National Alliance on Mental Illness
March 2011 Vol. 27 / No. 7 Patience Merullo, Editor
NAMI Central Middlesex
invites you to a special event presented
with the Social Action Committee, First Parish in Lexington
"Dangerously High" by Kitty McKay
Monday, March 21st - 7 to 9 p.m.
First Parish Church in Lexington
(7 Harrington Road, Lexington MA
White Church on the Lexington Green)
Admission is FREE
Dangerously High is a one-woman-show with a message of hope for people
with mental illness and their friends and families. The show highlights a
personal experience with mania and its repercussions. It carries a message to
help break the stigma for those people who want further education about mental
illness. It is also a dramatic presentation for those who simply love theatre.
1 Our Next Program: Dangerously High
IN THIS ISSUE
2 Support Groups & Help lines
3 Affiliate President’s Message: Advocacy Needed on DMH Budget Cuts
3 DMH Commissioner Testimony on Next Year’s Budget
3 Connections Veterans’ Support Group is starting
4 Recap of NAMI Mass Executive Director’s February Presentation
4 New Movies on Mental Health Issues
5 Annual Spring Fling Function Volunteers Needed
5 Fundraiser for NAMI of North Central
5 Severe Mental Health Disorders Untreated in Many US Teens
5 NAMI-Mass Advocacy Event at the Mass State House
5 Conference: Getting Real about Family Voice and Choice
5 The Sibling Support Demonstration Project
5 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
6 What Does Peer Support Mean to You
6 Working and Benefits
6 NAMI Walk 2011 updates
6 Lobby Day for the Homeless
7 DMH Citizens Legislative Breakfasts
7 Effects of Mental Illness-An Artist’s Interpretation
7 DMH Task Force on Staff & Client Safety Convened
8 Calendar and Membership Form
is and previous issues of e Bridge can be viewed on our website: http://www.nami.org/sites/NAMICentralMiddlesex
For Consumers (those with a mental illness) and Family/Friends (those who are dealing with a person with a mental illness)
There are three di erent types of NAMI support groups:
recovery support groups (for consumers) facilitated by NAMI-trained volunteer peers
support groups facilitated by NAMI-trained volunteer peers
NAMI Caring and Sharing:
(for family/friends) support groups facilitated by NAMI volunteers
Cambridge: Sponsored by NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex, this Caring and Sharing Support Group for family/friends meets at the Cambridge
Hospital, 1493 Cambridge Street, on the 3rd oor of the main building, in the Learning Center/Conference Room A on the rst and the third Monday
of the month, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. There is free parking. Call Elizabeth at 781-646-0397. The hospital is also on the bus line. You can nd bus directions
to the Cambridge hospital at this link: http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/servicenearby/?saServiceNearBy=1493+cambridge+st
Bedford: Sponsored by NAMI Central Middlesex, this support group for family/friends meets last Tuesday of each month, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., First
Church of Christ, 25 Great Road (Route 4/62/225). Call ahead to use the elevator for handicap access (Susan Wing eld 781-275-9389). Questions:
Call the NAMI of Central Middlesex a liate helpline 781-982-3318. (See information below.)
Belmont: Sponsored by DBSA - BOSTON (Depression Bipolar Support Alliance – formerly the MDDA) support groups for either family/friends or
consumers meet every Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at McLean Hospital in the deMarne e building cafeteria. Additionally, there are drop-in
groups on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 132 in the deMarne e building cafeteria. Phone: 617-855-2795,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: http://www.dbsaboston.org.
Fitchburg: Sponsored by NAMI of North Central, there are two support groups—meeting separately, one for family/friends and one for consumers,
meeting at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 750 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, every Thursday night 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Contact Diane or Guy at 978-345-1491
(family/friends) or Sheryl at 978-602-0089 (consumers).
Framingham: Sponsored by NAMI Metro West, there are two support groups—meeting separately, one for family/friends and one for consumers.
The support groups meet on the rst and third Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. at Advocates, 1 Clarks Hill, Framingham, MA. For additional information call
Tina at 508-272-9061 or the NAMI Metro West Help Line: 508-875-1544.
