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If so, contact our office at 845-956-6264
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Upcoming Events/Outreaches

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

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



NAMI Family & Friends

Sat., May 22,
4-6 pm

Click above for details

Zoom NAMI 

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

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




presented by NAMI Orange
Click here for details

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

Register by  emailing

r call our office

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.


Call 311
available 24/7

 provides a centralized response center by consolidating services, including 911, Mobile Response Team, Independent Living, MHA and Access Supports for Living

311 Orange County Crisis Call Center

The Orange County Crisis Call Center (311) is located on the Orange County 911 dispatch floor at the Emergency Services Center, and is staffed with a crisis response team that provides collaborative, professional and peer telephone support and outreach 24-hours a day to anyone in need of emotional support, crisis intervention or connection to services.

This service is available to individuals who have substance use disorders, developmental disabilities, and/or mental illness, and their loved ones. It is also a resource for individuals who need some emotional support or are struggling with obtaining food resources due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Behavioral health is an important healthcare issue, and this resource plays a pivotal role in providing access to services to the public when they might be in a time of crisis.

*If someone lives outside of Orange County, but wants to call the Orange County Crisis Call Center about someone who lives in Orange County, the telephone number would be: 1-800-832-1200.

The Call Center:

  • Accesses 911, or

  • Provides telephone support, assessment, and a warm connection to appropriate services if needed. 

  • Dispatches the Crisis Mobile Response Team, formerly Mobile Mental Health, to assist with in-person support, assessment, crisis de-escalation and connection to appropriate services. (The mobile response was previously a mental health response, but will now be available to individuals in need of assistance across all three disability areas-Developmental Disability, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder. 

  • Refers callers to Peer supports to assist with engagement to services, help to navigate the system, and on-going support by ensuring the connection with Independent Living, Inc.’s certified Peers. The Call Center can send a peer to meet you in the community.

  • Rape Crisis Services can be accessed through the Call Center.

Text4Teens is now available 24 hours a day
by texting 845-391-1000.


New Urgent Care Centers 
for Mental Health, Substance Use

Two mental health and substance use urgent care centers have opened. These walk-in clinics open 7 days a week are open to adults and children in the Hudson Valley.  No appointment. No referral.

UPDATE: Virtual Mental Health and Substance Use Urgent Care – Available 24:7 by phone – call 1-888-750-2266, option 2.

 Access: Supports for Living Locations: 

Union Street Community Counseling Ctr.
16-24 Union Street, Middletown 10940

Kaplan Family Counseling Center
21-23 Grand Street, Newburgh 12550

          Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
         Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
              & Holidays

Psychiatrists, licensed therapists, registered nurses, peers, care managers are available on site.

After checking into the Access urgent care center, the patient will go to the "living room", a place for the patient to chat with a counselor. Then a nurse will assess the patient to be sure there are no underlying medical issues. Following the health exam, the patient will meet with a therapist, with their family and support system if they wish.

On a case-by-case basis, a care manager can assist with resources such as financial struggles, food insecurity or housing issues.

A compassionate team will work with you to figure out what's happening and begin a plan for recovery, including referrals to the community provider of your choice for longer-term care, if that is what you need.

A patient will schedule, if necessary, follow-up treatment either with Access or with other partner psychiatric treatment.

Insurers will be billed directly for those who have insurance. However, due to a $4 million federal grant, for the next 2 years, out of pocket costs of patients who require treatment but are uninsured, will be covered. Even if you have insurance, your co-pay will be paid for.


9-8-8 Bill Passes Congress!

On Monday, Sept. 21, NAMI celebrated the passage of S. 2661: the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020. The bill establishes the plan to implement a universal three-digit number, 9-8-8, for mental health crises and suicide prevention. This number has the potential to save lives when every second counts.

The bill will now head to the President to be signed into law. The Federal Communications Commission has stated that it will become operational by July 2022.