President's Message



This has been an especially frustrating time being a mental illness advocate.  We have a wonderful bill which would help not only the families and people with serious mental illness but all who have for years struggled getting help for their loved ones and for themselves.  Time and time again, we hear the stories of families and people who have tried to get help with nowhere to go or disheartened because they see their loved ones suffering and cannot be the voice to help.  Now is the time to make that phone call or write that letter, it is imperative and NAMI-NYS cannot do it alone.  Congressman Murphy's bill HR-3717 is the bill many of us have waited years for,  we cannot let this opportunity pass by.  We recently heard that Congressman Murphy, who first introduced his bill and Congressman Barber met to try to compromise on the Barber bill  HR-4574 which was introduced after and seems to be the "status quo" that has not worked efficiently for years.  Isn't it ironic that this meeting took place shortly after all the commentaries in the Times Union and backlash  received?  Click here for the wonderful op-ed that Congressman Murphy has gallantly penned and appeared in Friday's Times



The prestigious APA (American Psychiatric Association) has thrown their weight behind the Murphy Bill.


Please call your representative and ask them to "support and co-sponsor HR 3717, The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act"  and especially "the provisions that focus on SERIOUS mental illness, not just mental wellness". Click here to quickly get the phone number. This is a critical call to make at a critical time.


Thank you for your continued support and bless you for all your advocacy.


Irene Turski


Compromise Reached on Psychiatric Hospital Closures


In the last few days, NAMI-NYS has continued to updated you on bill number A.8294 passed in the NYS Senate and gaining momentum in the Assembly that would have blocked the closure of state-run psychiatric hospitals. Last night, a compromise was reached between Governor Cuomo and both houses of the legislature which keeps these hospitals open until appropriate services and supports are put in place. Click here, to read an article on the compromise. 


Much thanks to the Government Affairs Committee for all their hard work and to you, our grassroots advocates, whose voices helped influence this compromise.We are hopeful that this agreement will help establish both community services that meet the standards set forth by the NAMI policy plank, as well as make certain that in-patient psychiatric beds and appropriate services are available for those with serious mental illness.

NAMI-NYC Metro to offer NAMI Homefront


NAMI-NYS is proud to be working with NAMI to launch a new program to provide education and support to families of Military Service Members and Veterans affected by major mental health conditions. The program, called NAMI Homefront, is a six-session adaptation of the evidence-based Family-to-Family program, which our affiliates have been running in several U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities statewide in recent years.

Six affiliates in New York State are trained and getting ready to run this course in their respective communities. The first will be NAMI-NYC Metro, a Manhattan-based affiliate, which will offer the course at the Manhattan VA Medical Center starting on June 23rd. NAMI-NYS is thrilled to be working with Geraldine Burton and Pamela Solomon as they set out to implement this crucial resource.

To learn more click here or those interested in enrolling or obtaining further information on the course may call the NAMI-NYC Metro helpline at 212-684-3264.


NAMI-NYS met with Congressman Paul Tonko


NAMI-NYS met with Congressman Paul Tonko to urge him to support the comprehensive provisions addressing the care of persons experiencing severe mental illness as outline in Congressman Tim Murphy's proposed Helping Families in Crisis Act (HR3717).  We ask that our affilaites contact their local representatives in Congress and voice their support of HR3717 as well.  This is an opportunity we cannot miss!

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