SAMHSA-Sponsored Webinar: Challenges and Solutions for Mental Health Caregivers


Join NAMI and Mental Health America for a SAMHSA-sponsored webinar Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. EST on the challenges faced by an estimated 8.4 million Americans who provide care to an adult living with a mental health condition.

The critical role of caregivers comes with insight into barriers to services, supports, and integration that keep their loved ones struggling and isolated from their communities. Based on two reports with responses from more than 2,000 caregivers, presenters will share compelling data, stories and solutions to empower caregivers and adults living with mental health conditions.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. EST



  • Sita Diehl, MSSW, Director of Policy and State Outreach at NAMI
  • Gail Hunt, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving
  • Debbie Plotnick, MSS, MSLP, Vice President for Mental Health and Systems Advocacy at Mental Health America
  • Rick Baron, MA, Research and Trainer in the Mental Health field at Temple University

NAMI Syracuse Receives Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Central New York Community Foundation has awarded NAMI Syracuse a grant of $5000 from the Durston Sanford & Doris Sanford Fund. The proposal for the grant was submitted by NAMI Syracuse Board Member Steven Comer and committee for the purpose of developing a database for NAMI Syracuse so that our mental health community can access mental health providers in the community.

We received two additional grants from the CNY Community Foundation Small Grants and Initiatives Fund – a $200.00 gift, made at the request of Christina Whiteside and a $100.00 gift made at the request of Danielle Hurley.

We thank the Central New York Community Foundation for recognizing and supporting the efforts of NAMI Syracuse!


There will be a virtual town hall meeting with Commissioner Sullivan, Wednesday, November 16th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. If interested, you are invited to come to the NAMI Syracuse office to participate.

OMH is dedicated to providing individuals and families access to quality, integrated services and supports that foster recovery and well-being. Public input is crucial in assisting helping the agency meet the needs of all of the people we serve.

On November 16, 2016, OMH will conduct a Statewide Virtual Town Hall with Commissioner Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D. presenting on the Commissioner’s Transformation Agenda for a Changing Healthcare Environment. It will be held online via WebEx in order to maximize access for public participation, with OMH sites in Albany, New York City, and Rochester available for attendees who are unable to access the event online.

This event will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the OMH vision for the future, including the Commissioner’s policy and planning priorities. Comments and questions can be presented online and via phone conferencing for those attending at one of the OMH sites. All comments will be reviewed and considered in the development of the OMH Statewide Comprehensive Plan, pursuant to Section 5.07 of NYS mental hygiene law.
Registration is now available by going to If you require any special accommodations to participate in the event or have questions about the format, please contact Janise Carmichael at (518) 486-3293.


The NAMI Syracuse Educational Conference “Preparing for Tomorrow” is October 5th! Register today!

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Scholarships are available for those who may need financial assistance! Call Mary at the NAMI Syracuse office for more information: 315-487-2085.

A printable conference brochure and registration can be found HERE.

You may also register by calling the NAMI office at 315-487-2085 or online: 

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THANK YOU, All Saints Parish Center!

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and businesses, this year’s Harvest Hopela was a huge success!

A special shout out to All Saints Parish Center for letting us use their amazing venue! Meg Ksander was a joy to work with, and Rev. Fredrick Daley was beyond generous!

We’d like to thank these individuals for their donations to the Harvest Hopela:

Marla Byrnes
Judy Bliss-Ridgway
Wendy Brooks
Canastra Family
August Cornell
Pam Fortino
Mary Gandino
Bud and Melinda Greenman
Murry and Ellen Gould
Ernest Jones
Diane LaFrance
Deb Mahaney
Ray and Stephanie Masterman
John and Barb Masucci
Spence Plavcocs
Rosanna and Fran Harrington
Dr. Karen Winters
Dr. Paul Schwartz
Carol Sheldon-Brady
Eric Stensland
Bob Switalski
Sue and Frank Zandowicz
Dr. Paula Zebrowski

And these businesses:

Accents of Armory Square
Ann’s Sunny Day
Behind the Iron Gates
Berkshire Bank
Bryce Cullen Publishing
China Pavillion Westvale
Dunkin Donuts
Frightmare Farms
Golden Hanger at Western Lights
Goodman Beck Publishing
Happy Snap
Indie Kids
JSA Authentication
Laura Hand, CNY Central
LuLaroe on the Go with Brenda Geiger
Metro Home Style
Middle Ages Brewery
Mohegan Manor
Om Home Yoga, Kristin Kadaji
Painting with a Twist (Dewitt)
PJ’s Portraits,LLC, Paula Fulco
Plaza Wine and Liquors
Point of View Optical
Provisions Bakery
Ramsgard Architectural Design
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
SalesIT, Brook Gleasman 315-308-1442
Sherwood Inn
Springside Farm
Sterling Optical, Camillus
Tom Mann’s Golf in memory of his beloved wife Palma
Whole Mental Health, Sheri Ramsgard

If you would like to make a donation to NAMI Syracuse please click on our blue donation button to the right of our home screen!