NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

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ADVOCACY:


Would you be interested in becoming a NAMI Orange board member?
If so, contact our office at 845-956-6264
or email info@namiorangeny.org

to learn about the application process



Upcoming Events/Outreaches



*When registering, please indicate which course, meeting or support group you are requesting



Zoom
NAMI Orange 
Education Mtg.
Click here

Mon., April 12,
7 pm

Topic: Seeking Self-Help Safely
(avoiding scams) and also handling the grief of losing a loved one

We welcome our very special guest speaker Ginnie Brown who lost her daughter 11 years ago when she attended a retreat in Arizona and died in a sweat lodge



To celebrate May Mental Health Awareness Month:

"Extra Innings"
2 hour movie
through Zoom
with Q&A

Click here
to view details





UPCOMING COURSES:

 



Zoom
NAMI Family & Friends

Sat., May 22,
4-6 pm

Click above for details


Zoom NAMI 
Family-to-Family

Sat., Sept 11-Oct. 30
8 consecutive Saturdays
10 am-1 pm

 




On-going  Support Groups:


NAMI Connection
Offered online through
NAMI Orange  1st & 3rd Thursdays 
7-8:30 pm

Email to register at 
info@namiorangeny.org

NAMI Connection
a peer-led support group for adults living with a
mental illness.
No fee, no registration
PLEASE NOTE: 
unfortunately these meetings held in Goshen will not be able to resume until a later date, but online is available-
see above

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NAMI
 FAMILY 

SUPPORT
GROUP
(Virtual)

presented by NAMI Orange
Click here for details

1st & 3rd Mondays
6:30-8 pm

Register by  emailing 
info@namiorangeny.org

o
r call our office
845-956-6264

with name, phone # and email




NAMI National Conference

June 30-July 3, 2021





NAMI Presentations:

Both programs are arranged by request

Click on links below for details

 -Ending the Silence
is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs. Through this classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition.
*3 types of presentations are available: for students, for staff and also for families

Click above link for possible ETS ZOOM presentations


-In Our Own Voice
trained presenters who are in recovery from mental illness share compelling personal testimonies about their experiences of living with and dealing with the challenges posed by mental illness.



MENTAL HEALTH  ADVOCACY




*For information on public policy and advocacy issues:



                  NAMI-NYS has set up
             three advocacy campaigns
     that will generate a pre-written email
                         to key officials

1. UPDATE: Governor Cuomo to signed the HALT Bill:

Eight years of grassroots work has finally proven fruitful for mental health advocates.

Legislation known as the Human Alternatives for Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act, or HALT, was passed in both houses of the New York State Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo on March 31. See https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-halt-solitary-confinement-act-law.

This law, which will go into effect in March 2022, will require screenings for suicide risk, prohibit use of solitary confinement for more than 15 consecutive days, or 20 days over a period of 60 days, and ban the use of this practice for populations including those who are pregnant or in post-partum recovery, who have mental and/or physical health diagnoses and those who are age 21 or younger or age 55 or older.

This law also creates alternatives and supports, including provisions for residential rehabilitation units, staff training, and public reporting.

2-Tell Legislators to ensure a mental health crisis is met with a mental health response:

Click here to urge the New York State Legislature to take two important steps in ensuring that a mental health crisis is met with a mental health response by investing in Crisis Stabilization Centers and Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT).

3-Tell the Legislature to address children's mental health and trauma in the l budget:

Click here to tell the New York State Senate to include funding to expand children's mental health support services and to improve the ability to recognize and address trauma in children.


  NAMI-NYS 2021 Legislation Action Agenda



                 
                        #BringItHomeNYS twitter

                         Bring It Home Website


BIH is group of community-based supportive housing providers, mental health advocates, faith leaders, & consumers & their families, demanding adequate funding.

Bring It Home NAMI-NYSNAMI-NYS Bring It Home

Visit  https://www.bringithomenys.org/  to discover more facts and to learn how you can support the Bring It Home campaign which calls for increased financial support for New York's Mental Health Housing Programs.





NYS License Plate (photo credit: News10 ABC)

Specialty License Plates
for Mental Health Awareness
Click above link to NYS Department of Motor Vehicle

The governor has signed into law Bill #A.06216B sponsored by Aileen Gunther which creates a specialty license plate stating, "Healthy Mind, Healthy NY"



                    Veterans Deserve Mental Health Care

                               excerpts from NAMI of Greater Des Moines


When Veterans transition out of service into civilian life, they can experience many challenges.

To help, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) recently introduced a bipartisan bill, S.785, The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act.

This bill will help Veterans access better care—care they deserve and need. NAMI worked with a bipartisan group of legislators on key parts of the bill, including provisions to:
  - Provide veterans with a full year of VA health and mental health care  after transitioning from the Armed Forces
  - Increase access to online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  -Create a Precision Medicine for Veterans Initiative to identify brain and mental health biomarkers
  -Provide $10 million to increase availability of and locations for VA telehealth care

S. 785 celebrates the legacy of retired Navy SEAL Commander John Scott Hannon, a member of NAMI Montana, who died by suicide last year after fighting a courageous battle with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and bipolar disorder.

CDR Hannon embodied the strength of veterans with mental health conditions. This bill honors his passion and efforts to improve veterans’ mental health care.

You can help. Click here (https://nami.quorum.us/campaign/18992/) to ask our U.S. Senators for their support of S. 785.






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NAMI-NYS Anylasis of 2015-2016 NYS Budget Agreement

 

Highlights Include:

Housing Investments

Expansion of CIT

Restoration of Prescriber Prevails

Criminal Justice Initiatives

Investment in Community Services

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On Sunday, March 29th, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders Assemblyman Carl Heastie and Senators Dean Skelos and Jeffery Klein reached an agreement for the FY 2015-16 budget. State legislators are expected to approve the budget deal before the April 1st deadline.

 

NAMI-NYS is extremely encouraged about many aspects of the budget agreement. Highlights include an investment in housing, several criminal justice initiatives including CIT expansion and the restoration of precribers prevails. This is one of the strongest budgets for mental health services in many years.