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Upcoming Events/Outreaches

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of upcoming NAMI
meetings and courses by clicking links below:

Upcoming Courses:

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

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.


2018 Education Conference
October 26-28, 2018

 NAMI Presentations:

  -Ending the Silence

-In Our Own Voice

arranged by request

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 links for details


*For information on public policy and advocacy issues:

                 ***ADVOCACY REQUESTED***

Recent mental health program closures with additional planned shutdowns are of great concern as to the impact that will have on people with mental health issues, their families and the community.

Please consider contacting Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Chair of the Assembly’s Mental Health Committee, regarding the following and ask her to review the cuts and planned cuts in mental health services and programs and to advocate for their restoration:

· Targeted for closure is the Orange County Assertive Community Team (ACT)

The ACT team was developed to serve the most serious and persistent mentally ill (SPMI) individuals in Orange County. These are individuals who have failed at other treatment programs. This program had been extremely effective as evidenced across many outcome measures including improved quality of life, reduced risk of incarceration, reduced risk of re-hospitalization and reduced risk of harm to self and others. The ACT program not only works to improve lives, but also saves the system institutionalization related costs by reducing jail and inpatient stay. It is a shame and counter-productive that this program is targeted for closure. Current and former patients who have graduated from the program will tell you their stories of how the ACT team is and was a “difference maker” in their lives.

· In Sullivan County, the Monticello clinic is near closing with patients being rerouted to private clinics that are already overburdened with high caseloads 

· Speculation exists of imminent closure of the social support program on the grounds of the Middletown Campus (The Friendship Club) that serves between 70-100 clients daily whom often live in a residential or family-care type setting. This program serves as a social hub for members and provides a sense of community and belonging. While this program, itself, has already been affected by staffing shortages which prevent it from providing more intensive, recovery-focused intervention that it used to, it still serves a role for the patients that utilize it. 

Contact information:

Honorable Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther

18 Anawana Lake Road

Monticello, NY 12701

Phone: 845-794-5807



    NAMI-NYS Alert Regarding Housing

    Mental Health Services & Housing Discussed in            Wednesday's Democratic Gubernatorial Debate

On Wednesday, August 29, Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon exchanged policy ideas and proposals during the only debate before the Democratic gubernatorial primary on September 13. The candidates discussed a wide-range of issue areas, one of which was focused on homelessness and mental health.

Below is an unedited transcript of the dialogue:

Maurice DuBois (CBS New York): Governor, we see in the tragedy of homeless people living on our streets every single day, people many of them suffering from mental illness, yet police are prohibited by state law from removing them under -- except under -- the most extreme conditions. Should the law be changed to allow homeless people to be taken off the street against their will in order to get help and shelter for their safety and for the safety of others?

Andrew Cuomo: The law is you cannot incarcerate a person involuntarily or take them to a mental health facility unless they're an imminent risk to themselves or others...

DuBois: Or even to a shelter?

Andrew Cuomo: That is a basic civil rights law. I worked in homeless care for 25 years. I started in my 20s helping the homeless. I was President Clinton's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, working on poverty issues all across the country and homelessness issues all across the country. I've been in shelters all across the country. The -- it's not going to work if the police have to force a mentally ill person into a shelter. Because even if you bring them to the shelter you can't keep them there as a matter of law. That would be involuntary institutionalization. We need a shelter system and a mental health shelter system that works. We know how to do -- it's called safe havens. Mental health professionals who develop a relationship with a person on the street and slowly you develop trust and you bring them into a safe, clean, decent shelter. Most homeless people leave the shelters, because they're dangerous. It's not an irrational act to leave a shelter, in many ways it's a rational act. The violence in shelters is at an all-time high. People are getting killed and that's why they're leaving the shelters. We need a better shelter system. We need more mental health beds. We need more community residences for people who are mentally ill on a permanent basis. But you're not going to force people by law by violating their civil liberties into a shelter system that's dangerous.

