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MAY 1 - Capital District Psychiatric Center Family Services Presents: An Overview of Mental Health Services in Rensselaer County by Kirstein DonVito, Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health Deputy Commissioner - Clinical AOT Coordinator and SPOA Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center, 75 New Scotland Ave. Albany, NY. For more information or to register contact: Frank Greco, Director of Family Services (518) 549-6816.

MAY 5 - Cinco De Mayo Party/Fundraiser. Saturday, May 5th 4pm
Earlier this year, one of the Tailgate’s regular customers lost a co-worker at United Healthcare in a tragic circumstance related to mental illness. On Saturday May 5th, United Healthcare and NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, are participating in a walk to honor Mary Jo Trokey and her family, to raise awareness on depression, anxiety, and all mental health related issues to ensure that those living with mental illness can get the help and support they need. Mental illness is one of the biggest problems we face today. We at Maria’s Tailgate Tavern feel that this is a cause that needs as much attention as possible and May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you would like to support Christina Grogan in her walk please email clgcsw@gmail.com or let a Tailgate Tavern staff member know.
Come enjoy complimentary Taco Bar and Mexican food, music, silent auction, raffles and 50/50’s. In addition $1 will be donated to the cause for each Margarita or tequila drink sold that day.
Maria’s Tailgate Tavern
2563 Western Ave Guilderland, NY
Saturday May 5th, 4pm-?

Any donations for raffles or silent auction will be greatly appreciated.

NAMI-NYS is delighted to share with you the 2018 What's Great in Our State honorees. This year saw a record amount of nominations and honorees were selected in two categories, Individuals and Programs. The 2018 honorees are:

Individual Honorees

  • Mr. Mark Laurrie, Superintendent, Niagara Falls School District
  • Ms. Cindy Misrock, Social Worker, Freeport School District

Programs to be Honored

  • APIC (Access to Psychiatry through Intermediate Care)
  • Children of Promise
  • Mental Health Juvenile Justice Program
  • Walter Panas High School Warr;ors
  • PAX Good Behavior Game

Click here to to learn more about the 2018 honorees and register for the free event. What's Great in Our State will also feature a keynote presentation from Dr. Peter Gray and the Young Adult Voice of Recovery presentation which will be delivered by NAMI-NYS Young Adult Network member Dianna Page. Click here to learn about the two presenters.


MAY 10 - NAMI Mid-Hudson - Dr. Ross Greene presents: “Collaborative & Proactive Solutions” Workshop. Who should attend? Parents, Caregivers, and any individuals that work with youth exhibiting challenging behavior:
Social Workers, Psychologists, Educators, School Guidance and Administrative Personnel,
Direct Care Staff, Youth Workers, and Foster Care Professionals
To receive four (4) Continuing Education Credits, please see next page for cost and details.
Please Join Us: Thursday, May 10th, 2018 8:30 am - 3:30 pm (Registration begins at 7:30 am)
The Grandview 176 Rinaldi Blvd Poughkeepsie, NY.

Ticket Cost: $100.00
Seating is Limited! Advanced ticket purchase required no later than May 3rd, 2018.
To purchase tickets, please visit: www.namimidhudson.org or mail check to:
NAMI Mid-Hudson
P.O. Box 787
Poughkeepsie NY, 12062

(Registration fee includes: Continental Breakfast and Lunch. Materials will be sent.

JUNE –Capital District Psychiatric Center, An Overview of Community Integration as a Discharge Planning Tool presented by John Stenson, Family Advocacy Specialist Office of Mental Health and Christopher Coyle, Family Support Specialist Office of Mental Health. Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the CDPC Family Resource Center. As usual, there will be time for Questions and Answers as well as support services after the presentation. For more information or to register contact: Frank Greco, Director of Family Services (518) 549-6816

OCTOBER 9 - The National Alliance on Mental Illness Champlain Valley will be sponsoring a free one day conference at Clinton Community College on October 9th titled, “Stand Up 2 Stigma.” The conference will have a variety of workshops for peers, families, providers, and interested community members.

Our keynote speaker for the event is David Granirer, a counselor, stand-up comic, mental health keynote speaker, and author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success. He founded Stand Up For Mental Health, a program that teaches stand up comedy to people with mental illness or mental health issues as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. Additionally, the NYS Office Of Mental Health Commissioner, Mental Hygiene Legal Services and many other speakers will be joining us.

The event is expected to provide education & awareness around the effects of stigma, opportunities for reducing stigma, and a chance to become a proactive community member that supports mental health; like one supports cancer and diabetes.

Consider joining us! For those who may remember in 2014 we sponsored Keys to Recovery - 250 were in attendance creating one of the largest mental health conferences in our community. This time, we ask you to take a stand, be the hero, and Stand Up 2 Stigma.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend. Registration can be done by going to our website at nami-cv.org and clicking the Stand Up 2 Stigma tab. When you sign up for the conference you will receive periodic updates. Feel free to forward this information to your friends, family, and colleagues.

Any questions regarding the conference can be addressed to info@nami-cv.org.