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First, we hope everyone had an enjoyable 4th of July. This edition of the NAMI-NYS E-News highlights the participation of NAMI-NYS at last week's NAMI National Convention. You will also see how many of the issues discussed at the convention will also be featured at the 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference
, taking place November 10-12th at the Desmond Hotel. 

We also want to provide a quick ADVOCACY UPDATE: Last week, Governor Cuomo signed the Kenda's Law extender bill. Thank you to all of you who contributed to the advocacy effort which will ensure that those with the most serious forms of mental illness have access to services to provide housing and support to keep them out of hospitals and jails. 
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. 

Hope Starts With You!
Making Our Voice Heard!
NAMI-NYS Participates in Health Care Rally on Capitol Steps and
Meets With the Offices of Sixteen Members of the 
NYS Congressional Delegation

On Wednesday, June 28th, NAMI-NYS was invited by Congressman Paul Tonko to participate in a rally against the Senate's Health Care Bill. At the rally, Associate Director, Public Affairs, Matthew Shapiro spoke with Senator Chuck Schumer.

On NAMI's Hill Day, more than thirty members of NAMI-NYS met with Senator Schumer's staff to tell our stories and thank him for fighting against the Senate's Health Care bill. This was one of 16 meetings we made on Hill Day. Others meetings included:

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY-20)
Rep. John Faso (R-NY-19)

Rep John Katko (R-NY-24)

Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY-3)

The office of Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY-25)

The office of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21)

At  NAMI's Reception for Legislative Champions we also had the opportunity to meet with Rep. Joe Kennedy, III, (D-MA-4) a national leader for true health care. On Hill Day we will also met with Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1), Rep. Dan Donovon (R-NY-11), Rep. Peter King (R-NY-2) and the offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-8), Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18).


Congress is currently on recess and members of the Congressional delegation are in their districts and participating in community events. Seek them out and tell them to #Act4MentalHealth. Click here t o learn more about our advocacy issues and click here to learn about NAMI's Virtual Hill Day. 
NAMI Convention Highlights How New York State is Leading the Way in Psychiatric Research

New NIMH Director, Dr. Joshua Gordon (formally of New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University) spoke at the Congressional Reception and at the Convention. 

NAMI-NYS proudly serves as the NIMH Outreach Partner for New York State. The convention gave us the opportunity to catch up with the leaders of the Outreach Program and the NIMH Schizophrenia Research Division (who will once again be joining us at the 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference). We will also be announcing a research update presentation at the conference by a leading NIMH researcher in the coming weeks. 

The convention featured a presentation on NIMH's Recovery After Initial Schizophrenic Episode Study (RAISE) led by New York researchers, Dr. Lisa Dixon, Director of New York State Psychiatric Institute's Center for Practice Innovations which implements the OnTrackNY program and Dr. John Kane, of Zucker Hillside Hospital. 

The 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference will feature a presentation by Center for Practice Innovation's Deputy Director Paul Margolies. 

Click here to watch the episode of Mental Health Now featuring NIMH's Dr. Robert Heinssen, who discusses how New York State has taken the research conducted by Dr. Dixon and Dr. Kane to create unique coordinated specialty care early intervention programs. 
The Importance of Self Advocacy in Building a 21st Century Mental Health System Highlighted at the Convention and to be Featured at the 
NAMI-NYS Education Conference

The Convention had a session on  A Vision for a 21st Century Mental Health System . One of the presenters was Keris Jan Myrick (pictured at the microphone), the former NAMI President and currently the Director of Consumer Affairs at SAMHSA.

We are thrilled to announce that Keris will also be joining us at the 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference  to participate in Saturday afternoon's featured session:  With Engagement, Implementation and Intervention Recovery is Possible.

Convention Highlights NAMI NYC Metro's
Young Professional Advisory Board

The Convention featured a session on NAMI NYC Metro's Young Professional Advisory Board (YPAB). The session was led by NAMI NYC Metro and NAMI board member Barbara Ricci. As part of the session Barbara and YPAB selected six NAMI organizations to receive a $1,000 contribution to help create YPAB and young adult initiatives. The awards were based on tweets made during the session. NAMI-NYS was thrilled to be selected as one of the recipients. We thank Barbara for the generous contribution and look forward to engaging many new young professionals and young adults in the NAMI-NYS family.

One way NAMI-NYS will be doing this is by once again having a Young Adult track at the 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference. Details of the Young Adult  track(which is curated by members of our Young Adult Network) will be announced shortly.

NAMI Partners with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to Help Support Military Families and Caregivers

Saturday afternoon featured the NAMI Policy Institute- Hidden Heroes: Strengthening Support for Mental Health Caregivers . The keynote speaker was former Labor Secretary, Treasury Secretary and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole. Senator Dole founded the Elizabeth Dole Foundation which is dedicated to empowering, supporting, and honoring our nation's military caregivers; the spouses, parents, family members and friends who care for America's wounded, ill or injured veterans. NAMI and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation have forged a new partnership to advance our dual missions in supporting the needs of our nation's hidden heroes, our caregivers. 

The 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference will once again feature a focus track on mental health for veterans and military families, details of the track will be announced soon. This year's conference will also have a plenary session on self-care and maintaining well-being as a caretaker. 

