Rep. John Katko wants to establish comprehensive pediatric mental health facility in central NY

NAMI is pleased that our US Congressional representative is focusing on mental health in adolescents!

From The Citizen: Rep. John Katko, right, speaks Tuesday at Auburn City Hall during a discussion on "Strengthening Agriculture in Cayuga County."
From The Citizen: Rep. John Katko, right, speaks Tuesday at Auburn City Hall during a discussion on “Strengthening Agriculture in Cayuga County.”

Following through on a campaign pledge, U.S. Rep. John Katko is tackling an issue of personal importance and one he believes will be beneficial for central New Yorkers.

One of Katko’s 11 priorities for his first term in Congress is the creation of an adolescent mental health care task force — an idea he first floated during a speech in October at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Educational Conference in Syracuse.

-The Citizen

Read more about Rep. Katko’s plan in The Citizen

Get involved with NAMI Rochester/NAMI Syracuse partnered NAMIWalks

NAMIWalksNAMI Rochester is pleased to be hosting the 3rd NAMIWalks Rochester and this year NAMI Syracuse is planning on partnering with them! As a participating affiliate, NAMI Syracuse will receive a portion of all funds we raise through our teams and our direct sponsorship.

Location: Village Gate, 274 North Goodman Street , Rochester , NY 14607
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Distance: Distance (1.5 miles)
Check-in: 9:00 am
Start Time: 10:00 am

We need your help! We are looking for all of our members to get involved in this big undertaking. Companies, organizations and families are encouraged to organize teams of walkers made up of employees, organization members, relatives and friends. We are in need of sponsors, team leaders, team participants.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact NAMI Board Member August Cornell,

Join author Karen Winters Schwartz at “A Taste of Chocolate”

All of the works of Karen Winters Schwartz will be available for purchase on Sat. Feb. 14, from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, at

“A Taste of Chocolate” – a food-sampling event

at the Columbian Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of routes 11 & 20, Lafayette.  They are being offered in support of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (Syracuse chapter).  There will be autographed copies available, as well as a representative from NAMI to explain their organization.  For more info., contact: 677-3293, ; or NAMI, 487-2085, .

chocolate debacle reis's pieces cocoa puffs

Family Leadership Academy

The Family Leadership Academy is for parents and caregivers interested in assuming leadership roles within the Syracuse City School District and community at large. The series consists of six four hour sessions that teach leadership skills and increase knowledge of education, children’s mental health and juvenile justice systems. People are not required to attend all sessions. Parents and caregivers who have children in the Syracuse City School District can register online at

Click Here to Register (form will open up in a new tab)

Parents and caregivers that do not have children in the SCSD can register by contacting Marla Byrnes from NAMI at

Save these dates!

Feb 7: 10-2:30 will discuss advocating for your child with the educational system- special needs children service plans, addressing behavioral issues without suspension.

March 14 and March 28: 10-2:30 Mental Health first aid by CONTACT

April 18: 10-2:30 juvenile justice system and systems of care in Onondaga county Linda Lopez

May 9 and June 13: 10-2:30 topics still to be determined

Locations for these trainings still to be determined. It will be on the Syracuse City School District website soon. Any questions please contact the NAMI office 315-487-2085. More information will be updated at as it becomes available. This is a free training opportunity.