Lowell: Sponsored by NAMI of Greater Lowell, for caretakers, on the third Wednesday of the month at the Solomon Mental Health Center, 391
Varnum Avenue at 7:00 p.m. Contact 978-677-0618 or email@example.com.
Newton: Sponsored by NAMI of Newton-Wellesley, this family/friends support group meets at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital on the second oor
(usually Bowles Room #6) at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact Eileen at 781-444-0750 or Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Somerville: The NAMI Connection Support Group, for consumers meets at the Cambridge-Somerville Recovery Learning Center, 153 South St, 2nd
oor, every Monday from 1-2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Janel at 617-863-5388 or email@example.com.
Stow: Sponsored by NAMI of Central Middlesex, this family/friends support group meets the third Saturday of the month starting at 10:00 a.m.
Fellowship Hall, First Parish Church in Stow near the intersection of Rt. 117 and Rt. 62. Call Chuck or Trish Woods at 978-897-2962 for more
information and directions.
Waltham: Sponsored by NAMI of Central Middlesex, there are two support groups—meeting separately, one for family/ friends and one for consum-
ers. The meetings are the rst and third Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at The Edinburg Center, 169 Elm Street, Waltham. Call the NAMI
of Central Middlesex a liate helpline 781-982-3318. (See information below.)
Wake eld: Sponsored by NAMI of Central Middlesex, this Caring & Sharing support group for family/friends meets on the 2nd Monday of the
month (except when there is a Monday holiday) between 1-3 p.m. at the Beebe Wake eld Library in Wake eld. In April, the support group will return
to evenings, at 6:30 p.m. at Horizon House, 78 Water St, Wake eld. For information contact: Kay at 781-438-1851 or Diane at 978-658-3567 or
Information on support groups in other parts of Massachusetts: Contact the NAMI-Mass o ce at 781-938-4048 or 800-370-9085
or check the website at http://www.namimass.org in the programs section. It is always a good idea to call the contact person
before attending a meeting because meeting dates, time, and location may change.
Peer Warm Line:
1-877-733-7563 - A friendly phone line run by peers for peers. Hours of operation: Tuesday thru Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.
Instead of calling 911 or using the local hospital emergency rooms, call the Emergency Service Provider (ESP) 1-877-382-1609 and
enter your zip code. This is a 24/7/365 toll free line.
NAMI of Central Middlesex maintains a helpline at 781-982-3318, covered by trained volunteers. Leave a message and
someone will return your call within 24 hours.
NAMI of Central Middlesex
By: Charles Swindoll
Attitude is more important than facts.
I am by nature a person who is
It is more important than the past, than
comfortable with numbers. At education, than money, than circumstances,
the risk of helping you to nod than failures, than successes, than what
Lynda McCumber off, I’d like to show you a few. other people think or say or do. It is more
The governor has put forth a proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 important than appearance, giftedness or
which begins July 1. After many years of flat funding and budget skill. It will make or break a company...
a church...a home…a community.
cuts, the Department of Mental health is about to be hit hard again.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice
• Mental health services will be cut 3.4%, a loss of $21.4 million.
every day regarding the attitude we will
The new budget will be $606.9 million in a total state budget embrace for that day. We cannot change
of $30.5 billion. our past... we cannot change the fact that
• Inpatient care will be cut by 11%, $16.4 million. people will act in a certain way. We cannot
• 25% of inpatient beds will be lost, 160 beds lost out of the current change the inevitable. The only thing we
626 state beds. can do is play on the one string we have,
• 250 full time employees will be lost from inpatient services. and that is our attitude... I am convinced
• Inpatient services are being reduced without a corresponding that life is 10% what happens to me and
increase in community services. 90% how I react to it.
• Outpatient services for children will be cut by $2 million. And so it is with you...
• After-school programs for children will be reduced and in some we are in charge of our attitudes.
• Outpatient services for adults will be cut by $3 million.
