music and lyrics.
This theater project has proven to be powerful on many levels. Barbara has worked for decades in theater and says, "Collaborating on theater productions with people who are institutionalized , the disenfranchised , the "forgotten populations" are the most rewarding theater and arts experiences of my career. I have seen miracles and transformation occur in the residents, staff and students, all because they had the opportunity, some for the very first time, to express themselves in the arts. " 
"As a mother of a loved one with mental illness, and member of the NAMI Otsego Board of Directors  I am well aware of the attached stigma that impacts us all," said Mary. "While awareness of mental Illness is crucial, the deeper challenge is to celebrate each individual's personhood."
Mary also explains how  "the process has been transformational as I've witnessed inspiring individuals who have poured their hearts into this show. Energy, laughter, and creativity abound. Courage is palpable. I am truly honored to be part of a forum where empowerment, and expression through the arts is the spotlight, and illness disappears in the shadows."

The show "Wandering Home" was performed at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta, on June 2nd. 

NAMI Sullivan County Ends Mental Health Awareness Month with a Presentation by Mike Veny

On May 31st, NAMI Sullivan County held an event at SUNY Sullivan with renowned mental health speaker Mike Veny. More than a hundred people attended the event where Mike detailed his recovery from mental illness, the role drumming and wellness play in his life and how we can all change the way we talk about mental illness and how that can help transform stigma into strength. As he concluded his talk the curtain behind him opened up to reveal two circles of chairs with percussion instruments. Many audience members took the stage and Mike led the group through various drum exercises which demonstrated the cathartic power of drumming and how it can enhance communication and listening skills. An amazing time was had by all.

You can click here to learn more about Mike Veny.   

NAMI Mid-Hudson Gives an Ending the Silence Presentation to More Than 300 Students at a School Impacted by Suicide

NAMI Mid-Hudson's Allie Hill and Tina Yun Lee recently gave an Ending the Silence presentation at Red Hook High School in Pine Plains. All of the school's 9 th and 10 th graders (more than 320 students in all) attended the presentation which covered two school periods.
Last August, one of their students completed suicide and the school's principal Amanda Greene said that she, the faculty and the students have "been walking on egg shells ever since." She was quite impressed with how the students responded to the presentation.  Many students stayed and talked about their own diagnosis and mental health challenges. Allie spoke to one girl whose story was very similar to Allie's; they cried together and afterwards, Ms. Greene told her, "you changed that student's life today."

The school also had all the clinical staff talk and make sure the students knew who they could reach out to.

NAMI-NYS Participates in the Albany County
May is Mental Health Month Health and Wellness Fair
On May 25, 2016 NAMI- NYS participated in the Albany County Department of Mental Health's 4th Annual May is Mental Health Month Health and Wellness Fair. Program Coordinator Shaniqua Jackson and Helpline Coordinator Christine Rickeman had an exhibit table providing information on NAMI programs, our ribbon campaign and the NAMI-NYS NAMI Walks.  One of the focuses at this year's fair was the Eight Dimensions of Wellness which are Emotional, Environmental, Financial, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Social, and Social. As part of this focus they dedicated a room that was decorated with art from all those attending.
 The Surprising Casualty of Violent Tragedies:
Police Officer Mental Health

NAMI recently posted an article about how violent tragedies impact entire communities. They explain that when an incident of horrific violence occurs, people speculate about the motivations of the perpetrator. Sometimes there are no easy answers. Even when we do have some answers, they often do not bring healing to a community affected by violence. NAMI argues that we need a new approach. We may never know the motive of a perpetrator of violence, but we know they rarely have to do with mental illness. 

We should instead concentrate on the things we know to be true: When a violent tragedy occurs, it affects the mental health of an entire community-victims, their families, neighbors, healthcare providers, first responders, reporters and everyone following the news reports. These people are left to wonder if they are still safe in their community. Long after physical wounds have healed, those closest to the violence may experience the effects of trauma through PTSD, depression, alcohol abuse and suicide-especially if their mental health needs go unaddressed.

Click here to read more.

