NAMI Tarrant County
Tarrant County’s Voice On Mental Illness
PO Box 1504, Fort Worth, TX 76101-1504 (817) 332-6600
3136 W. 4th St, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2113 (817) 332-6677
Volume 11 ___________________Newsletter________________November 2010
Meeting, Thursday, November 18, 2010
Location: University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Dr, Room 211, Fort Worth
Support Groups 6:00-7:00 pm, Light Meal 7:00 pm
Meeting, 7:15-8:15 pm, Connection Time 8:15-8:30 pm, Cleanup 8:30-8:45 pm
Please note that the doors on the west and north side of University Christian Church are locked due
to security issues. You will need to enter the building under the portico to the east (University Dr).
Parking is available on the north and east side of the church.
Topic: NAMI Texas 26th Annual Conference Report
Bring a friend to share in the information the speaker will bring. If you need directions, call or email the office.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – ELECTION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
People with Mental Illness Enrich Our Lives: Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio, a three-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor,
revealed that he suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder. The Titanic star says he let his firm grip on his
condition go when making The Aviator, because he wanted Howard Hughes’ condition to come out but it became
really bothersome during the filming and afterwards.
Nominating Committee Report
At the October membership meeting, the Nominating Committee announced the upcoming slate of
candidates for election as officers and at large members of the Board of Directors. The Nominating
Committee certified that all candidates for election are NAMI TC members in good standing and have
submitted written consent to run for office.
At the November membership meeting, NAMI TC members in good standing who are present will be
allowed to vote. The number of votes for which each family is entitled is based on the number of paid
NAMI TC memberships; each individually paid membership is entitled to one vote on all voting matters
considered at membership meetings. Persons may nominate themselves, and nominations from the floor
may be made at the November meeting if written consent from the individual nominated to serve on the
Board is available.
The Nominating Committee submits the following slate of candidates for two-year positions:
Vice President: Carolyn Apodaca
Secretary: Robin Mayne
At Large Members of Board: Frances Allen, John Clark, Moira McCarthy, and Ron Smith.
Kathy Gorg (chair), Martha Meyer, Dennis Gibbons
NAMIWalks Fort Worth Awards Reception
The NAMIWalks Fort Worth Awards Reception will be held November 17 at University Christian
Church at 6:00-8:00 pm. You will not want to miss this! All of NAMI TC volunteers, Walk Sponsors
and team captains will be receiving invitations with more details. Top award winners will be recognized,
and results of the NAMIWalk will be announced. Attire will be NAMIWalk tee-shirts and jeans. Music
will be provided by the Southwest High School Jazz Band, and a quesadilla bar will be presented by
B.K.’s Creative Catering. A silent and live auction will be conducted, and casino games will be available
for all to enjoy. Chips for the casino games will be awarded based on volunteer hours and/or monies
raised for the NAMIWalk. Raffle items for peers/consumers will also be offered; raffle tickets will be
awarded based on documented volunteer hours or time spent in classes or paid/unpaid business. A
complete list of items will be sent out by email. This reception is a celebration and thanks for all of our
hard-working NAMI TC supporters and members. This is really going to be fun!
Family Education Opportunities
Are you or someone you know interested in attending either a Family to Family, Vision for Tomorrow or
Great Minds Think Alike class? The FTF class is for family caregivers of adults with severe mental
illness, while the VFT class is for parents or caretakers of a child with a brain disorder who is college age
or under. Great Minds Think Alike is an educational program for adolescents aged 12 to 17 with a brain
disorder. These free classes are taught by NAMI-certified instructors and provide education on mental
illnesses and resources to assist and support consumers and family members. Pre-registration is required.
NAMI TC will be offering a FTF class for family caregivers in January 2011. If you are interested in
attending, please call 817-332-6600 or 817-332-6677 and leave a message.
NAMI Johnson County will teach a Family to Family class sometime in the future. The information
about time and location will be provided later. Please call 817-295-8082 to enroll/register for the class.