• Clubhouse funding will be reduced, and some may be forced to
Now is the time to provide your feedback to our government on how
these cutbacks will affect us. Please take a few minutes to contact
your legislators. If you’re not sure who represents you, you can find out
at: http://www.malegislature.gov/People/FindMyLegislator. Mass DMH Commissioner Testimony
You may contact Governor Deval Patrick at his Constituent Services before Mass Budget Committee
Team at (617) 725-4005 or send an email via:
http://tinyurl.com/yvx3be Commissioner Barbara Leadholm testified recently on
the Mass. Department of Mental He (DMH) FY2012
Take the time. As our infrastructure is disassembled, it will become in-
Budget before the Joint Hearing of the House and
creasingly difficult to restore it. Your advocacy can make a difference.
Senate Committees on Ways and Means Committee
recently. The total testimony can be viewed at:
It is here!!!!
Our NAMI Connection Veterans Support Group
NAMI of Central Middlesex affiliate is pleased to announce that
our new Connection support group for veterans will begin March Are Psychiatric Medications Causing
3rd in Room 216, Campus Center, Middlesex Community College More Mental Illness?
at the Bedford Campus, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
WBUR's Radio Boston recently had a program, "Are
NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for veterans with Psychiatric Medications Causing More Mental Illness?"
emotional struggles regardless of their diagnosis. Every group is
The guests were Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of
offered free of charge and meets weekly for 90 minutes. All are led
by trained facilitators who are also veterans in recovery, people an Epidemic, and Dr. Dr. Andrew Nierenberg, Director of
who understand the challenges you face. the Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic
The support group will met the first and third Thursday of each and Research Program. To hear the program, go to:
February Educational Meeting are nothing new, but in prior years, funding for community sup-
ports was included to offset the bed closures. The FY12 budget
Provides Timely Updates does not include this funding. (See President’s column on page 3.)
Submitted by: Liz Watson Violence and Mental Illness. Recent tragedies in the news have
The guest speaker at our affiliate February educational meeting was unfortunately associated violence and mental illness. In the
Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director of NAMI Mass whom shooting in Arizona where six people were killed and
updated us on several issues in which the NAMI state office is Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was wounded, the accused
involved. appears to have an untreated mental illness. Locally, Stephanie
Moulton, a counselor at a mental health clinic, was murdered at
Rosie D. v. Romney. In this court case, MassHealth, the Medicaid
her workplace in Revere, MA.
insurance provider in Massachusetts, was successfully sued for
providing inadequate services for children with mental illness. The NAMI Mass, among others, advocated for a commission to
case started in 2001, was decided in 2006, and since then has investigate the circumstances around the death of Ms. Moulton
continued in the courts through negotiation of remedial plans. and how to keep clients and staff safe. DMH has formed a
commission and Phil Hadley of NAMI Mass will be serving on
When the case started there were a large number of “stuck kids” in
it. (See article on page 7.)
the system who were unable to move out of hospital settings due to
lack of community services. MassHealth was forced to redesign its In the aftermath of both of these tragedies, NAMI national and
mental health programs for children through the Children’s NAMI Mass were both active in issuing statements and writing
Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI). Mandated improvements to letters to editors stressing that people with mental illnesses were
services are still ongoing. The good news is that the “stuck kid” more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators.
problem has largely been solved. NAMI Legislative Advocacy Day. Thursday, March 31, 2011,
A specific example of an improved program that resulted from the 10AM-2PM. There are 40 new members of the legislature. This
Rosie D. case is the Emergency Services Program (ESP), which has is a great opportunity to meet our legislators and their staff to
actually been implemented statewide for adults as well as children. make sure they know about NAMI. Ms. Martinelli pointed out
that one of the most effective ways to advocate is to develop
Due to the Rosie D. decision, MassHealth must now pay for many personal relationships with our legislators and their staff. (See
services that private insurers will not cover. Some observers believe article on page 5.)
that MassHealth is now the insurer who provides the best access to
NAMI Mass Outreach to People with Mental Illness who are
mental health services for children in Massachusetts.
on MassHealth. NAMI Mass is continuing to look for
There are 1.3 million MassHealth clients. By comparison, DMH MassHealth clients who have recently lost their mental health
has 22,000 clients. These numbers show how important it is that outpatient services. You must be a person living with a mental
mental health advocacy extend to MassHealth, which is under the illness and be willing to make your story public. Contact Ms.
