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NAMI Finger Lakes This Week- November 20, 2020

At National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Finger Lakes affiliate, we provide advocacy, education and support for families of people living with mental illness. In our weekly e-news, we share events and resources of interest to our mental health community for education, support and advocacy. You'll find more resources and information at our website

In this newsletter:

  • NAMI Family Forum- Mental Health Crisis and the Law
  • Feedback Requested for Tompkins County Public Safety Reform Collaborative
  • Office of Mental Health Regional Advisory Committee-Feedback Opportunity
  • Register for Upcoming Family Support Group
  • 27th Annual Mental Health Conference Series
    Crossroads of Mental Health and Homelessness
  • Office of Mental Health Virtual Town Hall-
    Feedback Opportunity
  • NAMI Ending The Silence For Families
Find Crisis Resources
Donate to NAMI FL


Please join us Tuesday, November 24th, at 6:30 PM for Family Forum (online via Zoom) as we learn about Mental Health Crisis and The Law in Tompkins County.

Our guests will include:

  • Judge Seth Peacock of the Ithaca Wellness and Recovery Court
  • Judge Scott Miller of the Ithaca Wellness and Recovery Court
  • Kristen Snyder- Senior Attorney at Mental Hygiene Legal Services
  • Matt Van Houten- Tompkins County District Attorney

We'll explore the legal side of Mental Health Crisis: What roles do our guests serve in the process, what is their authority, and what are their limitations. Registration is required.



For questions and event access information please email [email protected]

To view our previous Family Forum exploring how mental health crisis response is provided currently, video of this event is available at this link on the NAMI FL YouTube channel:

NAMI FL Family Forum- Mental Health Crisis Response

For more information, visit

Download the NAMI Document- Navigating a Mental Health Crisis

Family Forum is a joint Program of NAMI Finger Lakes and Tompkins County Mental Health Services. We invite the community to join us on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM for presentations and discussions regarding mental health programs, services, and advocacy.

Tompkins County is currently soliciting community insight on Policing Reform through an online survey. Opportunities to engage in these online public comment events are November 20th and December 4th.

NAMI Families have important insight to share about mental health crisis and our loved ones. This is an opportunity to share your thoughts and concerns regarding mental health crisis response in our communities and other ideas you have regarding local police reform.

Your input is being requested. You can find more information on how to participate in online meetings or to provide feedback by email or mail at this link:

Re-imagining Public Safety Collaborative

Office of Mental Health Regional Advisory Committee November 30, 8:30 AM - 12:30PM

The OMH Regional Advisory Committee, (RAC), meeting will be held on November 30, 2020, from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

The RAC is an opportunity for Consumers/Survivors/Ex-Patients and Families of people with mental health issues, to provide actionable advice to the Office of Mental Health.

Draft Agenda (Subject to Change.)

  • 8:30–8:40 Meeting Room opens for informal networking and setting up technology.
  • 8:40-9:00 Community Announcements
  • 8:30-8:45 Networking, Sound Check, Orientation to the technology
  • 8:40-9:00 Announcements from community partners: NY Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services(NYAPRS) Mental Health Empowerment Project, (MHEP) National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Mental Health Association of NYS. (MHANYS)
  • 9:00-9:30 Updates from Office of Consumer Affairs
  • 9:30-10:00 Updates from the Commissioner
  • 10:00-10:30 Topic presentation: Covid survey update. Use of technology in mental health service delivery.
  • 10:30-10:45 Assignment to Breakout sessions.
  • 10:45-11:45 Breakout/brainstorming sessions
  • 11:45-12:30 Report outs from breakout sessions.

Click here to register:

Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

NAMI Finger Lakes Family Support Group

NAMI FL Family Support Group currently meets in Zoom online:

Support Groups can be attended with a computer, cell or landline phone. To register or for information on how to attend, email [email protected] or call 607-288-2460 for assistance.