NAMI TC will be offering VFT class sometime in the future. If you are interested in attending a future
VFT class, please call 817-332-6600 and leave a message.
NAMI TC will offer a Great Minds Think Alike class in the near future. Please let us know if you know
of someone interested in attending this class by calling 817-332-6600 and leaving a message.
Support groups provide assistance to families, provide insight into mental illness and how to more
effectively cope with its impact on the family and reduce the stigma of mental illness within the family.
A support group seeks to provide a place to confront fears; a place for validation; a place to learn and
practice skills related to dealing with real-life issues which impact families; a place to exchange
information about mental illness and a place to network with other families about how they have solved
problems and find help from the community that may be available.
Southlake November 8, 2010
Family caregivers are invited to a support group meeting the second Monday of every month, 7:00 to 8:30
pm at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake. The meeting is held in the Re-Source
Building, 185 S. White’s Chapel Blvd. Enter the driveway off of 1709 Southlake Blvd. Parking is
behind the church. Re-Source Building is the first one on the right. Enter through the small door to the
right of the main entrance.
Joshua November 11, 2010
Family caregivers and consumers are invited to support group meetings the second Thursday of every
month, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Joshua City Library located on the High School Campus in Joshua. The
address is Highway 174.
Fort Worth November 18, 2010
Family caregivers and adult consumers are invited to separate support group meetings the third Thursday
of every month, 6:00 to 7:00 pm at University Christian Church located at 2720 S. University Dr, Rooms
201 & 202 (consumers); 226 & 227 (caregivers). One is advised to park on the north or east side of the
church as entry is on the east side. The support groups are held prior to the monthly NAMI TC
Arlington Cancelled due to Holiday
Family caregivers are invited to a support group meeting the last Thursday of every month, 7:00 to 8:30
pm across the street from Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington. The meeting is held in the
Wesley House, 3216 W. Park Row, Room 312.
Arlington December 2, 2010
Family caregivers of children/adolescents are invited to a support group meeting the first Thursday of
every month 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at MHMR FAIR East Children’s Clinic located at 410 W. Sanford St.
Fort Worth December 7, 2010
Family caregivers of children/adolescents are invited to a support group meeting the first Tuesday of
every month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at MHMR FAIR West Children’s Clinic located at 1527 Hemphill.
At the monthly meetings, lists for additional support groups for consumers and caregivers are also
available at the information tables.
Peers in and of the Workplace
We are excited to announce the formation of a new support group for consumers at NAMI TC. The group
is called “Peers in and of the Workplace.” We meet at 6 pm the third Thursday of the month in Room
201 just prior to the regular NAMI TC general meetings held at University Christian Church. If you
are a consumer and want some help coping with the day-to-day problems associated with holding down a
job – this is the group for you. Please join us as we help each other live fuller and more productive lives.
NAMI TC Board Meeting
The NAMI TC Board normally holds their monthly meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 6:00
pm at MHATC, located at 3136 W 4th St in Fort Worth. The next meeting is December 2, 2010. All
NAMI TC members are always welcome to attend and hear the discussions and learn the “behind the
More Volunteers Needed
NAMI TC is growing and more volunteers are needed. Our immediate volunteer needs include delivery
team members for My Home Project, Public Relations Committee (update NAMI TC office manual and
compile data for a Tarrant County resource page on the NAMI TC website. There are also opportunities
for consumers to train for In Our Own Voice and NAMI Connections. Please contact Sue Adams at 817-
332-6677 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Don’t be shy! We need your help with
little and big projects. You can work at the office with a group of folks. It is fun and an opportunity to
get to really know new folks or you can work at home. You choose.
Let’s rustle up some grub for our monthly meetings. Our meals have been really good, but we could use
more contributions. If everyone brings a little, we’ll have a lot to share! Bring anything, but here are
some ideas: potato chips and dip, carrot sticks, vegetable tray, sandwiches, salads, chicken, pizza, cheese
and crackers, unsweetened tea, 2 liter drinks, and cookies/cake. We just want to be sure we have food for
everybody. Thanks to all of you who faithfully bring food each month.
