Register Now for Family-to-Family

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.

Feature of the Week: Registration Open for NAMI Keystone PA’s Annual Conference
 
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. Sign up before Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 to take advantage of the early-bird rate.
The morning keynote address is entitled, “Reducing Violence: A Model for Support and Prevention”. Edward Mulvey, PhD will explain what his research has uncovered about mental illness and violence and how the data supports a need to educate family members on how to cope with potentially violent situations. NAMI Keystone PA Board Member Jack Cahalane, PhD, MPH will present with Dr. Mulvey on the successes and shortcomings of the mental health system in regard to providing tools that individuals and families can use to prevent and manage potentially violent incidents.

Fifteen Workshops Include:

  • Repurposing Ketamine from Anesthesia to Depression and Suicidal Ideation
  • Planning for the Future with Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts
  • Against the Tide: Advancing Good Policy Through Advocacy
Continuing Education Credits Available:
  • 10.5 Social Work
  • 10.5 Psych

Additional information on conference registration, hotel reservations, and scholarship opportunities is available at www.namikeystonepa.org.

Upcoming Events

Join Michele Leahy and Randy Hope Steen for Autism and ID: What You Need to Know after Age 18 on Thursday, January 25, from 6-8 p.m. at Chester County Library District Center in the Struble Meeting Room 450 Exton Square Parkway in Exton.  They will cover topics such as Medical Assistance and federal cash benefits, Special Needs Trusts, how to blend state and federal programs, the ABLE Act, housing options, and more.  Visit http://www.leahylifeplan.com/ for more information.

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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