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Posted on Mar 05, 2018

NAMI Ohio 2018 Statewide Conference
May 4-5, 2018
Hyatt Regency Columbus

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2018 NAMI Ohio Statewide Conference, and it has received approval for 6.50 (3.50 on May 4th and 3.00 on May 5th) CE hours!

This year’s conference theme is Fulfilling the Promise and will focus on the various topics that impact individuals living with mental illness, their families and caregivers and those working within the mental health system.

In addition to keynote speakers and workshops, special sessions including a CIT Advanced Training, Parent Peer Support Certification Training, Ohio Adult Care Facilities Annual Meeting and the YouthMOVE Ohio Annual Meeting, will be included in the conference.

For the program schedule, including workshop descriptions, pricing and registration information visit the registration website at tinyurl.com/NAMIConference2018 and click register to create an account and see the most up-to-date information regarding the conference. Once you sign in, click on Products, scroll to find appropriate selections, and click on the + sign on the right. This will add it to your cart.  Before checking out, you will have to take a survey or two based on your selections.

A limited number of scholarships will be available to those who are living with mental illness and their caregivers. Scholarships can be requested when registering online.

Save the Date: NAMI Ohio Statewide Conference

Posted on Sep 11, 2017

Fulfilling the Promise Statewide Conference

May 4-5, 2018

Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

*Registration information to follow

Adam - Amanda Mental Health Rehabilitation Center

Posted on Jan 25, 2017


In 2010, Adam Knapp, a 30-year old man living with schizophrenia and an avid outdoorsman, drove into oncoming traffic, ending his life and taking the life of another. Just eighteen days before, he had attempted suicide and filtered in and out of three different Ohio hospitals. When leaving the last hospital, his parents described him as symptomatic, yet he was released anyway.

Amanda Baker was a fervid mental health advocate who testified for Senate Bill 43, which gave judges the ability to order outpatient treatment for people with mental illnesses. This cause hit close to home for her and her family. She struggled with depression and lost her life to suicide at age 26 when she walked in front of a semi-tractor just days after leaving the hospital.

In both cases, the loving and supportive families of these young people tried desperately to get them help. Unfortunately, the mental health system failed them.

Hospital stays are often too short to properly stabilize people and prepare them for life outside a secure hospital environment. With many other major hospitalizations, patients are sent to a rehabilitation facility after discharge to recuperate and rebuild strength. This isn’t the case with mental illness. Patients are often sent home alone, dropped at a homeless shelter or released to a family member ill-equipped to offer the needed rehabilitation services. 

As the deaths of Adam and Amanda illustrate, the consequences of inadequate treatment can be tragic. Many people discharged end up back in the hospital, in prison, homeless, or dead due to the lack of community supports. The suicide rate in adults with mental disorders within the first ninety days after discharge is over fourteen times higher than the average rate of suicide in the United States.

The fact of the matter is that there simply are not enough mental health resources available upon discharge to care for this vulnerable group.

The deaths of these two people are tragic, but we can help prevent future tragedies by working to change the mental health system little by little.

In honor of these two individuals who lost their battles with mental illness, NAMI Ohio is excited to share a new approach to this crisis. The Adam-Amanda Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Athens, Ohio will be a pilot facility and the first of its kind. It provides a place for people with severe mental illness to go after release from the hospital and stabilize under supervised care before re-entering the community.

Although operating funds have been secured by the Athens-Hocking-Vinton Mental Health Board and the Ohio Department of Mental Health, capital funds are needed to build the facility. It is our hope the Adam and Amanda Rehabilitation Center will become the Ohio and national model for transition from psychiatric rehabilitation to home.

Please click here to donate to this cause to help save lives.

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