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                        NAMI News
             The County’s Voice on Mental Illness             10730 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

May 2003                                                                                                                  Volume 25, Issue 5

   Inside this issue:               SELF-PROTECTION OR DELUSION? THE MANY
Support Groups,               2     VARIETIES OF PARANOIA, by Richard A. Friedman, M.D.
Schedule of NAMI Events
                                    (reprinted from the Treatment Advocacy Center E-NEWS)
Paranoia                      3
                                    "I am being harassed by the guy next
Advocacy News                 4     door and I want him to stop," the woman              Certainly none of her ideas were bizarre or
                                    in my office said with firm conviction.              impossible. People are harassed and envied
Housing Options               6     The man would leer at her in the elevator            all the time. But her absolute absence of
Events Around Town            8
                                    just to make her squirm, she said.                   doubt was what made her psychotic. She
                                                                                         could not imagine being wrong.
Schizophrenia Resources/      9     But when I inquired further, she de-
Studies                             scribed a lingering feeling of being mis-            Probably no psychiatric term is bandied
                                    treated by people she said were jealous              about as loosely as paranoia. But paranoia
Child and Adolescent         10     of her. She was even sure that someone               covers a broad terrain, from a stable per-
News
                                    had once tried to poison her.                        sonality trait to a symptom of severe men-
Opportunities at NAMI        11
                                                                                         tal illness.
MC                                  Then I asked a question that gave me a
                                    direct taste of her problem. Is it possible          Paranoia may even confer an adaptive ad-
Acknowledgements             11
                                    that you are mistaken?                               vantage in some instances. After all, some-
                                                                                         one who is always watching his back and is
   Are YOU walking?                 Her pleasant manner instantly shifted to             mindful that his peers are driven by self-
                                    icy contempt before she denounced me                 interest is more likely to have a competitive
                                    for implying that she was paranoid.                  edge when one is needed.
                                    Of course, she was right. And the un-
                                    shakable nature of her belief was the                In politics, mild paranoia is probably an
   Sunday, May 4th, 9 am            clincher.                                                                             (Continued on page 3)
 Centennial Park, Ellicott City


                               General Education Meeting — Thursday May 8, 2003
                                                                       This is a recovery education program given by
                                                                                 trained consumer presenters.
                                                                        It is interactive and includes video, personal
                                                                                  Cetestimony and discussion.
    Social Hour: 7:30 p.m.., Program: 8:00 p.m., Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda 20814

                           The printing of this issue of NAMI News was donated by
                                         Gary and Margy Lawrence
  In honor of all those who will participate in and/or support the NAMI Walk on May 4th.
      We applaud your efforts to raise awareness about mental illness and fight stigma.
           If you value our NAMI News and would like to help our cause by donating an issue, we are eager to discuss this with you.
                                       Please call Susan or Leah in the NAMI office: 301-949-5852.
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                                                                                                                         Let’s go to
           May Events                                    NAMI Support Groups                                              the NAMI
                                                                                                                            Walk!

• May 8—General Education Meet-                 FAMILY SUPPORT
  ing, 7:30 pm, Cedar Lane Unitarian            2nd Wednesday of each month, 2:30-4 p.m.,
  Church (see page 1 for details).              Unitarian Universalist Church,
• May 13—Child & Adolescent Fam-                501 Mannakee St, Rockville, contact: Ursula 301-384-8100
  ily Support Group , 7 pm, NAMI
  Office                                        4th Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., NAMI office, Contact: Ann 301-
                                                774-1960
• May 14—Family Support Group,
  2:30 pm, Rockville Unitarian Church           CHILD & ADOLESCENT FAMILY SUPPORT
  501 Mannakee St., Rockville
                                                2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:00—8:30 p.m., NAMI Office, contact:
• May 16— Spouse Support Group,                 Brenda 301-949-5852
  7 pm, NAMI Office
• May 17– Spanish Support Group,
                                                SIBLING SUPPORT - 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:00—8:30 p.m.,
  6:30 pm, Montgomery General Hos-              NAMI Office, contact: Nicole 301-949-5852
  pital, Olney, Room 201B
• May 20—Sibling Support Group ,                FAMILY SUPPORT IN SPANISH- 3rd Saturday of each month,
  7 pm, NAMI Office                             6:30 - 8 p.m., Mont. General Hospital, 18101 Prince Philip Drive,
• May 27– Family Support Group,                 Olney, Room 201B. Contact: Eric 301-949-5852

                                                SPOUSE SUPPORT - For spouses of persons experiencing a mental illness.
                                                Group meets one Friday each month, 7 p.m., NAMI Office, Contact:
                                                Bill 202-482-1287.

