Thanks for making the 2016 Montana NAMIWalk Such a Success!
The 2016 Montana NAMIWalk raised more than $170,000 and had an incredible amount of Walkers. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it an incredible success. We've published a video on Youtube to help remember the day and also have a fun slideshow of pictures below.
The fundraising window is still open. You can donate today at www.namiwalks.org/montana.
Thanks again for all of your amazing support!
2016 Montana State Conference on Mental Illness
The 2016 Montana State Conference on Mental Illness will be on October 26th-28th in Helena at the Radisson Colonial Hotel.
This annual event brings some of the leading researchers, clinicians and advocates to Montana to help improve our mental illness treatment and recovery systems.
Angela Kimball: National Director of Policy and Advocacy for NAMI. Angela is responsible for overall leadership of NAMI’s mental health policy and advocacy initiatives.
Leon Evans: President/CEO at the Center for Health Care Services, Bexar County, San Antonio, Texas, instrumental in developing programs that keep people with mental illness out of emergency rooms, jails and prisons.
Dr. Matt Byerly: Director for the Center for Mental Health Research ad Recovery at MSU doing research on mental health resiliency and suicide prevention in youth.
Renay Miller: Forensic Peer Support Specialist, Patient Advocate, WRAP Facilitator for RISE program. The RISE program is a jail based competency restoration program that also promotes person-centered recovery and wellness.
DR. Eric Arzubi: Child Psychiatrist and Chairman of the Billings Clinic Dept. of Psychiatry. He has launched the ECHO project and is working on opening Montana’s first psychiatry training program.
DR. Ellen Inverson: Staff Psychologist, Perelman School of Medicine, U of Pennsylvania. She will address Broad-spectrum Approaches to Promote Recovery and Resilience in Schizophrenia
Commander (Ret.) Scott Hannon: retired Navy SEAL commander will share his unique insights into bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress, moral injury and addiction.
Check out the full conference schedule and register at this link.
Congratulations to Alicia Smith on Her Incredible Advocacy for Travelers with Service Animals
NAMI Montana's Consumer Representative Alicia Smith has spent the past six months serving on the Department of Transportation's Access Advisory Committee. The Access Advisory Committee has helped guide the federal analysis of sweeping rule revisions to help make airlines most accommodating to passengers with limited mobility.
From that position, Aliciia has been a strong advocate for people with emotional support animals and psychiatric service dogs. According to an article in USA Today, Alicia said emotional-support animals could provide medical assistance as crucial as an oxygen bottle or a prosthetic by helping calm an autistic child or a veteran with post-traumatic-stress disorder.“We don’t want a Noah’s ark with untested animals that don’t have any proven ability to behave in a very unusual setting,” said Smith, who uses a large service dog to help maintain her balance. “That’s when you get the person bringing on the kangaroo and the turkey and kind of ridiculous animals.”
After five months of talks, the committee has yet to reach a consensus.
“Clearly there is a big gap between the airlines’ position, which is to get rid of them completely, and our position, which is to maintain them, but have some limits in terms of species and size,” Smith said.
Read the full USA Today article here.
Alicia is pictured her with her service dog Tella and the first donation for the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery at Montana State University.
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