Dr. Varinder Singh Rathmore with Dhanu and Trish
at March 2018 Education Meeting
Dr. 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.
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 Rathore works with patients to develop a personalized multidimensional buprenorphine treatment program to ensure long-term success and freedom from pain pills and heroin.
2017 NAMI-NYS Education Conference
NAMI Orange President, Dhanu Sannesy,
was very honored to accept the
"2017 Outstanding Small Affiliate Award"
from NAMI-NYS at the Education Conference in Albany
Matthew Shapiro and Dhanu Sannesy
NAMI Westchester Faithnet presentation at The New Hope
Institutional Baptist Church in Tarrytown, NY on November 11th
From left to right:
Reverend John H.Gilmore, Edie Famularo (NAMI presenter), Kathleen
Scott-McFadden, Becky Minter and Jermaine Garrant
September 11 NAMI Orange Education Mtg.
NAMI Orange was honored to have Steve Miccio, CEO of PEOPLe Inc.
speak to us about his peer-run organization which provides
peer advocacy and support "for people working
to understand, manage and overcome
their mental health challenges."
We would encourage you to click on PEOPLe Inc's website link
projectstoempower.org to learn more about the variety
of integrated services that they provide, which includes
Rose House crisis respite services.
Excerpt from PEOPLe Inc's brochure
"PEOPLe Inc's committment: Environments where people feel safe and comfortable. Engagement that values customer service and encourages people to make their own decisions. Mutuality of staff who also have personal lived experiences with mental health issues. Philosophy that all people can find their own pathways to recovery and wellness."
2017 CIT International Conference
Fort Lauderdale, FL
August 16-18, 2017
Sam Cochran (original CIT creator),
Michele Saunders, V.P. of CIT International
Don Kamin, Clinical Psychologist and CIT Trainer
and Dhanu Sannesy, President NAMI Orange
NAMI Orange Annual Picnic
Fancher Davidge Park
2017 Washington, D.C.
NAMI Convention Attendees
from NAMI Orange
Dr. Sannesy & Anil
NAMI Orange Attendees
Laura Altieri, Mobile Mental Health:
guest speaker at June NAMI Orange Education Meeting
June, 2017 NAMI Orange education mtg.
NAMI Orange Adds
3 New Family Education Teachers (F2F)
Left to Right: Pat Siano, Sheila Sutton and Marcy Felter
NAMI Orange Outreach at Y2Kids
Anne Harris & Marcy Felter
NAMI Orange Education March Meeting
on Emergency Preparedness
L to R: Linda Certo, MA, LCSW
Assistant IDD Clinical Director
at Access: Supports for Living
David Ostrow, Peer Specialist
Supported Employment and Education Specialist
Vet2Vet Training in Nanuet
L to R: Michael Siano, Pat Siano,
instructor Dr. Allen Hershman,
Marcy Felter and Dhanu Sannesy
Sheila Sutton, NAMI Orange Librarian
We are so pleased to have board member, Sheila Sutton, organizing our loan library - allowing books
(and later our video library transferred to CDs)
to be made available to the public
at our education meetings.
Our New Banner
Lauren Hey, Marcy Felter and Beth Tyndall
JMHCA Meeting 11-16-16
Steven Neuhaus & Dhanu Sannesy
NAMI Orange Annual Meeting 11-14-16
Special Guest Speakers:
Steven Neuhaus Darcie Miller
Orange County Executive Orange County Commissioner of Social Services and Mental Health
Chris Ashman Rena Finkelstein
Orange County Commissioner NAMI Rockland
of Dept. of Mental Health (retired)
Nadia Allen, Executive Director Mitchell Klein and Bernadette Mueller, Mental Health Assoc. in O. C. Office of Mental Health
2016 Appreciation Award Recipient
L to R: Dhanu Sannesy (President of NAMI Orange),
Linda Sager (Board Member)
and Linda Weiser (Past President)
*See Volunteer Awards for other recipients as well as Dhanu
2016 NAMI-NYS Education Conference
NAMI Orange Board of Directors members: Catha, Dhanu, Sheila and Linda
NAMI-NYS Board of Directors (Dhanu Sannesy on left)
with Super Bowl Champion Keith O'Neil
who led NAMI-NYS Walks on September 24.
NAMI Orange Education Meeting
L to R: Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo, Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega,
Dr. Dean Scher and Robyn Sellet
were the knowledgeable panelists at recent NAMI Orange education meeting who fielded questions about mental health issues and substance abuse.
2016 NAMI National Convention in Denver
NAMI Orange member, Pat Siano,
with new friend from Ohio
Dhanu Sannesy with Matthew Shapiro, NAMI-NYS;
Patrick Kennedy; and Chemene Webber, NAMI-NYS
at 2016 NAMI Convention in Denver, Colorado
Anne, Dhanu & Phil volunteering
at Newburgh Illuminated
New Windsor Ribbon Campaign, May 2016
Dhanu Sannesy & Anne Harris at New Windsor Town Hall
Empire State Building in NYC -
Green symbolizing Mental Health Awareness Month
Upstate New York's biggest tourist attraction, the iconic Niagara Falls,
along with the Peace Bridge (shown below) that connects the US and Canada,
have also been lit green for mental health awareness month-May, 2016
Legislation & Advocacy Day in Albany, February 23, 2016
Excerpts from legislativegazette.com
Hundreds marched in Albany Tuesday, February 23 (2016), including eight NAMI-AMICO members to advocate for New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities, pressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to increase funding for community housing and mental health services.
Advocates were pushing for Cuomo to include funding increases for mental health services in this year’s budget, including a one-time allocation of $92.9 million to the New York State Office of Mental Health.
Wendy Burch, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York State, said increased funding for communal housing and mental health services would mean less people in state hospitals, jails and prisons.
NAMI Orange Board Members Sheila Sutton and Linda Sager
attending MHA 2016 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Reception
NAMI Orange packets
provided at ORMC Behavioral Health Unit
Outreach table at JMHCA Health Fair at Touro College
in celebration of "Mental Illness Awareness Week" (2015)
Guest Speakers were:
- Douglas J. Hovey, the founder and Executive Director of Independent Living, Inc. In Newburgh, NY
- Larry Neumann, Vet2Vet Program Coordinator at Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. View information
- Nadia Allen, Executive Director of Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.
- Catha Wieben, Family Member
- Megan Wieben and Anil Sannesy, Peer Advocates
NAMI-AMICO President, Peggy Spagnola recited a poem during the candle-lighting ceremony while Bill Cook led us in singing Amazing Grace.
We would like to thank Shakia Henderson and the staff at Hudson House for graciously allowing us to use their facility for such an important event.
(Photos by Nadia Allen)