                                                 Other Support Groups
For Consumers:                                                         Anxiety Disorders:
  All Disorders:                                                       Anxiety, Panic and Phobia Support Group. Meets 1st Monday of
  • On Our Own of Montgomery County has a drop-in center,              each month at 7:30 pm. Contact Deborah Alman at 240-777-
       many activities and sharing groups. Call 240-683-5555.          0200.
  • Recovery, Inc., offers free weekly support group meetings
       for people with all kinds of mental, nervous and emotional      OCD
       problems. Saturdays 10:30-12:30 am, Mid County Ser-             2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton, Rm.
       vice Center, 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton. Call Betty (301)         223. For information call Bruce 301-497-1589.
       871-1621. For additional groups, call (301) 431-1818 or
       check www.recovery-inc.org.
  Schizophrenia                                                        For Families and Friends:
  Thursdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hughes United Methodist Church                Depression/Bipolar/Schizoaffective
  Wheaton - Call Linda 301-571-7386                                      Call DRADA (Depression and Related Affective Disorders Associa-
  Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective                                          tion) for groups in Mont. Co. 202-955-5800.
  Thursdays 6:30-8 p.m., Wildwood Baptist Church, 10200 Old              OCD:
  Georgetown Rd, Bethesda. Contact: Richard 301-977-3507                 Families meet in area homes. For info. call Nancy at 301-340-1452.
  Depression/Bipolar/Schizoaffective                                     All Disorders:
  • DRADA (Depression and Related Affective Disorders                    Bauer Drive Rec. Ctr. in Rockville Every Thursday (except the 2nd
       Assoc)Young Adults (ages 18-30), 1st and 3rd Wednesday            Thursday of the month)
       of each month at Georgetown Univ. Call Emma Them-                 For information call Susan at 301-299-8956.
       bani at 202-687-6355, Mature Adults, 2nd and 4th
                                                                         Suicide Related Support Groups
       Wednesday of each month at Georgetown University.
                                                                         Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program - Call Mary McCausland
       Call Barbara Wolff at 202-687-8804 For additional
                                                                         301-530-4761.
       groups, call DRADA at 202-955-5800.
                                                                         Seasons, Cedar Lane Unitarian Ch. 2nd Weds of each month. Call
  •      Potomac Ridge Mood Disorders Psychoeducation Group.             Corrine Melton 301-460-4677 or Doug Tipperman 301-330-4984
         Ongoing group for adults suffering from depression.             Griefworks— Contact Celia Ryan 301-871-3478.
         Tuesdays, 6-7 pm. Call 301-251-4539 to register.
MAY 2003                                                       N A M I N E WS                                                    PAGE 3


Paranoia
(Continued from page 1)                       affect 1 percent of Americans, schizo-         PET scans to study schizophrenic
asset; no politician could survive for        phrenia is characterized by delusions,         patients who were having delusions
long with a rosy and trusting view of         often paranoid in nature; hallucina-           and auditory hallucinations while
the world.                                    tions; and so-called negative symp-            their brains were being imaged.
                                              toms that include social withdrawal
But there is a world of difference be-        and apathy.                                    The paranoid subjects showed in-
tween having a paranoid streak and                                                           creased activity in the amygdala, a
harboring a delusion.                         Contrary to popular notion, schizo-            part of the brain involved in the
                                              phrenia has nothing to do with split or        emotional processing of fear and
Some people, like my patient, develop         multiple personality. It is thinking and       danger, not only in response to
a delusional disorder in middle or late       perception, not personality, that are so       threatening words, but also to neutral
life, having had no trace of paranoid         disordered in schizophrenia.                   words. Healthy people respond like
thinking before. Their disorder is                                                           this only in threatening situations.
fairly rare but striking. These patients      What is intriguing is that drugs can
falsely believe that they are the objects     produce symptoms that mimic schizo-            The implication is that the brain is
of persecution, envy or even love. Yet        phrenia, and they have yielded clues           responding to a nonexistent threat, at
they often function effectively at work       about the neurobiology of psychosis.           least in these paranoid schizophrenic
and can superficially pass for normal         Cocaine and amphetamines, for exam-            subjects. It is like a faulty burglar
in social settings.                           ple, flood the brain with the neuro-           alarm set off in the absence of an
                                              transmitter dopamine, producing psy-           intruder. The paranoid patient is cor-
Ian McEwan's "Enduring Love" de-              chosis in vulnerable people. And the           rectly responding to real brain activ-
scribes a man in the grip of a mistaken       cocaine-induced delusions are easy to          ity that indicates danger, but those
but unyielding belief that he is loved        confuse with those of schizophrenia.           neural circuits have no good reason
by a complete stranger whom he meets                                                         to be firing in the first place.
by chance.                               Antipsychotic drugs alleviate psycho-
                                         sis by blocking dopamine receptors in               To make matters worse, the schizo-
Celebrity stalkers often fall into this  important brain areas. In doing so,                 phrenic subjects also showed de-
category. They insist that they are se-  they normalize the excess dopamine                  creased activity in the prefrontal cor-
cretly loved by a powerful or famous     activity in schizophrenia and stimu-                tex compared with healthy people.
figure. Clearly, there is more than a    lant-induced psychosis.                             The prefrontal cortex serves an ex-
little self-importance at the heart of                                                       ecutive function, critically evaluating
these delusions. Whether it is being     Curiously, antipsychotic drugs, which               signals from brain regions and shap-
persecuted or loved, it is all about be- are so effective in treating the paranoia           ing responses to them. So in addition
ing the center of attention.             of schizophrenia, are of limited use in             to having an overactive fear circuit,
                                         delusional disorder. That suggests that             these paranoid subjects have an im-
And all attempts to convince them that the neurobiology of paranoia is di-                   paired ability to judge whether their
their beliefs are mistaken fail. Because verse, just as the illnesses that produce           fears are rational.
they have no doubt about their delu-     it are.
sions, they are immune to reason.                                                            Sure, paranoid people, like the rest
                                         An intriguing clue to the origin of psy-            of us, do occasionally have enemies.
The most common cause of paranoia        chotic thinking comes from recent                   But if these imaging studies are rep-
is also the least understood by the pub- brain imaging studies. Dr. David Sil-               licated, the results will mean that the
lic, schizophrenia. A chronic mental     bersweig and Dr. Jane Epstein at the                real enemies of paranoid people are
illness that is generally believed to    New York Weill Cornell Center used                  their own brains.

