would like to thank all who participated in our Annual Conference.
We want to thank all who attended the Conference. This year’s theme was Support for Vulnerable Populations: Stigma is alive and actively working in communities. This theme helped to form the basis for a broad range of educational workshops and general sessions.
We would also like to thank our Sponsors, Exhibitors and Advertisers who supported our efforts.
As we hoped, the NAMI Pennsylvania Annual Conference was truly an outstanding opportunity for learning and sharing. This was due to the informational and inspirational presentations by our speakers. These participants were an important contribution to the success of our Annual Conference.
We would also like to say a special thank you to all consumers, family members, providers and those who participated in this worthwhile conference. We believe that this program was an enriching and encouraging experience for all who attended.
See you next year!
Legislation of Interest
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December 15, 2012
The Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that a new national report shows that homelessness among Veterans has been reduced by approximately 7 percent between January 2011 and January 2012. The 2012 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress, prepared by HUD, estimates there were 62,619 homeless Veterans on a single night in January in the United States, a 7.2 percent decline since 2011 and a 17.2 percent decline since 2009. The AHAR reports on the extent and nature of homelessness in America.
Emergency Preparedness Planning
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.”
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.