NAMI Omaha is a non-profit organization composed of consumers, family members, professionals, and friends who have come together to share and take comfort in the commonality of their experiences and to educate members of their communities about serious brain disorders. Along with education and support, NAMI Omaha actively advocates at the local, state and national levels to improve the services, and the lives of those affected by mental illness, and their families.
NAMI Omaha has been supporting, educating and advocating for consumers, family members and professionals in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties since 1986.
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The Mental Health Diversion Program is an intensive case management service provided to individuals with serious mental illness who are in the criminal justice system. This program assists these individuals in establishing independent living skills, managing their mental illness, and reducing their contacts with the criminal justice system. Cynthia Boganowski, LCSW, is the Program Director for the Mental Health Diversion and Intensive Case Management programs. She will speak about these programs and will also discuss ways in which individuals with mental illness and their family members can advocate for mental health services when people are incarcerated.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need. Sounds great, right? but what do you really know about NAMI? How do you stay up to date with what's happening in NAMI and how do you quickly find information through NAMI's internet sites? Tim Wilkinson and Linda Jensen will lead a presentation that will show you some great ways to do all that and more through a 360 degree look at NAMI. We will also provide an overview from some of the more interesting topics and events from the National Convention held in early Sept in Wash DC.
Come join us in celebration and good cheer! The Board of NAMI Omaha has again decided to step outside our routine monthly meeting in December and instead host a celebration. We hope you'll come celebrate the achievements our organization has made this year and join us in looking to the New Year as we host:
"The Second Annual NAMI Omaha - Ugly Christmas Sweater Open House."
That's right, we want you to put on the ugliest Christmas or Holiday sweater you can find and come join us. We'll have treats, a few fun games that test your knowledge of NAMI; (you might even win a prize), and of course we'll have judging for the ugliest sweater.
While enjoying the relaxed setting, we hope you'll take the opportunity to talk to various board members and share your ideas on how we can continue to assist you and your families in the New Year. We will also be taking this time to recognize and thank several of our volunteer instructors and facilitators who graciously offer their time and talents throughout the year.
Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, VA Senator Creigh Deeds, other Mental Health
Advocates to Urge Congress to Pass Comprehensive Mental Mealth Legislation as
Part of NAMI's "National Day of Action" for Mental Health
NAMI announced that it will launch a National Day of Action for Mental Health on Thursday, September 4th during its annual convention in Washington, DC. As part of the National Day of Action, conference attendees will visit Capitol Hill offices to urge legislators to pass comprehensive mental health reform legislation.
Connect 4 Mental Health Announces 2014 Community Innovation Awards Call for
Nationwide initiative will honor local programs implementing approaches designed to positively impact those with serious mental illness and their communities
Mental Illness: NAMI Report Deplores 80 Percent Unemployment Rate; State Rates
and Ranks Listed?Model Legislation Proposed
One of the best steps in recovery from mental illness is a job, but the national unemployment rate for individuals receiving public mental health services is approximately 80 percent, according to a report issued by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Broadcasters Announce Record On-Air Support for Mental Health Initiative
As broadcasters' one year commitment to the campaign concludes, NAB announced that the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) will assume management of OK2TALK, and continue to support the growing online community of those who have sought help through the campaign's Tumblr page, OK2TALK.org.
Tune-in to Hear Why It's Time to Take Action on Children's Mental Health
Half of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, with one in five children affected by mental illness and often not getting treatment for years. To help children and their families, schools and communities, the Cigna Foundation is sponsoring and co-hosting a forum and webcast today with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The forum will provide steps that teachers, parents and health care professionals can take to address the growing mental health crisis among youth.