The Role of Ritual

Last week, we brought you information on the latest NAMI Queens/Nassau Faith Net event and how New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray reached out to religious leaders regarding mental health. This week, NAMI explores the role of rituals in mental health.  A ritual is a religious or spiritual ceremony with a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order, using words, objects and possibly music. 

Ken Pargament wrote in Religion and the Clinical Practice of Psychology, "Relatively little attention has been paid to religious rituals by psychiatrists and mental health professionals. However, rituals may offer one way of coping with difficult life situations." 

Whether it's a daily ritual with spiritual intent to keep you grounded or a more formal religious ceremony, rituals can be very beneficial way to process grief and stress. "For many people with severe mental illness, disorganization has characterized a great deal of their lives. It is not surprising, then, that rituals associated with religion or spirituality are highly valued by consumers who prize their structure, regularity and predictability," wrote R. Fallot in Spirituality and Religion in Recovery from Mental Illness. "Many recovery narratives describe the important capacity of such rituals to organize experience, provide meaning, offer trustworthy and safe social engagement and express core beliefs." 

Click here to read more.

New York State News
OMH June Newsletter Focuses on Mental Health in the GLBT Community

The Office of Mental Health's June Newsletter focuses on GLBT mental health issues. This edition includes information on Governor Cuomo's newly issued regulations banning gender identity conversion therapy for  children and youth in OMH facilities and barring insurers from paying for it (joining the state's Medicaid program).

"Homosexuality, bisexuality, or living as transgender, are not mental disorders and they should not be treated as such," said OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Marie T. Sullivan.
"With our actions, we aim to protect the inalienable right of self-determination for New York youth, reducing the trauma this so called treatment can produce in the LGBTQ community, and helping to end the stigma that has been associated with being LGBTQ for far too long," she added.

Click here to read the full OMH Newsletter.

NYS to Push Back Timelines for Children's 
Managed Care Transition Update

The Office of Mental Health (OMH) sent out an update stating that state interagency partners from the Department Of Health, the Office of Children and Famaily Services, the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services and OMh met this week with the Children's Health and Behavioral Health Medicaid Redesign Team Subcommittee in New York City. During the meeting, they discussed the timeline for the children's system design and transition to Medicaid Managed Care.

The State team is continuing to make good progress on finalizing the details of the design, but more time is needed to accomplish the implementation tasks and approvals required to ensure a smooth transition, including:

* Feedback from CMS on Conflict of Interest and its Impact on 1915(c) Waiver Transitions and the overall children's design;
* State Plan and 1115 CMS Waiver Approvals;
* Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Medicaid Managed Care Plans (draft and final);
* Readiness and Training Activities for Plans, Providers, and Stakeholders;
* Designation of SPA and HCBS Providers;
* Work to transition the Foster Care population including "residual per diem."
* Stakeholder Collaboration; and
* Assess costs and how to accomplish the design elements within Global Spending Cap.

Six new SPA services will be implemented initially in the Fee-for-Service payment system for members in Fee-for Service or Medicaid Managed Care enrolled. The State is continuing to work towards a January 1, 2017 launch, but will continue to assess issues that may arise with implementing these services just ahead of the remaining transition.
National News
Washington Post Reports on How More People are Talking About Mental Illness  to Fight Stigma

The Washington Post reports on the growing movement of people "coming out" about living with a mental illness. Likened by some to the gay rights movement, with its beginnings in personal revelation, the groundswell to lift the stigma connected with mental illness has had a multiplying effect accelerated by social media. The more people who "come out" about their mental illness and are met with acceptance, the more others feel it's safe to do the same. The article profiles several people living with various mental illnesses and details how they are using media and the arts as tools to combat stigma.

Click here to read more.

The Mother of the Colorado Movie Theater Shooter Has Broken Her Silence

On July 20, 2012, James Holmes entered a movie screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, and started shooting - killing 12 people and injuring 70. 

Four years after that horrific event, James' mother, Arlene Holmes, is speaking out. She opened up in an interview with 10News in San Diego to commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month. Her goal is to help educate parents to learn the early signs of destructive mental illness, so they don't miss what she missed in her son. 

