NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

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

                                               FaceBook:   NAMI Orange County, NY

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Upcoming Events/Outreaches


See details
of upcoming NAMI
meetings by clicking links below:


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

6-7:30 p.m.


Wed., Aug. 31
MHA Family & Friends Plus Social Group
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Tues., Aug.30
to
Tues. Nov. 15
Family-to-Family

free 12 week course
(weekly classes)
6:30-9 p.m.
in Goshen

Class is now filled.
Call Dhanu  294-2749 to register for next class offered.


Thursday, Sept. 1
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support
Group (Goshen)


Please note
new time &
new location
for educational meetings in 2016
(still 2nd Monday)

Mon, Sept.12
NAMI Orange educational mtg.

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Orange County Dept. of Mental Health
30 Harriman Drive, Goshen
Panel discussion
with Q&A
  *Please RSVP
if planning to attend


Tues., Sept. 13
3:30-5 p.m.
NARCAN Training
Registration required
(RSVP by Sept. 8)


Thurs., Sept. 15
7 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Together Support Group
(Middletown)


NAMIWalks
in Albany
Jennings Landing

Sept. 24

Click on the link today for more information!


Nov.11-13
NAMI-NYS
Annual Educational Conference

Desmond Hotel
Albany, NY


 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for visiting NAMI Orange, previously known as  NAMI-AMICO, Inc. 
We are the Orange County, NY affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all those in need. We support families/caregivers or anyone concerned with mental illness. We provide free educational courses for families, as well as advocate for legislation and the rights of people with mental illness. We hold special events throughout the year for our families and our loved ones.

Our regular educational monthly meeting is usually held the second Monday of the month 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Orange County Dept. of Mental Health, 30 Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY 10924. Note new location and time which started in 2016.

Location and times for July, October and December will be announced. There are no NAMI Orange educational meetings in February and August.  View our Meetings/Support Groups for specific dates/times/locations of upcoming meetings and support groups.

If you would like to be placed on our email database to receive announcements about meetings, presentations, workshops, special events, pending legislation, news from NAMI-NYS or NAMI, please email or call us.

Email: namiorangeny@warwick.net

NAMI Orange HELPLINE at 845-956-6264 or toll-free 1-866-906-6264:
Leave a message and our volunteers will answer callers in order to provide information regarding resources, availability of services, support groups and referrals



NAMIWalks Orange County

NAMIWalks NYS Is honored to announce that NAMI Orange County has joined the movement as a NAMIWalks affiliate! What this means is that 50% of all the funds donated to the Orange County team goes directly back to the affiliate!

This is an amazing chance to help support your local affiliate! As well as take a stand against stigma! The walk information is listed below. If you would like to donate to the NAMI Orange County team, click on this link. Or If you would prefer to donate to NAMIWalks Orange County through our team captain, Dhanu Sannesy, click here.

Excerpt from NAMI-NYS:  Every journey begins with that first step! As NAMIWalks celebrates our 14th Anniversary in 2016, we are proud to be NAMI’s largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in the country!

Through NAMIWalks public display of support for people with mental health challenges, we are changing how Americans view mental illness.  Please join us as we improve lives and our communities one step at a time.


NAMI-NYS NAMIWalks Event

DATE: Saturday, September 24, 2016

LOCATION: 1 Quay St., Jennings Landing, Albany, NY 12207

WALKER CHECK-IN TIME: 9 AM

OFFICIAL WALK START TIME: 10 AM

DISTANCE: 5 Kilometers

  • NAMIWALKS is a nationwide fundraising and mental health awareness program that is being held in more than 80 communities around the country in 2016, including right here in Albany, NY. It is expected that these walks will raise approximately $15 million dollars in 2016 for NAMI and the mental health services it provides to thousands of families across the country.
  • There is no walker registration fee for the Walk.  All participants are encouraged to collect donations from family members, friends, co-workers and business associates in support of their participation in the Walk.

