Special Edition Highlighting
Convention Kicks-Off With Celebration of
The Convention began on a high-note when on Wednesday, July 6th, the U.S House of Representatives passed HR 2646,
The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. NAMI-NYS has been advocating for this landmark piece of legislation for more than 3 years and we presented the bill's sponsor Rep Tim Murphy (R-PA) with our 2014 Legislative Champion Award.
We are thrilled to report that every member of the New York State House delegation voted yes on the bill. Please make sure to thank your House Representative for their vote on this important legislation. Our focus will now shift to getting the Senate to pass S.1945; both New York Senators
Senators Charles Schumer and Kirstin Gilibrand are co-sponsors of the Senate bill.
NAMI Rochester Receives
2016 Outstanding NAMI Affiliate Award
As we previously reported, we are all extremely proud of our NAMI Rochester affiliate being recognized as the 2016 Outstanding NAMI Affiliate. Above clockwise from the upper left are: NAMI Rochester Executive Director Pat Sine and President Bill Perun receiving the award from NAMI Board Member Janet Edelman; Pat Sine addressing the convention; NAMI Rochester members along with NAMI-NYS Board and staff posing with Pat, Bill and NAMI Executive Director Mary Giliberti; Pat, Mary and Bill.
Congratulations to Pat, Bill and all the fantastic NAMI Rochester staff, board and volunteers and thank you for your dedication to providing help and hope to your community.
Barbara Ricci Elected
to NAMI Board of Directors
Barbara Ricci, a member of NAMI-NYC Metro and NAMI-NYS was elected to the NAMI Board of Directors. We congratulate Barbara and look forward to having her voice on the NAMI Board.
NAMI-NYS's Advocacy Voice Recognized
Throughout the convention NAMI recognized how NAMI-NYS and our members are successfully projecting our advocacy voice. Public Engagement Coordinator Matthew Shapiro presented about New York's Paid Family Leave initiative during the "Care for Caregivers" portion of the NAMI Advocacy Networking session. Board member Rob Laitman also participated in the session.
to access the handout we distributed on Paid Family Leave.
During the "Cutting Through The Election Noise To #Act4MentalHealth " session discussing advocacy strategies, one of the slides featured NAMI-NYS's activities to engage NYS Legislators at this year's Legislative Disability Awareness Day.
to view the full slide presentation from that session.
Finally, during the "Act, Advocate, Achieve" session NAMI Executive Director Mary Giliberti mentioned the tremendous advocacy of NAMI-NYS member Hakeem Rahim who testified before both the House of Representatives and the Senate to tell his story of recovery and how we need to reform the mental health system.
to watch the
Mental Health Now
episode featuring Hakeem.
New York State Attorney General
Receives Distinguished Service Award
NAMI honored New York State Attorney General Eric Sxhneiderman with the Distinguished Service Award for his work to hold insurance companies accountable in maintaining parity in covering mental illness. Unfortunately, Attorney General Schneiderman was unable to attend but he sent a video message where he told of his time in the NYS Senate and the story of Timothy O'Clair, an adolescent who took his life after his family's insurance failed to cover his mental illness. His story led to the passage of NYS's Timothy's Law mandating parity and Attorney General Schneiderman has continued to fight for full parity for all New Yorkers. NAMI will be providing us with his video message and we look forward to featuring that in a future E-News edition.
NAMI-NYS Members Meet With National Mental Health Reformers Patrick Kennedy and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
The Convention's opening session featured two of the nation's leading mental health reformers, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy. NAMI-NYS board members Sigfrido Benitez, Dhanu Sannesy, Chemene Webber along with Public Engagement Coordinator Matthew Shapiro had the opportunity to meet with both Governor Hickenlooper and Congressman Kennedy.
