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NAMI Central VA Meetings and Free Classes

Second Thursday of the month
January-May and September-December 7:00 PM
Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA

January 10 Mira Signer, Executive Director, NAMI VA “Mental Health Legislative Updates 2013”

February 14 Laura Totty, Director of Clinical and Preventive Services “Role of a CSB Case Manager”

March 14 Lt. Cindy Wood, Henrico Police Department “Crisis Intervention Team, CIT, Receiving Center”

April 11 Sherwood Atkins “Jansen Pharmaceutical Program”

May 9 Megan Sarashinsay, Psychopharmacist, CJW “Improved Psychotropic Medications”

September 12 Sherwood Atkins, Jansen Pharmaceutical “Choices in Recovery”

October 10 Ananda Pandurangi, M.D., Chief of Inpatient Psychiatry, VCU/MCV “Clinical Care Implications of Psychiatric treatment”

November 14 Consumer Panel Discussion of NAMI Programs

FREE Classes

1. NAMI Basics

When: February 25, 2013 – April 1, 2013 (each Monday)
Time: Monday nights from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: UMFS at 3900 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
To Register: Call Kathy Harkey at 804-512-0983
Trainers: Shannon Haworth and Monique Tinsley

NAMI Basics is a free 6 week educational course for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. This course is taught by trained teachers who are also parents/caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13.

2. Family-to-Family

When: February 4, 2013 to April 29, 2013
Time: Monday nights from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: First Presbyterian Church at 4602 Cary Street Road, Richmond, VA 23226
To Register: Call Kathy Harkey at 804-285-1749
Registration required. Classes limited to 25 persons.

Family-to-Family is a free series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it’s like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. There is no cost to participate in the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program. All instruction and course materials are free to class participants. Over 300,000 people have graduated from this national program.

Tracy Scott is a self-professed baking addict and foodie who lives in Chesterfield County with her husband and two kids. She managed the calendar and handled social media for RFM before moving on to the corporate world.

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