Occasionally, NAMI TC receives requests for a speaker to talk about mental illness and/or NAMI TC to
churches, educational classes, events, etc. in the community. If you would be interested in being sent out,
please contact the NAMI TC office at email@example.com or 817-332-6677.
My Home Project
The My Home Project continues to provide household items to consumers referred to NAMI TC through
MHMRTC case workers. The consumers who have been helped appreciate your assistance in providing
them with a means to get re-established in our community. Donations of money and supplies are most
appreciated. New or “gently used” items in greatest need at the moment include the following: items:
bath towels, twin sheets, pillows, sauce pans, skillets, spatulas and large cooking spoons. Gently-used
items are very welcome, and they don’t have to match. Some of the new items that are currently in
demand include toothbrushes and paste, deodorants, shaving cream and disposable razors, Kleenex, toilet
tissue, paper towels, bowl brushes, lamps, cleaning supplies (glass cleaner, Comet, Pinesol, Spic n Span),
dish soap (not dishwasher soap), sturdy boxes approximately 1 or 2 cubic feet to pack dishes in, and large
heavy duty black trash bags to pack soft things. Donations are accepted at the monthly meetings and at
the NAMI TC office 3136 W 4th St. Contact for the office is firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-332-
Sue Adams & Gene and Joyce Cates
Upcoming MHATC Events
MHATC Peer Support program hosts fun social activities like parties, crafts, and movies. Please let us
know if you will be attending the Peer Support events by e-mailing email@example.com or you can call
Lena at 817-546-7801 to get a calendar of events by U.S. Mail or for more information. Calendars are
sent out every two months. Upcoming events include the following:
Yoga Classes on October 28 and November 4, 11, and 18 at 4:30 pm
Movie Night on November 12 from 6-8 pm
Thanksgiving Party on November 20 from 1-4 pm
Operation Resilient Families (ORF)
Operation Resilient Families is a new program supported by NAMI Texas. It is an eight-session peer-led
program for Veterans of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) and their families. While
openly acknowledging difficult post-deployment issues, this program uses a strength-based and strategic
approach. The ORF program focuses on enhancing family resilience through a process designed to help
prevent overwhelming readjustment challenges. A class began October 28 at 7:00 pm at the MHATC
office, 3136 West 4th Street, Fort Worth. For more information, please call Sue Adams at 817-332-6677
or Teresa Linn at 817-546-7830.
Veteran’s Day November 11
Almost one in three Veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq confront mental health
On an average day in this country, suicide claims another 18 Veterans.
Approximately 30 percent of veterans treated in the Veterans’ health system suffer from
depressive symptoms, two to three times the rate of the general population.
More Vietnam Veterans have now died from suicide than were killed directly during the war.
Approximately 40 percent of homeless veterans have mental illnesses.
Mental Illness and the Human Brain
On Thursday, November 11, from 9 am-12:30 pm, a presentation on mental illness and the human brain
will be given at the Medical City Dallas Hospital, City Hall Conference Center, 7777 Forest Lane,
Building D, in Dallas. Topics of interest will include cognitive enhancement therapy and translational
neuroscience research on schizophrenia. Cognitive enhancement therapy (CET) is an evidence-based
practice that helps people with schizophrenia and related mental illnesses improve their processing speed,
cognition (attention, memory, and problem solving) and social cognition (the awareness to interact wisely
with others). Translational Neuroscience Research on Schizophrenia is an integrated program working to
clarify psychopathology and neurocognitive deficits to better understand the underlying pathophysiology,
develop new treatments to enhance neurocognition in schizophrenia, and the treatment of cognitive
deficits commonly seen in schizophrenia and related disorders.