Meeting with NAMI's CEO Mary Giliberti

Members of the NAMI-NYS board and staff had the opportunity to chat with NAMI's CEO Mary Giliberti. During the convention, Mary discussed how she enjoys taking helpline calls. Our own Helpline Coordinator Christine Rickeman spoke with Mary about her experience on the NAMI-NYS Helpline. Mary also mentioned how much she enjoys reading the NAMI-NYS E-News.
NAMI-NYS Thanks Sita Diehl and Wishes Her the Best 
On Her Retirement
NAMI-NYS wishes to extend our gratitude to NAMI's longtime  Director, Policy & State Outreach  Advocacy & Public Policy Sita Diehl, who will be retiring at the end of July. Many of you will remember Sita's presentation from our 2011 Advocacy Day. Sita has been a constant source of information and support and we are all better advocates because of her dedication. We wish all the best and look forward to working with Hannah Wesolowski who will be assuming that role in NAMI's advocacy team.

Congratulates Newly Elected Board Members

Finally, NAMI-NYS congratulates the re-elected NAMI board membes Dr. Jim Hayes and Adrienne Kennedy and newly elected board members Carlos Larrauni, Micah Pearson and Amanda Lipp (pictured above with board member Rob Laitman and Associate Director, Public Affairs, Matthew Shapiro). Rob also ran for the board, yet was not elected, but he wanted everyone to know that there are no hard feelings and he especially enjoyed talking to Amanda, who besides being a member of NAMI California, works on the videos for the OnTrackNY program mentioned above.

2017 NAMIWalksNYS September 23rd

NAMI-NYS looks forward to building on the success of our inaugural NAMIWalks NYS. The 2017 NAMIWalks NYS will be taking place on Saturday, September 23rd, at Jennings Landing in Albany. You can click here to start your team and/or donate to the walk.  For more information you can email info@naminys.org  

Save the Dates

Click here to learn more and register for the 2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference- Engagement, Implementation, Internvention: Three Pronged Approach to Sustainable Mental Health Recovery, taking place November 10-12 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.

JULY 13- Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services Presents:
"An Overview of Mental Health Services
in Albany County"
presented by
Tyleia Harrell, Behavioral Health Systems Manager
Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center. For more information or to register contact:Frank Greco, Director of Family Services (518) 549-6816.

July 21-NAMIWalks NYS Bowling for Hope Second Strike, Friday July 21st, 6 pm.-8 pm at the  East Greenbush Bowling Center,  570 Columbia Turnpike,  East Greenbush, NY 12061.Tickets are $12.00 without shoe rental and $15.00 with shoe rental. Please contact Sharon at (518) 462-2000/ sharon@naminys.org to sign up.

JULY 27 Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services Presents:
"An Overview of the
N.Y.S. Justice Center
for the Protection of
People with Special Needs"
Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center. For more information or to register contact:Frank Greco, Director of Family Services (518) 549-6816.

Signature Programs

JULY 12 - NAMI Rochester Basics. Wednesdays, July 12th - August 16th 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at 320 N Goodman St., suite 102 Rochester NY. To register please contact NAMI Rochester at (585) 423-1593.

JULY 12-NAMI-NYC Metro Basics PROFESSIONAL CLASS (for professionals only). Wednesdays, July 12th - August 16th at 505 8th Avenue, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10018.  To register contact Deniece Chi at    (212) 684-3365 x 203 / parent@naminyc.org.

JULY12-NAMI Central Suffolk Basics. Wednesday evenings July 12th- August 23rd from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm at the Farmingville Mental Health Clinic, 15 Horseblock Place, Farmingville, NY 11738. Registration is required. Contact: Andrea Stolz, astolz@fsl-li.org (631) 223-5030. 

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.

SEPTEMBER 12-NAMI-NYC Metro Basics. Tuesdays, September 12 - October 17, 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm at    505 8th Avenue, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10018.   To register contact Deniece Chi at (212) 684-3365 x 203 / parent@naminyc.org.

SEPTEMBER 13- NAMI-NYC Metro Basics (SPANISH SPEAKING). Wednesdays, September 13th-October 18th, 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm at 505 8th Avenue, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10018.  To register contact Deniece Chi (212) 684-3365 x 203 / parent@naminyc.org. 

SEPTEMBER 14-NAMI-NYC Metro Basics. Thursdays, September 14th- October 19th 10:00 am-12:30 pm at 505 8th Avenue, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10018.  To register contact Deniece Chi at (212) 684-3365 x 203 / parent@naminyc.org.

NOVEMBER 1-NAMI-NYC Metro Basics. Wednesdays, November 1st-December 6, 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm at 505 8th Avenue, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10018.  To register contact Deniece Chi (212)684-3365 x 203 / parent@naminyc.org.

NOVEMBER 2-NAMI NYC Metro Basics. Thursdays, November 2nd - December 7th, 10:00 am-12:30 pm at 505 8th Avenue, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10018.  To register contact Deniece Chi at (212) 684-3365 x 203 / parent@naminyc.org. 

NOVEMBER 3-NAMI-NYC Metro Basics (SPANISH SPEAKING) Fridays, November 3rd - December 8th, 10:00 am-12:30 pm at 505 8th Avenue, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10018.  To register contact Deniece Chi at (212) 684-3365 x 203 / parent@naminyc.org. 

Please contact your local affiliate program leaders for more information and how to enroll.
NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training
July 14th-16th, 2017
Trainers: Ann Canastra & Cheri Caiella
Location: Comfort Suite Cicero-Syracuse
NAMI Homefront Teacher Training
September 16th-17th 2017
Trainers: Pam Solomon & Jerry Burton
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

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

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