Forum on Behavioral Health in Montgomery and Delaware Counties

Please join us this Sunday for our next Main Line NAMI Forum: Navigating Behavioral Health in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, featuring speakers Vera Zanders, Deputy Mental Health Administrator for Montgomery County; Donna Holiday, Deputy Mental Health Administrator and Tracy Halliday, Mental Health Director for Delaware County. This forum will take place this Sunday, September 17, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church (also known as the First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore; 5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore). The speakers will describe crisis services and the continuum of mental health supports in Delaware and Montgomery counties. There will be ample time for questions and answers. For more information, please contact us at or 267-251-6240.

NAMI PA, Main Line will be offering a session of Family-to-Family (F2F) this fall.  Family-to-Family is a course structured to help family members understand and support a relative diagnosed with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Family-to-Family in Devon will begin on October 17, and will meet once a week for 12 weeks through January (with select holidays off), from 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.  If you have questions or to register for this course, please contact Sarah at 484-919-0069 or  Registered participants will receive a schedule and meeting dates the week before the course begins.

NAMI PA, Main Line will offer a workshop Crisis Prevention and Management for the Holidays (and year round) on Sunday, October 22, from 2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church (also known as the First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore; 5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore). Ellen Berman, MD and Amanda Falivene-Rocco, LPC, CPRP will give advice for coping with the stresses of the holidays and for preventing and managing crises. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to develop plans, using WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plans), both for people with mental illness and for family members. Ellen Berman is a family psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine (U Penn) and Amanda Falivene-Rocco is Director of an outpatient day program at a community mental health center in Philadelphia. For more information, please contact us at or 267-251-6240.   

Feature of the Week: How to Get Government Services

Many individuals with severe mental illness will find it necessary, or at least helpful, to apply for some or all of the following publicly supported services: disability, Medicare or Medicaid health insurance and community mental health services offered by county. Our webpage offers helpful information on how to apply for these services.

Upcoming Events

The International Bipolar Foundation is running a high school essay contest. High school age youth are invited to write an essay about a notable figure with bipolar disorder. 8 finalists will be chosen and the top 3 will win a cash prize. For details and submission form go to

Participate in a focus group on Sunday, October 1, 11:30-1pm and help the Kennedy Forum’s Project to help those with addiction and mental health issues receive health care benefits. Join us for an informal discussion to help The Kennedy Forum, founded by former US Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D., RI), in its quest to enforce health insurance benefits for addiction and mental health treatment.  Specifically, our group will provide anonymous feedback on the level of “user friendliness” of the Kennedy Forum’s website and national registry, which is being used to track insurance denials, be a voice for those who have been denied and potentially engage in legal action at the state level.  Brunch will be served. Note:  Participants can be either members of the general population with no experience in denials due to addiction and/or mental health or well as those who have been denied benefits due to these illnesses. RSVP required: text Claudia at 610.608.5214 with questions and reservations.  Exact Location in Wayne PA will be sent after reservation is made.

1847Financial is offering a free workshop called Caring For Your Loved One with Special Needs: What Every Caregiver Needs to Know. During this workshop you will learn about different critical areas of concern, such as: Navigating and maximizing government benefits (SSI/SSDI, Waivers & Social Security);  Wills, Special Needs Trusts – Guardianship and Powers of Attorney; Strategies to address funding of special needs trusts, tax planning. The goal of this workshop is for caregivers to have tools and strategies to ensure that quality of life and lifetime care are maintained for their loved ones, so the vision they have for their child’s life can become a reality. The workshop will be held on Thursday October 5 from 6-7.30 p.m. at Child Guidance Resource Center, 2901 Island Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19153. Email to register.

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