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Friday, November 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM EST
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 12:15 PM EST

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The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center 
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211

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2017 NAMI-NYS Educational Conference

NAMI-NYS is excited to share with you the details of our 2017 Education Conference Conference-Intervention, Engagement, Implementation: Three Pronged Approach to Sustainable Mental Health Recovery. Once again the conference will present national leaders in progressing advances in mental health research, practices and advocacy issues.


The conference will feature the inaugural NAMI Honors Leaders in Awareness celebration taking place Friday evening. NAMI-NYS has chosen three individuals who are using various forms of media to enhance the understanding of how mental health issues impact both individuals and families. The honorees are:

Ron Powers-The Pulitzer Prize winning author of Flags of Our Fathers and Mark Twain: A Life. Mr. Powers’ new book No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America details both his experience of having two sons with schizophrenia as well as America’s history of failing to provide adequate mental health care.

You can click here to order the Ron's book which will also be availabe at the conference.

Keith O’Neil-The special teams captain of the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts and author of the upcoming book Under My Helmet: A Football Player’s Lifelong Battle with Bipolar Disorder. Keith has become a good friend to NAMI-NYS serving as the Grand Marshall of the inaugural NAMIWalks NYS and working with NAMI Buffalo.

You can click here to pre-order Keith's book which will be released in August and will also be available at the conference.

Matt Butler-Weaving personal experience with a timeless style, Butler brings honesty and openness to his classic approach to songwriting. His critically acclaimed album Reckless Son chronicles his experience with mental health and substance abuse issues and many of the songs (which Matt will be performing at the event) are achingly honest depictions of how his illness impacted members of his family.

You can click here to order Matt's album which will also be availabe at the conference.

This will be a stirring celebration you will not want to miss!


The inspiration of Friday evening and the use of media to detail the realities of living with a mental illness will be mirrored on Saturday evening with a special screening of the movie Beyond Silence. The documentary follows the efforts of Jeff Fink, Lauren Burke and Lloyd Hale to live well and break through the silence often associated with mental illness. The film, provides a glimpse into their lives and their diagnoses—which include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and anxiety—ultimately weaving together a cohesive narrative about how speaking up is key to living well with a mental health condition. Following the screening we are honored to be joined by Jeff, Lauren and Lloyd for a panel discussion.

Saturday’s lunch session With Intervention, Engagement and Implementation Recovery is Possible will be panel discussion moderated by John Allen, the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Special Advisor to the Commissioner. It will feature insights on recovery from people who have overcome severe and persistent mental illness. Panelists include:  past NAMI President and current Director for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Center for Mental Health Services at SAMHSA. Keris Jan Myrick.  Keris  is a leading mental health advocate and executive, known for her innovative and inclusive approach to mental health reform. Hakeem Rahim, one of NAMI-NYS’s leading faces of recovery Hakeem will tell his story which has taken him from developing severe delusions caused by bi-polar disorder while at Harvard University to traveling the globe informing students about mental health, testifying before the U.S. Senate and being one of featured faces of recovery in the New York City Thrive campaign. Amanda Lipp, a NAMI board member and an in demand speaker throughout the country on mental and behavioral health. Her messages come from a place of passion from experiencing psychiatric hospitalization her freshman year of college, to consulting professionally in mental health care and serving on national boards. 

NAMI-NYS will be continuing to use the conference to advance our goal of ZERO Suicide with a plenary session immediately following Friday’s lunch. We are thrilled to welcome back former New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner, Michael Hogan, Ph.D to moderate the session. The ZERO Suicide discussion will also feature Rosa Cifre, LCSW, Chief Program Officer, Communilife, Inc., Brett ScudderExecutive Director, Scudder Intervention Services Foundation, Inc.’s Abuse and Suicide First Aid Response and Wellness Centers and Allen Hershman, PhD, PsyD NCSP, Veteran Services Coordinator, BRiDGES.

Saturday morning’s plenary sessions will present the latest in research and clinical advances as well as self-care strategies. Click here to lear about the four presentations. 


Sunday will begin with an update on initiatives new to New York State such as ABLE Accounts, Paid Family Leave and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) which will impact individuals living with a mental illness and their family members. The update will be followed by a  Town Hall Session with Lloyd Sederer, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health, the opportunity to interact with Dr. Sederer has been a highlight for many attendees at past conferences. The conference will conclude with an Ask the Doctor session with our trusted advisor Lew Opler, MD.

Click here to view a full conference agenda 

Continuing Education Credits (CEU's) Available 

CEU’s available for both social workers (LCSW/LMSW) and mental health counselors (LMHC). 

Click here to learn more. 


Click here for information on the Young Adult track. 

Click here for a Young Adult scholarship application.

Become A Sponsor, Exhibitor or Advertisor:

The NAMI-NYS Education Conference offers several affordable options to market your organization to a targeted audience of people living with a mental illness, their families, providers of mental health services and mental health advocates.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

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Registration Prices:

Early Bird Prices (Prices go up after Oct 20th)

NAMI-NYS Member Rates

  •  $ 215 Entire Conference 3 Days (6 meals)
  • $ 195 Friday and Saturday Only (5 meals)
  • $ 120 Saturday and Sunday Only (3 meals)
  • $ 100 Friday Only (2 meals—no breakfast)
  • $ 75 Friday Daytime Only - 9am – 5 pm (Lunch only)
  • $ 100 Saturday Only (2 meals—no breakfast)
  • $ 75 Saturday Daytime Only - 9am – 5 pm (Lunch only)

Non-Member Rates

  • $ 75 Additional Fee to any above rate OR
  • $ 40 Join NAMI-NYS TODAY and Save on Registration

Dinner Event Only Prices (Applies to Members and Non-Members) 

  • $ 60 Friday Evening – NAMI Honors Banquet
  • $ 60 Saturday Evening – Beyond Silence Screening and Panel Discussion 

Dinner Event Only Prices (Applies to Members and Non-Members) 

  • $50 Friday Lunch ZERO Suicide Panel
  • $50 Saturday Lunch Recovery is Possible Panel

       Registration DOES NOT include hotel rooms.

REFUND POLICY: An 85% refund will be given for all cancellations before October 31, 2017. No refunds will be given for cancellations made on/after November 1.

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