Main Line NAMI Family-to-Family and Other Programs

We encourage you to register for Family-to-Family, a program offered to the community without charge that provides education and support for family members of a person who has a serious mental illness. Family-to-Family at the Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood will begin on Tuesday, February 27, and will meet once a week for 12 consecutive weeks from 7-9:30 p.m. For questions or to register, contact Judy Green at 610-668-7917 or F2FMainLine@aol.com.

The Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Bryn Mawr. This group has a new leader and new contact information.  If you have a family member or loved one with mental illness and are interested in this support group, please contact Diane at 610-247-4545 for more information.

Main Line NAMI Workshop, “Learning to Deal with Guilt, Grief and Anger”, led by Sarah Freudberg and Bruce Fay will be on Sunday, April 15, from  2-4 p.m. at Ardmore Presbyterian Church (5 West Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore, PA).  We will have a brief membership meeting before the workshop begins.  A complete description of this workshop will be available on our website in the coming weeks.

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 publicly supported services, such as disability income from the Social Security Administration, Medicaid and/or Medicare health insurance, and/or community mental health services provided by each county, including case management which can provide access to housing and many other service. For more information about how to apply for these services, see https://namipamainline.org/info-resources/how-to-get-services/.

Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for the annual NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Mental Health & Wellness Conference, Champions of Mental Wellness: Fighting Stigma and Stereotypes in the System and Society. The two-day event features personal stories of recovery and resilience aimed to educate and inspire professionals, advocates, individuals in recovery, and family members. Register online  or download a form. Download the conference brochure for more information.  Sign up before Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 to take advantage of the early-bird rate. 

Opportunity to Provide Feedback on Behavioral Health Services
The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is seeking individuals and family members of individuals who have received mental health and/or behavioral health services to participate in a Consumer and Family Discussion with a representative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) as a part of the 2018 Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Site Visit.  The Consumer and Family Discussion will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.  Participants may attend in person at the OMHSAS Office in Commonwealth Tower, Strawberry Square (320 Market Street, Harrisburg) or via conference call. SAMHSA has requested that individuals/family members participating in this discussion represent a broad demographic.  In order to ensure this, OMHSAS is including a demographic survey as a part of the request to participate form. For additional information or the Request to Participate Form, contact Kristine Songster (nami.pa.main.line@gmail.com).  Request to Participate Forms must be returned no later than 5PM on Friday, February 15, 2018.
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