What's Great in Our State Award Winners Announced

NAMI-NYS is pleased to announce the 2014 "What's Great in Our State-A Celebration of Children's Mental Health Awareness" award winners. The following programs have been selected for their exceptional work addressing children's mental health issues:

  • ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Think Tank
  • DECA Project in New York City Early Childhood Programs
  • Hackett Middle School Full Service Room
  • Montefiore's Pediatric Behavioral Health Services
  • NAMI Rochester
  • The OnTrackNY / Connections Program
  • Seneca and Tompkins County Early Recognition Screening Program - The Whole Child Checkup Initiative

NAMI-NYS is proud that our NAMI Rochester affiliate was chosen in recognition of their delivery of all NAMI Signature programs focused on children as well as the outstanding presentations they have given in schools and at the upcoming NYS School Nurses Convention.


The awards will be presented at the 2014 "What's Great in Our State-A Celebration of Children's Mental Health Awareness" reception, taking place Tuesday, May 6th at the New York State Museum, from 5:30-8pm. The reception is free to attend and you can click here to register and learn more about the event and the honorees.

In Our Own Voice with NAMI on Campus Students 

Members of NAMI on Campus - John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  


The students in the NAMI on Campus- John Jay College of Criminal Justice were recently spotlighted in the nationally distributed NAMI On Campus newsletter.  The group received recognition for presenting an In Our Own Voice (IOOV) program at the school.  Two of the members of the on campus group completed their IOOV training in September of 2013. The event  was held in collaboration with their school to discuss stigma and access to mental health services.  The successful event was filmed and is now available on YouTube.  Click here for part one and here for part two.  

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2014 Legislative Conference A Tremendous Success!!!



NAMI-NYS held our annual Legislative Conference on Tuesday, March 18th and it was a huge success. We want to thank all of our grassroots advocates who traveled to Albany to voice the 2014 NAMI-NYS Advocacy Action Agenda.


During the luncheon NAMI presented two awards.  


The 2014 Legislative Research Award was presented to the Nathan Kline Institute. We were honored to be joined by Dr. Donald Goff, Director of the Nathan Kline Institute and several members of his staff. Along with accepting the award, Dr. Goff provided an update on the groundbreaking research being conducted at the institute, which demonstrated the importance of sustained government support of research, which has long been a NAMI-NYS Action Agenda Item.  


The 2014 Legislative Champion Award was presented to NYS Senator Lee Zeldin for his work to expand mental health services to veterans and members of the military community. Veterans' mental health has also been a traditional Action Agenda Item.  


We also wish to thank the following state leaders who attended the conference luncheon:

  • Dr. Anne Marie Sullivan, Acting Commissioner, New York State Office of Mental Health.
  • NYS Senator David Carlucci, Chair, Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee
  • Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Chair, Assembly Mental Health Committee
  • Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubrey
  • Senator Kathleen Marchione  

For those who did not get to come to Albany and wish to make a legislative advocacy visit in their home district, please contact Matthew Shapiro at 518-462-2000 to obtain a legislative action packet.


NYS Legislative Update


As we prepare for Tuesday's Legislative Conference, we received encouraging news on Thursday when the NYS Senate announced their one-house bills.


Included in the bills were:


OMH State Hospital/Bed Reductions


The Senate rejects the proposed closure of 388 state hospital beds by restoring $30.3 million. This is very encouraging for the NAMI-NYS membership who have been very vocal in the reduction is beds. However it remains to be seen how this will impact the OMH plan to invest in community services.


Safe and Affordable Housing


The Senate takes the Governor's downstate supported housing rent stipend hike and expands it statewide. The Senate also 'encourages' OMH to develop a housing plan to make more housing available.


Open Access to Medications


The Senate restores Prescriber Prevails for all drug classes under managed care, including antidepressant and antipsychotic medications.


Senate Mental Health Member Items

  • $2.2 million for veteran peer to peer pilot programs;
  • $2 million for the Binghamton Hospital Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program;
  • $1.5 million for mental health research;
  • $1 million for an independent study on the impact of expanded community services


Now it is especially important for NAMI-NYS's grassroots advocates to make their voice heard as the budget negations intensify. REGISTER NOW for the2014 NAMI-NYS Legislative Conference.

Click here to review the talking points for the NAMI-NYS Action Agenda and tips to making a successful advocacy visit.

2014 Legislative Action Agenda Spotlight:
Reinvestment in Community Services



This week, as we prepare for the 2014 NAMI-NYS Legislative Conference on March 18th, the Advocacy Agenda item we are focusing on reinvestment in community services.


Many of you have asked about the reinvestment in community services and how it relates to our stance on NYS Psychiatric hospital closures. NAMI-NYS strongly opposes the closures of NYS psychiatric hospitals and any reduction of psychiatric beds. You can click here to read the NAMI-NYS official statement on closures.  


As the statement points out there are many types and varying degrees of mental illnesses. Some people can successfully recover in the community setting, while others have illnesses so severe that their best treatment options only come from the services available via hospital care. This is why NAMI-NYS supports both the continuing operation of state-run psychiatric hospitals as well as the investment in non-profit operated community-based recovery services that meet the standards of community care set forth by NAMI. We do not believe that these investments need to be tied-in to the closures of hospitals; We feel the state must invest in both. However, if a hospital is closed, the savings from these closures must be reinvested in the community. This is the only way to ensure that all New Yorkers living with a mental illness receive the best mental health treatment options to advance their personal recovery.


The advocacy of NAMI-NYS and our grassroots members have blocked or delayed the closures of several hospitals we now must call for the investment in community services as well.

Have your voice heard!!! REGISTER TODAY for the NAMI-NYS Legislative Conference!



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