Who Should Attend? Social workers, LPCs, LMFTs, PhDs, family members, consumers
Space is limited. Please RSVP to 972-701-3607 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: $10 (which includes a continental breakfast and 3.0 hours of CEUs)
Paradise Center Thanksgiving
Paradise Center will have a Thanksgiving meal November 24 for all their members. With over 100
members attending, they need lots of help each year. You can volunteer by donating money for the food,
helping to prepare the food, serving the food, and/or helping to clean up. They also have a traditional
Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day every year, where they eat together, talk about what they are
thankful for this year, watch football, and enjoy being together. If you don't have plans for that day, or if
your family wants to "give back" by doing something for folks who would otherwise be home alone, then
contact us about how you can be part of their tradition.
Additionally, Paradise Center has been holding gatherings on Saturdays in the recent months. These get-
togethers are opportunities for community and family members to learn more about Paradise Center
members and the organization. Mental health consumers and members of Paradise Center, their families,
friends, professional supporters, and community supporters of Paradise Center are most welcome and will
be shown the same acceptance that is shown their members. Come out sometime soon and see how their
garden is growing! They still need help with building three more raised beds. Each raised bed, including
bricks, dirt, and seedlings, costs about $150. They are also in need of the following items: a
wheelbarrow, a shovel, 3 spades, and seed starting kits. If you have any questions, please contact Teresa
or Lynne 817-332-5868 or email@example.com.
The Excel Center Fort Worth in conjunction with Advocates for Children of Trauma host a parent support
group, called Living Connections, which is focused on supporting parents raising children/adolescents
exposed to early trauma abuse and/or neglect. The group normally meets from 6:00 to 8:00 pm the first
Monday of every month at The Excel Center, 1220 West Presido St, Fort Worth. Child care and snacks
are provided. The next meeting will be held on December 6. This will be a meet and greet combined
with strategies focused on finding and understanding resources, preliminary needs for efficient records
organization and individual solutions. Please address any questions to ACT_founder@sbcglobal.net
/817-219-5459 or firstname.lastname@example.org /817-335-6429.
Advocates for Children of Trauma
Paradise Center & Trinity Springs Pavilion Wish List
NAMI TC would like to supply Paradise Center and Trinity Springs Pavilion with some holiday gifts this
year. New t-shirts, sweat shirts, socks, word search books, decks of cards, small sizes of hygiene
products, and batteries are always welcome items. Additionally, NAMI TC donates monetary donations
to Paradise Center, Trinity Springs Pavilion, and Wichita Falls State Hospital. If you would like to
personally donate any of these items or would like someone to shop for you, please contact Robin Mayne
at the general meeting.
Mental Health Association Tarrant County (MHATC)
Lee LeGrice, Executive Director of MHATC, spoke at the October general meeting of NAMI TC. She
told of the many services that MHATC provides, including wellness programs such as Wellness Recovery
Action Planning (WRAP) and Yoga classes, long-term care ombudsman, and advocacy such as Suicide
Prevention Coalition (SPC). MHATC is the information and referral clearinghouse for all mental health
resources in and around Tarrant County. She also shared with us the results of the Adult Mental Health
Journal Club associated with Mental Health Connections. One recent article published in Psychiatric
Services stated that psycho-education for families had been established as an evidence-based practice for
services to families with severe and persistent mental illness; however, it was not currently being used in
routine clinical practice. It was shown that families who received psycho-education had fewer relapses
than families who did not receive psycho-education. NAMI has known this for years! Early in 2011,
NAMI TC will be offering a free 12-week Family to Family course. Please be sure to contact the NAMI
TC office at email@example.com or 817-332-6677 if you are interested in the upcoming class.
LeGrice also shared a list of recommendations for Tarrant County which included improving psycho-
education services for families, increasing knowledge and application of evidence-based practices and
effective interventions, increasing knowledge about specific needs of older adults, and improving the
continuum of services in Tarrant County to include more integration across service providers for those
who have complex needs.
