NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

                                                          Email:  namiorangeny@warwick.net
                                                      Website:  namiorangeny.org
                                                  Telephone:  845-956-NAMI (6264) 
                                                  Toll-free:   1-866-906-NAMI (6264)

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ADVOCACY 
REQUESTED
including saving
6 protected medication classes in Medicare D



Upcoming Events/Outreaches



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




Upcoming Courses:

NAMI Basics
6 week course
(6 consecutive Saturdays)
starting March 16 2:30-5 p.m.
in Goshen

Register now
Call 845-294-2749 or 845-956-6264


NAMI
Family-to-Family
Course

St. Francis of Assisi Church
145 Benkard Rd.
Newburgh

May 4-June 15 
(6 Saturdays-
no class on May 11)

9:30-3:30 p.m.

Call 845-294-2749 or 845-956-6264 to register, class size is limited




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.



NAMI Education Mtg.
There is no Education Meeting in Feb.


Mon., Feb 18
7 p.m. p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
ORMC, Middletown
no fee
no registration


Thurs., Feb. 21
7 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Together


Wed., February 27
6:30 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Plus
Social Group

Please RSVP
Peggy 342-2400
Ext. 1238

 


TUESDAY, March 5
6:30 p.m.
Please note:
new time and day
NAMI Family Support Group
(Goshen)

no fee
no registration


TUESDAY, April 2
6:30 p.m.
Please note:
new time and day
NAMI Family Support Group
(Goshen)

no fee
no registration


NAMI Education Meeting
April 8, 6:30 p.m.

Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with a Disability (MBI-WPD); and Medicaid
Spend-Down


Mon., May 6, 7 p.m.

NAMI FaithNet
St. Anastasia Faith Formation Building
21 North Main St.
Harriman, NY


Wed., May 15, 7 p.m

NAMI FaithNet
St. Paul Lutheran Church
21 Still Road 
Monroe, NY




June 19-22
2019 NAMI National Convention
in Seattle





 NAMI Presentations:

  -Ending the Silence

-In Our Own Voice

arranged by request

*Click on above
 links for details




 

NAMI Orange & MHA Meetings/Support Groups:





NAMI Orange education meetings are for families, people with a mental illness, providers, students, or anyone concerned with mental illness. Membership is not required in order to attend. All are welcomed and no registration is required. 
This education meeting usually has a guest speaker and is usually held the 2nd Monday of the month 6:30-8:30 p.m. (refer to exceptions) at Orange County Department of Mental Health, 30 Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY 10924. 

If you are... Traveling East on NYS Route 17:
Follow NYS Route 17 East and take Exit 125. The Department of Mental Health offices are in the first building on your left as you exit from the highway. Make a left onto BOCES Dr., then an immediate right into the parking lot. It is a single story gray brick building with white trim. There is an orange and white sign on the lawn identifying the Department. After you walk through the double doors, it is through the door on your left - the Melville Room.

If you are... Traveling West on NYS Route 17:
Follow NYS Route 17 West and take Exit 125. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left. Turn left again at the traffic light. Go over the highway and make an immediate left onto Harriman Drive. Go straight past the BOCES Educational Center entrance, and down the hill. The Department of Mental Health offices are in the last building on your right just before you re-enter the highway. Make a right onto BOCES Dr., then an immediate right into the parking lot. It is a single story gray brick building with white trim. There is an orange and white sign on the lawn identifying the Department. After you walk through the double doors, it is through the door on your left - the Melville Room.





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  PLEASE NOTE: There is no Education Meeting scheduled for February. Our next Education Meeting will be held:

           Monday, March 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

      Orange County Department of Mental Health
              30 Harriman Dr., Goshen, NY 10924

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Guest Speaker: Nora Shepard from Independent Living, Inc. in Newburgh, NY

Independent Living, Inc. is a consumer directed, cross-disability organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities. Their vision is a barrier-free society with opportunities for all persons to achieve their maximum potential.

