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Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM EDT
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 12:05 PM EDT

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The Albany Marriott 
189 Wolf Rd
Albany, NY 12205

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2018 NAMI-NYS Educational Conference

NAMI-NYS is excited to share with you the details of our 2018 Education Conference -Moving Forward: Identifying and Advocating for the Latest Breakthroughs in Research and Treatment of Mental Health Issues and Neurobiological Disorders. 

The conference will feature national leaders in mental health research, treatment, service delivery and advocacy who will provide attendees with the tools needed to understand how the treatment of psychiatric disorders is moving  forward. Key topics disseminated at the conference will include identifying various types of community-based mental health services, the importance of family engagement in recovery, how to communicate the need for treatment to people who refuse treatment or don't recognize their illness, suicide prevention strategies, how NAMI-NYS can serve as community partners as well explore key advocacy issues such as mental health housing and insurance parity.

This year's agenda features several new elements, increased sessions, new special focus sessions and will provide attendees more options than ever before. 

We look forward to seeing you and learning together at the conference!!!  

Conference Agenda

Click here for an agenda overview

2018 Honorees

NAMI-NYS is thrilled to announce our first Leader of Mental Health Awarness honoree, Dr. Edward "Ned" Hallowell. Dr. Hallowell is one of the foremost experts on ADHD. He is the co-author of Driven to Distraction, and Answers to Distraction, which have sold more than a million copies.

 Dr. Hallowell also discusses his own struggles with ADHD as well as how mental illness has impacted his family in his new memoir, Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making of A Psychiatrist. It chronicles the often strange story of a childhood marked by what he calls the "WASP triad" of alcoholism, mental illness, and politeness, and explores the wild wish, surging beneath his incredible ambition, that he could have saved his own family of drunk, crazy, and well-intentioned eccentrics, and himself. He is also the host of "DISTRACTION" a weekly podcast series created to explore how we are driven to distraction and offers coping strategies to turn modern problems into new-found strengths.


Along with recognizing the work done by prominent leaders of awareness, we will also honor those working to address one of the greatest social injustices of our time, insurance providers who have continued to discriminate against mental illness by failing to adhere to mental health parity and create true network adequacy. While we will celebrate the fact that October marks the ten-year anniversary of the enactment of The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), we will also detail how finding providers who take private insurance remains a daunting task for far too many New Yorkers.

It is our privilege to show our gratitude to both the pioneers and the current leaders in the fight to create true parity. New York led the way in introducing parity through Timothy’s Law and we will be joined by Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20), who during his service in the NYS Assembly was the sponsor and a passionate advocate for Timothy’s Law. We will also be joined by Tom O’Clair, whose family’s story inspired the parity law. We will also honor current leaders Andrew Malekoff, Executive Director of the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, who produced the Project Access Report which detailed the struggles New Yorkers are experiencing accessing mental health services and Karla Lopez, of the Legal Action Center who is leading the Parity@10 campaign in New York State.

NAMI-NYS is thrilled to present our 2018 Media Award to Alisa Roth, author of the acclaimed book Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness. The award acknowledges Ms. Roth’s extraordinary work revealing one of the greatest modern tragedies; the criminalization of mental illness.

NAMI-NYS is honored to recognize Alisa’s commitment to giving this epidemic the attention and scrutiny it deserves. Click here to learn more about Alisa's work including her interview on NPR and the issues around criminal justice and mental illness.     


We are thriled to include a special performance of Every Brilliant Thing. The one person play strikes a delicate balance between sobering loss and cathartic laughter as the protagonist recounts a life lived in the shadow of suicide. The play will be performed by Lori Schneider, Executive Director of NAMI Sullivan County, who performed the show throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley and Catskill region during Mental Health Awareness Month.

A review in the Middletown Times Herald Record states: "Everything about this production, directed and starring Lori Schneider, is indeed brilliant...Schneider knows her subject well, and she offers it in a manner that is both engaging and witty." 

Continuing Education Credits (CEU's) Available 

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

More information coming soon. 


The young adult focus track features workshop sessions curated and led by members of our Young Adult Network. Scholarships will be available for young adults (18-30). Details of the track and scholarship applications will be available shortly. 

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.

Click here to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Click here to view the FAQ sections

Registration Prices:

Early Bird Prices (Prices go up after Oct 8th)

NAMI-NYS Member Rates:

  • Full Conference-$250
  • Friday & Saturday-$225
  • Saturday & Sunday-$160
  • Friday All Day-$125
  • Friday Lunch Only-$75
  • Friday Dinner Only-$100
  • Saturday All Day-$130
  • Saturday  Lunch Only-$75
  • Saturday Dinner Only-$75

Non-Member Rates:

  • Full Conference-$325.00
  • Friday & Saturday-$275.00
  • Saturday & Sunday-$200.00
  • Friday All Day-$175.00
  • Friday Lunch Only-$125.00
  • Friday Dinner Only-$125.00
  • Saturday All Day-$175.00
  • Saturday  Lunch Only-$100.00
  • Saturday Dinner Only-$100.00

       Registration DOES NOT include hotel rooms. Contact the hotel at 1-800-228-9290 or 518-458-8444 and mention that you are registering as part of the NAMI conference.  The NAMI rate will be $116 for a room with a king size bed or a room with two queen size beds. 

REFUND POLICY: An 85% refund will be given for all cancellations before October 18th, 2018. No refunds will be given for cancellations made on/after October 19th. You would also have to call the Marriott to cancel a reserved room. 


Scholarship Applications

A limited number of both partial and full scholarships are available for people living with a mental illness and family members of people living with a mental illness.  Scholarships are only available to NAMI-NYS members.  Scholarships include conference registration and meals.  Full scholarships also include a shared hotel room for two nights. 

Travel expenses will not be reimbursed. An application does not guarentee a registration. 

Click here to obtain an application.



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Conference Sponsors (as of 8/20) 

NAMI-NYS thanks our generous conference sponsors. You can click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.


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