same kind of budget pressures as DMH. NAMI Mass is expanding Martinelli for more information. Phone: 781-938-4048 (with
its efforts on this front. confidential voicemail) Email: LMartinelli@namimass.org
Inpatient Bed Cuts. The governor’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012 Thank you very much, Ms. Martinelli, for coming out on a cold
proposes a 25% cut to DMH inpatient beds. If this cut stands, it will February night and sharing your valuable insights with our
result in the closing of 160 beds. Reductions to the bed count [cont.] members!
New movies dealing with mental health issues...
See www.nami.org for exclusive interview with actress Jodie Foster about her
upcoming movie, The Beaver, which she also directed. The movie deals with
major depression and is a moving story about a family striving for recovery. Look
for its premiere in select theaters on March 23.
Frankie and Alice:
Actress Halle Berry, who has lived with depression, stars in Frankie and Alice,
premiering nationally in February. Based on a true story, the film portrays a
woman living with dissociative disorder. NAMI has not had an opportunity to
view the film in advance. We await comments from those who see it in theaters.
NAMI Mass Advocacy Event at the State House Severe Mental Health Disorders Untreated
Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Many U.S. Teens
At the Massachusetts State House, Nurses Hall From the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Presentation and Lunch 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Health Day News, Friday, January 21, 2011, by Robert Preidt
Speakers: The results of a new study suggest that among American teens, many
with severe mental disorders, many never receive treatment.
• Representative Elizabeth A. Malia, Co-Chair Joint Committee
on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Researchers examined data from a nationally representative
sample of 6,483 adolescents, aged 13 to 18, and found that only
• Senator John Keenan, Co-Chair Joint Committee on Mental 36.2 percent of those with any mental disorder received treatment.
Health and Substance Abuse
Read article at:
• Laurie Martinelli, NAMI Mass Executive Director
• Barbara Leadholm, Department of Mental Health
• Joe Giannino, NAMI Mass Legislative Affairs
Meeting with Legislators 1-2 p.m. (You can set up your own
meetings or we will instruct you on dropping in on Advocacy Day.)
Meetings with key committees (set up in advance by NAMI Mass.)
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
The monthly email newsletter from the Center for Psychiatric Getting Real about Family Voice and Choice -
Rehabilitation at Boston University A Conference for People who Care about Families
Articles in the Winter Issue of the eCast, Mental Health & Rehabili- Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Bentley College, Waltham, MA
tation Newsletter February 2011 provide valuable information on
topics related to: Conference from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; refreshments are included in
• recovery-promoting professional competencies registration fee of $89 (before Feb. 22nd) or $109 (as of Feb. 23rd).
• recovery training and staff attitudes in community mental Featured speakers are June Gross, first director of PAL, and Gail
health settings Garinger, Child Advocate for the Commonwealth. Keynote address
• the effect of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) will be delivered by our own Lisa Lambert
participation Workshops include:
• maximizing recovery goals with effective money management Embracing Families: System Integration
skills The Family Partner Role
View the complete list of articles available in this issue at: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/prj and check out the complete archive Acceptance Skills
of online articles at http://prj.metapress.com Teaching Parents to Nurture
Creating Families: The Challenge of Working with Today's Youth.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sibling Support Demonstration Project
S F !!
l i ng
Do you have a child that has been hospitalized?
Does that child have a sibling who needed support?
Would you be willing to offer your advice to a new program?
Please consider joining the Advisory Group for this special project.
From March to August 2011, the Director of Sibling Support, Emily Annual “SPRING FLING" April 25
Rubin will be emailing participants questions and soliciting sugges-
tions for the design of this exciting new program. For more From 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
information, please email Emily.Rubin@umassmed.edu Our NAMI affiliate is holding our annual Spring Fling dinner,
dance and social on Monday evening, April 25th at the Olde
Towne Hall, 16 South Road, Bedford.
