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NAMI-NYS Legislative Advocacy Week

Feb. 22-26

Would you be interested in becoming a NAMI Orange board member?
If so, contact our office at 845-956-6264
or email

to learn about the application process

Upcoming Events/Outreaches

Zoom NAMI Orange Education Meeting

Mon., March 8, 7 pm

Practicing Meditation


NAMI Families

1 day presentation

Tues., March 16 

Register now

Team Up for Hope Webinar
Thurs., Mar. 18, 7 pm

"Pandemic Effects
on School-aged Children & Teens"

Panel discussion
with Q & A

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Sat., April 10 
10 am-3:30 

Zoom NAMI 

Sat., Sept 11-Oct. 30
8 consecutive Saturdays
10 am-1 pm


On-going  Support Groups:

NAMI Connection*Offered online through
NAMI Orange  1st & 3rd Thursdays 
7-8:30 pm

Email to register at



*Offered online through
NAMI Sullivan Mondays, 7 pm


*Offered online through

Tuesdays, 5 pm


*Offered online through NAMI
2nd Friday
of month 
6:30 pm


NAMI Connection
a peer-led support group for adults living with a
mental illness.
No fee, no registration
unfortunately these meetings held in Goshen will not be able to resume until a later date, but online is available-
see above



presented by NAMI Orange
Click here for details

1st & 3rd Mondays
6:30-8 pm

Register by  emailing

r call our office

with name, phone # and email

For ongoing Family
Support Group Meetings, click here
for Zoom meetings thru NAMI Sullivan
3rd & 4th Tuesdays
6:30-8 p.m.

NAMI Rockland,
click here for support groups including
Family Support
in Spanish
Thursdays: 3-4 pm
Virtual Support meetings for Parents of Children, Teens and Young Adults
Thursdays: 6-7 pm


Virtual Self-Injury Learning Collaborative 
Thursdays: 4 pm
Mental Health Empowerment Project

Support Group through
Garnet Health

3rd Tuesday, starting December 15

5:30-6:30 pm

Own Voice


NAMI National Conference

June 30-July 3, 2021

NAMI Presentations:

Both programs are arranged by request

Click on links below for details

 -Ending the Silence
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 classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition.
*3 types of presentations are available: for students, for staff and also for families

Click above link for possible ETS ZOOM presentations

-In Our Own Voice
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.



NYS Legislative Day 2020

Community Foundation Presents
NAMI Orange with $4000 Grant

Community Foundation-2019

Community Foundation 2019Community Foundation Grant RecipientsElizabeth Rowley presenting Dhanu and Rhoda $4000 Grant Check

2019 Awards at Anthony's Pier in Newburgh

Grant Recipients

2019 Grant Recipients

 Elizabeth Rowley presenting check to NAMI Orange     Dhanu with grant checkDhanu with Grant Check

Elizabeth Rowley presenting award check to NAMI Orange

F2F Grad Class, Nov. 2019

NAMI Family-to-Family: Fall, 2019
with instructors, Patricia Seaton and Dhanu Sannesy

F2F Grad Class:Nov 2019

NAMI Orange Fundraiser
Sponsored by
Nicole's House of Beauty

Nicole's Fund Raiser

Nicole & Bonnie at Spa Day Fundraiser

 NAMI Orange Members Attending RSS Luncheon

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, meet & greet

Jasmine, our new Board Member,
meeting and greeting attendees

Edie, Linda & Pat

Attendees and our very active volunteers:
Edie, Linda & Pat

Panelists: Alisha, Colleen & Landon with moderator Kim

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

Kim, Jasmine, Colleen, Dhanu & Linda


ORMC Brochures

NAMI Orange Families Helping Families offer brochures
in the waiting area outside the Behavioral Unit at at ORMC

Candle Light Vigil: October 15, 2018

          Candle                 Lt. Richard Carrion

Honored Guest, Lt. Richard Carrion
received NAMI Orange Appreciation Award

NAMI Orange 2018 Candlelight

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

Linda Sager & Sheila Sutton, speakers at Candle Light Vigil

Christine Henderson, Phil Haakmeester, Dhanu Sannesy

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

Healy Brothers $500 Donation

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

SUNY Orange Wellness Fair in Newburgh

SUNY Orange Wellness Fair

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

Dhanu at 2018 International CIT

Dhany at 2018 International CIT

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

Florida Family Funfest - 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 of the funniest plays you'll ever see about Depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

Lori Schneider following performance at Thrall Library on May 6

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
  • Samaritans
  • 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 Marquesano

Dhanu & Stephanie

NAMI Orange April Education Meeting Attendees

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 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 Orange 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

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

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

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