Arlene, a registered nurse, took James to therapy for about a year once the family moved to San Diego after a few years living further north in California. Though his behavior kept becoming more and more isolated, the family focused on having more fun to cheer him up, rather than getting him the help he needed. Later on, he saw a psychiatrist while he was a Ph.D. student in Colorado, and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. 

Even still, his parents didn't know about his diagnosis or about his violent thoughts. Arlene only found out when she was sitting in the courtroom during his trial. James received 12 consecutive life sentences without parole, in addition to 3,318 years in prison. 

Click here to read more.

Prince Harry Reveals He Suffers Combat Flashbacks

Britain's Prince Harry projects a happy-go-lucky image. But now Prince Harry has spoken about the traumatic images of his time in combat that haunt his memory. Prince Harry has revealed that he suffers from graphic flashbacks from his days serving on the front line as a soldier in the course of which he killed people, and that the "images I've been unfortunate to see" can pop up in his head at times of stress like "a slide show." Harry was speaking to Sky News to promote the Invictus games-the Paralympic-style event for wounded soldiers that he champions-when he made the revelation about the unwelcome and vivid memories. 

Harry, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, said,  "I described it to someone ages ago as one of those slide shows that go through your mind. If you've got a good imagination as well, everything that you see, especially if it's something that is quite powerful, then that slide is in there. It's always in there, and if you have dark moments in your life those slides will pop up." 

Click here to read more.


NIMH Update

Click here to read the latest Update from NIMH. Two interesting articles of note in this Update are information on how rare cancers may masquerade ADHD in children and how SAMHSA is making new grants available for AOT programs.

NIMH wants to hear from you!

NIMH is inviting comments from the general public on the state of mental illness research and NIMH's role in the development of this research. Your feedback will be used in developing briefing materials that will represent the full diversity of perspectives on mental illness research for the incoming NIMH Director. Please provide comments by  June 30, 2016 . Learn more about how to submit your comments by clicking here.

NIMH Looking for People to Participate in a 
Research Study

Bipolar Disorder (Pediatric) Research Study:  Treatment of Severe Mood Dysregulation, (SMD)  (Inpatient: 12- to 15 weeks) 

This study tests the efficacy of different treatments for decreasing irritability in children with severe mood and behavioral problems. Participants have symptoms of severe irritability and are not doing well on their current medications. The child must be currently in treatment with a physician, medically healthy and not currently hospitalized, psychotic or suicidal. The study includes day or full hospitalization to discontinue medication, followed by either methylphenidate plus citalopram, or methylphenidate plus placebo. Recruiting ages 7-17. 

Click here to learn more about this study.
Click here to find NIMH clinical trials by state.


NAMI-NYS NAMIWalks-Saturday September 24th, Jennings Landing Albany. Click here for more information.

There's Still Time to Support the Affiliates Who Held Their Walks Earlier This Month!

NAMI-NYC Metro NAMIWalks-Click here for more information

NAMI Rochester NAMIWalks-Click here for more information.

NAMI Queens/Nassau NAMIWalks- Click here for more information.

NAMI Westchester NAMIWalks-  Click here for more information,
Save the Dates
June 5 - Team Daniel Running for Recovery from Mental Illness invites you to join them for: Byram Hills Running for Hope. Registration: 8 am-9 am Activity starts at 9 AM. Run the 5 K Cross Country trail with marathon great Bill Rodgers Hear from mental health advocate Hakeem Rahim, State Senator David Carlucci and Stephanie Marquesano the founder of the Harris Project. The event will also feature Rachel Laitman singing Hallelujah, music by The Lagond School of Music Band and stand-up comedy Daniel Laitman. During the entire event the TeamDaniel, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health of America, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the Harris will have information tables.

