Meet Mike Veny Featured Speaker at the 2014 Education Conference 

 

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Click here to watch a video of Mike Veny discussing his upcoming appearance at the 2014 NAMI-NYS Education Conference. Mike will be the featured speaker on Saturday night and will be sharing his story of personal recovery from severe mental illness and how we can transform the stigma of mental illness into opportunities to educate people and build relationships. Mike's inspiring presentation is surely something you will not want miss. Click here to register today.

 

Dr. Stephen Glatt

2014 Connie Lieber Research Award Recipient

 

NAMI-NYS is delighted to announce that Stephan Glatt, Ph.D, has been chosen to receive the 2014 NAMI-NYS Connie Lieber Research Award. Dr. Glatt is the Director of the Psychiatric Genetic Epidemiology & Neurobiology Laboratory (PsychGENe Lab) at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

 

This award honors Dr. Glatt's work on candidate-gene and genome-wide association, expression, and functional studies of schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, heroin dependence, and other psychiatric and substance use disorders.  The ultimate objective of his research is to identify the causes of these illnesses, and to find biomarkers that will facilitate earlier identification, intervention, and prevention.

 

Dr. Glatt has been awarded two Young Investigator Awards, an Independent Investigator Award, and the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Schizophrenia Research from NARSAD: The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. He is also the Principal Investigator on two Research Project grants from the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Glatt is also a co-investigator or consultant on numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health which are focused on identifying the nature and causes of mental disorders.

 

The award will be presented to Dr. Glatt on Friday evening November 14th at the NAMI-NYS Education Conference. Dr. Glatt will give the evening's featured presentation following his receiving the award.

 

You can click here to view a short video on Dr. Glatt and the PsychGENe Lab

 

Click here to register for the conference.

 

President's Message

 

 

This has been an especially frustrating time being a mental illness advocate.  We have a wonderful bill which would help not only the families and people with serious mental illness but all who have for years struggled getting help for their loved ones and for themselves.  Time and time again, we hear the stories of families and people who have tried to get help with nowhere to go or disheartened because they see their loved ones suffering and cannot be the voice to help.  Now is the time to make that phone call or write that letter, it is imperative and NAMI-NYS cannot do it alone.  Congressman Murphy's bill HR-3717 is the bill many of us have waited years for,  we cannot let this opportunity pass by.  We recently heard that Congressman Murphy, who first introduced his bill and Congressman Barber met to try to compromise on the Barber bill  HR-4574 which was introduced after and seems to be the "status quo" that has not worked efficiently for years.  Isn't it ironic that this meeting took place shortly after all the commentaries in the Times Union and backlash  received?  Click here for the wonderful op-ed that Congressman Murphy has gallantly penned and appeared in Friday's Times

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The prestigious APA (American Psychiatric Association) has thrown their weight behind the Murphy Bill.

 

Please call your representative and ask them to "support and co-sponsor HR 3717, The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act"  and especially "the provisions that focus on SERIOUS mental illness, not just mental wellness". Click here to quickly get the phone number. This is a critical call to make at a critical time.

 

Thank you for your continued support and bless you for all your advocacy.

 

Irene Turski

President

Compromise Reached on Psychiatric Hospital Closures

 

In the last few days, NAMI-NYS has continued to updated you on bill number A.8294 passed in the NYS Senate and gaining momentum in the Assembly that would have blocked the closure of state-run psychiatric hospitals. Last night, a compromise was reached between Governor Cuomo and both houses of the legislature which keeps these hospitals open until appropriate services and supports are put in place. Click here, to read an article on the compromise. 

 

Much thanks to the Government Affairs Committee for all their hard work and to you, our grassroots advocates, whose voices helped influence this compromise.We are hopeful that this agreement will help establish both community services that meet the standards set forth by the NAMI policy plank, as well as make certain that in-patient psychiatric beds and appropriate services are available for those with serious mental illness.

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