5th Annual
Cherry Blossom Ball

May 9, 2014
The Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, PA
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Friday, May 9, 2014

6:00 p.m.
Cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres

7:00 p.m.
Dinner Dance and Silent Auction

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Thank you for your Help!

You may recall that the President Barbara Ricci, of NAMI NYC Metro made a presentation about the I Will Listen campaign at the NAMI PA Annual Conference in October of last year. I am pleased to announce that NAMI PA will join NAMI NYC Metro for Philadelphia Listens on June 3. The Scattergood Foundation and Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), a $1 billion healthcare agency, have a lofty goal. They want to bring 20,000 people from 25 different city agencies and private corporations together to promise to listen to those affected by mental health disorders. They are planning on a day long campaign culminating in a 2 hour concert and fair in a Philadelphia park. Many volunteers are needed to make this city wide mental health effort succeed.

Washington DC and San Francisco have begun inquiring how to activate their cities as well.

What can you do TODAY and MONDAY to help? The I Will Listen was nominated as a finalist for Scattergood Foundation's Innovation in Behavioral Health Award out of 106 national projects. The winner is determined by public voting which ends 11:59 pm this Monday, St. Patrick's Day.

Please indulge us and lobby your personal networks to take 30 seconds of their time to vote to end generations of mental health stigma. Here is the link to vote :

The $25,000 award will help reimburse NAMI NYC Metro for the cost of creating the anti-stigma campaign but the ensuing publicity for I Will Listen can be game changing in our universal fight against stigma.

If you are interested in participating in the June 6th event, Rose Carvalho, Director of the NAMI PA Philadelphia Office will coordinate the NAMI PA effort. She will be assisted by Ellen Kitz and Yolanda Smith Please contact the NAMI PA Philadelphia Office at: 267-687-4381 or the NAMI PA office at 800-223-0500.

IOOV Training
Harrisburg, PA
March 22-23

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PHFA Quick Connections

OMHSAS Anouncement
On Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid

Lycoming County Walk
1st Annual WALK for Recovery
Sunday, October 6th, 2013
South Williamsport Recreation Complex
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Thank you
to all who participated in the
1st Annual
Statewide NAMI Recovery Walk

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Science Corner

December 15, 2013


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic versions of Cymbalta (duloxetine delayed-release capsules), a prescription medicine used to treat depression and other conditions. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., Lupin Ltd., Sun Pharma Global FZE, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, and Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. have received FDA approval to market duloxetine in various strengths. 

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Emergencies/disasters are part of every day life. Floods, droughts, earthquakes, snowstorms, the accidental release of radiation and terrorist attacks are just a few examples of problems we may face. Advance planning and coordination of family activities will improve the opportunities for managing and overcoming the challenges of such emergencies. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “it is better to dig your well before you are thirsty.”

Criminal Justice
and the Forensics Interagency Task Force

NAMI believes that education about brain disorders at all levels of judicial and legal systems is crucial to the appropriate disposition of cases involving offenders with brain disorders. Judges, lawyers, police officers, correctional officers, parole and probation officers, law enforcement personnel, court officers, and emergency medical transport and service personnel should be required to complete at least 20 hours of training about these disorders. Consumers and family members should be a part of this educational process.

NAMI believes that state and local mental health authorities must work closely in conjunction with state and local correctional and law enforcement agencies to develop strategies and programs for compassionate intervention by law enforcement, jail diversion, treatment of individuals with brain disorders who are incarcerated, and discharge planning and community reintegration services for individuals with brain disorders released from correctional facilities.