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We request RSVP for the March 11 meeting by emailing namiorangeny@warwick.net 
or leaving message at NAMI Orange office at 845-956-6264

*Plan to come early (6:15 p.m.) to have refreshments
and to view our lending library, borrow books and/or
offer suggestions for new acquisitions  through our librarian Sheila 

                       

                           NAMI Orange Education Meeting

                           Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

                   Orange County Department of Mental Health
                               30 Harriman Dr., Goshen, NY 10924

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Topic: Medicaid Buy-In for Working People With Disabilities (MBI-WPD)
           and Medicaid Spend-down Explained

Guest Speaker: Len Statham, Director of Employment & Economic Self-Sufficiency Initiatives New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

Len Statham is the Director of Employment and Economic Self-sufficiency Initiatives with the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.  He has worked with people with mental health and substance use issues for more than 20 years, promoting recovery focused services and service provision.  Combining his clinical and vocational background, Mr. Statham provides training and technical assistance about employment services and the capabilities of people with behavioral health issues to providers and people in recovery, across New York State and nationally. Critically, Mr. Statham is a person with lived experience in the mental health system, and this experience informs and strengthens his work on employment issues.

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We request RSVP for the April 8 meeting by emailing namiorangeny@warwick.net 
or leaving message at NAMI Orange office at 845-956-6264

*Plan to come early (6:15 p.m.) to have refreshments and to view our lending library, borrow books and/or offer suggestions for new acquisitions  through our librarian Sheila




  is a recovery support group exclusively for adults living with a mental health condition that provides a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The group is a peer-led support group (led by NAMI-trained facilitators who are in recovery themselves) who understand the daily challenges. The group is confidential-attendees may share as much or as little personal information as they wish. It is free of charge with no registration.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT NAMI CONNECTION MEETINGS ARE ON A TEMPORARY HOLD. WE WILL POST HERE WHEN THE MEETINGS WILL RESUME.
Location when meetings resume: The First Presbyterian Church,
33 Park Place, Goshen 10924

  

 

 

                    

NAMI Connection meeting entrance

 

*The church meeting entrance door is across the street from Delancey's Restaurant on Park Place. Walk through the doors, then go down the stairs on your left to reach the meeting room.

 





 






is a structured support group for families, friends, partners and caregivers of adult (18+) loved ones with serious mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, OCD, etc. which is offered through NAMI Orange.  Facilitators are trained by NAMI-NYS.


TWO MEETING SITES:

1st TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 6:30-8:30 p.m.at the  First Presbyterian Church of Goshen, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. See church photo and map above.  Please note the new day and time.

3rd MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 7 - 9 p.m.
at Orange Regional Medical Center, 707 E. Main Street, Middletown, Conference Room #7.

For further information call NAMI Orange at 845-294-2749,
or email namiorangeny@warwick.net


Next meeting dates:

  •  Monday, February 18 at 7 p.m.
    (3rd Monday of the month in Middletown (ORMC)
    Conference Room #7
  • TUESDAY, March 5 at 6:30 p.m.
    (1st TUESDAY of the month in Goshen; please note that the Thursday group has switched to Tuesday and is meeting at new time of 6:30 p.m.)
    at First Presbyterian Church, Goshen

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Upcoming NAMI trainings are being offered soon for interested NAMI members who have a loved one with a mental health condition and who wish to be facilitators of a Family Support Group in the Newburgh area after receiving their training. Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email namiorangeny@warwick.net for the details

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Register for this course now since class size is limited.
Call Dhanu at 845-294-2749 or 845-956-6264
or email namiorangeny@warwick.net

6 week course held on Saturdays

March 16 - April 20, 2019, 2:30-5 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen

Instructors: Dhanu Sannesy and Sheila Sutton 

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.

You'll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they're getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.

The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you're going through because they've been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.



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*NEWBURGH F2F EDUCATION COURSE: every Saturday for 6 weeks
starting Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Please note: No class on May 11)

at St. Francis of Assisi Church (O'Connor Hall)
145 Benkard Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550


*Call NAMI Orange 845-956-6264 or Dhanu at 845-294-2749 to register now since class size is limited

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NAMI Family-to-Family is a free course that is taught to family members or significant others who are caregivers of a person with serious mental illness. The weekly classes cover all aspects of mental illnesses, symptoms, medications, biology of the brain, problem-solving techniques, coping strategies and provide emotional support as well. It is appropriate for families only, not the person with the mental illness. It is offered once or twice a year and registration is required. 



  County Highway 108 is the older street name if you have an older GPS that does not recognize the street name of 73 James P. Kelly Way.
MHA Friends & Family meetings (3rd Thursday of the month) are held here, which is actually the Mental Health Association in Orange County Inc.'s office.
If coming from Dolson Avenue onto James P. Kelly Way, the office will be on the left. It is in line with Accucare Pharmacy.

