NAMI Family-to-Family: Fall, 2019
with instructors, Patricia Seaton and Dhanu Sannesy
NAMI Orange Fundraiser
Nicole's House of Beauty
Nicole & Bonnie at Spa Day Fundraiser
NAMI Orange Members Attending RSS Luncheon
Back Row: Dr. Sannesy & Anil
Front Row: Rhoda, Dhanu, Carmen, Sheila & Linda
May 13 NAMI Orange Education Meeting
Jasmine, our new Board Member,
meeting and greeting attendees
Attendees and our very active volunteers:
Edie, Linda & Pat
Panelists: Alisha, Colleen & Landon
with moderator Kim
Discussion: "Shedding Light on Mental Health Issues-
the Sharing of Personal Experiences Toward Recovery"
NAMI Orange is grateful to all who worked diligently to promote the event and the panelists who generously shared their stories and obviously touched the audience by being inspirational messengers of enlightenment and hope.
Linda presenting flowers to Dhanu from the Board of Directors
with the following words:
"Your spirited enthusiasm, compassion and energized leadership have guided NAMI Orange to where it is now by
- successfully providing information to educators and students about mental health, thereby positively affecting the attitudes of this generation to create a future anti-stigma environment for people with mental health conditions
- continuing to assist families by providing classes with resources to enable families to understand and help their loved ones
- leading us in making support groups available to provide a therapeutic hug from families with lived experience
- ensuring information is regularly available at the Educational meetings to give incentive to families to continue their advocacy for their loved ones with mental health issues
These spring flowers are just a small thank you, a symbol of how we see you start each day fresh and energized to help our Orange County community fight the stigma that is unwarranted and undeserved in the field of mental health."
Kim, Jasmine, Colleen, Dhanu & Linda
NAMI Orange Families Helping Families offer brochures
in the waiting area outside the Behavioral Unit at at ORMC
Candle Light Vigil: October 15, 2018
Honored Guest, Lt. Richard Carrion
received NAMI Orange Appreciation Award
L to R: Bonnie Orlowski, Carmen Watkins, Jerry Watkins, Dhanu Sannesy, Debbie DeJong, Rhoda Collins and former Commissioner of Orange County Department of Mental Health Chris Ashman.
Linda Sager & Sheila Sutton, speakers at Candle Light Vigil
Christine Henderson, Human Services Program Coordinator at SUNY Orange Outreach with Phil Haakmeester & Dhanu Sannesy
Jesse Almodovar chooses NAMI Orange
to receive $500 donation check from Healey Brothers
Healey Brothers ran a "Behind the Wheel" campaign resulting in the winner receiving $5000 for her selected charity and the additional 14 participants each receiving $500 for their selected charity. We are very grateful to Jesse Almodovar for chosing our organization to receive the Healy Brothers donation.
SUNY Orange Wellness Fair in Newburgh
Dhanu Sannesy & Pat Siano offering students and the public information regarding mental health issues and how and where to seek help for the individuals themselves as well as their families.
2018 CIT International Conference
Excerpt from NAMI-NYS E-Newsletter: The 2018 Crisis Intervention Team International Conference took place on August 15-17th in Kansas City, MO. NAMI-NYS was active throughout the conference. 2nd Vice-President Dhanu Sannesy (on right) attended the entire conference and met with many leaders to discuss the efforts being done by her Orange County affiliate.
NAMI Orange Outreach Table
at Florida Family Fun Fest-2018
Dhanu Sannesy, Rosemarie Richardsen and Edie Famularo
NAMI Orange was proud to have had the honor
of co-sponsoring with NAMI Sullivan
the heart-warming performance
of Lori Schneider in "Every Brilliant Thing",
a heart-wrenching, hilarious play...one of the funniest plays you'll ever see about Depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.
Special Thanks to:
- American Foundation on Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
- Bold Gold Media Group
- Kathleen Carmen
- Richie Chiger
- Leon Hilfstein
- Samata Horwitz
- Maria Idoni
- Joseph Jervais, Les Kristt of the Kristt Company
- Giselle Matthie
- Shelley Milburn
- Susan & Stephen Miller
- Mary Moore
- Angela & Peter Nastasi
- Christopher O'Sullivan
- Matthew Pfisterer
- Price Chopper of Middletown
- Mary Rogers
- Mike Sakell
- ShopRite-Route 211, Middletown
- Heather Strauss
- Thrall Library
- Helen Tierny
- Joseph Todora
- Andy & Hannah Yates
Stephanie Marquesano, founder of the harris project,
gave Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) presentation
at NAMI Orange Education Mtg.
COD is the combination of one or more mental health challenges
and substance misuse/addiction
Stephanie's 19 year old son harris died by accidental overdose in 2013
Click here to read poem harris wrote for his mom
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 Orange 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
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