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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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    NAMI recently released their 2017 legislative priorities. These are the top issues NAMI will be concentrating on:

    Invest in Mental Health and Innovation

    Reject Medicaid caps or block grants that drive down innovation and force state program cuts, putting individuals with mental illness and families at risk Support Medicaid expansion, with income-based eligibility, to provide coverage and a pathway to self-sufficiency for individuals with mental health conditions Ensure insurance market reforms include mental health and substance use disorder coverage in every health plan and at Read More

    Watson Spence Attorneys awarded NAMI Albany $1,000 through their 12 Days of Christmas Giving program!

    Pictured in photo: Tosha Dean, President of NAMI Albany; Attorney Greg Fullerton; and Jere Brands, Vice President of NAMI Albany

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    NAMI Union received “A Helping Hands in the Community” $1,000 grant in honor of the community service of Agent Tommy Drake from the Allstate Foundation.

    (Pictured L to R): Tommy Drake, Glenda Thompson, Suzanne Moore, NAMI Union County steering committee, Julie Sgambati, Connection Recovery Support Group facilitator. (Not pictured): Linda Beaver, Family Support Group facilitator

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    NAMI Hall member Gigi Cautino was quoted recently in a newspaper article, Cultural stigmas challenge local Latinos seeking mental health care, (Joshua Silavent, December 18, 2016, Gainesville Times).

    “Stigmas about mental illness erect costly barriers to treatment for individuals among all demographics in the United States. But there are unique ways in which stigmas manifest in certain communities. Among Latinos and Spanish-speaking immigrants, for example, the obstacles to care are subtle and profound. In regards to ethnicity and cultural differences, there are two ways Read More

    The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Office of Children, Young Adults & Families and the Office of Recovery Transformation (ORT) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming Youth Certified Peer Specialist (CPS-Y) training and upcoming Parent Certified Peer Specialist (CPS-P) training.

    Please contact: Dana McCrary Dana.McCrary@dbhdd.ga.gov Parent & Youth Peer Specialist Coordinator Office of Children, Young Adults & Families Read More

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    NAMI Georgia is thrilled to announce the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team-Youth pin design contest! The contest is open to children and youth under the age of 18 who are being served by Georgia C&A provider agencies. The winner will be awarded with a pizza party for her/himself and 25 friends! The winning design will become the official pin to be worn by Georgia law enforcement officers after completion of the 24 hour Georgia CIT-Youth course. See contest rules below. Is Read More
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