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NAMI-NYS has continually updated you on our involvement in the Bring it Home Campaign and its goal to generate increased funding for the Mental Health Housing system. This edition of the E-News has a special announcement about the campaign's leader Toni Lasicki and how the campaign will be featured at the 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference. We also want to let our readers know that the campaign is seeking individuals and families to tell their stories about how mental health housing has advanced their recovery. We encourage our readers to tell the stories and help us in this important mission. Please email Doug Cooper, to share your story.  

This edition of the E-News features NAMI-NYS's involvement at the CIT International Conference, NAMI Buffalo's advocacy around the tragic death of India Cummings, our latest Lunch & Learn presentation and information on NAMI Cayuga's recent fundraiser. Also featured is tips on traveling with a mental illness, a remembrance of  Aretha Franklin and how trauma shaped her music, a tv interview with OMH's John Allen and the latest NIMH Update. 

Remember, we want to hear from you and the work your affiliate is doing. Please email stories to and send save the date notices to
NAMI-NYS is Proud to Announce the Second
2018 Leader of Mental Health Awareness Honoree:
Toni Lasicki

NAMI-NYS is thrilled to announce our second 2018 Leader of Mental Health Awareness Award recipient, Toni Lasicki, executive director of the Association for Community Living. Housing with wrap-around services has long been NAMI-NYS's leading advocacy issue. This award acknowledges Toni's work as New York's leading crusader for mental health housing. In late 2016, Toni launched the Bring It Home-Better Funding for Better Care campaign. Bring It Home is  a coalition of community-based mental health housing providers, mental health advocates, faith leaders, and consumers and their families, urging New York State to adequately fund community-based housing programs for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Bring It Home has raised increased awareness of why mental health housing is crucial to recovery.  

Click here to watch the Mental Health Now episode on Mental Health Housing featuring Toni. 

The award will be presented on the Friday evening of the 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference. Click here to visit the website and register to join us in celebrating Toni's work to raise awareness about the need for mental health housing.

Click here to learn more about all the announced 2018 honorees. 

NAMI-NYS Participates 2018 CIT International Conference

The 2018 CIT International Conference took place on August 15-17th in Kansas City, MO. NAMI-NYS was active throughout the conference. 2nd Vice-President Dhanu Sannesy attended the entire conference and met with many leaders to discuss the efforts being done by her Orange County affiliate. Associate Director, Public Affairs, Matthew Shapiro participated in the session on the pilot Advanced CIT Training. Albany was one of the four sites chosen to implement the project and Matthew discussed NAMI's involvement in the training and how it allowed us to create a relationship with the Epilepsy Foundation and deepen our connection with the Albany County Department of Mental Hygiene and the Albany Police Department.

Leaders from NAMI and New York State played central roles in the conference which featured officers from throughout the United States and eight other countries. NAMI CEO Mary Giliberti gave the keynote address on Wednesday and Dr. Steve Lamberti of the University of Rochester Medical Center gave the keynote address on Thursday. PEOPLe Inc's Steve Miccio also led a session on work being done in Dutchess, Orange and Westchester counties including the Dutchess County Stabilization Center  and the efforts led by Mark Giuliano in Westchester. Both Mr. Giuliano and Beth Alter of the Stabilization Center along with CIT International Vice President Don Kamin, Director of the Institute for Police, Mental Health & Community Collaboration will all be presenting at the 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference

Click here to view the details on the focus track on Improving the Interface Between Mental Illness and Criminal Justice, taking place on Friday, October 26th. 

Click here to watch the Mental Health Now episode on CIT featuring Don Kamin and Lt. Willie Flack of the Albany Police Department. 

NAMI Cayuga Hosts Inaugural Garden Party Fundraiser

The Frank and Eliza Tryon House, (1882), listed on the National Register of Historic Places was the venue of the first Annual Garden Party Tea Fundraiser for NAMI Cayuga County. Known as the gateway of the Finger Lakes , Weedsport, NY was once an important stop on the Erie Canal in the 1800's. Mr. And Mrs. Tryon were locally well known and respected for their contributions to the village, as they participated in a number of social and religious organizations.

