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Action Alert


Upcoming Events/Outreaches

See details
of upcoming NAMI
meetings by clicking links below:

free 12 week course
Call now to register for NAMI F2F (since class size is limited)

Starting Tues, Apr. 3 
at First Presbyterian Church in Goshen
Call Marcy 258-8240 now to register


Starting Tues, May 8 
at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Newburgh
Call Dhanu 294-2749
now to register

NAMI Basics

free 6 week course starting Tues, June 3
in Goshen
Call Dhanu 294-2749
to register now since class size
is limited

NAMI Connection
a peer-led support group for adults living with a mental illness held
every Friday

6-7:30 p.m.

no fee,
no registration

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

Please RSVP
Peggy 342-2400
Ext. 1238

Wednesday, April 4
10-2 p.m.
SUNY Orange
Health Fair

Thurs., April 5
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group

no fee
no registration

NAMI Education Meeting
Mon., April 9

Topic: Co-ocurring Disorders

6:30-8:30 p.m.
RSVP requested

Mon., April 16
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
Conf. Room #7

No fee,
no registration

Thurs., April 19
Y2Kids: Careers from A to Z for Middle School students/parents

Thurs., April 19
Monroe Woodbury Health Fair for H.S. students & staff


Thurs., April 19
7 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Together
Support Group

Sunday, May 6
2 p.m. 
Thrall Library
Play presentation about Depression, Suicide perfomed by
Lori Schneider
$20 admission

Saturday, May 19
3 p.m.
NAMI Faithnet
Registration required

2018 NAMI National Convention
in New Orleans
June 27-30, 2018

 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:


We Are Making Progress on The Issue of Housing
Your Advocacy Voice is Needed to BRING IT HOME!!!

Mental Health Housing with full wraparound support services remains NAMI-NYS's leading advocacy priority. Our colleagues at the Bring it Home: Better Funding for Better Care campaign have created a NEW message to go to the legislature and the Governor because the Assembly and Senate "one-house" budget bills have come out.

The climate has changed:
We are making progress but we could end up with very little if we don't increase the pressure now! Please send the pre-written message to your legislators and leadership, EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE IT ONCE, TWICE, or ONE HUNDRED TIMES! We need to include your voice on this important message.


Click here to send a pre-written letter.

NAMI-NYS has also created a revised calling script for our key budget asks. Click here to view the scripts and please make calls today and early next week as budget negotiations continue.

What is at stake? In the final state budget, we could end up with an additional $15 million per year as of April, 2018, or with as much as an additional $80 million per year starting January, 2019. We have a need of $120 million. So, I prefer that we get $80 MILLION a little later. How about you?

The BRING IT HOME Campaign Held a rally on March 21 in Albany where we made a statement to have the final state budget agreement include additional funding for existing mental health housing. The Governor included $10 million in the Executive Proposal that was released in January. The Senate "one-house" budget bill includes an additional $5 million that would start on January 1, 2019. We want the Assembly to match the commitment by the Senate and add another $5 million to start January 1, 2019. We need the support of the legislature to:

1. Support the $5 million that the Senate added for mental health housing.

2. We need the Assembly to match the Senate's action by adding another $5 million.

3. Support the $10 million that the Governor added to the state budget for mental health housing.

4. Finally, support this full package of $20 million for mental health housing in the final budget agreement, and delay the implementation to start on January 1, 2019.

At our rally, we wanted to show how many supporters this campaign has, and make sure the legislature and the Governor know they have an obligation to address the funding crisis in mental health housing. We will also be delivering a letter to the Governor, signed by providers from all areas of the state, that makes the case for enhanced rates. Let's keep up this momentum! You are all doing amazing!

Matthew Shapiro

99 Pine St. Suite 105, Albany, NY 12207


       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 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.