NAMI Texas Annual Conference 2010
The theme of the NAMI Texas 2010 annual conference was Rising to the Challenge – Making
Recovery a Reality. The conference was held October 21-23 at the Intercontinental Hotel, 15201 Dallas
Parkway, Addison, TX. Representing NAMI TC were Sue Adams, Joi Bernard, Lena Caballero-Phillips,
David Carroll, John Clark, Dennis & Melissa Gibbons, Daniel & Will Kovich, Dana Marshall and sister
Joretta, Robin Mayne, Cass Perkins, Flora Releford, and Bill & Barbara Walther.
The feature movie night started off on Thursday evening, with a showing of Unlisted: A Story of
Schizophrenia by Dr. Delaney Ruston. For 10 years, Dr. Ruston had not been in touch with her father
who had schizophrenia. She decided that it was time to re-connect with him. He was stable on
medications and living in supportive housing in Los Angeles. Over the next year, she visited her father,
and began to re-develop a relationship with him. This film is about her journey to discover who her father
is, who she is, and how she cultivated a relationship between her son and his grandfather. The next
morning, Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation, presented the opening
keynote address. Kevin Sullivan, President of NAMI Board of Directors, gave the Saturday opening
keynote speech. He is known for his leadership in enacting landmark initiatives to provide more
effective, less costly and more recovery driven community-based mental health care.
Pete Earley, a mental health advocate and former Washington Post reporter, spoke at the gala dinner held
Friday evening. Earley’s book, Crazy: A Father’s Search through America’s Mental Health Madness
describes his attempts to help his son, after he is denied treatment during a psychotic break and is
arrested. He explained why jails and prisons have become our new asylums, why this is wrong and what
we need to do to turn mental health back into a health issue instead of continuing to make it a criminal
justice problem. Dr. Joel Fenier, a retired psychiatrist from the Dallas VA and a former Professor of
Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center, was the luncheon speaker on Saturday. He is a huge
proponent of consumers taking control of their own destinies by having a major say in their treatment.
Multiple audience tracks were featured including affiliate support, alternative healing, consumer
programs, public policy/law enforcement, current treatment, workplace and Veterans’ issues.
Other topics addressed were: Implementing Health Care Reform, Critical Incident Training (Police
Response), Work & Benefits, Assisted Outpatient Treatment, The Clubhouse Model, Diversity, Jail
Diversion, Brain Research, Helping Consumers with Criminal Backgrounds Obtain Employment and
Suicide Prevention. For every time-slot there were 5 sessions available--the hard part was choosing what
to attend. NAMI-TC attendees agreed that it was a very worthwhile exchange of ideas and information.
FDA Approves Latuda for the Treatment of Patients with Schizophrenia
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved
Latuda (generic name lurasidone) on October 29, 2010 for the treatment of schizophrenia. Latuda is an
oral, once-daily atypical antipsychotic, offering a first-line treatment option for patients with
schizophrenia and is expected to be available in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2011.
The FDA reviewed data from more than 40 clinical trials involving approximately 2,700 Latuda-treated
adult subjects. The efficacy of Latuda, a serotonin-dopamine antagonist, for the treatment of
schizophrenia was established in 4 pivotal, 6-week placebo-controlled clinical trials. In these studies,
Latuda demonstrated significantly greater improvement versus placebo on the primary efficacy measures
at study endpoint. A total of 5 clinical trials contributed to the understanding of the tolerability and safety
profile of Latuda.
Social Security Disability and Medicare Questions
Is there a time limit on how long you can receive Social Security disability benefits?
Your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition does not improve and you remain
unable to work. We will review your case at regular intervals to make sure you are still disabled. If you
are still receiving disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, we will automatically convert
them to retirement benefits. Learn more about disability benefits by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov and
selecting the Disability tab along the top of the page.
How often will my case be reviewed to determine whether I’m still disabled for Social Security purposes?