The fundraiser was hosted by NAMI Cayuga Co.'s founders and co-presidents, Bart & Terri Wasilenko. The affiliate founded in 2002, continues to provide education and support to more than fifty families in the county, helping them navigate the mental health system when a loved one struggles with mental illness. Along with offering NAMI Signature programs, the Wasilenko's are national trainers in Mental Health First Aid, provide eight hour trainings in the area and participate in CIT trainings. Through the affiliate's work they continue to spread the message that mental illness is a no-fault brain disorder and that there is hope.

NAMI Buffalo Continues to Voice Concerns Over the Death
Of India Cummings

NAMI Buffalo & Erie County has been active in addressing the death of India Cummings, a 27 year old woman who died in 2016 at the Erie County Holding Center. The NYS Commission of Corrections has only recently determined that death was homicide by medical neglect.

The affiliate has been active in community meetings addressing this issue and both President Ann Venuto and member Marcy Rose were interviewed in a news story on the incident. Click here to watch the news story featuring Ann and Marcy. 

NAMI Buffalo's work with the local criminal justice system will be featured at the workshop demonstrating how NAMI-NYS and our affiliates can serve as community partners to law enforcement and criminal justice at the 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference

NAMI-NYS Does a Lunch and Learn at 
Pinnacle Behavioral Health 

Pinnacle Behavioral Health Director Laura Hunt asked NAMI-NYS to come and present a "Lunch & Learn" to their clinical staff. The presentation by Tina Lee featured  an overview of NAMI Programs and explained how NAMI-NYS can augment the clinical services Pinnacle offers by providing their clients and their families with additional education and support. 

Lunch & Learns are an effective outreach tool to build partnerships and help NAMI-NYS's outreach mission to educate, support and advocate for our families and individuals impacted by mental illness.  If your business, organization, school or faith-based institution is interested in a Lunch & Learn session (topics include NAMI  101, Mental Health in the Workplace and Ending the Silence) email Tina Lee .

The 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference will feature workshops on various forms of community partnerships offered by NAMI-NYS. 

Recent NAMI Blog Focuses on Traveling With a Mental Illness

I n a recent NAMI Blog, travel blogger Jonathan Berg, who has bipolar, writes both how travel has helped his mental health and provides tips on traveling with a mental health condition. 

Berg says," I've learned that travel can be one of the most incredible experiences for those of us struggling with our mental health...I've found that waking up in a new place can be very effective in breaking a downward spiral into an extended depression. My brain becomes too preoccupied with learning about a new place to focus on my mood. That said, traveling with a mood disorder also has its perils."

Click here to read the full article. 
New York News
NYS-OMH's John Allen Appears on Capital Region's NBC
Forum 13 Program

John Allen, Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health, recently appeared on the local NBC affiliate's news program Forum 13. John explains various mental health related issues including addressing stigma, debunking myths about people living with a mental illness and what to do if you suspect someone you know might have a mental illness. John also discusses how people with mental illness can be productive members of the workforce. Click here to watch the segment.

The 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference will examine the role of employment in two concurrent sessions on Friday, October 26th. The first session Maximizing Your Potential will feature OMH's Garrett Smith and Independent Living's Doug Hovey. The second session will detail the recently released report by the Center for Practice Innovation on the Importance of Employment for People with Serious Mental Illness and will be led by Dr. Tom Jewell.

The Poughkeepsie Journal Details How the Dutchess County 
Stabilization Center is a Valuable Resource 

Dr. Thomas Quinn, Deputy Commissioner for the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health recently wrote in the Poughkeepsie Journal about the success of the Dutchess County Stabilization Center. He details how "in 18 months since opening, the Dutchess County Stabilization Center has become an invaluable community resource and an envied model for addressing mental health and substance abuse issues across New York." Click here to read the article.

