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					                                       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 1 ___________________Newsletter________________January 2011

                                  Meeting, Thursday, January 20, 2011

   Location: University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Dr, Room 205, Fort Worth
            Support Groups 6:00 pm; Light Meal 7:00 pm; Program: 7:15 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.

                              Speaker: Steve Hansen, MHMRTC
                                    Topic: Dual Diagnosis
                              Bring a friend. If you need directions, call or email the office.

People with Mental Illness Enrich Our Lives: Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher whose most famous role in films was the feisty Princess Leia in "Star Wars" was the child of two
Hollywood stars (Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher). Early in the 1970’s, she says she started using cocaine.
Her experiences with drug addiction led to her first best selling book, Postcards From the Edge. The book was
later made into a film in 1990 starring Meryl Streep. Fisher also authored a nove,l The Best Awful, which is a
thinly fictionalized account of how Hollywood talent agent Bryan Lourd, the father of her real life daughter, left
her for another man, and of her battle with mental illness.

                                         Family to Family Class
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of
individuals with severe mental illnesses. It includes current information about schizophrenia, major
depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder,
borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders. Up-to-date
information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence are discussed.
Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and the evidence-based, most effective
treatments to promote recovery is covered. You will gain empathy by understanding the subjective,
lived experience of a person with mental illness and you will learn problem solving, listening, and
communication techniques in special workshops during the course. Strategies for handling crises and
relapse will be acquired, and care for the caregiver, focusing on coping with worry, stress, and
emotional overload are covered. Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the
community is provided and information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand
services will also be useful.

A Family to Family class will begin on Monday nights January 10 at the Mental Health Association
in Fort Worth. Presently, this class is already filled, but if there are more interested people for an
immediate class, NAMI TC will try to find additional teachers for a second class or consider
scheduling another class later this year. Please call the NAMI TC office at 817-332-6677 or email to request more information or preregister.
                                                                                            Sue Adams

                                    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.

FTF Classes
Fort Worth
NAMI TC will be offering a FTF class for family caregivers beginning January 10. 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

VFT Classes
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.

GMTA Classes
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.
                                                                                       Martha Meyer

                                             Support Groups
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                                                                              January 10, 2011
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                                                                                  January 13, 2011
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                                                                              January 20, 2011
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 informative meetings.
Arlington                                                                              January 27, 2011
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.
Fort Worth                                                                             February 1, 2011
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.
Arlington                                                                              February 3, 2011
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

At the monthly meetings, lists for additional support groups for consumers and caregivers are also
available at the information tables.
                                                                                        Martha Meyer

                                      NAMI TC Board Meeting
The NAMI-TC Board of Directors has just convened for their first meeting in 2011. New members to
join the Board are: Frances Allen, John Clark and Moira McCarthy. Returning Board members are:
Lena Caballero-Phillips, Nicole DeForge, Ron Smith, and Randy Ward. Officers are: Melissa
Gibbons (President), Carolyn Apodaca (Vice President), Robin Mayne (Secretary), and Dennis
Gibbons (Treasurer). Sue Adams continues as the NAMI-TC Office Manager. Please take a little
time at the next monthly meeting to get to know these new volunteers. They are excited to be
involved with NAMI TC and are always interested in hearing from you, the members, about programs
and activities that NAMI-TC might undertake.

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 February 3,
2011. All NAMI TC members are always welcome to attend and hear the discussions and learn the
“behind the scenes planning.” The NAMI TC Audit for 2009 fiscal year that was conducted in 2010
and the 2011 NAMI TC Budget will be discussed at an upcoming meeting to be held on a Saturday.
Details will be announced soon.
                                                                                 Melissa Gibbons

                                       Monthly Meeting Topics
The NAMI TC Board of Directors is considering future programs and potential speakers to invite for
the general monthly meetings. NAMI TC presently has commitments for three presentations in 2011:
dual diagnosis, The Brain Institute and special needs trusts. If you have any suggestions for topics or
persons you would like hear, please contact any one on the NAMI TC Board members or call the
office at 817-332-6677.

