Support Groups, Webinars This Week, and Two Opportunities for People with Mental Illness
Upcoming Virtual 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 as this is how she will communicate how the group will connect each week.
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.
For more complete information about support groups, please check our Support Groups page.
Upcoming Virtual Events
NAMI Montgomery County will host a Music Therapy Webinar on Monday, August 24, at 4 p.m. Research shows the benefits of music therapy for various mental health conditions, including depression, trauma, and schizophrenia. Music acts as a medium for processing emotions, trauma, and grief—but music can also be utilized as a regulating or calming agent for anxiety or for dysregulation. Join presenter Emily Bolles, MT-BC, music therapist and music educator as she leads an interactive webinar that gives an overview of the field of music therapy, and the use of music as a powerful tool to alleviate stress and anxiety, and promote overall well being. Registration is required at https://bit.ly/323pEtZ.
1847Financial will host a Special Needs Planning Workshops on Zoom on Wednesday, August 26 at 1 p.m. It is important to be aware of how special needs financial and estate planning is different than traditional financial and estate planning. The goal is to make sure attendees learn the importance of integrating all the necessary pieces into one cohesive plan, so the vision they have for their child’s life can become a reality, whether they are here or not. To register for this workshop, please go to https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEld-irqz8jEt2_gyRX4gvM86UW42RiuIw4.
Join NAMI National for their Ask the Expert Webinar: In-Person, Virtual and Everything In Between – Supporting Families and Children Returning to School on Thursday, August 27, from 4-5:30 p.m. During this webinar, Dr. Meghan Walls will provide guidance on how to prepare for the upcoming school year, manage stress and anxiety about school and access mental health support for children and teens. After the presentation, NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ken Duckworth, will moderate a Q&A session. Click here for more information and to register.
NAMI Bucks County will host a virtual forum with Dr. Tylon Crook for his presentation of “In pursuit of Justice, Equality, and Equity by Reducing the Impact of Implicit Bias” on Thursday, August 27, at 7:00 PM on Zoom. The goal of this session is to equip individuals and professionals (mental health counselors, school counselors, educators, volunteers, etc.) with the knowledge and skills to address implicit bias in counseling, education, and various institutions within our society. Dr. Crook will focus on raising awareness about the concept of implicit bias and how it plays a role in facilitating racism and oppression, and deconstructing its components which manifest within various institutions within our society. Ways in which it negatively impacts racial minorities and all Americans will also be highlighted, and strategies for reducing implicit bias at the individual level will be explored and put forward.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://bit.ly/NAMIVirtual
Dial-in by Phone: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 912 202 4943
Meeting Password: 202901
Power Program at Montgomery County Community College
The POWER program is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with a mental health issue or participates in services offered by the Montgomery County Office of Mental Health and is ideally able to complete college-level work. There is no cost to POWER students for tuition, textbooks or materials.
The POWER Program is still accepting applications for the Fall 2020 semester, but would need them back by TODAY.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the class will be entirely online. We would need to receive the application in time to complete a Zoom interview and all necessary paperwork prior to the orientation dates below. Students will need a PC (Windows 7/8/10) OR Mac (iOS 10.6+) – We do not recommended using iPads, Chromebooks or Surfaces, etc. and they need to have a high-speed internet connection, a webcam and microphone (if not built into the computer). The college is making some laptops available on an as needed basis while supplies last, but students would still need to have a high-speed internet connection.
The two orientation dates are August 25th or 27th. Classes will start on September 3rd. Class times are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at (11:10 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.) or (12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.).
Federal Stimulus Money for Pennsylvanians with Benefits
As part of the CARES Act, the United States Department of Treasury issued funds known as Recovery Rebates or as Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) to most Americans beginning April 10, 2020. Recipients may be eligible for a payment of up to $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples filing jointly, in addition to $500 per qualifying child. Current recipients of assistance in the form of TANF, SNAP, or Medical Assistance can still access the federal stimulus money, and this payment does not count as income or assets in determining eligibility for benefits.
The deadline to request EIP is October 15, 2020. Those who do not file taxes at all, or who file taxes and receive your tax refund via check, may need to provide information to the IRS to claim an EIP. Instructions on claiming an EIP and more information can be found on the IRS website or by calling 800-919-9835.
The Campaign for Working Families is offering assistance to people who need help filing for their EIP at www.cwfphilly.org/stimulus.
Those who receive Social Security or SSI benefits can find information and instructions on how to access their EIP from the Social Security Office Coronavirus page.
Those who file taxes and receive tax refunds via direct deposit will have had their EIP automatically deposited into their account and there is nothing further to do.