Telephone:  845-956-NAMI (6264) 
                                                  Toll-free:   1-866-906-NAMI (6264)

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Albany Rally
Action Alert
Wed., March 21 11 a.m.


Upcoming Events/Outreaches

See details
of upcoming NAMI
meetings by clicking links below:

free 12 week course
Call now to register for NAMI F2F (since class size is limited)

Starting Tues, Apr. 3 
at First Presbyterian Church in Goshen
Call Marcy 258-8240 now to register


Starting Tues, May 8 
at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Newburgh
Call Dhanu 294-2749
now to register

NAMI Basics

free 6 week course starting Tues, June 3
in Goshen
Call Dhanu 294-2749
to register now since class size
is limited

NAMI Connection
a peer-led support group for adults living with a mental illness held
every Friday

6-7:30 p.m.

no fee,
no registration

Mon., March 19
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
Conf. Room #7

No fee,
no registration

Wed., March 28
6:30 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Plus
Social Group

Please RSVP
Peggy 342-2400
Ext. 1238

Wednesday, April 4
10-2 p.m.
SUNY Orange
Health Fair

Thurs., April 5
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group

no fee
no registration

NAMI Education Meeting
Mon., April 9

Topic: Co-ocurring Disorders

6:30-8:30 p.m.
RSVP requested


Thurs., April 19
Y2Kids: Careers from A to Z for Middle School students/parents

Thurs., April 19
Monroe Woodbury Health Fair for H.S. students & staff


Thurs., April 19
7 p.m.
MHA Family & Friends Together
Support Group

Sunday, May 6
2 p.m. 
Thrall Library
Play presentation about Depression, Suicide perfomed by
Lori Schneider
$20 admission

2018 NAMI National Convention
in New Orleans
June 27-30, 2018

 NAMI Presentations:

  -Ending the Silence

-In Our Own Voice

arranged by request

*Click on above
 links for details


Dr. Varinder Singh Rathmore with Dhanu and Trish
at March 2018 Education Meeting

Dr. Varinder Singh Rathore

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 2017 Outstanding Small Affiliate AwardDhanu accepting award

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

NAMI-NYS Small Affiliate Award to NAMI Orange  

Matthew Shapiro & Dhanu Sannesy

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.

Steve MiccioSteve Miccio

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 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), Dhanu Sannesy & Michele Saunders, Vice President of CIT  International

Sam Cochran (original CIT creator), Dhanu Sannesy & Michele Saunders, Vice President of CIT  International

Sam Cochran (original CIT creator),
Dhanu Sannesy
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


NAMI Orange Picnic


2017 Washington, D.C.
NAMI Convention Attendees
from NAMI Orange

Dr. Sannesy & Anil at 2017 NAMI Convention

Dr. Sannasy & Anil at 2017 NAMI ConventionDr. Sannesy & Anil

NAMI Orange attendees at 2017 NAMI ConventionNAMI Orange Attendees at 2017 NAMI Convention

NAMI Orange Attendees

Laura Altieri, Mobile Mental Health:
guest speaker at June NAMI Orange Education Meeting

Lauri AltieriNAMI Education Meeting with Laura Altieri from Mobile Mental Health

June, 2017 NAMI Orange education mtg.

NAMI Orange Adds
3 New Family Education Teachers (F2F)

Family Education Teachers

Left to Right: Pat Siano, Sheila Sutton and Marcy Felter

NAMI Orange Outreach at Y2Kids

NAMI Orange Outreach at Y2Kids

Anne Harris & Marcy Felter

NAMI Orange Education March Meeting
on Emergency Preparedness


Certo, Ostrow, Dalencourt

L to R:  Linda Certo, MA, LCSW
             Assistant IDD Clinical Director
             at Access: Supports for Living

             David Ostrow, Peer Specialist
             Marshall Dalencourt
             Supported Employment and Education Specialist

Certo, Ostrow, Dalencourt

Vet2Vet Training in Nanuet

Vet2Vet Training

L to R: Michael Siano, Pat Siano,
instructor Dr. Allen Hershman,
Marcy Felter and Dhanu Sannesy

Sheila Sutton, NAMI Orange Librarian

Sheila Sutton, 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

new banner

Lauren Hey, Marcy Felter and Beth Tyndall

JMHCA Meeting 11-16-16

Steven Neuhaus & Dhanu Sannesy

Steven Neuhaus & Dhanu Sannesy

NAMI Orange Annual Meeting 11-14-16

Special Guest Speakers:

Steven Neuhaus       Darcie Miller

           Steven Neuhaus                            Darcie Miller
      Orange County Executive                 Orange County Commissioner                                                                           of Social Services and Mental Health

Special Guests:

  Chris Ashman     Rena Finklestein

             Chris Ashman                           Rena Finkelstein
       Orange County Commissioner                           NAMI Rockland
     of Dept. of Mental Health (retired)

 Nadia Allen   Mitchell Klein & Bernadette MuellerNadia Allen, Executive Director          Mitchell Klein and Bernadette Mueller,  Mental Health Assoc. in O. C.                       Office of Mental Health 

2016 Appreciation Award Recipient
Dhanu Sannesy

Dhanu Sannesy, Linda Sager, Linda Weiser

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

Catha, Dhanu,Shiela and Linda at the NAMI-NYS Education Conference November, 2016

NAMI Orange Board of Directors members: Catha, Dhanu, Sheila and Linda

NAMI-NYS Board with Super Bowl Champion Keith O'Neil

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

Dr. Cabisudo and Dr. Michele Winchester-VegaDr. Scher and Robyn Sellet4 panelists

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

Pat Sciano at NAMI Convention in Denver

NAMI Orange member, Pat Siano,
with new friend from Ohio

Dhanu with Patrick Kennedy

Dhanu Sannesy with Matthew Shapiro, NAMI-NYS;
Patrick Kennedy; and Chemene Webber, NAMI-NYS
at 2016 NAMI Convention
in Denver, Colorado

Newburgh Illuminated Outreach

Anne, Dhanu & Phil volunteering
at Newburgh Illuminated

New Windsor Ribbon Campaign

New Windsor Ribbon Campaign, May 2016

Dhanu Sannesy & Anne Harris

Dhanu Sannesy & Anne Harris at New Windsor Town Hall


empire state building in green

Empire State Building in NYC -
Green symbolizing Mental Health Awareness Month


Niagara Falls in green

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

Peace Bridge

Legislation & Advocacy Day in Albany, February 23, 2016

NAMI-AMICO members at Legislation Day, 2016

More NAMI-AMICO members at Legislation Day 2016

LegislationDay, 2016


                                   Excerpts from

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.

Sheila Sutton & Linda Sager

NAMI Orange Board Members Sheila Sutton and Linda Sager
attending MHA 2016 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Reception

NAMI Orange packets
and pamphlets

provided at ORMC Behavioral Health Unit

Rhoda & Dhanu

Anne & Rhoda

 Outreach table at JMHCA Health Fair at Touro College

NAMI-AMICO Candle-light Ceremony, 2015

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)