NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

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Upcoming Events/Outreaches



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




Upcoming Courses:


NAMI
Family-to-Family
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 held
every Friday

6-7:30 p.m.

no fee,
no registration



Thurs., Oct. 18
7 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Together

 


NAMI FaithNet
Sat., Oct. 27, 11 a.m.
St. John AME Church
103 East Avenue
Middletown, NY
No registration,
no cost.


Wed., Oct. 31
6:30 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Plus
Social Group

Please RSVP
Peggy 342-2400
Ext. 1238


Thurs., Nov. 1
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
(Goshen)

no fee
no registration


There is no Education Meeting in November

Annual meeting changed to Dec. 3


NAMI FaithNet
Sun., November 18
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
21 Still Road
Monroe, NY
No registration,
no cost.


Mon., Nov. 19
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
ORMC, Middletown

no fee
no registration



NAMI Education Mtg.

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




CONFERENCES:

NAMI-NYS
2018 Education Conference
October 26-28, 2018





 NAMI Presentations:

  -Ending the Silence

-In Our Own Voice

arranged by request

*Click on above
 links for details



                             PHOTOS

Candle Light Vigil: October 15, 2018

          Candle                 Lt. Richard Carrion

Honored Guest, Lt. Richard Carrion
received NAMI Orange Appreciation Award

Candle Light Vigil 2018

L to R: Bonnie Orlowski, Carmen Watkins, Jerry Watkins, Dhanu Sannesy, Debbie DeJong, Rhoda Collins and former Commissioner of Orange County Department of Mental Health Chris Ashman.

Linda Sager & Sheila Sutton

Linda Sager & Sheila Sutton, speakers at Candle Light Vigil


Christine Henderson, Phil Haakmeester, Dhanu Sannesy

Christine Henderson, Human Services Program Coordinator at SUNY Orange Outreach with Phil Haakmeester & Dhanu Sannesy


Jesse Almodovar chooses NAMI Orange
to receive $500 donation check from Healey Brothers

Healy Brothers $500 Donation

Healey Brothers ran a "Behind the Wheel" campaign resulting in the winner receiving $5000 for her selected charity and the additional 14 participants each receiving $500 for their selected charity. We are very grateful to Jesse Almodovar for chosing our organization to receive the Healy Brothers donation.


SUNY Orange Wellness Fair in Newburgh

SUNY Orange Wellness Fair in Newburgh

SUNY Orange Wellness Fair

Dhanu Sannesy & Pat Siano offering students and the public information regarding mental health issues and how and where to seek help for the individuals themselves as well as their families.


2018 CIT International Conference

Dhanu at 2018 International CIT

Dhany at 2018 International CIT

Excerpt from NAMI-NYS E-Newsletter: The 2018 Crisis Intervention Team International Conference took place on August 15-17th in Kansas City, MO. NAMI-NYS was active throughout the conference. 2nd Vice-President Dhanu Sannesy (on right) attended the entire conference and met with many leaders to discuss the efforts being done by her Orange County affiliate.


NAMI Orange Outreach Table
at Florida Family Fun Fest-2018

Florida Family Funfest - 2018

Dhanu Sannesy, Rosemarie Richardsen and Edie Famularo



NAMI Orange was proud to have had the honor
of co-sponsoring with NAMI Sullivan
the heart-warming performance
of Lori Schneider in "Every Brilliant Thing",
a heart-wrenching, hilarious play...one of the funniest plays you'll ever see about Depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

Lori Schneider following performance at Thrall Library on May 6

Additional Upcoming Performances:

  •   Sunday, July 29th @ 2 pm at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville
  • Saturday, October 27th at the NAMI-NYS Educational Conference in Albany 

*****

Special Thanks to:

  • American Foundation on Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • Bold Gold Media Group
  • Kathleen Carmen
  • Richie Chiger
  • Leon Hilfstein
  • Samata Horwitz
  • Maria Idoni
  • Joseph Jervais, Les Kristt of the Kristt Company
  • Giselle Matthie
  • Shelley Milburn
  • Susan & Stephen Miller
  • Mary Moore
  • NAMI-NYS
  • Angela & Peter Nastasi
  • Christopher O'Sullivan
  • Matthew Pfisterer
  • Price Chopper of Middletown
  • Mary Rogers
  • Mike sakell
  • Samaritans
  • ShopRite-Route 211, Middletown
  • Heather Strauss
  • Thrall Library
  • Helen Tierny
  • Joseph Todora
  • Andy & Hannah Yates