Over the last three years, NAMI TC has had the following presentations on various topics: advocacy
(1); work (5); housing (2); medical care/hospitals (1); diagnoses and medications (7); MHMRTC (7);
recordkeeping (1); Texas legislation (1); legal issues and trusts (3); NAMI programs (including
NAMIWalk, films, Visions for Tomorrow, convention reports and In Our Own Voice (7); other
mental health groups (MHATC, Depression Connection, DBSA, Presbyterian Night Shelter/Safe
Haven) (4).
                                                                                         Robin Mayne

                                            Speakers Bureau
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 or 817-332-6677.
                                                                                             Sue Adams

                                            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 or 817-332-6677.
                                                                    Sue Adams & Gene and Joyce Cates

                                        Upcoming MHATC Events
MHATC Peer Support program hosts classes, support groups and fun social activities like parties,
crafts, and movies. Please let us know if you will be attending the Peer Support events by e-mailing 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 and will be held at MHATC located at 3136 W 4th St in Fort Worth.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Classes – an 8-part educational course, open to anyone
trying to get their life back in order through building support, relapse prevention, and learning
empowerment techniques. Call for Information.
Monday-Friday 2-6pm: The Warm Line (817-546-7826) We are here to listen. All calls
Mondays and Fridays 12:00-12:30 pm: Walking group
January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10 17, 24 4:30-5:30 pm: Free yoga classes
January 22 1-3 pm: Gamers come on down to BINGO and win cool prizes and tons of fun
January 28 12-3pm: The Prosumers Are Coming: A new support group all the way from San
February 5 1-3 pm: Come find your beat with Dr Paul Warren back with the drum circle
February 19 1-4 pm: Valentine Party Will you be mine? Have some fun with sweets and great

                         Second Annual Windows to Wellness Conference
The US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) of Texas Chapter will be hosting a national
panel of keynotes and speakers at the Windows to Wellness Conference to be held January 11 to 14,
2011 at the Austin Omni South Park Hotel in Austin. Registration for the conference is $75-$150.
CEUs are available for social workers, psychologists, and professional counselors. Keynote speakers
will include Paulo del Vecchio, Associate Director of Consumer Affairs with SAMSA, and Peter
Ashden, Chairman of USPRA. Both individuals are self-identified mental health consumers. Two
free pre-conference seminars will be held. On January 11 from 8:00 am to 4:30pm, OptumHealth
will hold an institute geared toward administrators of consumer and family run organizations to assist
participants in identifying programs that might be funded through a managed care contract. On
January 12 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, USPRA and Temple University Collaborative on
Community will hold a community integration workshop focused on full assimilation and celebration
of independent living. Additional information is available on the website.

                                Join NAMI TC at the Jubilee Theater
Jubilee Theater is joining with NAMI TC Sharing Hope in a community event to be held January 22.
Special discount tickets are available for NAMI TC supporters for the live production of “Shakin’ the
Mess Outta Misery.” This is the story of a young black girl’s coming of age in the South during the
sixties. Daughter, the main character and narrator, shares with the audience how the women who
raised her, some blood relatives and some not, prepared her for womanhood. Youngblood’s poetic
language brings Daughter’s experience to life on the stage. The performance will be Saturday,
January 22, 2011 at 2:45pm at the Jubilee Theatre, located in downtown Fort Worth at 506
Main St. For tickets, please call 817-338-4411 or visit online. The cost will
be $15.00 plus $1.80 service fee per person online; be sure to mention NAMI.
                                                                                            Joi Bernard

                                          Living Connections
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 February 7. 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 /817-219-5459 or /817-
                                                                     Advocates for Children of Trauma

                                   Save the Date: Capitol Day Rally
Capitol Day Texas will take place on Thursday, February 17 in Austin. Leaders, members, and
affiliates of major mental health organizations are encouraged to participate in the program which
includes an advocacy rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol and personal appointments with
legislators by teams of patients/consumers, family members, and advocates who will discuss mental
health priorities. We anticipate attendance of more than 200 individuals from Houston, Dallas/Fort
Worth, San Antonio and Austin. More details will follow on the emphasis of Capitol Day. The
NAMI TC Board of Directors voted to reimburse members for mileage, hotel and food for those who
attend the Capitol Day Rally. Please call the NAMI TC office at 817-332-6677 or email to request more information and preregister.
                                                                                        Melissa Gibbons