The Stabilization Center will be one of the initiatives featured as part of the Friday afternoon plenary session  Identifying Different Types of Community Based Mental Health and Crisis Services at the 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference

National News
Remembering Aretha Franklin as TIME Magazine Examines the Trauma and Resilience Behind Her Iconic Soul Music

Last week, Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul Music" passed away. In remembering Ms. Franklin and her tremendous legacy, TIME Magazine looked back at their 1968 cover story on her and how trauma played a major part in shaping her musical voice. 

"Like her soul brothers and sisters who came before her, Franklin sang about a whole lot of pain. She was first traumatized at the age of 6 when her mother walked out on the family-and then her mother's death four years later. In the 1968 cover story, TIME described how someone with an outsized personality onstage turned inward immediately when she was offstage. 'I've been hurt-hurt bad,' she said."

Click here to read the full story. 


NIMH Update

Click here to read the latest Update from NIMH.

Recruitment Now Open for New TMS Study

Click here to read about a new study on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). NIMH's Dr. Bruce Luber will be presenting on this study at the 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference on Saturday, October 27th. 

Hope Starts With You!
NAMI Walks

At the 3rd Annual NAMIWalks-NYS
September 29th 2018
8:30 am Registration
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Jennings Landing
1 Quay Street, Albany NY
Start or Join your team today!!!

Friday, September 7th, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary
217 Wolf Road, Albany NY 12205

Click here to sign up for NAMIWalk NYS and start your team today!

NAMIWalks NYS: Strong Body, Strong Mind 2018
NAMI NYS invites You to join the movement...
Helpline Coordinator Christine Rickeman Provides Update 
on Her Strong Mind, Strong Body Challenge 

NAMI-NYS challenges you to participate in our Strong Body, Strong Mind Fitness Challenge. Every week the NAMIWalks section of the E-News will feature Strong Body, Strong Mind tools including healthy recipes, fitness challenges, and mindful exercises.
Ok everyone we still have 6 weeks until the walk! Join us in the challenge! Its not too late, I'd love to hear from you and your challenge. Keep me posted!
Here are the workouts and recipes for the week

Avocado Chicken Salad Wraps

We also encourage you to post on your social media why you support NAMI-NYS and are participating in the walk. Send in your posts and we will feature the posts in our upcoming newsletter.
Start your walk team now  and join us to change attitudes and save lives!
Come Walk for Wellness on Saturday, September 29th, at Jennings Landing, Albany NY. This inspirational community event will have a full day of live music, informational tabling, and family friendly activities.
Healthy Minds = Healthy Communities

Save the Date


AUGUST 24- NAMI Schenectady Annual Summer Chicken BBQ. Friday August 24th from 3p.m.-8.p.m. at Niskayuna Community Center Park, 2682 Aqueduct Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309.
Cost is $20 ($10 for consumers). Donations are also accepted. Make your check payable to NAMI Schenectady, PO Box 974, Schenectady NY 12301.
 PLEASE make your dinner reservations in advance (no later than 8/20) to ensure an accurate count for our caterer, Pie in the Sky Bakery. If you miss that deadline, please call Cindy Seacord at 518-374-8071 or Roy Neville at 518-377-2619.

SEPTEMBER 9-NAMI Orange County " Family Connections"
Educational classes on  Borderline Personality Disorder.
Sponsored by NAMI Orange at the  First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. Starting September 9 th 2018 (Sundays) 6:30 till 8:30 pm 845-956-6264, or call Dhanu 845-294-2749 Please RSVP by September 1st. Suggested Donation: $50 per person, & $75 for family/couple Email:
SEPTEMBER 11- CDPC Family Services Presents: An Overview of Parson's Mobile Crisis Services
SEPTEMBER 11- Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services Presents: An Overview of Parson's Mobile Crisis Services by Jennifer Eslick, LCSW-R Program Director. Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center 75 New Scotland Avenue Albany, NY 12208 (518) 549-6000.
For more information or to register contact: Frank Greco, Director of Family Services (518) 549-6816.