  •  All the funds collected by Walkers will be used to fund NAMI’s programs here in Albany, NY as well as 40+ affiliates throughout New York State.  These programs include support, education, research and advocacy involving schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and severe anxiety disorders.
  • All walkers raising $100 or more with receive a coveted NAMIWALKS event T-shirt.

  • Companies, organizations and families are encouraged to organize teams of walkers made up of employees, organization members, relatives and friends to take part in the Walk. 

  • Teambuilding and fundraising materials will be given out to team captains at a special kickoff event that will be held approximately 8 weeks before the Walk.

  • NAMIWALKS-NYS is a rain or shine event.

  • There is a wide-range of corporate sponsorship opportunities available to local companies and businesses relating to the Walk.  Anyone interested in information on how their company or organization can sponsor the Walk should contact Heide Garner NAMIWalks manager by phone 518-462-2000 or by email heide@naminys.org.


NAMI Orange County, NY - Mission Statement

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

The mission of NAMI Orange County, NY is to improve the quality of life through support, education, and advocacy for individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness as well as for their families.

NAMI Orange County, NY goals are as follows:

  • Provide mental health education to families, providers and law enforcement officers.
  • Improve criminal justice system and promote Jail Diversion Program with proper psychiatric care and treatment.  (The Jail Diversion Program provides alternatives to incarceration of people who are arrested and jailed on a minor charge as a result of behaviors caused by their mental illness.)
  • Promote mental health education in schools.
  • Promote public awareness to eradicate misconception and stigma attached to mental illness through outreach programs , mental health brochures, website, telephone and email help lines.
  • Develop public relations through networking.
  • Promote of cross-cultural sensitivity on the experience and meaning of mental illness in different cultural groups.
  • Provide best available information & resources related to serious mental illness to people affected with mental illness and their families.
  • Provide support, empathy and compassion to people affected by mental illness as well as to their families.
  • Advocate for the rights of people with serious mental illness as well as for the rights of their families.
  • Advocate  for quality of care & individualized treatment for people with mental illness in local hospitals with psychiatric units as well as non-institutionalized care.
  • Advocate for  health care facilities to encourage family members who are primary caregivers to get involved with treatment plan of their loves ones with mental illness.
  • Promote community residential programs, including appropriate living arrangements linked with supportive, vocational rehabilitation and employment.
  • Promote coordination of local mental health agencies/organizations.
  • Support  research - prevention, rehabilitation and the eradication of mental illness.


NAMI Orange History


NAMI Orange Officers:

President: Dhanu Sannesy
who also serves on NAMI-NYS Board of Directors

Vice President: Catha Wieben

Secretary: Linda Sager

Co-Secretary: Anne Harris

Treasurer: Catha Wieben



2015-2016 Board of Directors


Philip Haakmeester
Anne Harris
Linda Sager
Dhanu Sannesy
Sheila Sutton
Linda Weiser
Catha Wieben
Megan Wieben

NAMI Family Support Group Faciltators:

Linda Sager
Dhanu Sannesy
Sheila Sutton
Catha Wieben

1st Thursday of the month - click for information

NAMI Connection Facilitator:

Anil Sannesy

click for information
every Friday

 

Family-to-Family Teachers:


Dhanu Sannesy
Catha Wieben
Peggy & Walter Spagnola
Patricia Seaton
Barbara Sloan

*Register now for course starting Tues., Aug. 30
for 12 week F2F course (Tuesdays) thru Nov. 15
6:30-9:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Goshen

In Our Own Voice Presenters:

Anil Sannesy
Lonnie Smith
Megan Wieben

By appointment - click for information

NAMI Provider Education

               

  Sheila Sutton

From a Family's Perspective Presentation:

Peggy Spagnola

By appointment - for Providers only

Families Helping Families
Coordination at ORMC:

Linda Weiser
Dhanu Sannesy: 845-294-2749

NAMI Orange members are encouraged to contact  us if interested in becoming a hospital volunteer to occasionally be scheduled to sit outside the ORMC Behavioral Unit to provide informational packets and support to families as they visit their loved ones.