Psychiatric Research Conducted in
New York State Showcased at Convention
The work of New York's two publicly funded research institutions was featured at the Convention. Dr. Mary Jane Alexander, of the Nathan Kline Institute (and the recipient of the 2015 NAMI-NYS Excellence in Research Award) presented on her work with the New York City Parachute Project. Joining Dr. Alexander during the presentation were Dr. Pablo Sadler, Medical Director, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as well as several Parachute team members from Visiting Nurse Service of New York; David Lindy, M.D., Chief Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, Community Mental Health Services, Antonio Munoz, Peer Specialist, Parachute Mobile Team and Neil Pessin, Ph.D., Vice President, Community Mental Health Services.
to view the slides from the session C
risis as Opportunity: Integrating Peers into Crisis Alternatives in Parachute NYC.
Oscar Jimenez-Solomon, M.P.H., Research Scientist and Research Coordinator, New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Medical Center was featured as part of the session on engagement. During the session NAMI unveiled their new booklet
Engagement: A New Standard for Mental Health Care which features Dr. Jimenez-Solomon's work. NAMI-NYS has copies of the resource and will be sending it to affiliates.
to read the section on
NAMI-NYS Members Seen and Heard
NAMI-NYS Board Member Sigfrido Benitez with NAMI Board Member Gloria Walker
NAMI-NYS Board Member Dr. Rob Laitman talks with Steven McCarroll, Ph.D., Director of Genetics at the Broad Institute's Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research and an Associate Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.
NAMI-NYS Member Ilene Flattery Wells works to raise awareness of the need to repeal the IMD Exclusion
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Wednesday August 3rd
- 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.
July 21-Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services presents, Overview of Crisis Services. Thursday at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center. As usual, there will be time for Questions and Answers as well as support services after the presentation. For more information or to register contact: Frank Greco, Director of Family Services (518) 549-6816
August 4- Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services presents, Mental Health Legal Matters. Thursday at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center. As usual, there will be time for Questions and Answers as well as support services after the presentation. For more information or to register contact: Frank Greco, Director of Family Services (518) 549-6816
- 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:
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:
Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services presents The Power of Laughter. Thursday at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center. As usual, there will be time for Questions and Answers as well as support services after the presentation. For more information or to register contact: Frank Greco, Director of Family Services (518) 549-6816
-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 15- The 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 email@example.com.
- 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:
- 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:
2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference-
New Horizons in Recovery: Breakthroughs in Research and Treatment. The Desmond Hotel, Albany. More details coming soon!
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents; Meet the Scientist: Neuroinflammatory Hypotheses of Depression, presented byYvette I. Sheline, M.D.
- 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.
- NAMI Family-to-Family Training to become a Teacher. NAMI-NYS. Contact your local affiliate.
- NAMI Ending the Silence training to become a Presenter. St. Vincent's in Westchester.
- NAMI Parent & Teachers as Allies training to become a Presenter. St. Vincent's in Westchester.
- 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.
NAMI Queens Nassau presents Family to Family classes September1st - November 17
2016. 7:00-9:30 pm at Walk in Love for Jesus Church. 906 Newbridge Road, Long Island NY 11710. To register email
September 8-NAMI Queens Nassau presents Family-to-Family classes September 8-December 1st at Congregational At Shelter Rock, 18 Shelter Rock Road Manhasset, NY 11030 and the classes will take place from 6:30-9:00.
September 26-NAMI Queens Nassau presents Family to Family classes at North Shore Zucker Hillside Hospital Ambulatory Care Pavilion, room 1237. 263rd St. and 74 Ave. Glen Oaks, NY 11004. Classes will be from 7-9:30pm. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org or (516) 326-0797 or (718) 347-7284
September 19-NAMI Cayuga County presents Family to Family classes at Auburn Community College, 17 Lansing Street Auburn, NY 2nd Floor Assembly Room. Classes will be from 6-8:30pm. Please contact email@example.com to register.
NAMI Westchester will be starting a Family-to-Family class in Westchester, dates and location are to be determined. To enroll call Sharon McCarthy at 914-592-5458 or email her at
October 7-9- NAMI Family-to-Family training to become a Teacher. NAMI-NYS. Contact your local affiliate.