OCTOBER 9 - The National Alliance on Mental Illness Champlain Valley will be sponsoring a free one day conference at Clinton Community College on October 9th titled, "Stand Up 2 Stigma." The conference will have a variety of workshops for peers, families, providers, and interested community members.
Our keynote speaker for the event is David Granirer, a counselor, stand-up comic, mental health keynote speaker, and author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success. He founded Stand Up For Mental Health, a program that teaches stand up comedy to people with mental illness or mental health issues as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. Additionally, the NYS Office Of Mental Health Commissioner, Mental Hygiene Legal Services and many other speakers will be joining us.
The event is expected to provide education & awareness around the effects of stigma, opportunities for reducing stigma, and a chance to become a proactive community member that supports mental health; like one supports cancer and diabetes.
Consider joining us! For those who may remember in 2014 we sponsored Keys to Recovery - 250 were in attendance creating one of the largest mental health conferences in our community. This time, we ask you to take a stand, be the hero, and Stand Up 2 Stigma.
We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend. Registration can be done by going to our website at and clicking the Stand Up 2 Stigma tab. When you sign up for the conference you will receive periodic updates. Feel free to forward this information to your friends, family, and colleagues.
Any questions regarding the conference can be addressed to

OCTOBER 16- CDPC Family Services Presents: An Overview of NAMI - NYS Programs for Families
OCTOBER 16- Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services Presents: An Overview of NAMI - NYS Programs for Families by Tina Lee Community Education and Outreach Manager. Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center 75 New Scotland Avenue Albany, NY 12208 (518) 549-6000.
For more information or to register contact: Frank Greco, Director of Family Services (518) 549-6816.

Signature Programs
SEPTEMBER 4 - NAMI Orange County Family to Family classes. Tuesdays, September 4-November 20th from 6:30p.m.-9:00p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church , 33 Park Place, Goshen , NY 10924. Contact NAMI helpline845-956-6264 or Dhanu 845- 294-2749
namiorangeny@ For details visit

SEPTEMBER 4-NAMI-NYC Metro Family to Family. Tuesdays - Sep. 4-Nov. 13, 2018 from 6:30p.m.-9:00.m. at the NEW YORK PRESBYTERIAN - WEILL CORNELL, 525 E. 68th St. @ York Ave., Rm. 1170, New York, NY 10065. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212) 684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 5-NAMI Rochester Family-to-Family .Wednesday's September 5th - November 28th, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM at NAMI Rochester (320 N. Goodman Street, Suites 102/103, Rochester, NY 14607). To enroll, contact Beth Winslow-D'Amico at (585) 423-1593 or

SEPTEMBER 5- NAMI Huntington Family to Family. Wednesdays, September 5th thru November 28th, 2018 from 7:00pm-9:30pm at the Northport VA Medical Center, Building 200-A1-579, Middleville Rd., Northport, NY 11768.                                                                                      To To register contact Jill Ryan 516-695-0389( Goggin 631-261-4400 Ext 2785 ( Dovi 631-835-2277 (

SEPTEMBER 6- NAMI Queens/Nassau Basics.Thursdays September 6th - October 18th, from  6:30 P.M.-9:00 the  ZUCKER HILLSIDE HOSPITAL,  Northwell Long Island Jewish,  Glen Oaks, New York
Directions upon confirmation of registration.  To register:Call: (516)326-0797 or (718)347-7284  or at  .

SEPTEMBER 8-NAMI NYC Metro Peer to Peer. Saturdays, Sep. 8-Oct. 27, 2018 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the NAMI NYC Metro Office, 505 8th Ave., Ste. 1103, New York, NY 10018. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 12-NAMI NYC Metro Peer to Peer. Wednesdays, Sep. 12-Oct. 31, 2018 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the NAMI NYC Metro Office, 505 8th Ave., Ste. 1103, New York, NY 10018. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 17-NAMI Mid-Hudson Family-to-Family. Mondays September 17th - December 3rd,From 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm in  Poughkeepsie, NY. To register, please call Jo Ann Brown at 845-832-6368 or email  For more information, please visit:  

