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Not losing MH beds to Coronavirus

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If so, contact our office at 845-956-6264
or email
to learn about the application process

Upcoming Events/Outreaches


Join "Team Up for Hope", NAMI Orange & NAMI Sussex

Register for the Webinar held October 29 at 7 pm

View the details regarding mental health issues, substance use, suicide 

 NAMI Orange Virtual Education Meeting

*Open to the Public

Monday, November 9
7-8 pm

Darcie Miller:

Impact of Corpnavirus on Mental Health & Substance Use Challenges

Click above for details


Virtual NAMI Family & Friends
Tues, Nov. 17
7-8:30 pm
Sat., Nov. 21
10-11:30 am

NAMI Homefront

Register now for
6 virtual classes
in Oct/Nov
Be sure to observe the time zone

Virtual NAMI 

Jan. 2-Feb. 20, 10 am-1 pm
8 consecutive Saturdays

On-going  Support Groups:

NAMI Connection*Offered online through
NAMI Orange
starting 1st & 3rd Thursdays in November
Nov. 5 & 19,
7-8:30 pm

Email to register at



*Offered online through
NAMI Sullivan Mondays, 7 pm


*Offered online through

Tuesdays, 5 pm


*Offered online through NAMI
2nd Friday
of month 
6:30 pm


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: Call Dhanu at 845-294-2749, or

with name, phone # and email

For ongoing Family
Support Group Meetings, click here
for Zoom meetings thru NAMI Sullivan
3rd & 4th Tuesdays
6:30-8 p.m.

NAMI Rockland,
click here for support groups including
Family Support
in Spanish
Thursdays: 3-4 pm
Virtual Support meetings for Parents of Children, Teens and Young Adults
Thursdays: 6-7 pm


Virtual Self-Injury Learning Collaborative 
Thursdays: 4 pm
Mental Health Empowerment Project

Own Voice


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

-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.




  • NAMI Orange Brochure (UPDATED)
    page 1
    page 2

  • Orange County Mental Health Resources
    Numerous services including emergency, hospitals, outpatient clinics, jail clinic, day treatment, residential, case management, vocational, special programs, peer advocacy, recreation, social clubs, etc.

  • SPOA (Orange County Single Point of Access) application form
    Obtain Care Management and/or Residential Services for adults aged 18 and over with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)

  • Orange County Children's Resources

  • HONORehg, Inc (Emergency Housing)

    38 Seward Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940

  • Catholic Charities

    The Case Management Department at Catholic Charities provides financial assistance to individuals and families that eligible.  We aid with utility bills, first month’s rent, and rental arrears. We also assist with other financial hardships, however, aid is determined on a case by case basis. Any questions, please call the number below: 
    Julie Ubinas, Orange County Regional Supervisor
    Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan & Ulster
    845-561-1665 x417

  • People USA
    People USA provides people living with mental health or addiction issues with the highest quality, effective peer services and behavioral health care.

    They are a peer-run nonprofit organization. This means their agency is 100% made up of people with their own lived experience with mental health or addiction issues, recovery, and moving towards wellness.

    Their mission is to educate, support, and empower people to understand, manage, and overcome behavioral health challenges.
    People USA (est. 1990 as PEOPLe Inc.) has grown from a grassroots peer advocacy and support organization to become one of the most recognized and respected behavioral health organizations in the United States.

  • Mental and Emotional Wellness Resources (MEW), a new collection at the Albert Wisner Public Library, One McFarland Drive, Warwick. 845-986-1047.

    Rosemary Cooper, Library Director, reports that they have gathered in one place (the lower level) a special collection of materials pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness - and equally important -- to strategies to promote and sustain mental and emotional wellness.  The collection will provide information, support those on the journey from diagnosis to recovery, and emphasize wellness and helpful coping strategies to meet life's challenges -- with the ultimate goal of increasing mental health awareness and reducing the stigma often associated with mental illness.

    Included are books on specific mental health disorders, inspiring and enlightening biographies and autobiographies, and fiction titles, all of which address the impact of mental illness on people's lives.  Documentary and feature films, as well as free informative pamphlets and periodicals round out the collection. Digital resources also provide a variety of resources, including links to hotlines, to local, state and national mental health organizations, to advocacy and educational resources and a sampling of the materials on mental health disorders in the book and DVD collection at the Albert Wiser Public Library.)

    Symbolized by the Green Ribbon, this collection was funded by a generous grant from The Albert Wisner Public Library Foundation and is dedicated to all who struggle with mental illness and the people who love and care for them.

  • Family Survival Handbook
    An excellent source for families-

    Included in the downloadable Family Survival Kit is a 54-page Family Survival Handbook, a collection of first-hand, practical information families spearheaded on how to work with mental health professionals, navigate the mental health system, and communicate with their loved one, as well as take care of themselves.

    National Alliance for Caregiving

    The Circle of Care guidebook emerged from the national study on mental health caregiving, On Pins & Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness. This study was conducted with the assistance of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America and released in February 2016. It was the first national survey of mental health caregivers conducted in the United States: it identified numerous challenges faced by these caregivers.

    Circle of Care is designed to guide unpaid friends, family, and neighbors who care for someone with a mental health condition. The fact sheets are intended to assist these caregivers with finding help for the specific challenges identified in the On Pins & Needles study.

