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Advocacy Day

Please join us in Annapolis on February 22 for NAMI Maryland’s 2018 Advocacy Day! This is your chance to meet with your elected officials and make your voice heard! Register:  http://namimd.org/advocacy/advocacy_day.

Registering to attend the 2018 NAMI Maryland Advocacy Day is important because it helps us to coordinate the day and track expected attendance.

Location

142 House Office Building

6 Bladen Street

Annapolis, MD  21401

 

Agenda

7:30am – 8:00am Arrive in Annapolis, pickup packets

8:00am-8:30am Breakfast and briefing

8:30am – noon Meetings with elected officials

Noon – Rally for Mental Health on Lawyers’ Mall

Don’t forget to register:  http://namimd.org/advocacy/advocacy_day.


Classes starting 

Call or email to register.

ALL Classes are FREE, but must register!

Family to Family Education Course:   A 12-week course to help families arrive at a better understanding of the severe mental illnesses their relatives face. The illnesses, treatments, medications, problems to expect are covered in depth, as well as coping strategies for family members.  Instructors are trained family volunteers. The class meets once a week for 2.5 hours. Classes starting Tuesday, March 6th to May 22nd from 7-9:30 pm.

 Peer to Peer Education Course: A 10-week course on the topic of recovery for any person with serious mental illness who is interested in establishing and maintaining wellness. The classes are taught by a team of two trained mentors who are themselves experienced at living well with mental illness. Each class is two hours long. Classes starting Wednesday, April 4th to June 6th from 6:30pm – 8:30 pm.

Please contact Alikah Adair, Family & Consumer Program Manager @ 410-772-9300 or email: aadair.namihc@gmail.com to register!


Chipotle Restaurant Night Fundraiser

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 4-8pm

6181 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 100 in Columbia

Bring in the flier, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to NAMI Howard County.

Printable Chipotle Flier Feb 20, 2018

 


March Education Forum:
Faith, Spirituality and Mental Illness
Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm
The Church at Covenant Park
4550 Centennial Lane,  Ellicott City, MD 21042
Please join us as we present, Bridges of Hope, a DVD that addresses the facts, myths and misconceptions surrounding mental illness, followed by a roundtable discussion about the vital link faith communities play in the support, healing and recovery of those whose lives have been impacted by mental illness.   We will allow for valuable Q & A time, as well!

Light refreshments will be served!

See flier  March Faith Spirituality and Mental Illness 031318


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Police expand voluntary “flagging” program for calls to 911

Howard County police are expanding a program in which residents can voluntarily “flag” their address in the 911 system to make police aware of a family member with a disability. The program began through a partnership with autism advocates in 2012, but has expanded to include other information residents believe would be relevant to a police response, if 911 is ever called.

 For example, if someone living with autism has sensory sensitivity, an officer could be mindful of the possible effect of police lights or sirens when approaching that household. If a person with dementia has a history of wandering to a particular place, responding officers would know to quickly check that location. Or if responding officers are aware in advance that a person inside a residence is deaf, they can be prepared if they do not get a response to verbal directions.
 
“Whenever possible, we want to make accommodations to best-serve the needs of all our residents,” said Police Chief Gary Gardner. “Having this valuable information in advance can reduce confusion in what may already be a stressful or chaotic situation. Our goal is always to create the safest possible environment for everyone.”
The flagging program can be used for various relevant mental or physical health concerns, to include:
  • Autism
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Intellectual, developmental or degenerative disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Mental health diagnoses
  • Other behavior that may affect police response
 
A request form is available on the Howard County Police Department’s website under “Programs and Services.” Residents with questions about the program should contact the Community Outreach Division at 410-313-2207 or HCPDoutreach@howardcountymd.gov. All information submitted as part of the 911 flagging program remains confidential and will only be used by emergency dispatchers and responders.
 
 

 


NAMI MEMBERSHIP CHANGE

The new category, Household, is for families who want all members of the household to be members of NAMI. You should list all members of the household who will be included as members on the back of the renewal form. Household Membership will be regarded as a single membership, no matter how many people are included.

(NEW) Household $60

Regular $40

Open Door $5


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