SEPTEMBER 17-NAMI-NYC Metro Family to Family. Mondays - Sep. 17-Dec. 10, 2018 from 6p.m.-8:30p.m. at the NAMI NYC Metro Office 505 8th Ave. @ 35th St., Ste. 1103, New York, NY 10018. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 18-NAMI Rochester Peer to Peer. Tuesdays September 18th - November 27th from 6p.m.-8:30p.m. at the NAMI Rochester Office, 320 N. Goodman Street, Suite 102, Rochester, NY 14607. to Register contact Caneia Titus at (585)423-1593/ 

SEPTEMBER 19-NAMI Syracuse/VA Family to Family Wednesdays Sept. 19th- Dec.12th from 6p.m.- 8p.m. at the  Syracuse VA Medical Center Auditorium,   800 Irving Avenue,  Syracuse, NY 13210. To Register contact NAMI Syracuse (315) 487-2085/ .

SEPTEMBER 20- NAMI NYC Metro Homefront. Thursdays ,  Sep. 20-Nov. 1, 2018 from 9:30am-11:45am at the BRONX VET CENTER, 2471 Morris Ave. @ Fordham Rd., Ste. 1A, Bronx, NY 10468. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.          

SEPTEMBER 21- NAMI Orange County Basics. Friday September 21st- October 26th at the  Orange Regional Medical Center 707 East Main St., Middletown, NY 10940,  Conference Room 3,  Contact NAMI helpline 845-956-6264, Marcy Felter 845-258-8240

SEPTEMBER 24-NAMI Queens/Nassau Family-to-Family.Mondays  September 24th - December 10th from 7:00p.m.-9:30p.m at the 
North Shore Zucker Hillside Hospital,  NorthWell Health Hospital
Ambulatory Care Pavilion,  Room  1237,  263rd Street & 74 Ave.
Glen Oaks, NY 11004.  To register: Please contact NAMI Queens Nassau at (516) 326-0797 or  (718) 347-7284 or email www. namiqn@ org,  Co-Leaders: Janet Reilly (516) 238-1023 and Angela Babaev (718)490-9504

SEPTEMBER 24-NAMI-NYC Metro Family to Family. Mondays - Sep. 24-Dec. 10, 2018 from 12pm-2:30pm at the NAMI NYC Metro Office 505 8th Ave. @ 35th St., Ste. 1103, New York, NY 10018. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 25- NAMI Westchester Family-to-Family. Tuesdays September 25 thru December 11 from from 6:00pm-8:30pm at 100 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY 10523. To register contact / 914-592-5458.

SEPTEMBER 25- NAMI NYC Metro Homefront. Tuesdays, Sep. 25-Oct. 30, 2018 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the MANHATTAN VA MEDICAL CENTER, 423 E. 23rd St. @ 1st Ave., 3W Conf. Rm. B, New York, NY 10010. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 27-NAMI NYC Metro Peer to Peer. Thursdays, Sep. 27-Nov. 15, 2018 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the NAMI NYC Metro Office, 505 8th Ave., Ste. 1103, New York, NY 10018. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

SEPTEMBER 29- NAMI Westchester Family-to-Family. Saturdays September 29 thru December 15 from 9:00am-11:30am at St. Vincents Hospital, Harrison, NY . To register contact / 914-592-5458.

OCTOBER 2-NAMI NYC Metro Peer to Peer. Tuesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 20, 2018 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the NAMI NYC Metro Office, 505 8th Ave., Ste. 1103, New York, NY 10018. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.

OCTOBER 17-NAMI-NYC Metro Family to Family. Wednesdays - Oct. 17-Jan. 16, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the JAMES J. PETERS BRONX VA MEDICAL CENTER, 130 W. Kingsbridge Rd. @ Webb Ave., Rm. 1B-07, Bronx, NY 10468. To register contact NAMI NYC Metro at (212)684-3264.
Please contact your local affiliate program le aders for more information and how to enroll.

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