Telephone:  845-956-NAMI (6264) 
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Upcoming Events/Outreaches

See details
of upcoming NAMI
meetings and courses by clicking links below:

Upcoming Courses:

free 6 week course starts Sat., Jan. 5
in Newburgh
Call now to register for NAMI F2F (since class size is limited)
Click link for details

On-going Meetings:

NAMI Connection
a peer-led support group for adults living with a
mental illness.
PLEASE NOTE: these meetings are on a temporary hold. We will post here when the weekly meetings will resume.

Wed., Nov. 28
6:30 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Plus
Social Group

Please RSVP
Peggy 342-2400
Ext. 1238

NAMI Education Mtg.

incl. Annual Mtg.
Mon., Dec. 3
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 6
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group

no fee
no registration

Mon., Dec. 17
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
ORMC, Middletown

no fee
no registration

Thurs., Dec. 20
7 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Together

 NAMI Presentations:

  -Ending the Silence

-In Our Own Voice

arranged by request

*Click on above
 links for details


*For information on public policy and advocacy issues:

                 ***ADVOCACY REQUESTED***

Recent mental health program closures with additional planned shutdowns are of great concern as to the impact that will have on people with mental health issues, their families and the community.

Please consider contacting Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Chair of the Assembly’s Mental Health Committee, regarding the following and ask her to review the cuts and planned cuts in mental health services and programs and to advocate for their restoration:

· Targeted for closure is the Orange County Assertive Community Team (ACT)

The ACT team was developed to serve the most serious and persistent mentally ill (SPMI) individuals in Orange County. These are individuals who have failed at other treatment programs. This program had been extremely effective as evidenced across many outcome measures including improved quality of life, reduced risk of incarceration, reduced risk of re-hospitalization and reduced risk of harm to self and others. The ACT program not only works to improve lives, but also saves the system institutionalization related costs by reducing jail and inpatient stay. It is a shame and counter-productive that this program is targeted for closure. Current and former patients who have graduated from the program will tell you their stories of how the ACT team is and was a “difference maker” in their lives.

· In Sullivan County, the Monticello clinic is near closing with patients being rerouted to private clinics that are already overburdened with high caseloads 

· Speculation exists of imminent closure of the social support program on the grounds of the Middletown Campus (The Friendship Club) that serves between 70-100 clients daily whom often live in a residential or family-care type setting. This program serves as a social hub for members and provides a sense of community and belonging. While this program, itself, has already been affected by staffing shortages which prevent it from providing more intensive, recovery-focused intervention that it used to, it still serves a role for the patients that utilize it. 

Contact information:

Honorable Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther

18 Anawana Lake Road

Monticello, NY 12701

Phone: 845-794-5807


       NAMI-NYS 2018 Legislation Action Agenda
  • Housing Services

  • Investments in Community Services

  • Improving the Mental Illness-Criminal Justice Interface

  • Open Access to Medication Investments in New York State Research Institutions

  • Veterans' Mental Health


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  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"

Mental Illness

learn about federal bills that pertain to mental illness 

We Need  To Do More
Than Just Talk About Mental lllness

opinion article in "The Hill" (December 11, 2017)
by Dr. Herbert Pardes

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

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.