    As the National Alliance for Caregiving continues to work to support caregivers, they welcome your feedback and ideas on this work and others. It is their mission to advance family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy so that families across the spectrum of health and long-term care can have an improved quality of life.

    National Alliance for Caregiving

  • NYS Health Care Proxy 
    People with mental health conditions and those who are involved in their care (family, friends, healthcare providers, etc.) should work together to promote the increased use of this powerful instrument. The Proxy Law covers decisions to consent or refuse to consent to any treatment, service or procedure to diagnose or treat an individual's physical or mental condition. (Excerpt from 
      • OnTrackNY is an innovative treatment program for adolescents and young adults (ages 16-30) who have had unusual thoughts and behaviors, or who have started hearing or seeing things that others don’t. OnTrackNY helps people achieve their goals for school, work, and relationships.


        Teens and young adults who live with mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many don’t know what’s wrong with them but feel like it’s their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they can’t be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what they’re going through. But help is available, and it works.

        The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. OK2TALK hopes this is the first step towards getting help and feeling better.

              *NAMI is one of the founding partners of OK2TALK.

      • Anosognosia 
        when a person does not acknowledge his/her mental health condition. Click above link to go to NAMI website and then click on link I am not Sick, I Don't Need Help
      • NAMI recommended BOOKS/DVDs/Downloadable Materials

      • SAMHSA "Store"  
        Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 
        An incredible resource for free downloadable materials (a few shipped items might incur a shipping charge). Check out the various clickable tabs or just enter your particular interest in the search bar. 
            • Behavioral Health News
              Behavioral Health News publishes a quarterly mental health newspaper available for viewing on-line as well as providing access to many years of back issues.

            • NYS Office of Mental Health
              Many links including for mental health sites and OMH publications

            • Informational Pamphlets/Brochures
              Many topics may be downloaded at NAMI-NYS

            • NYS Telephone Numbers
              Knowing who to call for help is often half the battle when a mental illness impacts your family.

              Familywize partners with nearly all pharmacies nationwide to negotiate prescription discounts, so you receive a lower price. FamilyWize understands you're looking to reduce the cost of your prescription medications, and their goal is to help you do that. The pharmacy discount card is for everyone nationwide, whether or not you have health insurance coverage.

            • Medicine Assistance Tool 
              PhRMA’s Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT) is a search engine designed to help patients, caregivers and health care providers learn more about the resources available through the various biopharmaceutical industry programs. MAT is not its own patient assistance program, but rather a search engine for many of the patient assistance resources that the biopharmaceutical industry offers.

            • Walmart$4
              Discounted medication prices on select drugs ($4 for 30 day supply and $10 for 90 day supply. Click link and check the category of medications to see if your medication is on their list)


              ParityTrack is a national non-profit organization founded and led by the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, the lead sponsor of the Federal Parity Law, in January 2014. The website tracks parity legislative, regulatory, and legal activities in all 50 states and at the federal level to monitor implementation throughout the country.
            • NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
              161 Delaware Avenue
              Delmar, New York 12054
              Information & Referral: 1-800-624-4143

            • PAIMI (Protection & Advocacy for People with Mental Illness) 
              Disability Rights New York (DRNY) provides services through the PAIMI program placing a priority on serving persons with serious mental illness who live in facilities that provide care and treatment, however they also serve those who live in the community.  518-432-7861

            • Social Security Matters Blog  
              Social Security is proud to introduce its newborn blog! We’re calling our new bundle of joy Social Security Matters, because this is where we’ll discuss the information that matters to you about our programs and benefit

            • Munchausen by Proxy or Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (FDIA)  
              FDIA is the DSM-5 psychiatric disorder that describes individuals who persistently falsify illness in another even when there is little or nothing tangible for them to gain from the behavior. It is a compulsive behavior associated with a high degree of denial, akin to that of substance abuse behavior or an eating disorder. Factitious is from a Latin term which means "artificial". 
              This link takes you to the web site of Cleveland Clinic for a description of FDIA, including symptoms and treatment.

            • NAMI Statement on Mass Shootings


                               Refer to Meetings/Support Groups


                Surrounding NAMI Affiliates

                                                               NAMI Sussex-NJ events
                Click link to go to NAMI Sussex events page which describes events that might be close enough for Orange County residents to attend. View their monthly newsletters where you can request to be placed on their newsletter  email list.  Sample: FEBRUARY, 2020 Newsletter


                NAMI Rockland

                NAMI Sullivan

                NAMI Mid-Hudson

                NAMI Westchester

                NAMI Putnam


                Listing of all NAMI Affiliates


                Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.
                has many support groups also offered through ZOOM



                AND PERSONAL ADVOCACY:

                POLICE MENTAL HEALTH:

                GUN VIOLENCE, including how to talk with children


                COLLEGE STUDENTS:

                DISCUSSION GROUPS:

                SELF HARM: 







                SCRUPULOSITY OCD: 



                SUBSTANCE USE:


                    offered classes are as a free 12 session course that is taught to families and/or caregivers of persons with serious mental illness by trained family members.  The weekly classes cover all aspects of mental illnesses, symptoms, medications, biology of the brain, 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. Call NAMI-AMICO at (845) 956-6264 or Peggy at (845) 342-2400 x238 for more information.