How often we review your medical condition depends on how severe it is and what the likelihood is that
it will improve. Your award notice tells you when you can expect your first review. It will either say
“Medical improvement expected” (first review in six to 18 months); “Improvement possible” (first review
in about three years); or “Improvement not expected” (first review in five to seven years). For more
information, read the publication What You Need to Know: Reviewing Your Disability, available at
Will my eligibility for the Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs be reviewed and, if so,
If you get the Extra Help, Social Security may contact you to review your status. This review will
determine whether you remain eligible for Extra Help and whether you are receiving all the benefits you
deserve. We do reviews annually, usually at the end of August. We will send you a form to complete:
“Social Security Administration Review of Your Eligibility for Extra Help.” You will have 30 days to
complete and return this form. Any necessary adjustments to the Extra Help will be effective in January
of the following year. For example, if we send you a review form in August 2010 and you return the
review form within 30 days, any necessary adjustment to your Extra Help will be effective in January
2011. To learn more about Extra Help with your Medicare prescription drug plan costs, visit
Tom Clark, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
Network of Care
Network of Care is a highly interactive, single information place website where consumers, community-
based organizations and municipal government workers all can go to easily access a wide variety of
important information. The resources in this "virtual community" include a fast, comprehensive Service
Directory; links to pertinent Web sites from across the nation; a comprehensive, easy-to-use Library; a
political advocacy tool; community message boards; and many others. Education and resources are
available for all of the following: seniors and people with disabilities, mental/behavioral health, infants,
children and families, developmental disabilities, domestic violence, healthy communities, probation
services, and service members/Veterans and families. Recognized as a model program by the President’s
New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, this site provides vital information to help link consumers
to support groups and personal advocacy resources in the community. The site will also provide a
repository of evidence-based practices - successful, creative ways for communities to respond to their
behavioral-health needs. Information on Tarrant County resources will soon be available in early 2011.
Welcome Visitors and New Members
Visitors are always welcome at our meetings. Please welcome our newest members: Brenda Beaver,
Joislyn Bernard, Peg Brown, Lena Caballero-Phillips, David Carroll, John W. Clark, Thomas Goodrich,
Cynthia Hicks-Brown, Flora Releford, and Vivian Siao. It’s wonderful to see NAMI TC membership
growing and the interest in the FTF and VFT classes. Please let the Board members or Program
Committees know what you are interested in learning more about and become involved in one of the
numerous committees. NAMI TC needs you!!
Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program
NAMI TC’s Good Neighbor account number is 995. Please update your current Tom Thumb card to link
to this number or apply for a Good Neighbor card. The purchase price of groceries will automatically be
recorded to NAMI C’s Good Neighbor account which will receive 1% of the total quarterly. Please link
up and support NAMI TC!
NAMI Tarrant County Treasurer’s Report
November 4, 2010
Beginning balance on 10/1/2010 $61,919.43
Ending balance on 10/31/2010 $71,290.43
My Home account
Beginning balance on 10/1/2010 $5,237.09*
Ending balance on 10/31/2010 $5,262.31
Summary of revenue
NAMIWalk donations $18,334.80
Summary of expenses
Monthly meeting 295.95
NAMI Walk 2,818.51
NAMI State Conference 2,294.84
*$5000 transferred from checking to savings to avoid service charge
NAMI TC Board Officers:
Melissa Gibbons, President
Carolyn Apodaca, Vice President
Robin Mayne, Secretary
Dennis Gibbons, Treasurer
MEMBERSHIP ENROLLMENT FORM
IN ADDITION TO DUES, NAMI TC ASKS EACH MEMBER TO GIVE A SMALL DONATION TOWARD
NEWSLETTER EXPENSES. WE APPRECIATE ANY DONATION.
* SUGGESTED DONATION (PLEASE CIRCLE TYPE OF MEMBERSHIP)
Membership Dues * Total
NAME _______________________________ Open Door 5.00 2.00 $ 7.00
ADDRESS ____________________________ Regular 35.00 5.00 $40.00
CITY______________________STATE_____ Professional 35.00 5.00 $40.00
ZIP___________PHONE_________________ Organization 75.00 5.00 $80.00
Email _______________________________ OTHER CONTRIBUTION $________
MAIL TO: NAMI Tarrant County
3136 West 4th Street
FORT WORTH, TX 76107-2113