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Update on the 2014 NAMI Virginia State Convention!

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2014 Convention

Thank you to all who attended the 2014 NAMI Virginia State Convention! 

We enjoyed seeing all of you and appreciate you spending the day with us. We thoroughly enjoyed having so many passionate leaders from across Virginia come together!


We are uploading pictures to the NAMI Virginia Facebook page

Did you take photos at the Convention? Please share them with us! E-mail namiva@verizon.net


Congratulations to our award recipients

The 2014 Outstanding Legislator Award

The Honorable Creigh Deeds (View the press release here)

Outstanding Affiliate

NAMI Mid-Tidewater

Spirit of Recovery Award

Richard Appelt

Outstanding Family Member/Caregiver Award

Sandra Mottesheard

Joshua S. Collins Award of Excellence

Emily Anderson

Convention Slides 

 (we will be adding slides from the workshops over the next couple of weeks)

1. Changes to Medicaid Behavioral Health Programs and Services

(part of the opening plenary, "The Commonwealth's Report on Mental Health")

Presenter: Karen Kimsey, Deputy Director of Complex Care and Services, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

2. An Update on Virginia's Commitment Laws

Presenter: Jim Martinez, Director, Office of Mental Health Services, DBHDS

3. Promoting Wellness and Recovery

Presenter: Thomas Lane, National Director Consumer & Recovery Services, Magellan Health Services

4. The State of Psychiatric Genetics Research

Presenter: Dr. Keneth Kendler, Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Human Genetics, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University

5. Stay in Charge of your Healthcare- Advance Directives

Presenter: Dana Traynham, Senior Staff Attorney, disAbility Law Center of Virginia

6. Making NAMI Younger, Programs to Help Your Affiliate Reach Youth and Families

Presenter: Stephany Melton, Director of Children and Youth Policy and Programs &  Virginia Family Network Director, NAMI Virginia



View the Convention agenda here



Thank you everyone that attended the 2013 State Convention!

Deeply Rooted, Branching Out
Working Together to Grow NAMI Throughout Virginia

This year's state convention  focused on planning and skills-building with NAMI Virginia's affiliates across the state.
We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all who attended and appreciate you spending your weekend with us.  We hope you found the convention as engaging and informative as we did!  

NAMI Virginia would like to express our gratitude to Bank of America for providing a charitable contribution to make the 2013 State Convention possible.

Congratulations to all of our award recipients!

Outstanding Affiliate: NAMI Virginia Beach
Outstanding Consumer Achievement: Bryan Sanderson, NAMI Williamsburg
Outstanding Family Member/Caregiver Achievement: Evelyn Steward, NAMI Hampton/Newport News
Joshua S. Collins Award of Excellence: Brian McSally, NAMI Virginia Beach
2013 Outstanding Legislator Award: The Honorable Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. 
View the press release for Senator Hanger's Award

Here are some Powerpoints and handouts from the Convention:

 Saturday, June 1st

Opening Plenary- Presenters: Mira Signer, Liz Smith, and Stephany Melton

Mira Signer's opening plenary slides
Liz Smith's opening plenary slides
Strategic Plan Outline Template
Slides used in both the opening and plenary session

Worshops- Session One:

1. Volunteer Management:
Presenter: Alison Jones- Nassar

Slides from volunteer management
Handout from volunteer management

2. NAMI 360: Understanding the NAMI Membership System
Presenters: Jean-Michel Texier, Elizabeth Monrad, Amanda Roberts, and Liz Norton

Slides from NAMI 360 

3. Money: How to Raise it, How to Spend It 
Presenters: Stacy Ruble, Farleigh Fitzgerald, and Kathy Harkey

Handout on grants #1
Handout on grants #2
Handout on NAMIWalks virtual walkers
Handout on walk sponsorship
2013 NAMIWalks Virginia sponsor brochure
Walk flyer to use at community events

Saturday Workshops: Session 2

1. Leadership and Board Development
Presenter: Liz Smith

Board Development slides

2. Making NAMI Younger
Presenters: Connie Nutter, Carolyn Wood, Stephany Melton Hardison

Making NAMI Younger slides

Sunday, June 2nd:

NAMI Smarts: Telling Your Story. Presenters: Kathy Harkey and Mira Signer

Slides from NAMI Smarts: Telling Your Story 
Handout on Advocacy
Handout with advocacy links

NAMI Smarts: In-Person Lobbying
Presenter: Tom Spurlock

Slides from NAMI Smarts: In-Person Lobbying

Closing Session:

Slides from opening and closing session
Strategic planning step by step
SWOTS in action

View the convention agenda here


We are extremely grateful to Bank of America for providing a charitable contribution to make the 2013 State Convention possible.


NAMI Virginia's 2012 State Convention

Thank you to all that attended the NAMI Virginia and VCEH Housing Stability and Mental Illness Summit on July 22-23, 2012! 


In 2012 we teamed up with the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH).   The theme of the convention was Housing Instability, Homeless, and People with Serious Mental Illness. Thanks to the support of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Summit provided a unique opportunity for collaboration between our organizations and brought together individuals from across the Commonwealth to work together to coordinate efforts to create housing stability for persons with serious mental illness. 

We hope you enjoyed learning from experts on developing affordable housing and delivering services, increased your knowledge on the critical components of permanent supportive housing programs, gained familiarity on how to develop the partnerships needed to create permanent supportive housing, and will continue to connect with those you met to ensure follow through on your communities preliminary local action plan!


Congratulations to the 2012 Award Recipients!

Outstanding Consumer Achievement: Violet Taylor
Outstanding Family Member/Caregiver: Bob Cluck
Oustanding Affiliate: NAMI Norfolk
Outstanding Legislator: The Honorable Janet Howell.  Read Senator Howell's letter here.
Joshua S. Collins Award: Mike Francisco

Conference activities are being supported by DBHDS with federal funds from the Center for Mental Health Services’ Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program

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