In order to have a safe and manageable group size that maintains privacy to the best of our ability in an in an online format, groups will be limited to 10 people. Please register soon for best availability. Registration is required.

First Tuesday of the month 7:00 PM-8:30 PM- (December 1st)

Third Monday of the month 1:30 PM-3:00 PM- (December 21st)

If you need support now, please call the NAMI Finger Lakes Help Line at 607-273-2642. Our Help Line is answered by local NAMI family members who have experience with loved ones living with mental illness.

The NAMI National HelpLine may also be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET- at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or [email protected]

The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health conditions, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance.

27th Annual Mental Health Conference Series: Crossroads of Mental Health and Homelessness December 1 - 4, 2020

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services, Finger Lakes Independence Center and the Mental Health Association are partnering to present the 27th Annual Mental Health Conference for Tompkins County, NY. This year, the conference will be presented online via Zoom. The theme is “The Crossroads of Mental Health and Homelessness” and keynote speaker is Svante Myrick, the mayor of the City of Ithaca.

All events are free, take place by zoom and require advance registration.

Tuesday, December 1, 6:00pm

Keynote: Ithaca City Mayor, Svante Myrick

Register Here

Wednesday, December 2, 9:30-11:00am

Homelessness and Housing Task Force

Register here

  • “Homelessness 101” with Liddy Bargar, Coordinator of Housing Initiatives, Human Services Coalition
  • “The Housing Process” with Tompkins Community Action

Thursday, December 3, 9:30-11:00am

Homeless Outreach Panel

Register here

  • Natalya Cowilich, Community Outreach Worker, Family and Children’s Services
  • Deb Wilke, Homeless Crisis Alleviation Coordinator, Second Wind Cottages
  • Christina Culver, Executive Director, Loaves and Fishes
  • Chris Teitelbaum, Program Supervisor, St. John’s Community Services

Thursday, December3, 1:00-2:00

Accessing Services through Single Point of Entry

Register here

  • Tracy Decker, Director of Residential Services, Lakeview Health Services
  • Rich Shaw, Coordinator of Dual Recovery Services & Single Point of Entry, Tompkins County Mental Health Services

Friday, December 4, TBA

Book Talk

Register will open soon

Cady Fontana, Information and Learning Services Librarian, Tompkins County Public Library

Click to View the
Crossroads of Mental Health and Homelessness Poster


Tuesday, December 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.,Office of Mental Health is conducting a Statewide Virtual Town Hall with Commissioner Ann Sullivan, M.D., presenting and taking feedback on OMH’s vision for the future of the public mental health system.

OMH is dedicated to providing individuals and families access to quality, integrated, services and supports that foster recovery and well-being. Public input is crucial in assisting the agency in meeting the needs of all of the people served by OMH.

All comments will be reviewed and considered in the development of the annual OMH Statewide Comprehensive Plan pursuant to Section 5.07 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law.

Accessible Online and by PhoneThe town hall will be held online and by phone in order to maximize access for public participation.

Register at:

NAMI NYC Presents- Ending The Silence For Families Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM

NAMI Ending the Silence for Families is for parents and other caregivers of middle and high school students.

NAMI Ending the Silence for Families is a 50-minute presentation for parents and other primary caregivers of middle and high school students  that helps raise awareness around mental health conditions through an informative PowerPoint and short videos. We educate families about the early warning signs of mental illness, facts and statistics, how to approach your child, how to work with school staff, and how early recognition and prevention are key to positive outcomes. Additionally, the presentation includes personal testimony from a young adult living with a mental illness about his/her journey to recovery.

How to Join:

Click here to register for NAMI Ending The Silence For Families

When you register you will receive an email from Eventbrite. Please scroll to the bottom of the email to find the link to join the Zoom presentation. The event will also be live streamed on Facebook beginning shortly after 4pm. You can find our Facebook page here:

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NAMI Finger Lakes
PO Box 6544

Ithaca, NY 14851

Phone: 607-288-2460

HELP Line: 607-273-2462

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