Convention 2015

Help, Hope, Action: 2015 NAMI Virginia State Convention

Mary Giliberti


Thank you to all who attended the 2015 NAMI Virginia State Convention on June 6th at the Crowne Plaza- Richmond Downtown. 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!


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Congratulations to our 2015 Award Winners


Outstanding Legislator Award:
The Honorable Joseph Yost, Virginia House of Delegates

Spirit of Recovery Award:
Joseph Hudson


Outstanding Affiliate Award
NAMI Piedmont

 Hope Award:
Christine Gallagher

Young Leader Award- new this year!
Joint award goes to Arianna Gray, Hayden Myer, and Suzanna Woods

NAMI Virginia Joshua S. Collins Award of Excellence:
Alexander Macaulay


Convention Slides and Handouts

1. Opening Plenary: The Impact of Traumatic Events on Children and Adults Hearing a Voice of a Survivor
Dr. Allison Jackson, National Expert on Trauma Informed Care and CEO of Integration Solutions, Inc.

How to Manage Trauma
Questions to Ask Mental Health Providers

2. Workshop: Navigating the System
An Overview of Virginia’s Behavioral Health System
The Road to Children’s Mental Health Services

Rhonda Thissen, MSW Virginia DBHDS, Office of Mental Health Services and
Cristy Corbin, Parent Support Specialist, UMFS

 3. Workshop: An Introduction to CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) and Q&A
Richard Edelman, LCSW, Program Manager of Emergency Mental Health Services forHenrico County
Nicki Moon, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor of Emergency Mental Health Services for Henrico County
David Rockwell, Peer Support Specialist with Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services
Cindy Wood, MSW, Lieutenant with Henrico County’s Police Division

4. Workshop: Young Adult Panel
Hayden Myer, Jeremy Long, Amanda Swindle, and Ashley Church
Say It Out Loud Video

View a convention agenda here