Fundraiser for NAMI of North Central This is a whole affiliate event. It takes us all to host, cook, serve,
decorate, dance, gab and have a good time, and (don't forget clean
Join us at the Montachusetts Chorale Concert up). We invite the club houses staff, consumers, community
Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. consumers, and families as guests. Everyone should receive a call
At the Leominster City Hall, 25 West Street, Leominster. over the next few weeks asking for participation but you do not need
Tickets in advance $12.00 and at door $15.00. to wait.
For tickets and more info, call Maureen Smith at 978-343-2972 All volunteers willing and able and who are ready for this please call
or email: Maureen_S_Smith@msn.com Billie Drew: 781-439-8923 or Ralph Fleischmann 781-862-2807.
What Does Peer Support Mean To You?
Share Your Story
I am Lyndsay Garval, a graduate student at Brandeis University look-
ing for peer support facilitators, certified peer specialists and other
peer-providers in the mental health field to participate in my research.
NAMI WALK, Boston I would like to interview you about how you became involved in peer
SATURDAY MAY 21, 2011 support and how it affects your life.
Artesani Park I want to hear about the experiences that motivated you to become a
Introduction and Goals peer-provider, and how your involvement in peer support activities
have shaped your outlook on life and who you are as a person.
12 Weeks to Go!
The interview should take 30 minutes to one hour of your time. We
Despite the snow it’s time to think about the 2011 NAMI Walk, and could meet over a cup of coffee or tea to discuss these experiences or
although it is still 12 weeks away, time will fly by and the WALK day in any other location you are comfortable in.
will soon be here! I will treat the information I gather as confidential and anonymous.
Many of us shared a wonderful day of FUN supporting our CAUSE Your participation is completely voluntary. I would greatly appreci-
last year. We were honored to be the Number 1 Affiliate in Massa- ate the opportunity to learn from you.
chusetts. Thanks to all our great supporters. Together we can make For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact me
May 21st 2011 another record breaking day. What FUN! at 860-729-9199 or email: LJGARVAL@BRANDEIS.EDU
During the next 12 weeks as we all prepare, I would like to share
with you once again my thoughts for the NAMI WALK. I hope this Frequently Asked Questions about Benefits
will give you encouragement, enthusiasm, excitement, useful hints and Working. Answers about SSI, SSDI,
on building your own group of supporters and donors to help our Medicaid, Medicare
Presented by Gretchen Maher, Director of Employment and Educa-
Last year our walk was the Number 1 NAMI WALK in the USA (six tion Services.
thousand strong, and raising $380,000 for NAMI). Our affiliate
Where: The Edinburgh Center, Training and Conference Center @
Walkers were 250 strong raising a record $36,000 for our cause. 1050 Waltham St., 4th Floor, Lexington, MA 02453
This year the state goal is $400,000 and the goal for our Affiliate is When: March 8, 2011 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
$40000. We will be more than 250 Walkers strong!
For questions or to RSVP please contact Janet Hodges, Director of
With a little planning and a lot of excitement and enthusiasm we can Family Support and Advocacy at email@example.com or
surpass this year’s goal! 781-761-5287
So stay tuned…we need you to make 2011 another record year for
the NAMI WALK! I really look forward to working with you all!
You are invited to
Lobby Day for the Homeless
NAMI Central Middlesex Walk Coordinator Sponsored by The First Parish Church in Lincoln
Cell Phone 978-618-7521, firstname.lastname@example.org Submitted by: Jane Cooper
On Wednesday, March 9 the First Parish Church in Lincoln, will hold
their annual event - a Lobby Day for the Homeless and this year, they
are providing transportation to the Suffolk School of Law in Boston.
Transportation provided at 8:15 a.m. from the Parish House which is
a stone church up the street (Bedford Rd) from our steepled white
church across from the Lincoln public library. We are planning to be
home by 3pm.
Morning session keynote speaker is Paul Boden, Director for the
Western Advocacy Project and he will talk on a recent report,
Without Housing, tracing the present housing crisis to the Reagan
Administration's elimination of affordable housing funding and the
dismantling New Deal social safety nets.
Later, we will meet with our Representatives Thomas Conroy and
Senator Fargo at the State House.