Stephanie Marquesano, founder of the harris project,
gave Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) presentation
at NAMI Orange Education Mtg.
COD is the combination of one or more mental health challenges
and substance misuse/addiction

Stephanie Marquesano

Dhanu & Stephanie

NAMI Orange April Education Meeting Attendees

Stephanie's 19 year old son harris died by accidental overdose in 2013
Click here to read poem harris wrote for his mom

   



Dr. Varinder Singh Rathmore with Dhanu and Trish
at March 2018 Education Meeting

Dr. Varinder Singh Rathore


Dr. Varinder (Vindi) S. Rathore, MD is Board Certified in Addiction Psychiatry and General Psychiatry with 16 years experience in opioid dependence treatment. He is Suboxone Certified since 2005 and was a former Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center.

Opiate addiction is an epidemic affecting over 2 million Americans but help is available through evidence-based medication assisted treatments including buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolv). Dr Rathore works with patients to develop a personalized multidimensional buprenorphine treatment program to ensure long-term success and freedom from pain pills and heroin.
 


      2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference

 NAMI Orange 2017 Outstanding Small Affiliate AwardDhanu accepting award

NAMI Orange President, Dhanu Sannesy,
was very honored to accept the
"2017 Outstanding Small Affiliate Award"
from NAMI-NYS at the Education Conference in Albany

NAMI-NYS Small Affiliate Award to NAMI Orange  

Matthew Shapiro & Dhanu Sannesy

Matthew Shapiro and Dhanu Sannesy


NAMI Westchester Faithnet presentation at The New Hope
Institutional Baptist Church in Tarrytown, NY on November 11th

                 

From left to right:
Reverend John H.Gilmore, Edie Famularo (NAMI presenter), Kathleen
Scott-McFadden, Becky Minter and Jermaine Garrant


September 11 NAMI Orange Education Mtg.

Steve MiccioSteve Miccio

NAMI Orange was honored to have Steve Miccio, CEO of PEOPLe Inc.
speak to us about his peer-run organization which provides
peer advocacy and support "for people working
to understand, manage and overcome
their mental health challenges."

We would encourage you to click on PEOPLe Inc's website link
projectstoempower.org to learn more about the variety
of integrated services that they provide, which includes
Rose House crisis respite services.



Excerpt from PEOPLe Inc's brochure
"PEOPLe Inc's committment: Environments where people feel safe and comfortable. Engagement that values customer service and encourages people to make their own decisions. Mutuality of staff who also have personal lived experiences with mental health issues. Philosophy that all people can find their own pathways to recovery and wellness."






2017 CIT International Conference
Fort Lauderdale, FL
August 16-18, 2017

Sam Cochran (original CIT creator), Dhanu Sannesy & Michele Saunders, Vice President of CIT  International

Sam Cochran (original CIT creator), Dhanu Sannesy & Michele Saunders, Vice President of CIT  International

Sam Cochran (original CIT creator),
Dhanu Sannesy
&
Michele Saunders, V.P. of CIT International



CIT

Don Kamin, Clinical Psychologist and CIT Trainer
and Dhanu Sannesy, President NAMI Orange




NAMI Orange Annual Picnic
Fancher Davidge Park

 

NAMI Orange Picnic


NAMI Logo

2017 Washington, D.C.
NAMI Convention Attendees
from NAMI Orange

Dr. Sannesy & Anil at 2017 NAMI Convention

Dr. Sannasy & Anil at 2017 NAMI ConventionDr. Sannesy & Anil



NAMI Orange attendees at 2017 NAMI ConventionNAMI Orange Attendees at 2017 NAMI Convention

NAMI Orange Attendees





Laura Altieri, Mobile Mental Health:
guest speaker at June NAMI Orange Education Meeting

Lauri AltieriNAMI Education Meeting with Laura Altieri from Mobile Mental Health

June, 2017 NAMI Orange education mtg.






NAMI Orange Adds
3 New Family Education Teachers (F2F)

Family Education Teachers

Left to Right: Pat Siano, Sheila Sutton and Marcy Felter






NAMI Orange Outreach at Y2Kids

NAMI Orange Outreach at Y2Kids

Anne Harris & Marcy Felter






NAMI Orange Education March Meeting
on Emergency Preparedness
&

OnTrackNY

Certo, Ostrow, Dalencourt

L to R:  Linda Certo, MA, LCSW
             Assistant IDD Clinical Director
             at Access: Supports for Living

             David Ostrow, Peer Specialist
            
             Marshall Dalencourt
             Supported Employment and Education Specialist



Certo, Ostrow, Dalencourt




Vet2Vet Training in Nanuet

L to R: Michael Siano, Pat Siano,
instructor Dr. Allen Hershman,
Marcy Felter and Dhanu Sannesy






Sheila Sutton, NAMI Orange Librarian

Sheila Sutton, librarian

We are so pleased to have board member, Sheila Sutton, organizing our loan library -  allowing books
(and later our video library transferred to CDs)
to be made available to the public
at our education meetings.