                          Wheaton OCD Support Group will Feature a Talk by Curt Buermeyer, Ph.D. on
                                    Behavioral Treatment Approaches to OCD
Tuesday, May 13, 7:30 pm, the Mid-County Services Center, 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, in the conference room
on the first floor (to your left when you enter the building)
Parking is available in the public lot across the street from the building. For those taking public transportation, the building is
located next door the Wheaton Metro stop. Please RSVP by email (rbosin@juno.com) or by phone to Elyssa Diamond at 301
942-0182, if you plan to attend this talk by no later than Friday, May 9.
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    ACTION ALERT !! - Increase the Montgomery County Budget for Mental Health
Please take action immediately to increase the Montgomery County budget for mental health. Previously when NAMI
Montgomery County requested funds for increased Mobile Crisis Team Hours, case management, and increased homeless shel-
ter, NAMI MC members wrote over 200 letters to the County Council and the Council listened and funded much of our request.
This year, with the budget funds tighter, we need even more letters. Please send yours right now, before you forget.

NAMI Montgomery County has requested the County Council to add funds to the County Council FY04 budget for several vital
services:
     • $104,076 for keeping 20 additional beds at the Men’s Emergency Shelter open year round.
     • $383,937 for case management, including 5 case managers for the homeless.
     • $100,000 for clinic safety net services.
     • $200,000 for planning and initial implementation of the Adult Capitation Model.
     • $160,000 for 4 eligibility specialists .
     • Increased funding for County Pharmacy Assistance.
     • Increased year round emergency shelter beds for women.

NAMI MC also urged the County Council to retain the $50,000 budget increase for the Adult Foster Care program. This pro-
gram includes some funding for housing for those with mental illness.

Please write the Montgomery County Council to support the above NAMI MC requests. The salutation should be “Dear Coun-
cilmembers”. Be sure to put your name and address on your letter.
    • At the very top of your letter, in capital letters, please write:
                   “PLEASE COPY AND DISTRIBUTE TO ALL COUNCILMEMBERS”
    • If you can, include reasons from your own experience as to why you support these requests. This will make your letter
        more powerful.
Send your letter to: Montgomery County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850

You can also fax your letter to 240-777-7989, or e-mail to: county.council@co.mo.md.us. (If you email, remember to include
your full name & address.) If you have any questions, please call our office at 301-949-5852.

 Many thanks for your help. Working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of people with serious mental illness.
                                               PLEASE WRITE TODAY.

Background Information:

$104,076 for keeping 20 additional beds at the Men’s Emergency Shelter open year round:
The men’s emergency shelter building has beds for 100 men and was used at capacity this past winter. However from March 31,
2003 until next winter, there are only funds allocated to accommodate 40 men. The other 60 beds sit idle. NAMI MC asked the
County Council to make a commitment that no homeless person with mental illness be forced to sleep on the street or in the
woods. (The council has made such a commitment for children.) We are asking for funding to utilize 20 of the idle 60 beds at
the emergency shelter year round.

$383,937 for case management, including 5 case managers for the homeless, $100,000 for safety net clinic services, and
$200,000 for planning of an Adult Capitation Model.
In July, 2002, the County Council passed a supplemental appropriation for this fiscal year, of $100,000 for general case manage-
ment at the clinics, and $100,000 for flexible funds for mental health. The County Department of Health and Human services
decided not to spend this money on case management or safety net clinic services. Instead they intend to use it for the planning
of an adult capitation system for high service users. NAMI MC strongly supports the development of such as system, as was
recommended by the Blue Ribbon Task Force. However we believe that additional funds should be appropriated for this, be-
cause the funds for general case management and safety net services were critically needed in July, 2002 and are still needed
now.

