Please join us for Medications, Other Treatments, and Community Resources to Help Individuals with Severe Mental Illness and their Families – Ask the Experts on Sunday, April 3, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Our Ask the Experts panel will provide brief presentations and answer your questions about medications, treatments, community supports, and related topics. Our experts will include Dr. Albert H. Yu, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Edie Mannion, LMFT, from the DBT Center of Greater Philadelphia, and lawyer and advocate, Michael Harper, Esq. We will open the meeting early to admit participants so that we can begin promptly at 2 p.m. Register for this free event in advance at https://tinyurl.com/
Please join us for Main Line NAMI Forum: Helping Adolescents and Young Adults who are Experiencing Mental Health Challenges on Sunday, May 15, from 2-4 p.m. on Zoom. Dr. Tingfang Chen will suggest resources and strategies to address problems such as anxiety, depression and suicidality that have become more common during the pandemic. Dr. Christian Kohler will describe early intervention for first episode psychosis and strategies for coping with a mental health crisis. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions. Dr. Chen is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Integrated Program in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Kohler is Professor of Psychiatry, Clinical Director of Neuropsychiatry, and the Director of the Penn Psychosis Evaluation and Recovery Center. Register for this free event in advance at https://tinyurl.com/
NAMI Main Line Support Groups
Our Parent Peer Support Group for parents with a middle school through young adult child meets weekly on Wednesday evenings via Zoom. If you are interested in joining this support group, please email Nancy.
Our NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for adults living with mental illness on Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons is meeting remotely. Please contact Danielle Sulpizio at (484) 880-0660 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860 for more information.
Our Bryn Mawr Family Member Support Group meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. If you have a family member or loved one with mental illness and are interested in this support group, please contact Diane at email@example.com for more information.
Our Havertown NAMI Family Member Support Group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 7 p.m. on Zoom. For more information, please contact Nora.
Our Wellness Chat for Family-to-Family Graduates meets once a month at 7 p.m. Please contact Judy at F2FMainLine@aol.com for the upcoming meeting information.
Other Upcoming Events
NAMI National’s NAMI Ask the Expert — Clozapine: Understanding Benefits & Barriers webinar will take place on Thursday, March 24, at 4 p.m. NAMI Ask the Expert Webinar welcomes Robert O. Cotes, M.D., Director of the Clinical & Research Program for Psychosis at Grady Health, Emory University School of Medicine, who will discuss the unique and potentially life-changing benefits of clozapine, an antipsychotic medication used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia. In this presentation, Dr. Cotes will help individuals and families better understand clozapine’s benefits, side effects and recent changes to the FDA’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy regarding the drug. He will also empower participants to advocate for themselves and family members who may benefit from a trial of clozapine in their own care. After the presentation, NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ken Duckworth will moderate a Q&A session. Click here to register.
Achieva Family Trust will present Medicaid and Medicare – Using Both Benefits, A Primer for Dual Eligibles on Wednesday, March 30, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Millions of Americans are enrolled in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs and millions more will become eligible over the next few years. These people are referred to as ‘dual eligible’. The impact of these benefits (for Dual Eligibles) is to significantly reduce or completely eliminate the costs of health care – if you understand how to use them to their greatest effect. This presentation will address the characteristics of dual eligibility, the benefits that each program (Medicare and Medicaid) provides, how each program coordinates with the other, and the special problems that dual eligibility generates and how to effectively deal with those problems. The program will be presented by Bill McKendree, Program Manager, Pennsylvania Healthcare Benefit Support Program (PHBSP). Click here for more information and to register.
PLAN of PA will host their Spring Town Hall on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This Town Hall will feature updates from the PLAN of PA Board and Foundation Board of Directors. Learn more about upcoming PLAN of PA events and developments regarding Trust and Care Management Services. Hear from keynote speaker, Cammie McGovern, disability parent advocate and author. Click here for more information and to register.
Certified Peer Specialist Training (CPS)
The Peer Support Expansion Initiative program consists of students taking the 10 day CPS Core Training, followed by approximately 100 hours of Enhanced Trainings and a supervised Field Placement. The program prepares individuals to obtain the CPS credential and provides support with job readiness and employment opportunities. Certified Peer Specialists are people in recovery from a mental illness who want to use their experience to help others. They work hard to assist individuals with their own recovery journey. This training is currently accepting applications from Chester County residents only. (For residents of other local counties, see https://www.