Our New Banner

new banner

Lauren Hey, Marcy Felter and Beth Tyndall






JMHCA Meeting 11-16-16

Steven Neuhaus & Dhanu Sannesy

Steven Neuhaus & Dhanu Sannesy






NAMI Orange Annual Meeting 11-14-16

Special Guest Speakers:

Steven Neuhaus       Darcie Miller

           Steven Neuhaus                            Darcie Miller
      Orange County Executive                 Orange County Commissioner                                                                           of Social Services and Mental Health

Special Guests:

  Chris Ashman     Rena Finklestein

             Chris Ashman                           Rena Finkelstein
       Orange County Commissioner                           NAMI Rockland
     of Dept. of Mental Health (retired)

 Nadia Allen   Mitchell Klein & Bernadette MuellerNadia Allen, Executive Director          Mitchell Klein and Bernadette Mueller,  Mental Health Assoc. in O. C.                       Office of Mental Health 

2016 Appreciation Award Recipient
Dhanu Sannesy

Dhanu Sannesy, Linda Sager, Linda Weiser

L to R: Dhanu Sannesy (President of NAMI Orange),
Linda Sager (Board Member)
and Linda Weiser (Past President)

*See Volunteer Awards for other recipients as well as Dhanu







2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference

Catha, Dhanu,Shiela and Linda at the NAMI-NYS Education Conference November, 2016

NAMI Orange Board of Directors members: Catha, Dhanu, Sheila and Linda







NAMI-NYS Board with Super Bowl Champion Keith O'Neil

NAMI-NYS Board of Directors (Dhanu Sannesy on left)
with Super Bowl Champion Keith O'Neil
who led NAMI-NYS Walks on September 24.







NAMI Orange Education Meeting

Dr. Cabisudo and Dr. Michele Winchester-VegaDr. Scher and Robyn Sellet4 panelists

L to R: Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo, Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega,
            Dr. Dean Scher and Robyn Sellet
were the knowledgeable panelists at recent NAMI Orange education meeting who fielded questions about mental health issues and substance abuse.







2016 NAMI National Convention in Denver

Pat Sciano at NAMI Convention in Denver

NAMI Orange member, Pat Siano,
with new friend from Ohio






Dhanu with Patrick Kennedy

Dhanu Sannesy with Matthew Shapiro, NAMI-NYS;
Patrick Kennedy; and Chemene Webber, NAMI-NYS
at 2016 NAMI Convention
in Denver, Colorado











Newburgh Illuminated Outreach

Anne, Dhanu & Phil volunteering
at Newburgh Illuminated







New Windsor Ribbon Campaign

New Windsor Ribbon Campaign, May 2016


Dhanu Sannesy & Anne Harris

Dhanu Sannesy & Anne Harris at New Windsor Town Hall







 

empire state building in green

Empire State Building in NYC -
Green symbolizing Mental Health Awareness Month


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Niagara Falls in green

Upstate New York's biggest tourist attraction, the iconic Niagara Falls,
along with the Peace Bridge (shown below) that connects the US and Canada,
have also been lit green for mental health awareness month-May, 2016

Peace Bridge







Legislation & Advocacy Day in Albany, February 23, 2016

NAMI-AMICO members at Legislation Day, 2016

More NAMI-AMICO members at Legislation Day 2016

LegislationDay, 2016

LegislationDay

                                   Excerpts from legislativegazette.com

Hundreds marched in Albany Tuesday, February 23 (2016), including eight NAMI-AMICO members to advocate for New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities, pressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to increase funding for community housing and mental health services.

Advocates were pushing for Cuomo to include funding increases for mental health services in this year’s budget, including a one-time allocation of $92.9 million to the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Wendy Burch, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York State, said increased funding for communal housing and mental health services would mean less people in state hospitals, jails and prisons.


Sheila Sutton & Linda Sager

NAMI Orange Board Members Sheila Sutton and Linda Sager
attending MHA 2016 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Reception






NAMI Orange packets
and pamphlets

provided at ORMC Behavioral Health Unit