NAMI Orange education meetings are for families, people with a mental illness, providers, students, or anyone concerned with mental illness. Membership is not required in order to attend. All are welcomed and no registration is required.
This education meeting usually has a guest speaker and is usually held the 2nd Monday of the month 6:30-8:30 p.m. (refer to exceptions) at Orange County Department of Mental Health, 30 Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY 10924.
If you are... Traveling East on NYS Route 17:
Follow NYS Route 17 East and take Exit 125. The Department of Mental Health offices are in the first building on your left as you exit from the highway. Make a left onto BOCES Dr., then an immediate right into the parking lot. It is a single story gray brick building with white trim. There is an orange and white sign on the lawn identifying the Department.
If you are... Traveling West on NYS Route 17:
Follow NYS Route 17 West and take Exit 125. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left. Turn left again at the traffic light. Go over the highway and make an immediate left onto Harriman Drive. Go straight past the BOCES Educational Center entrance, and down the hill. The Department of Mental Health offices are in the last building on your right just before you re-enter the highway. Make a right onto BOCES Dr., then an immediate right into the parking lot. It is a single story gray brick building with white trim. There is an orange and white sign on the lawn identifying the Department.
[There will be no Education Meeting in February]
NAMI Orange Education Meeting
MONDAY, March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Dept of Mental Health
30 Harriman Drive, Goshen 10924
Guest speaker: Dr.Varinder Singh Rathore
Opiate addiction is an epidemic affecting over 2 million Americans but help is available through evidence-based medication assisted treatments including buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolv). Dr Varinder (Vindi) S. Rathore works with patients to develop a personalized multidimensional buprenorphine treatment program to ensure long-term success and freedom from pain pills and heroin.
Varinder (Vindi) S. Rathore MD is Board Certified in Addiction Psychiatry and General Psychiatry with 16 years experience in opioid dependence treatment. He is Suboxone Certified since 2005 and was a former Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center.
We request RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or leaving message at NAMI Orange office at 845-956-6264
*Plan to come early (6:15 p.m.)
to have coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
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Monday, April 9 NAMI Education meeting
Guest Speaker: Stephanie Marquesano
Let’s talk about COD (co-occurring disorders)
- the combination of one or more mental health challenges and substance misuse/addiction - that impacts the lives of more than 10.2 million and their families! The national prescription drug and heroin epidemic makes headlines daily, but for each youth and family impacted there was a time before substance misuse/addiction was in the picture. Understanding potential paths to use, and what you can do to provide help, hope, and support can turn the tide and change outcomes.
Stephanie Marquesano’s 19 year-old son Harris died by accidental overdose in 2013. Harris turned to substances to self-medicate an anxiety disorder and ADHD. She founded the harris project to advance prevention programming and advocate for the implementation of integrated treatment opportunities to improve the lives of teens and young adults diagnosed with COD. Stephanie is a board member of the NYS Regional Planning Consortium, co-chairs the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health committee on Co-occurring Systems of Care, and serves on many Westchester and regional committees bringing her perspective to this critical topic
is a recovery support group exclusively for adults living with a mental illness that provides a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The group is a peer-led support group (led by NAMI-trained facilitators who are in recovery themselves) who understand the daily challenges. The group is confidential-attendees may share as much or as little personal information as they wish. It is free of charge with no registration.
Meetings are held every Friday from 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: The First Presbyterian Church,
33 Park Place, Goshen 10924
*The church meeting entrance door is across the street from Delancey's Restaurant on Park Place. Walk through the doors, then go down the stairs on your left to reach the meeting room.
Facilitators: Anil Sannesy, Joyce Andrews, Michael Schwarz
For more information, call NAMI Orange office at 845-956-6264 or 845-294-2749
is a structured support group for families, friends, partners and caregivers of adult (18+) loved ones with serious mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, OCD, etc. which is offered through NAMI Orange. Facilitators are trained by NAMI-NYS.
TWO MEETING SITES:
One group meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Goshen, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. See church photo and map above.
Please note that an additional Family Support Group meets on the
3rd Monday of every month from 7 - 9 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center, 707 E. Main Street, Middletown, Conference Room #7.
Facilitators: Dhanu and Catha; Linda and Sheila
For further information call Dhanu at 845-294-2749 or email email@example.com
Next meeting dates:
- Monday, February 19 at 7 p.m.
(3rd Monday of the month ORMC, Middletown)
Upcoming NAMI trainings are being offered soon for interested NAMI members who have a loved one with a mental health condition and who wish to be facilitators of a Family Support Group in the Newburgh area after receiving their training. Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the details
County Highway 108 is the older street name if you have an older GPS that does not recognize the street name of 73 James P. Kelly Way.
MHA Friends & Family meetings (3rd Thursday of the month) are held here, which is actually the Mental Health Association in Orange County Inc.'s office.
