Convention 2014

2014 NAMI Virginia State Convention Update 

Transforming Mental Health…Inspiring Change 

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


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