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Upcoming Events/Outreaches

See details
of upcoming NAMI
meetings by clicking links below:

free 12 week course

Call Dhanu 294-2749 to register now for
next class starting
Tues., Apr. 4,
6:30-9 pm
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.

Wed., March 29
MHA Family & Friends Plus
Social Group

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

Wed.,April 5
6:30-8:30 pm
NAMI Orange Education Meeting
RSVP Requested

Note that there will be NO meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month due to Passover; the meeting was rescheduled for Wed., April 5                


Thurs., April 6
7 p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group

no fee
no registration

Thurs., April 20
MHA Family & Friends Together
7 p.m.


June 28-July 1, 2017
2017 National
NAMI Convention

Register before
March. 31 for
Super Saver discounted rate

2017 NAMIWalks NYS
Sat., Sept. 23
Jennings Landing,


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

Shiela Sutton, NAMI Orange Librarian

Sheila Sutton, librarian

We are so pleased to have board member, Shiela 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

Richard Shapiro

Richard Shapiro

Richard J. Shapiro, Esq. (from the law office of Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP in Goshen and head of the firm’s Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law Department) 
gave a very informative presentation about
Supplemental Needs Trusts at our Jan. Education Meeting
Telephone #: 845-291-0011

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, Shiela 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)