NAMI Central Middlesex – Bedford VA Team 2010 Homeless populations have a high percentage of mentally ill people.
See more photos taken at our Walk last year: Any questions 781 259 0476 Sign up; Lorraine, 781 259 8582 Jane
http://tinyurl.com/BostonNamiWalk2010 Cooper or 860-729-9199.
Effects of Mental Illness– (DMH) Task Force on Staff and Client
An Artist’s Interpretation Safety Convened
At The Fifth Year Exhibition 2011 by Mass DMH Commissioner Barbara Leadholm, M.S., M.B.A
Presented by the Museum of Fine Art, Grossman Gallery Last month, our mental health community was shaken by the death of
March 30–April 30, 2011 Stephanie Moulton, a mental health worker with our partner provider
Opening Reception, March 30, 5–7 pm North Suffolk Mental Health Association. We all grieve her loss and
Artists' Talk, April 13, 12:30–2 pm are deeply saddened for her family, friends, co-workers and clients
who knew and worked with her.
No admission fees.
Because we need to understand the factors in this very tragic death, I
This show is dedicated to NAMI and all who work in the Mental
convened the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Task Force on
Health Field. It explores the stages a family member goes through:
Staff and Client Safety. Over the next three months, the Task Force
F2F's Grieving, Coping, Advocacy and then explores the Scientific
will assess current policies and practices around safety and training
Response. There are 11 works: oil on canvas, mixed media and
for those who provide and receive Department of Mental Health
services in the community.
One of the exhibitors is Lynda Michaud Cutrell, who is the vice
The Department is committed to the safety of the dedicated workers
president of NAMI-Mass and a member of the Board of Directors
who provide services and supports to DMH consumers in the
of NAMI National. Ms. Cutrell received an MBA and BS/BA from
community and in our hospitals and facilities. In light of recent
Suffolk University in 1981 and 1980, and a Post-Baccalaureate Cer-
events, I want to strengthen this ongoing commitment and be mindful
tificate and Studio Diploma from SMFA in 2007 and 2008. She has
of the importance of ongoing review and continual improvement of
exhibited around New England including the Somerville Museum,
how we do our work and meet our challenges in our efforts to provide
the Marblehead Festival of Arts and GASP Gallery. Cutrell's series
every opportunity for recovery for the individuals we serve.
of oil paintings reflect her emotional journey following a family
member's diagnosis with schizophrenia. Working at the intersection I also remain committed to the vision of Community First and
of art and science, Cutrell seeks to de-stigmatize mental illness by promoting the dignity and rights of people with mental illness to live
transforming data imagery into striking, accessible images. See her in communities of their choice. The vast majority of individuals
website at: http://www.lyndacutrell.com. served by DMH live in the community. The Community First vision
acknowledges that symptoms of mental illness rise and fall and our
The other two exhibitors will be Senem Kavak and David Pappas. mental health system must be responsive to the changing levels of
The Grossman Gallery is located at: Hours are: need that some individuals can experience. But ultimately, it is a
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Mon–Wed: 10 am–5 pm home, a job, an education, relationships, social connections that
230 The Fenway Thursday: 10 am–8 pm people with mental illnesses want – itt’s what we all want – and that
Boston, MA 02115 Fri–Sat: 10 am–5 pm is what Community First is all about.
Tel: 617-369-3718 Closed Sunday and holidays The Task Force will be co-chaired by the Honorable Paul F. Healy,
Jr., retired district court judge; and Kenneth L. Appelbaum, M.D.,
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of Mental Health
Policy and Research for the University of Massachusetts Center for
Health Policy and Research. Task Force members are representative
of all areas of the mental health community that have influenced the
DMH community service system. This group is charged with
evaluating specific aspects of the Department's community system,
including risk management practices, appropriate access to and
utilization of criminal history information (CORI) and safety training
and safety provision for provider staff. The Task Force will complete
its review within three months and make recommendations for
DMH Citizens Legislative Breakfasts
Tuesday, March 15th, for the DMH Northeast-Suburban Area
DMH will host its annual series of Citizens Legislative Breakfasts in
the coming months. These will take place at the Great Hall, State
House, Boston, MA.