Because these funds were not spent on case management, the 60 consumers discharged from one of the clinics this fiscal year,
                                                                                                               (Continued on page 5)
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(Continued from page 4)
were given minimal help, and some suffered terrible stress during the transition.
Current subsidies to the clinics are insufficient to cover their losses on Medicare Clients. This was one reason that one clinic
discharged some clients, and 2 clinic locations closed this past year. In addition, new consumers who do not meet the new crite-
ria for non-Medicaid public services (formerly called Grey Zone), are no longer offered any clinic services, unless they are in
crisis. Safety net clinic services are badly needed by these two groups.

Two homeless service providers lost Federal Funding for case managers this year, and additional case managers are needed at the
Men’s emergency shelter. (We are asking for $283,937 for 5 case managers for the homeless.)

$160,000 for 4 eligibility specialists: This will help ensure that those who are eligible for Medicaid, Social Security and other
benefits apply and receive them. Currently these specialists are not available for those in jail, or many of the homeless, or new
consumers who are unaffiliated with a clinic.

Increased funding for County Pharmacy Assistance: Currently those who are eligible for drug company discount programs
have no source of medications while awaiting approval of their discount program application.

Increased year round emergency shelter beds for women: During the winter months there are 50 more beds available for
women than in the non-winter months. We would like to see more beds available for vulnerable women with mental illness



   MENTAL HEALTH CONSUMER                                                      Times/Locations:               Get out your
                                                                                                              walking
     TOWN HALL MEETINGS!                                                          Thursday, May 1
                                                                                3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.         shoes…
  Montgomery County Department of Health
                                                                                   Progress Place             the NAMI
                                                                                 8210 Colonial Lane
  and Human Services is developing a plan to                                        Silver Spring             Walk is just
  establish an Office of Consumer Affairs for                                                                 around the
                                                                                  Tuesday, May 13
   Mental Health Services. Consumers are                                        3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.         corner!
  invited to attend any of the following Town                                    Montgomery Station

   Hall meetings to share ideas for the plan.
                                                                           640 East Diamond Street, Suite D       May 4
                                                                                     Gaithersburg
                                                                                                                  9 a.m.
      LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED!                                          Friday, May 16               Centennial
                                                                                5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
               ALL ARE WELCOME!                                                                                    Park
                                                                                  St. Luke's House
     F o r mo re in f o r ma t io n c o nt a ct La ura Va n To sh               6040 Southport Drive           Ellicott City
           a t 3 0 1 - 5 8 5 - 9 4 5 5 o r La u ra v t @a o l.co m                    Bethesda


                                                                                                              The Walk is
Did you know these facts about Springfield Hospital?
                                                                                                              free and you
The following information was provided at the last Mental Health Advisory Commission                          can register
meeting by Tim Farrell from Springfield:                                                                      on Walk
• They are expecting cuts of $500,000 to $1 million, but will not close; are working on a plan
   to handle this.                                                                                            Day.
• They get 50 admissions a month, 25 from Montgomery County
• They now have 270 patients, plus 50 in assisted living.
• 75% of patients leave within 14-21 days
• Most admissions referrals come from ERs.
• They average 20% court ordered admissions but only 8% last month.
• 20% of admissions are from outside the official catchment area, i.e. Montgomery County,
   Baltimore.
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               Panel Discussion About Housing Options For People
                  With Mental Illness in Montgomery County
The Panel members were introduced by Ellen Menis who is on the Advocacy Committee. She is also the support
group chairperson. Ellen assembled this panel as a means of having a continuing dialogue between consumers, fam-
ily members of consumers and professionals.

Susan Smith of the Housing Opportunities Commission:
The Housing Opportunities Com-          The long waiting list can upset some        gets through the system and is eligi-
mission (HOC) is the housing au-        people. There is a separate waiting         ble. The waiting list is open every
thority for the county. They allocate   list for Public Housing and for the         year. This past year 80% of people on
and disperse the Housing Choice         Housing Choice Voucher Program.             the list were picked.
Voucher Program and Public Hous-        The application period for Housing
                                        Choice is 2 weeks sometime in Au-           •   If family members are homeless
ing.
                                        gust. There is a pre-application that is        and not connected with services
Public Housing: This program            about half a page long and at certain           they should go to the Montgom-
does not involve a choice for the       times it is available on the web site.          ery County Crisis Center for re-
consumer. People are assigned to        (www.hocweb.org). The pre-                      ferrals to shelters.
live in homes that HOC operates         application can also be found in the
                                        public library a few days prior to the      •   Vouchers are portable to any
and they pay rent to HOC.
                                                      opening of the waiting            state. One must, however, fill out
Housing Choice Voucher                                list. It is important to          the paperwork and the authority
Program : If the consumer                             note that in the pre-             in the other state must approve it.
qualifies, s/he receives a                            application there is a sec-
voucher to rent anywhere                              tion that collects infor-     •   HOC deals with housing only.,
in the county. The land-                              mation about anyone               not treatment or case manage-
lord contracts with HOC.                              who helped the con-               ment. They do referrals and cri-
This program allows the                               sumer complete the ap-            sis intervention for non-housing
consumer to be close to                               plication. It is important        related situations
his/her job and support system.         to complete this section so that if a
Generally, consumers pay 30% of         consumer is hospitalized or home-           Ms. Smith mentioned that HOC has a
their income for rent. One of the       less, they can still be reached.            program that provides resources for
qualifications for the program is                                                   the newly housed to help them make
residence or the promise of work in     There is a lottery system to determine      it and prevent them from falling
Montgomery County.                      who receives vouchers. The computer         through the cracks.
                                        randomly picks people. Not everyone