Current Volunteers:
Brent Firester
Anne Harris
Joan Kaiser
Jean Kirtio
Mary Ann McDonough
Linda Sager
Dhanu Sannesy
Linda Weiser

.

NAMI Orange Outreach

Dhanu Sannesy

Call 845-294-2749

  • to volunteer as a member to staff an outreach table distributing pamphlets/brochures

OR

  • to invite NAMI Orange to attend your event to distribute information regarding mental health

Telephone Responder Coordination:

Coordinator: Linda Weiser

Volunteers:
Rhoda Collins
Anne Harris
Joan Kaiser
Jean Kirtio
Linda Sager
Dhanu Sannesy
Catha Wieben

 

Office/Membership/Website:

Rhoda Collins

The 2015 NAMI National Convention

Come Find Your Heart in San Francisco.

Whether you left your heart in San Francisco or you’ve never visited this beautiful city by the bay, make plans now to join us for the 2015 NAMI National Convention.

You won’t want to miss the outstanding program offerings including:

  • Top-notch researchers and clinicians providing information and tools to advance and sustain recovery from mental illness
  • People living with a mental illness and their families providing their own important perspectives on recovery
  • The country’s keenest minds and savviest policymakers offering strategies and tactics to effectively advocate for changing the mental health system in our nation
  • Abundant networking opportunities so we can learn from each other about how we can improve the lives of all people living with mental illness and their families
  • Inspiration, innovation and an exhilarating four days in this wonderful city

Make your plans now to attend this life-changing event, July 6-9 in San Francisco.

The fastest & easiest way is to register online.

2015 Pre-Convention Registration Rates

Full Registration Rates (includes closing night dinner ticket)
  Member Non-Member Deadline
Super Saver $210 $275 3/1/15
Early Bird $235 $310 5/31/15
Consumer Early Bird $150 $210 5/31/15

 

Day Registration Rates (does not include closing night dinner ticket)
  Member Non-Member Deadline
Day rate $100 $125 N/A
Consumer Day rate $60 $75 N/A

 

Full Registration rates include the four days of convention attendance and a ticket to the closing night dinner.

These rates are for pre-convention registration only and are good through June 15, 2015. After that date, you must register onsite at a higher rate.

Registration Details

Member: To qualify for NAMI Member rates, you must be a current member and provide your member number or the name of your state affiliate.

Consumer: To qualify for the consumer rate, you must be an individual living with a mental illness.

Payment information: Full payment must be received with registration. Acceptable forms of payment are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check and purchase orders. Purchase orders must be paid by May 1, 2015.

Transfers: You may transfer your registration to another person. You must notify us in writing of this change no later than June 15, 2015.

Cancellations:

  • All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax, or email by June 15, 2015
  • If you cancel prior to May 31, 2015, there is a $25 service fee to cover administrative costs
  • If you cancel between June 1 and June 15, there is a $50 service fee to cover administrative costs
  • No refunds will be processed after June 15, 2015
- See more at: http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/NAMI-National-Convention#sthash.PgYAChOx.dpu

 

 

The 2015 NAMI National Convention

Come Find Your Heart in San Francisco.

Whether you left your heart in San Francisco or you’ve never visited this beautiful city by the bay, make plans now to join us for the 2015 NAMI National Convention.

You won’t want to miss the outstanding program offerings including:

  • Top-notch researchers and clinicians providing information and tools to advance and sustain recovery from mental illness
  • People living with a mental illness and their families providing their own important perspectives on recovery
  • The country’s keenest minds and savviest policymakers offering strategies and tactics to effectively advocate for changing the mental health system in our nation
  • Abundant networking opportunities so we can learn from each other about how we can improve the lives of all people living with mental illness and their families
  • Inspiration, innovation and an exhilarating four days in this wonderful city

Make your plans now to attend this life-changing event, July 6-9 in San Francisco.