June 8- Join NAMI Mid-Hudson for their Annual Fundraising Gala 2016.  At The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd, Poughkeepsie.  5pm to 9pm.  To Honor: Andrew O'Grady, Executive Director, Mental Health America Dutchess County and Michael P Hein, Ulster County Executive.  With Special Guest Dr. Xavier Amador author of: "I'm Not Sick.  I Don't Need Help!"  Click here for more information, please visit:

June 8 -NAMI Rockland Theater Party!!! NEXT TO NORMAL The show will be at Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 which includes Wine and hors d'oeuvres at intermission. There will also be a Raffle! About Next to Normal-This is a profoundly moving, shape-shifting, pop-rock musical for audiences who want to feel everything in one theatrical ride. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and three TONY Awards including Best Musical Score. Click here for more information.

June 8- NAMI Staten Island presents Moving towards Personalized Orientated Services (PROS) at Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) Behavioral Health. 7 pm at Freedom from Fear Bldg. 308, Seaview Ave. Staten Island. No registration required

June 13- Join NAMI Staten Island for a free film, "When Medicine Got it Wrong" 6:30pm at The Regina McGinn Education Center, SIUH. 475 Seaview Ave. Staten Island. A film by Katie Cadigan and Laura Murry, telling the story of mental illness 50 years ago and the amazing families who started NAMI. 

June 14  - Legal Issues In Mental Health Care --   Free public education event. Discussion and information about assisting our loved ones with mental health-related medical and legal decisions, including psychiatric advance directives and health proxies. 5pm to 6:45pm, at the 67th Street Library, located at 328 E. 67th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues, New York, NY. Call our Helpline at (212) 684-3264 for more information.  

June 14 - Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist:  Social Learning in Borderline Personality Disorder, presented by Sarah Kathryn Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D. Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University. Register now: www.bbrfoundation.org/webinar  

June 15-   NAMI Rockland's  Unlocking the Facts About Mental Illness in the Jail featuring Mark Farsetta, Coordinator. Behavioral Health Program Rockland County Correctional Unit. Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30 pm at Dr Robert L. Yeager Health Center. 50 Sanatorium Road, Bldg F., Room 119 Pomona, NY 10970 

JULY 12 - Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist:  Life Elevated: Examining Altitude-Related Effects on Mental illness, presented by
Perry F. Renshaw, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine, Medical Director, Rocky Mountain Network, Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Register now: bbrfoundation.org/webinar

  July 16  - NAMI-NYC Metro's second annual NAMI C.A.R.E.S. Community Mental Health Fair. The goal of the NAMI C.A.R.E.S. (Community Advocacy, Resources, Education & Services) Community Mental Health Fair is to highlight mental health issues that specifically face communities of color. Noon to 4 pm, at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, located at 530 W. 166th St. at Audubon Ave., New York, NY.

AUGUST 9 - Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist: Autism: Understanding the Causes and Developing Effective Treatments, presented by
Jacqueline N. Crawley, Ph.D. Robert E. Chason Chair in Translational Research, MIND Institute, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento. Register now: bbrfoundation.org/webinar
SEPTEMBER 13- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist:  Living Well with ADHD: Scientific Guideposts to Improved Outcomes, presented by
Francisco Xavier Castellanos, M.D. Brooke and Daniel Neidich Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor, Department of
Neuroscience and Physiology, Professor, Department of Radiology, Dir Rsch Green Cohen Inst Prevent Sci, New York University Child Study Center. Register now: bbrfoundation.org/webinar

October 7 -NAMI Rensselaer County will hold their 3rd Annual Recognition Dinner & Consumer Art Show. This year's honoree is Philip C. Nasca, PhD, Dean of SUNY School of Public Health. The event will take place from 6:30-9:00pm at Moscatiello's Italian Family Restaurant, 99 N. Greenbush Road (Rt. 4), Troy, NY

October 15The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention presents Out Of The Darkness Walk 10am, FDR Park in Yorktown.  Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck.  They need volunteers or for more information contact Maria Idoni (914) 610-9156 or midoni@afso.org.
OCTOBER 18 - Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist: Schizophrenia, presented by Herbert Y. Meltzer, M.D.Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Physiology, Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Register now: bbrfoundation.org/webinar
NOVEMBER 8 - Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist: Could We Someday Prevent Schizophrenia Like We Prevent Cleft Palate? Presented by Robert R. Freedman, M.D. Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine. Register now: bbrfoundation.org/webinar
NOVEMBER 11-13-2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference-
New Horizons in Recovery: Breakthroughs in Research and Treatment. The Desmond Hotel, Albany. More details coming soon!