Rebecca Garcia of the Mental Health Core Service Agency

According to Rebecca Garcia, the        quests for housing each month. Peo-         viduals who need intensive supervi-
Mental Health Core Service              ple call and may not know the ser-          sion while the demand for those indi-
Agency (CSA) is the gateway to          vices provided. To handle this issue,       viduals who need supervised housing
public mental health system in the      the CSA has an educational forum            at less restrictive level has decreased.
county. They have a large array of      twice each month. This forum en-            This would be someone who needs
services. The CSA does oversight        ables people to learn more about sup-       less than 40% supervision, can dem-
of residential services, complaints     port services, rehabilitation services      onstrate some level of independence,
and grievances of the system, over-     and clinic services. To find out more       yet needs some supervision with tak-
sees mental health, and they are in     information one can call 240-777-           ing medications. There is space right
partnership with HOC. The CSA           1400.                                       now for someone who doesn’t need
deals with supervised and assisted                                                  too much supervision.
                                        Ms. Garcia mentioned that there is an
living. They receive 20 - 30 re-        increase in demand for those indi-
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The CSA has a total bed capacity for      Ms. Garcia also talked about Hilltop       their stability without forcing reha-
all residential services of 552. Their    Manor, run by Adventist Health Care.       bilitation on them.
programs include residential rehabili-    Sixteen of those beds are funded by
tation programs, assisted living pro-     the state. She thinks the state does not   It is important to note that in order to
grams, transitional shelters, and land-   want to fund more than                               get housing through the
lord based housing.                       that for fear of it getting                          CSA, consumers must have
                                          too big and becoming like                            Medical Assistance or be
Ms. Garcia mentioned a project            an institution. The extra
called Hughes Neighborhood Hous-                                                               eligible for it. This is neces-
                                          funding for more beds                                sary in order for the local
ing. Sixteen of those beds are for        would have to come from
people with mental illness and they                                                            provider to be paid. This
                                          private funding such as                              can be a problem she notes,
are currently looking for land to de-     grants. Hilltop’s aim is to
velop for people with emotional dis-                                                           when a loved one who for-
                                          help consumers maintain                              merly lived in Montgomery
abilities.
                                                                                     County lives out of state and now


Kelley Odell of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless

According to Ms. Odell, April 1st is a    Ms. Odell talked about a program           homeless people. A chronically
difficult time for the MC Coalition       called Safe Haven which is transi-         homeless person is defined as some-
for the Homeless because the emer-        tional housing for mentally ill adults     one who has had four episodes of
gency capacity for beds diminishes.       formerly on the streets. She also          homelessness or has been homeless
This year it went from 150 beds to 40     talked about HOPE Housing which            for a year.
beds. The number of daily homeless        deals with houses for homeless fami-
                                          lies and adults with disabilities.         Another project the coalition is trying
people went down from last year.                                                     to implement is Housing First. This
Latest figures are that daily there are   Recently the county bought the             program would eliminate the need for
about 1208 homeless people in Mont-       Econo Lodge which will be the first        people who have experienced home-
gomery County. Of these, 325 of           personal living facility for the home-     lessness to go through lots of steps.
them are children and 30% are men-        less. The county bought the building       Sometimes, they just need housing.
tally ill. Ms. Odell said she thinks      and the coalition will run it.
that 30% is actually much higher be-                                              Ms. Odell asked NAMI to be pro-
cause this statistic comes from a self    The housing coalition is trying to ob- active and endorse the plan to end
report survey.                            tain a $35 million grant to fund a col- homelessness. That would really
                                          laborative project to serve chronically “speak” to legislators.