The fastest & easiest way is to register online.

2015 Pre-Convention Registration Rates

Full Registration Rates (includes closing night dinner ticket)
  Member Non-Member Deadline
Super Saver $210 $275 3/1/15
Early Bird $235 $310 5/31/15
Consumer Early Bird $150 $210 5/31/15

 

Day Registration Rates (does not include closing night dinner ticket)
  Member Non-Member Deadline
Day rate $100 $125 N/A
Consumer Day rate $60 $75 N/A

 

Full Registration rates include the four days of convention attendance and a ticket to the closing night dinner.

These rates are for pre-convention registration only and are good through June 15, 2015. After that date, you must register onsite at a higher rate.

Registration Details

Member: To qualify for NAMI Member rates, you must be a current member and provide your member number or the name of your state affiliate.

Consumer: To qualify for the consumer rate, you must be an individual living with a mental illness.

Payment information: Full payment must be received with registration. Acceptable forms of payment are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check and purchase orders. Purchase orders must be paid by May 1, 2015.

Transfers: You may transfer your registration to another person. You must notify us in writing of this change no later than June 15, 2015.

Cancellations:

  • All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax, or email by June 15, 2015
  • If you cancel prior to May 31, 2015, there is a $25 service fee to cover administrative costs
  • If you cancel between June 1 and June 15, there is a $50 service fee to cover administrative costs
  • No refunds will be processed after June 15, 2015
- See more at: http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/NAMI-National-Convention#sthash.PgYAChOx.dpuf

The 2015 NAMI National Convention

Come Find Your Heart in San Francisco.

Whether you left your heart in San Francisco or you’ve never visited this beautiful city by the bay, make plans now to join us for the 2015 NAMI National Convention.

You won’t want to miss the outstanding program offerings including:

  • Top-notch researchers and clinicians providing information and tools to advance and sustain recovery from mental illness
  • People living with a mental illness and their families providing their own important perspectives on recovery
  • The country’s keenest minds and savviest policymakers offering strategies and tactics to effectively advocate for changing the mental health system in our nation
  • Abundant networking opportunities so we can learn from each other about how we can improve the lives of all people living with mental illness and their families
  • Inspiration, innovation and an exhilarating four days in this wonderful city

Make your plans now to attend this life-changing event, July 6-9 in San Francisco.

The fastest & easiest way is to register online.

2015 Pre-Convention Registration Rates

Full Registration Rates (includes closing night dinner ticket)
  Member Non-Member Deadline
Super Saver $210 $275 3/1/15
Early Bird $235 $310 5/31/15
Consumer Early Bird $150 $210 5/31/15

 

Day Registration Rates (does not include closing night dinner ticket)
  Member Non-Member Deadline
Day rate $100 $125 N/A
Consumer Day rate $60 $75 N/A

 

Full Registration rates include the four days of convention attendance and a ticket to the closing night dinner.

These rates are for pre-convention registration only and are good through June 15, 2015. After that date, you must register onsite at a higher rate.

Registration Details

Member: To qualify for NAMI Member rates, you must be a current member and provide your member number or the name of your state affiliate.

Consumer: To qualify for the consumer rate, you must be an individual living with a mental illness.

Payment information: Full payment must be received with registration. Acceptable forms of payment are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check and purchase orders. Purchase orders must be paid by May 1, 2015.

Transfers: You may transfer your registration to another person. You must notify us in writing of this change no later than June 15, 2015.

Cancellations:

  • All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax, or email by June 15, 2015
  • If you cancel prior to May 31, 2015, there is a $25 service fee to cover administrative costs
  • If you cancel between June 1 and June 15, there is a $50 service fee to cover administrative costs
  • No refunds will be processed after June 15, 2015
- See more at: http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/NAMI-National-Convention#sthash.PgYAChOx.dpuf