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December 13, 2016

“Look before you leap.” LEAP is a communication process developed by Dr. Xavier Amador, a psychologist at Columbia University, New York to help families and mental health providers talk with someone living with mental illness about accepting their illness and getting help. It can also help when talking about other sensitive topics and with day-to-day communication. Although this particular video is targeted towards mental health professionals, it is equally helpful for family members.

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    The Muscogee County School District and Columbus State University present a free opportunity for Parents, Educators, and Students in 6th through 12th grades, with a disability or on a 504 plan, to get helpful information about services and opportunities to prepare students and their families as they plan for life after high school.

    Download the Transition Fair Flyer.

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    If Not Us
    Congress took their first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last week, as both chambers passed a budget resolution that gives Congress instructions to start developing an ACA repeal package. The Senate passed the resolution first, followed by the House, and both votes split primarily along party lines. The budget resolution will permit the Congressional majority to use reconciliation, a filibuster-proof tool that would allow repeal legislation to pass with simple majorities in the House and Senate.

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    Albany CYA Stakeholders Mtg
    Over 70+ community stakeholders attended NAMI Albany’s Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Mental Health Stakeholders meeting to kick-off the NAMI Georgia initiative recently. The Mayor, Sheriff, and Chief of Police all came out — with staff — to voice their support. Stay tuned for other stakeholder meetings held throughout the state!

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    Joan Baker
    Please welcome our newest staff member Joan Baker, office coordinator. Joan would like to share a few words about herself:

    “I am a writer and the office coordinator for NAMI Georgia. Also I am a newlywed and proud parent of two sons and three grandchildren. I have a strong administrative background and I have worked with mental health as a care provider and studied psychology and writing. It is my personal delight to write, giving a synopsis of emotions that people Read More

    Help individuals and families dealing with mental illnesses by teaching a NAMI class or facilitating a NAMI support group. Apply as soon as possible – we determine the locations of training sessions based on the number and locations of applicants.

    Program Date Location NAMI Basics Teacher Jan 28-29 NAMI Georgia Office – Atlanta NAMI Ending the Silence Presenter Feb 25 Marriott Courtyard Northlake – Tucker NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator Feb 25-26 NAMI Georgia Office – Atlanta NAMI Family to Family Teacher Mar 3-5 NAMI Georgia Office – Atlanta NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter Feb 11-12 NAMI Georgia Read More

    The NAMI Georgia Office is moving. The office will be closed Jan 23-27, and communication will be limited during that time, as phone, fax, and computer network are transitioning. ***Please be aware, the fax may not be online during this period, so please email office-nami@namiga.org to check and make sure we have received what you sent.*** The upcoming Board of Directors meeting and Basics training will be held as scheduled at the new office, at

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