Our NAMI Family-to-Family (F2F) Education Program will begin next Thursday, February 17, and will meet once a week for 8 weeks from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Zoom. Family-to-Family (F2F) is a course structured to help family members understand and support a relative diagnosed with a serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by trained volunteer family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness. F2F is offered as a community service without charge. Registration is required. Click here for more information. For questions and to register, please contact Judy Green at F2FMainLine@aol.com.

NAMI Main Line Upcoming Virtual Support Groups

Our Havertown NAMI Family Member Support Group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 15. For more information, please contact Nora.

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 dmkotrl@gmail.com for more information.

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

Achieva Family Trust is hosting a webinar, “Successful Models/Strategies of Employment for People with Disabilities” on Wednesday, February 16, from 10 a.m.-noon. A panel of experts from The University of Pittsburgh, Community College of Allegheny County, Goodwill of Southwestern PA, and Achieva Employment Supports & Business Services will present the different strategies and models for employment. They will cover the steps and process to achieve employment, and various partnerships and collaborations in the community with a broad range of companies, including industrial, health, and the service sectors. They will also share examples of positive outcomes. Click here to register.

Jacqueline Lembeck, Esq., Special Education Attorney with McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse and Ryan P.C. will host webinar, “A Parent’s Roadmap to Developing an Appropriate IEP or 504 Plan” on Wednesday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Learn the basics of IEP and 504 processes to better understand how to advocate for your child. Click here to register.

The Peal Center is hosting, “Medicaid: Access to Physical Health & Behavioral Health Services for Children and Transition Age Youth” on Thursday, February 24, from noon – 1:30 p.m. Representatives from Pennsylvania Health Law Project will present about the differences between Medicaid managed care system and the Medicaid fee-for-service system, how to access physical and behavioral health services for children and transition age youth, and the appeal process when services are prescribed but denied by Medicaid. Click here for more info and to register. Please contact info@pealcenter.org if you have any questions.

NAMI Bucks County is partnering with with Brian Kelnhofer, WMCP at 1847Financial on a series of events on Special Needs Financial Planning for peers and caregivers. The first workshop, “Planning For Your Loved One with Special Needs: What Every Caregiver Needs to Know”, will take place on Thursday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. This workshop will provide an overview of government benefit programs as well as strategies for protecting and maximizing eligibility for certain government benefits. We will evaluate the ABLE Act and how it compares to alternative options for setting aside funding for individuals with disabilities. For more information and to register, click here.

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