If coming from Dolson Avenue onto James P. Kelly Way, the office will be on the left. It is in line with Accucare Pharmacy.
MHA Family & Friends Together is a sharing and caring support group for families, friends and caregivers of adult loved ones with serious mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, OCD, etc. which is offered through the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. It provides a safe and compassionate environment for people to connect and share insights with other caregivers.
It meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Mental Health Association,
73 James P. Kelly Way, Middletown, NY 10940
Call Peggy, Coordinator Family Support, Education and Advocacy at
845-342-2400 x1238 for information.
(3rd Thursday of the month)
Next meeting date: Thursday, March 15 , 7 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Plus Social Group
Family Support, a program of Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. (MHA) is proud to announce a new social group for families and their adult loved ones experiencing mental and/or emotional disabilities. The newly created group is an extension to the monthly Family and Friends Together Support Group for families of adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
The new social group is intended for people to relax, meet and make new friends while enjoying each other’s company in an informal and fun setting. Each gathering will have a specific agreed upon topic of interest, such as music or martial arts.
The newly created group is usually scheduled to meet on the last Wednesday of the month at Mental Health Association, 73 James P. Kelly Way, Middletown, NY 10940. For information, call Peggy at 845-342-2400, Ext: 1238
Next Meeting Date: Wed., February 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
RSVP: call Peggy at 845-342-2400 x1238
*People are encouraged to bring
their own instruments, or favorite music to share.
Light refreshments and snacks will be served.
Refer to Other Support Groups listed on Resources page
EDUCATION COURSES: every Tuesday for 12 weeks
Free, but pre-registration is required
Call Marcy at 845-258-8240
to register now for the course in Goshen
starting Tuesday, April 3, 6:30-9 p.m.
since class size is limited
Call Dhanu at 845-294-2749
to register now for the course in Newburgh
starting Tuesday, May 8, 6:30-9 p.m.
since class size is limited
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12 session course (once a week, 6:30-9 p.m.) that is taught to family members or significant others who are caregivers of a person with serious mental illness by NAMI-trained family members. The weekly classes cover all aspects of mental illnesses, symptoms, medications, biology of the brain, problem-solving techniques, coping strategies and provide emotional support as well. It is appropriate for families only, not the person with the mental illness. It is offered once or twice a year and registration is required.
- April: First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924
See church photo and map above
- May: St. Francis of Assisi, 145 Benkard Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550
starting Sunday, June 3, 6:30-9 p.m. (6 weekly sessions)
at First Presbyterian Church in Goshen
Call Dhanu at 845-294-2749 to register now for course
since class size will be limited.
Excerpts from NAMI.org:
NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.
You'll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they're getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.
The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you're going through because they've been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 33 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924 See church photo and map above.
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions.
Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.
More details will follow regarding NAMI Orange offering this program in the future.
is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs. Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped. Contact Dhanu Sannesy, 845-294-2749, to arrange for this presentation to be given at your school by our NAMI-trained presenters.
Upcoming NAMI trainings are being offered soon for interested NAMI members who have experienced a mental health condition and who wish to be presenters to their local middle schools and/or high schools after receiving their NAMI training. Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email email@example.com for the details
is a unique, education program developed by NAMI in which trained presenters who are in recovery from mental illness share compelling personal testimonies about their experiences of living with and dealing with the challenges posed by mental illness. Audience participation and discussion are encouraged and a brief video with a variety of stories accompanies the presentation. By broadening people's knowledge of mental illness, we replace misunderstanding, fear and judgment with insight, awareness and acceptance. This program is ideal for human resource departments, health care providers, law enforcement professionals, faith communities, educators, students or any community or civic organization. Call Dhanu 845-294-2749 for information or to schedule a presentation at a convenient site.
Upcoming NAMI trainings are being offered soon for interested NAMI members who have experienced a mental health condition and who wish to be presenters to their local groups after receiving their NAMI training.
Contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the details
(NAMI Orange is providing this announcement
at the request of one of our members)
Emotions Anonymous is a support group program based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Support groups are volunteer-led, weekly meetings that follow a specific format and use materials that have been approved by the Board of Trustees of the organization. EA is not a religious or health-care organization. The International Service Center, with an office in St. Paul, Minn., manages information about the groups, keeps the website, publishes and sells the materials, and generally works to provide information and understanding about the EA program of recovery.
Every Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940
(near the YMCA)
Contacts: Brent 914-443-1173, Doug 973-214-0343
* Suggested donation of $1.00 to defray rental cost
Families Helping Families: a team of NAMI Orange volunteers that provides information and resources to the families of patients in the Behavioral Unit at Orange Regional Medical Center.
If you are a NAMI Orange member and would like to volunteer in this capacity, contact us at email@example.com