Abe Schuchman of Housing Unlimited

Mr. Schuchman gave a brief history        Housing Unlimited offers high-             and tenant. The Core Service Agency
of Housing Unlimited. It started out      quality homes to adults with mental        (CSA) screens prospective tenants for
as a housing committee of NAMI in         illness who would otherwise have no        Housing Unlimited. The CSA pays
the 1980's. In 1991 it became                       hope for decent independent      for a house meeting facilitator who
incorporated into a 501 (c) 3                       housing. Rents are computed      makes herself/himself available to
charitable housing incorpora-                       on a sliding scale, based on     tenants in all their homes.
tion and received a grant from                      each tenant’s income. Con-
                                                    sumers do not have to have       Mr. Schuchman had an interesting
NAMI. In 1994 they began to                                                          take on how they have handled
purchase homes. Now Hous-                           Medicaid, but they do need
                                                    to have $400 in income and       NIMBYS (Not In My Backyard). He
ing Unlimited has 18 houses                                                          quoted the Fair Housing Law which
and serves about 65 people. Housing       must have a psychiatric disability.
                                          Housing Unlimited makes sure the           protects privacy for their tenants. He
Unlimited has a long history of part-                                                stated that these consumers are excel-
nership with NAMI which has been          house is near public transportation
                                          and the tenant’s job. Housing Unlim-       lent tenants and have superb land-
pivotal to its success.                                                              lords. They have the best kept lawns
                                          ited strives to achieve a fair housing
                                          relationship between the landlord          in the neighborhoods. It is a privilege
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Around Town...                                Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health
                                                                            Invites You to Attend
May 14 & 15 — Mental Hygiene Ad-                            “Taking the Lead From Families –
ministration Annual Conference:                              Advocating Within the System”
Building New Partnerships: The Road                     A One-Day Workshop for Families Across Maryland
to Recovery. Martins West. For more
                                                           Caring for a Child With Mental Health Needs
information call Wendy Baysmore at 410-
646-7758.
                                                         This Workshop is for you if you presently serve on:
May 20 — Metro Washington Border-                           • Mental Health Advisory Board
line Personality Disorder Education                         • Local Coordinating Council
and Support Group Meeting                                   • Local Management Board
Speaker: James Blair, Ph.D. NIMH Mood                       • Core Service Agency Board
and Anxiety Disorders Program
                                                            • Or Would Like to Become Involved
“New Research Directions at NIMH on
Emotional Regulation and BPD"
7:15 - 9:30 pm, Suburban Hospital                                May 7, 2003 , 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda,                      Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City MD
Room 6-7, Lower Level, For Information:                        COST: $10 Includes lunch and materials
Diane Sterenbuch, 301-469-6101
                                                                  Return with check payable to:
May 22 — MHA’s Mental Health Pro-                  Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health
fessionals Conference:
                                                 10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 119, Columbia, MD 21044
Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder and OC Spectrum Disorders                                410.730.8267 or 888.607.3637
8:00 am—3:30 pm. The University of
Maryland Shady Grove Center, Building
II. For more information call 301-424-
0656 or info@mhamc.org.
                                                   FORUM FOR CONSUMER ADVOCACY GROUPS
                                                                     Tuesday, May 6, 2003
May 29 — NIMH Schizophrenia Re-                           10:30 AM - 2:30 PM [Lunch will be provided]
search Presentation and Tour                          The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia
1 pm—4 pm at the NIH Clinical Center
(Bldg 10), Bethesda. To register call Pat   Activities include - Advance Directive Training; Open Forum with Dr. Brian Hep-
Slydell at 301-435-8970 or Anne Riley at       burn, MHA Interim Director; Networking with consumers across the State.
301-594-0874 or e-mail:
anne.riley@nih.gov.                            The forum is for consumer advocacy groups but individual consumers can at-
                                            tend. You may contact your local consumer advocacy group to register too. These
June 5 & 6— On Our Own of Mary-             groups include On Our Own of Montgomery County 240-683-5555 or On Our Own
land Summer Conference                                               of Maryland 1-800-704-0262.
Clarion Hotel in Ocean City, MD.
Call: 1-800-704-0262 for information                           Pre-Registration is required by April 28, 2003.
                                            If you wish to attend as an individual, call Lisa Bosely at 410-402-8414 to register.
Social Group for Mentally Ill Adults is        Sponsored by the Mental Hygiene Administration Office of Consumer Affairs
now recruiting new members! A doc-
toral candidate in psychology leads the
group – call Jimmy at (301) 254-4250 or             MONTGOMERY COUNTY CONSUMER FORUM
email jharbin@psyc.umd.edu for more                           Sunday, May 11, 2003, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
information and upcoming schedule.
                                                           Tastee Diner, 8601 Cameron Street Si l ver Sp r i n g
Open Art Studio/Psychotherapeutic
Community at the Create Arts Center                               GUEST SPEAKERS:
                                            LEAH HARRIS, Board Member, National Assoc. of Rights Protection & Advocacy
The Create Arts Center, located at 6831     BECKY OGLE, former Executive Director, Presidential Task Force on Employment
Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, has estab-                             of Adults with Disabilities
lished a program for adults which is an            JESSE PRICE, President, DC Mental Health Consumers League
Open Art Studio/Psychotherapeutic Com-
munity. It is currently open all day on
                                                    Guest speakers will share their experiences as consumer advocates.
Mondays. Contact: Sally Brucker 301-
                                                      Resources about consumer advocacy will be made available.
652-2787 www.createartscenter.org.
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Schizophrenia Resources/Studies:                                         In honor of our military
New Schizophrenia listserv...                                                    forces…
There is a new mailing list for people in the Baltimore area with           To those who serve,
schizophrenia and their family and friends. To join the mailing list:
Go to http://groups.yahoo.com. In the area that says “Join a Group”       both past and current,
type in “Baltimore schizophrenia”.                                       we send our thanks and
NIMH Seeks Volunteers for 6-month Schizophrenia Study                          our prayers.
The Schizophrenia Research Program at the National Institute of
                                                                                 Be safe.
Mental Health specializes in the field of schizophrenia and is
conducting a six-month inpatient research study of the neuro-
biological causes of schizophrenia at the National Institutes of
Health, a pre-eminent research facility in Bethesda, Maryland.
The program involves extensive psychological, psychiatric, neu-
rological and medical evaluations, and neuroimaging. Study
participation involves a period of time without medications.
Throughout their stay in the research program, participants re-
ceive expert, personalized care, and are encouraged to partici-
pate in the clinical milieu that provides educational program,
recreational and occupational therapy, art and music therapies.

Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 55, be diag-                 NAMI Thrift Shop
nosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, and be                   Sale Days
free of significant medical/neurological illnesses and active sub-
stance abuse. There is no charge to participate. For more de-
tails, call the schizophrenia research referral line at 1-888-674-            Senior Citizen Day
                                                                         Tuesday—
6464 at NIMH, NIH, Department of Health and Human Ser-                        50% off for seniors
vices.                                                             Wednesday—Furniture & Household
                                                                              Items 50% off
NIMH Genetic Study of Schizophrenia                                Thursday— Children’s Clothing and
                                                                              Toys 50% off
The Schizophrenia Research Program at the National Institute of Friday—       Adult Clothing 50% off
Mental Health located on the campus of the National Institutes
of Health in Bethesda, Maryland is seeking healthy adults diag-      Last Friday of each month,
nosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (depressed           Jewelry is 50% off.
type) to participate in a two-day outpatient study. Travel and
lodging assistance is provided and a stipend is also given to par-
ticipants. This study seeks to identify the genetic and environ-    Donations gratefully accepted
mental factors that increase the risk of developing schizophre-         Weds-Sat, 10:00—4:00
nia. The procedures include confidential interviews and a blood
draw, a neurological exam and neuropsychological testing,
neuroimaging and recordings of eye movements and brain             Remember…
waves. Siblings are also invited to participate in these proce-
dures and parents are invited to give a sample of blood if possi- Sales at our Thrift
ble. For more details, call the schizophrenia research referral    Shop support the
line at 1-888-674-6464 at NIMH, NIH, Department of Health
and Human Services.
                                                                   work of NAMI MC.
         PAGE 10                                           N A M I N E WS                                         MAY 2003

                                            Child and Adolescent News
A HEALING VISION FOR FAMILIES LIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF
OCD: 12 STEPS TO CREATING A HEALTHY FAMILY ENVIRONMENT
by Herbert Gravitz, M.D. [excerpted from “OCD Newsletter” June 1968]
There are many ways to be healthy,              imagination, releases energies        9. Get help when you need it.
some of which reflect one’s culture,            and pulls the family forward.             Make use of feedback from out-
gender, religion and education. How-            Vision may be the only thing              side sources: teachers,
ever, 12 key principles underlie most           stronger than OCD. Make the               pediatricians, therapists, other
of them. Families under the influ-              vision explicit; put it in writing;       parents, relatives, support
ence of obsessive compulsive disor-             make it clear who is responsible          groups, professional organiza-
der (OCD) can create a positive at-             for what. Include concrete                tions, conventions. Never
mosphere by working through the                 agreements by all parties, with           worry alone; cultivate as many
following 12 steps. While relatively            contingency plans for meeting             supports as possible.
uncomplicated, they are not at all              and not meeting goals. Brain-         10. Accept the illness and its wake.
easy!                                           storm. If home negotiations fail,         The key to acceptance is sur-
                                                find a therapist who understands          render, not submission. Sub-
1.   Get an accurate picture of the             OCD.                                      mission is a pretext for surren-
     situation. Calling things by their    5.   Get trained in specific skills to         der. With acceptance, there is
     correct name (diagnosis) opens             communicate and problem solve             no resistance. Accepting some-
     the door to effective treatment            – and stop enabling. Listen and           thing doesn’t mean liking it or
     and recovery. The diagnosis of             speak to each other in ways that          giving in to it.
     OCD requires a rethinking of the           enhance the wellbeing of all.         11. Embrace the hero’s journey –
     old family rules, roles and ways.          Love occurs not when people get           the journey from trauma to ex-
     It makes clear that the person has         what they want, but when people           cellence. OCD is another of
     a bona fide medical condition, or          get what they need.                       life’s many challenges –neither
     biochemical disorder.                 6.   Get connected – to self, to others        the worst nor the least. It pre-
2.   Get informed. Education is the             and to something beyond. Con-             sents its own special problems.
     first step in healing and is most          nection is trauma’s opposite.             It’s up to each of us to create a
     effective when done with the               The more connected one is, the            life of purpose and meaning,
     entire family. OCD is nobody’s             healthier and more resilient.             regardless of the circumstances
     fault; no one is to blame. It is      7.   Create family rituals and tradi-          in which we find ourselves.
     not an excuse for irresponsible            tions. Rituals create and foster          We can all strive to be heroic
     behavior and it touches every-             connections and, therefore, are           and live life fully.
     body in a significant way on a             essential to the healthy family.
     daily basis. Each family member            They don’t have to be fancy or        Remember, success is getting up
     must become part of the solution.          elaborate in order to be powerful     one more time than you fall down.
3.   Reach out and end the isolation.           and strengthening. They give          Strong families are made, step-by-
     Shame flourishes in isolation. It          stability to the family because       step. They have to work at it con-
     is essential that family members           members know just what they           sistently and constantly. The key to
     break the isolation. The more              can count on.                         success is to persist and to keep a
     members of the extended family        8.   Learn compassionate detach-           sense of humor. The road to recov-
     know, the more help they can be.           ment. Detachment enables mem-         ery is always under construction!
     Besides, it would not be unlikely          bers of the family to have their      Strong families don’t have fewer
     for one of them to have OCD as             own lives. It is one of the basic     problems – they are just creative
     well. Without information, there           elements common to healing in         and caring in situations of conflict.
     is fear; with fear there is little         all societies and cultures. The       Keep up the hope – a cornerstone in
     room for love.                             best way to develop it is curiosity   the recovery from every aspect of
4.   Create a family vision and a family        – not about the other person, but     OCD.
     behavioral contract. Negotiate a           about you and why and how you
     game plan the family can get be-           can stay in balance.                  For more information about OCD
     hind. A vision captures the                                                      see www.ocfoundation.org.
MAY 2003                                                 N A M I N E WS                                        PAGE 11