This is an opportunity for members of the mental health community
to meet with their legislators, thank them for their support and dis-
cuss how DMH helps people with mental illnesses recover and live
satisfying lives in communities of their choice. It is also an oppor-
tunity for consumers and family members to share good news and
success stories about their life experiences.
The DMH Area Citizens Legislative Breakfasts start with registration
Brain Cells by artist Lynda Cutrell
and refreshments from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and the program begins
promptly at 10 a.m. and runs until approximately 11 a.m.
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS 8
March 1 (Tuesday): Waltham Support Groups for Families and Consumers.
March 3 (Thursday): Connections Support Group for Veterans
March 8 (Tuesday): Frequently asked questions about benefits and working. See article on page 6.
March 9 (Wednesday): Lobby Day for the Homeless. See article on page 6.
March 15 (Tuesday): Waltham Support Groups for Families and Consumers.
March 15 (Tuesday): DMH Northeast-Suburban Area Legislative Breakfast. See article on page 7.
March 17 (Thursday): Connections Support Group for Veterans.
March 19 (Saturday): Stow Support Group for Families & Friends
March 21 (Monday): Affiliate Meeting presents: “Dangerously High” by Kitty McKay. See article on page 1.
March 22 (Tuesday): Getting Real about Family Voice and Choice Conference at Bentley College. See article on page 5.
March 28 (Tuesday): Bedford Support Group for Families & Friends.
March 30 (Wednesday): Grossman Gallery Exhibition open reception. See article on page 7.
March 31 (Thursday): NAMI Mass Advocacy Day at State House. See article on page 3.
April 25 (Monday): NAMI CMSX affiliate annual Spring Fling. See article on page 5.
May 1 (Sunday): Montachusetts Chorale Concert at Leominster City Hall. See article on page 5.
May 21 (Saturday): NAMI-Mass walk, Artesani Park, Brighton. See article on page 6.
SEE PAGE 2 FOR DETAILS ON AREA SUPPORT GROUPS
Deadline for the next Bridge is: Friday, Mar.25, 2011
Please remember that all submissions must be emailed as attachments in the Microsoft Word (.doc) format.
Affiliate Officers & Board of Directors
President Lynda McCumber 978-250-1509 LMcCumber@comcast.net
Vice President Judy McKendry 978-897-9541 email@example.com
Secretary Liz Watson na firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Claire Boudreau 978-772-0402 email@example.com
Auditor Brown Pulliam 781-275-0090 firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Outreach Co-Cordinator Judy McKendry 978-897-9541 email@example.com
Community Outreach Co-Cordinator Janet Hodges 617-816-5856 firstname.lastname@example.org
Consumer Legislative Coordinator Gail Rosensweig 978-618-7521 gracie0410 @netzero.net
Legislative Coordinator Rita Sagalyn 781-538-5102 email@example.com
Membership Co-Coordinator Dee Febba 978-697-3441 firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Co-Coordinator Ivy Pompei 978-667-4543 email@example.com
Programs Coordinator Billie Drew 781-799-4744 firstname.lastname@example.org
Support & Resource Coordinator Claire Boudreau 978-772-0402 email@example.com
Legislative and Consumer Issues Gail Rosensweig 781-275-0523 gracie0410 @netzero.net
Walk Coordinator Tom Scurfield 978-618-7521 firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Outreach Coordinator Tom Raposa 508-326-3220 email@example.com
DMH Board Area Meeting Reporter Erna Greene 781-777-2328 firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Member At-Large Francine Stieglitz 781-862-9171 email@example.com
Board Member At-Large Pam Andrews 617-484-7938 firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Member At-Large Carl Jones na na
Special thanks to Joe McKendry for creating the bridge drawing on this newsletter’s cover!
NAMI Annual Membership: Obtaining a NAMI membership gives you membership in our local NAMI a liate,
the NAMI-Mass organization, and the NAMI-National organization. Please join by lling out and mailing this form.
NAMI of Central Middlesex Annual Membership Form
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