DuBois: Ms. Nixon?

Cynthia Nixon: Yes, I agree we must not force them into shelters and we need the state to make a much bigger investment and the city to make a much bigger investment in homelessness in -- in ending homelessness. But we have such a homelessness crisis in large part because we have such a housing crisis and I don't think it's any coincidence that we have one of the largest housing crisises that we've ever seen in this state when the number one contributor to Andrew Cuomo's campaigns are the real estate industry and corporate developers. We need a governor of New York State who will fight not only to renew our rent laws when they expire next year, but to strengthen them and to expand them because frankly gentrification is pushing people out, particularly black and brown people, out of the communities that they have grown up in, and it is an enormous problem and we need rent protections not just in buildings built before 1974, but going forward, and not just in the eight counties in which we have rent regulation now, but across the state. It is the number one issue that people upstate, downstate talk to me about.


Cuomo: There's no doubt that we have an affordable housing crisis. We have expanded the number of units kept in the system under rent control for the first time in 40 years. We have to do more. We have to raise the vacancy decontrol. We have the largest state investment in history in affordable housing, 20 billion dollars. The city needs to be part of it which miss Nixon keeps leaving out and a big problem is the NYCHA housing is a national disgrace. I know it's politically sensitive, but we're losing thousands of units in NYCHA and that's one of the main problems.


Click here to watch the debate. You can fast forward to the 48 minute mark when the issue is discussed. Governor Cuomo makes the statement about hospital beds and community residencies at the 50 minute mark. 


Click here to read our Action Agenda sheet on housing issues. 


Click here to read the New York Daily News Voices of the People letter we wrote on the reduction of psychiatric beds. 


Click here to watch the Mental Health Now episode on mental health housing. 




The 2018 NAMI-NYS Education Conference will take a in-depth look at Mental Health Housing. Along with presenting a Leader of Mental Health Awareness Award to Toni Lasicki thanking her for her leadership of the Bring it Home Campaign, there will also be a two-hour focus session exploring all aspects of mental health housing on Saturday, October 27th from 4:30-6:30. Click here to register today!


       NAMI-NYS 2018 Legislation Action Agenda
  • Housing Services

  • Investments in Community Services

  • Improving the Mental Illness-Criminal Justice Interface

  • Open Access to Medication Investments in New York State Research Institutions

  • Veterans' Mental Health


BIH is group of community-based supportive housing providers, mental health advocates, faith leaders, & consumers & their families, demanding adequate funding.

Bring It Home NAMI-NYSNAMI-NYS Bring It Home

Visit  to discover more facts and to learn how you can support the Bring It Home campaign which calls for increased financial support for New York's Mental Health Housing Programs.

NYS License Plate (photo credit: News10 ABC)

Specialty License Plates
for Mental Health Awareness
Click above link to NYS Department of Motor Vehicle

The governor has signed into law Bill #A.06216B sponsored by Aileen Gunther which creates a specialty license plate stating, "Healthy Mind, Healthy NY"

Mental Illness

learn about federal bills that pertain to mental illness 

We Need  To Do More
Than Just Talk About Mental lllness

opinion article in "The Hill" (December 11, 2017)
by Dr. Herbert Pardes

NAMI-NYS Anylasis of 2015-2016 NYS Budget Agreement


Highlights Include:

Housing Investments

Expansion of CIT

Restoration of Prescriber Prevails

Criminal Justice Initiatives

Investment in Community Services

On Sunday, March 29th, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders Assemblyman Carl Heastie and Senators Dean Skelos and Jeffery Klein reached an agreement for the FY 2015-16 budget. State legislators are expected to approve the budget deal before the April 1st deadline.


NAMI-NYS is extremely encouraged about many aspects of the budget agreement. Highlights include an investment in housing, several criminal justice initiatives including CIT expansion and the restoration of precribers prevails. This is one of the strongest budgets for mental health services in many years.