Opportunities at NAMI MC                                                      Acknowledgements
                                                                                 NAMI MC gratefully
Family-to-Family Education Program (FFEP) Coordinator                        acknowledges gifts received in
                                                                                     March 2003
Family to Family is an educational program for family members of             Benefactors ($250-$499):
persons with serious mental illness. This position requires knowledge        Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church
of mental illness/care systems, good interpersonal skills, organiza-
                                                                             Contributors ($100-$249):
tional and computer skills and initiative in promotion and outreach.         Craig and Kate Barrow
Experience with program management desired. Family member and                Lucille Freeman
FFEP experience a plus. Responsibilities include: coordinate logistics       Frima Kain
for several Family-to-Family classes a year, recruit and oversee             Sy Miller
                                                                             Laura Wahl
trained educator volunteers, develop teachings sites, organize class
member recruitment and promote FFEP in the community.                        Friends (up to $99)
                                                                             Lillian AvRutick, in memory of Irving
This is a paid position, 20 hours a week.                                    Lublin
                                                                             Ed Erikson, in memory of Bert Erikson
To apply mail or fax resume to Esther Kaleko-Kravitz                         Karl Gertel
10730 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895                               Patricia Goldman
Fax: 301-949-5853                                                            Deborah Potash Brodie
                                                                             Kenneth and Ruth Krosin
                                                                             Annie Rabin

                                                                             In memory of Marius “Whistler” Veraart:
                                                                             Alex and Carol Waganheim
Volunteer Opportunity—In Our Own Voice Coordinator                           Ann and Fred Whisenhunt

In Our Own Voice is a wonderful outreach program which is led by             NAMI MC would like to thank
trained individuals who have a mental illness and includes a video. It
is a 1.5 hour presentation designed to reduce stigma and educate com-        Montgomery General Hospital
munity groups about mental illness. Montgomery County has an ex-               for its donation of a meeting
cellent group of trained presenters. The main job of the coordinator is       room for our Family to Family
to attend and help arrange for presentations in the community. If you        class and for their helpfulness to
are interested in learning more, please call Esther at the NAMI office              class instructors and
(301-949-5852).                                                                         participants.
                  A heartfelt thank you to Margy Lawrence for
             coordinating In Our Own voice for the past two years!!           Welcome new members:
           Don’t miss the In Our Own Voice presentation at the                       Jessica Banta
                  May 8 education meeting at 8:00 p.m.                                 Jan Glazer
                                                                                  Patricia Goldman
                                                                                Marguerite Johnstone
The NAMI office needs volunteers to answer the helpline 10 a.m. to                Timothy Kiernana
2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please call Leah in the office if
                                                                              Mr. and Mrs. James Kutten
you can help.
                                                                                    Peggy Marilley
                                                                                  Dianne McGonegal
Would you like to learn more about mental illness and keep abreast of                 Janet Petras
current research and issues in the field? The NAMI office is looking                Gwyn Robson
for a volunteer to review research periodicals and websites and to sum-
marize interesting articles for the newsletter. Call Leah in the office if
                                                                                   Laura Van Tosh
you can help.                                                                       Palie Wehman
        NAMI Montgomery County                                                                          NON-PROFIT ORG.
        The County’s Voice on Mental Illness                                                            US POSTAGE PAID
                                                                                                        PERMIT NO.3818
         10730 Connecticut Avenue                                                                       SILVER SPRING, MD
         Kensington, MD 20895
         Phone: 301-949-5852
         Fax: 301-949-5853
         Email: namioffice@namimc.org
         Web: www.namimc.org
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