      PLAN of North Texas: Seventh Annual Open Your Heart Dinner and Silent Auction
Come and enjoy PLAN’s seventh annual Open Your Heart dinner and silent auction, “PLAN at
Twenty,” celebrating PLAN’s twenty years of service to adults with mental illnesses. It will be held
on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm, with a seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. at Renaissance Hotel-
Dallas-Richardson. It’s a dinner, it’s a show, it’s an auction, it’s an inspiration, it’s a fundraiser, it’s
a celebration, it’s a spectacular evening out! It’s $75 per person, open to the public. Business attire is

Author Julie K. Hersh will share the uplifting and inspiring story of her personal journey from
depression to hope, as told in her book Struck by Living. DJ Baron Bacon, “The Baron” will share his
inimitable voice and award-winning talent as Master of Ceremonies. For more information and tickets
visit or call Kim Mikula, Executive Assistant at the PLAN office 972-690-
7526. PLAN is Planned Living Assistance Network of North Texas, Inc., a 501[c](3) not-for-profit
organization for families who have an adult living with severe and persistent mental illness. PLAN
provides a wide range of services for recovering adults, including counseling, rehabilitation,
recreational and educational activities.

                             NAMI TC Sharing Hope: Gospel Musical
On Saturday April 16 at 7 pm, we are so excited to have our very first Spring Gospelfest to be held at
the Historical Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church located in the wonderful South side area of Fort
Worth. We are kicking off 2011 with one main purpose in mind…to bring awareness to mental illness
within our churches, families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and communities throughout the world.
We must never be ashamed of the disease of mental illness. We must have compassion as we share
unconditional love for those with mental illness. Many denominations are joining us along with a host
of friends and families. Mark your calendars now to be here on Saturday, April 16 at 7 pm at 1001 E
Terrell St in Fort Worth. For more information, contact Joi Bernard at 817-565-6717 or
                                                                                           Joi Bernard

        Testing the New Proposed Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -5
The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) of Mental Disorders is scheduled
to be released in May 2013. There will be all manner of revisions to reflect advances in neuroscience,
brain imaging and genetics. But one key difference in this DSM is that creators see it as more than a
catalogue of disorders: It is also a vehicle to improve clinicians’ grasp of how patients experience their

John Hopkins Hospital has recently conducted a pilot study in 70 recruited patients being seen at the
East Baltimore Community Psychiatric Program. Basically, on two separate occasions, the patients
filled out a DSM-generated survey and then were interviewed by a new clinician. In an unusual move,
each clinician used the surveys during interviews - something the DSM folks hope to encourage. The
surveys were not typical. Patients with iPads in hand tapped out answers to “cross-cutting”
questionnaires that cover symptoms in a variety of disorders, exploring mood, concentration, signs of
psychosis, anxiety levels and present health. “As clinicians, we would use the surveys to flag where
most of a patient’s symptoms lie,” psychiatrist Bernadette Cullen adds, “and then, following the
interview, turn to an online, tentative DSM-5 to choose our diagnosis.” That version, for the first time,
reflects illness severity. Then, diagnoses made by the two new clinicians were compared. With fine-
tuning, the whole process should transfer well to the field trials. But was the new approach of survey
and online checklist a keeper? “I’m not sure doing this would change a diagnosis I would have
made,” says Cullen, “but it does increase your awareness of severity. And patients really like the
surveys; they feel more engaged. Continuing upcoming trials at eleven academic medical centers will
involve some 3,000 patients.
                                                                   The John Hopkins Medicine Newsletter

           New Antipsychotic Drugs May Not Be Useful Despite Their Widespread Use
The use of drugs to treat conditions like depression, autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other
personality disorders has steadily risen, but researchers say second generation antipsychotics cost
millions, may not even help patients, and have serious side effects that should be considered, including
weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. Stanford University School of Medicine and University of
Chicago researchers suggest most of their use comes from marketing and not medical evidence that the
medications work for specific indications.

Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research
Center and senior author of the study says, "Physicians want to prescribe and use the latest therapies -
and even when those latest therapies do not necessarily offer a big advantage, there is still a tendency
to think that the newest drugs must be better." In the case of antipsychotics, the scientist found 54
percent of the drugs prescribed lacked definite evidence that they are effective for unapproved
indications. They also found the cost of antipsychotic medications was $6 billion for off-label use and
$5.4 billion in spending accounted for drug use with uncertain evidence. Prescriptions for the
medications that lack FDA indication approval spiked from 4.4 million in 1995 to 9 million in 1998.

From the study, the Stanford scientists found antipsychotic drug use rose from 6.2 million in 1995 to
16.7 million, and the use of first generation prescriptions dropped from 5.2 million to 1 million.
Researchers analyzed data about the medications used over the study period, comparing information
about the effectiveness of the antipsychotics widely from the drug compendium, Drugdex. One of the
problems identified with widespread use of new generation antipsychotics is the number of lawsuits
that currently exist under the federal False Claims Act. Cost is another major concern, as the
medications accounted for more than $10 billion in U.S. prescription drug costs in 2008 from
pharmacy retailers, surpassing any other class of drugs including statins that are used to lower

Dr. Stafford says antipsychotic drugs have safety issues and "physicians should prescribe them only
when they are sure patients will get substantial benefits." He says patients may be unaware they're
getting an antipsychotic prescription that is not even approved by the FDA for their indication. He
cites the example of quetiapine, marketed under the brand name, Seroquel that is approved for
schizophrenia treatment, yet commonly prescribed for anxiety and depression. The findings show
there is no good evidence to support the escalating use of new, second-generation antipsychotic drugs.
                                                                 Phamacoedpidemiology & Drug Safety

                                      2011 Membership Renewals
NAMI TC appreciates the renewal of your memberships. A regular membership for NAMI TC costs
$40 and covers two individuals or $7 for one consumer. Since a portion of your membership fees also
support the state and national level, membership at the affiliate level (NAMI TC) also makes you a
member in NAMI Texas and NAMI National. You will receive three newsletters from each of the
different levels of NAMI. If you have any questions about when your membership expires or if any
one needs tax deductible receipts for 2010 donations that they have made to NAMI TC, please leave a
message for the Treasurer of the NAMI TC office at 817- 332-6677 and assistance will be available.

In an effort to facilitate consumers interested in joining or maintaining their NAMI TC membership,
the NAMI TC Board has agreed that any donations received at the registration table will be utilized for
supporting consumer/open door (low income) NAMI TC memberships. Therefore, if any NAMI TC
consumer/member needs assistance with their membership fees, please see Dennis Gibbons at the
general meetings or leave a message for the Treasurer of NAMI TC at 817- 332-6677 and assistance
will be available.
                                                                                       Dennis Gibbons

                                      Thank You to NAMI TC
NAMI TC received numerous letters of appreciation for their generous support of Wichita Falls State
Hospital, Trinity Springs/JPS and the Center Street Counseling. Paradise Center also expressed their
praise and thanks to all the NAMI TC members who supported and helped with their recent holiday
activities in November and December.
                                                                                        Robin Mayne

                            NAMI Tarrant County Treasurer’s Report
                                      January 6, 2011
Checking account
       Beginning balance on 12/1/2010 $85,161.86
       Deposits/Credits                           728.97
       Withdrawals/Debits                       11,747.82
       Ending balance on 12/31/2010            $74,143.01

My Home account
      Beginning balance on 12/1/2010 $5,262.53*
      Deposits/Credits                            0.22
      Withdrawals/Debits                           0.00
      Ending balance on 10/31/2010           $5,262.75

Summary of revenue
Memberships                             $557.00
NAMI Texas                               171.97

Summary of expenses
Audit                                   $1,500
Donations                                2,850
Office                                   3,888
NAMI Walk                                3,490

*$5000 transferred from checking to savings to avoid service charge

Total assets as of 12/31/2009           $82,350

Total assets as of 12/31/2010           $79,406
                                                                                    Dennis Gibbons

NAMI TC Board Officers:
Melissa Gibbons, President
Carolyn Apodaca, Vice President
Robin Mayne, Secretary
Dennis Gibbons, Treasurer
Frances Allen
Lena Caballero-Phillips
John Clark
Nicole DeForge
Moira McCarthy
Ron Smith
Randy Ward


                                        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          $________

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