MHA Family & Friends Together is a sharing and caring support group for families, friends and caregivers of adult loved ones with serious mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, OCD, etc. which is offered through the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.  It provides a safe and compassionate environment for people to connect and share insights with other caregivers.
It meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Mental Health Association,      
73 James P. Kelly Way, Middletown, NY 10940
Call Peggy, Coordinator Family Support, Education and Advocacy at
845-342-2400 x1238 for information.


Next meeting date: 
Thursday, February 21 , 7 p.m.

(3rd Thursday of the month)


MHA Family & Friends Plus Social Group

Family Support, a program of Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. (MHA) is proud to announce a new social group for families and their adult loved ones experiencing mental and/or emotional disabilities. The newly created group is an extension to the monthly Family and Friends Together Support Group for families of adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

The new social group is intended for people to relax, meet and make new friends while enjoying each other’s company in an informal and fun setting. Each gathering  will have a specific agreed upon topic of interest, such as music or martial arts.

The newly created group is usually scheduled to meet on the last Wednesday of the month at Mental Health Association, 73 James P. Kelly Way, Middletown, NY 10940. For information, call Peggy at 845-342-2400, Ext: 1238


Next Meeting Date: Wed., February 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
RSVP: call Peggy at 845-342-2400 x1238
 
*People are encouraged to bring
their own instruments, or favorite music to share.
Light refreshments and snacks will be served.


NAMI FaithNet logo

FaithNet Schedule will be posted here as future meetings are scheduled

No cost/No Registration Fee
Any questions, call Edie at 845-283-5237,
or email: Actonfaith@optimum.net

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Monday, May 6, 7 p.m.

St. Anastasia Faith Formation Building
21 North Main Street

Harriman, NY 10926

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Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m.

St. Paul Lutheran Church 
21 Still Road
Monroe, NY 10950

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Excerpts from nami.org
NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness.

NAMI FaithNet strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions, those for whom faith is a key component.




Refer to Other Support Groups listed on Resources
page



NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress,civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions.

The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/Veteran. The class is free but you are expected to attend all six sessions. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. To hear audio, you will need to call in via telephone. We recommend you use a headset or headphones.

An application process will be required to ensure this program is a good fit. Space is limited.

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Sign up to receive information about online NAMI Homefront Classes

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SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

Ending the Silence logo

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. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped. Contact NAMI Orange 845-956-6264 or email namiorangeny@warwick.net to arrange for this presentation to be given at your school by our NAMI-trained presenters.

NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff members that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families


NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for parents and primary caregivers that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff

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Upcoming NAMI trainings are being offered soon for interested NAMI members who have experienced a mental health condition and who wish to be presenters to their local middle schools and/or high schools after receiving their NAMI training. Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email namiorangeny@warwick.net for the details

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 is a unique, education program developed by NAMI in which 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.  Audience participation and discussion are encouraged and a brief video with a variety of stories accompanies the presentation.  By broadening people's knowledge of mental illness, we replace misunderstanding, fear and judgment with insight, awareness and acceptance. This program is ideal for human resource departments, health care providers, law enforcement professionals, faith communities, educators, students or any community or civic organization.  Call NAMI Orange 845-956-6264 or email namiorangeny@warwick.net for information or to schedule a presentation at a convenient site.

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Upcoming NAMI trainings are being offered soon for interested NAMI members who have experienced a mental health condition and who wish to be presenters to their local groups after receiving their NAMI training.
Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email namiorangeny@warwick.net for the details

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(NAMI Orange is providing this announcement
at the request of one of our members)

Emotions Anonymous

Emotions Anonymous is a support group program based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Support groups are volunteer-led, weekly meetings that follow a specific format and use materials that have been approved by the Board of Trustees of the organization. EA is not a religious or health-care organization. The International Service Center, with an office in St. Paul, Minn., manages information about the groups, keeps the website, publishes and sells the materials, and generally works to provide information and understanding about the EA program of recovery.

Every Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940

(near the YMCA)

Contacts:    Brent 914-443-1173,    Doug 973-214-0343

* Suggested donation of $1.00 to defray rental cost







Families Helping Families: a team of NAMI Orange volunteers that provides information and resources to the families of patients in the Behavioral Unit at Orange Regional Medical Center.
If you are a NAMI Orange member and would like to volunteer in this capacity, contact us at namiorangeny@warwick.net

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