DECEMBER 13- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist:  Neuroinflammatory Hypotheses of Depression, presented byYvette I. Sheline, M.D.
 Register now: bbrfoundation.org/webinar

Signature Programs
May 3 - June 7 - NAMI Basics by NAMI of Central Suffolk.  10am to 12:30pm, Tuesdays at the Sagamore Childen's Center in Dix Hills.  For more information or to register please contact Beth (631) 697-6097 or bethsramme@gmail.com.

May 9-July 18 - NAMI Peer-to-Peer, 6:30 to 8:30pm.  At the Patterson room in Samaritan Hospital, Troy, NY.  To register call Christine Rickeman at (518) 462-2000 or (518) 506-6484, email rickemanc1@yahoo.com.  Or Gregory Hitchcock (518) 921-4146, email ghitchcockonline@gmail.com.
May 14&15 - NAMI Family Support Group training to become a Facilitator.  NAMI-NYS.  Contact your local affiliate.

May 16 - NAMI Family-to-Family classes by NAMI Greene.  Twice a week for 6 weeks on Monday & Thursday nights.  Windham Hensonville United Methodist Church, Windham, NY.  6pm to 8pm.  To Register: call Jackie at (518) 734-4383.

June 2- NAMI Family-to-Family classes by NAMI Greene.  Twice a week for 6 weeks on Monday & Thursday nights.  Windham Hensonville United Methodist Church, Windham, NY.  6pm to 8pm.  To Register: call Jackie at (518) 734-4383.

June 2 - July 7-  NAMI Basics classes at NAMI-NYC Metro. Thursdays, 10am to 12:30pm, NAMI-NYC Metro, 505 Eighth Ave., Room 1103, New York, NY 10018. To Register: Call our Helpline (212) 684-3264.

June 6 - July 18 - NAMI Homefront classes NAMI-NYC Metro. Mondays, 6 to 8:30pm, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, 130 W. Kingsbridge Road, Room 1B-07, Bronx, NY 10458. To Register: Call our Helpline (212) 684-3264. 

June 7 - July 12: NAMI Basics classes at NAMI-NYC Metro. Tuesdays, 6pm to 8:30pm, NAMI-NYC Metro, 505 Eighth Ave., Room 1103, New York, NY 10018. To Register: Call our Helpline (212) 684-3264.

June 15 - August 31 - NAMI Peer-to-Peer by NAMI-NYC Metro. Wednesdays, 1 to 3pm, NAMI-NYC Metro, 505 Eighth Ave., Room 1103, New York, NY 10018. To Register: Call our Helpline (212) 684-3264.

June 25&26- NAMI Family Support Group training to become a Facilitator.  NAMI-NYS.  This training is FULL and we are not accepting applications at this time.

July 13- In Our Own Voice by NAMI Staten Island. 2:30-4:30 pm. The Jewish Community Center of Staten Island  Bernikow 1466 Manor Road

  July 16&17 - In Our Own Voice Training to become a Presenter.  NAMI-NYS.  Contact your local affiliate. This training is FULL and we are not accepting applications at this time.
July 22-24 - NAMI Family-to-Family Training to become a Teacher.  NAMI-NYS.  Contact your local affiliate.
August 27 - NAMI Ending the Silence training to become a Presenter.  St. Vincent's in Westchester.
August 28 - NAMI Parent & Teachers as Allies training to become a Presenter.  St. Vincent's in Westchester.

August 30 - Family-to-Family by NAMI AMICO.  Tuesdays from 6;30 to 9pm, for 12 continuous weeks.  At First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924.  Contact Catha Weiben (845) 551-1777.
October 7-9- NAMI Family-to-Family training to become a Teacher.  NAMI-NYS.  Contact your local affiliate.
To have your events and Signature Programs listed in the E-Newsletter contact Alicia Burns at Alicia@naminys.org

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