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									                                NAMI Dallas NEWS                                                                       Since

                                     Dallas’ Voice on Mental Illness
                     An affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness
            A grassroots, family and consumer self-help, support, education and advocacy organization dedicated to
               improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses and their families. Such illnesses are now
                                known as serious and persistent neurobiological brain disorders.                       1982

Volume 13, Issue 2                                       NAMI Dallas Ph. 214-341-7133                                          March 2010



                                                       Recovery Takes More Than Luck
                                                       Join us at the March NAMI Dallas meeting. We fo-
                                                       cus on practical advice for when your loved one
          March 2010                                   does not want help.
 NAMI Dallas General Meeting
    Thursday, March 4, 2010                            Our presenters will be NAMI teachers Buzz Moody
    Support Groups: 6-7 p.m.
        Program: 7:30pm                                and Ricardo Aguilar. They will offer practical ad-
       Meeting Location:                               vice and answer questions.
  Park Central Baptist Church
       7777 LBJ Freeway
   (2 blocks west of Coit Rd.)                         The March door prize will be dinner for four at
                                                       Lucky’s Café.




 Every journey begins with that first step.
 In 2010, thousands of concerned citizens in nearly 80 communities across the nation
 will walk together to raise money and awareness about our country's need for a world-
 class treatment and recovery system for people with mental illness.

 Won't you join us?

 NAMI depends on generous volunteers to raise funds and awareness.

                     NAMI Walks Dallas * Fair Park * Saturday, May 1, 2010

   For Information: www.namidallas.org (click on Walk information)
                                                             The NAMI Dallas NEWS is published monthly by NAMI
                                                               Dallas, Inc., 6510 Abrams Rd., Suite 568, Dallas, Texas
       Thank you to these generous 2010                                                75231-7275
           donors of NAMI Dallas:                                      Ph. 214.341.7133 * Fax: 214. 341.7144
                                                                             Email: namidallas@nami.org
 In Memory of Manny Marx                                                       Web: www.namidallas.org
       Contribution-Jerome and Hazel Byers                           Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday
 In Memory of Chad Seder                                       The NAMI Dallas Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each
       Contribution-Chad Seder Memorial Concert                  month at 6:00 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend.
                                                             Please call the office at 214-341-7133 for the location of the
 In Honor of Margaret Sue Smith
                                                                                         meeting.
       Contribution-Jerome and Hazel Byers
 In Honor of Dick and Linda Cadigan                                 Office Staff
       Contribution-Katie Cadigan                                   Executive Director: Matt Roberts, MBA
                                                                    Office Manager:         Marsha Rodgers
 In Honor of Dr. Will Clark
       Contribution-Joan Hudson                                     Board of Directors 2008-2009
                                                                    President:      Valencia Gill-Hooper
        Donations (other than NAMI Walk)                            Vice President:
 Herb Cotner                                                        Secretary:      Gary Nash
                                                                    Treasurer:      Regina Davis
 Safeway *Tom Thumb Rewards Card
 Carole Harrell                                                     Board Members-At-Large
 Sherry Cusumano                                                     Hazel Byers                     Tomas Ojeda
 Bank of America *Gift Match for Christina Payne                     Herb Cotner                     Peggy Porcello
                                                                     Sherry Cusumano                 Paul Sloane
 Doreen Sykes                                                        Jamie Son                       Constance Smith
 Dick and Jane Reece
                                                                    Immediate Past President: John Dornheim
                                                                       Consumer Liaison: Jeanine Hayes

                                          NAMI Dallas Support Groups

Park Central Baptist Church, 7777 LBJ Freeway.– 2 blocks   First United Methodist Church, 12006 Yellow Jacket,
west of Coit Rd., Dallas Phone NAMI Office: 214-341-7133   Rooms 121 & 123 Rockwall, Texas
Family Support Group–1st Thursday, 6-7 p.m.                Consumer & Family Support Groups-
Facilitators: (1) Jeff & Betty Taylor,(2) Rita Harvey      2nd Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m.
Consumer Peer Support Group-1st Thursday, 6-7 p.m.         Facilitators for Family : Dee & Hal Whitfield (972-412-6030), Linda
Facilitator: Mike Lafferty                                 Roberts
                                                           Facilitator for Consumer: Amery Adair &William Roberts
2438 Butler #120 at Maple, Dallas
Consumer Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA) Support Group       Iris Place Apartments, 13321 Emily Rd., Rec. Room, Dallas
Every Friday @ 2pm                                         Consumer/Peer Support Group-
APAA: 214-634-2722                                         2nd & 4th Wednesday, 7-8 p.m.,
DRA Information: David D.: 214-824-2435                    For information: 972-690-7526, Facilitator: Jeanine Hayes
First United Methodist Church Richardson,                  Irving Bible Church
515 Custer Rd, Richardson                                  ** On break while the leaders teach a Family to Family class*
Schizophrenia Support Group,                               Contact NAMI Dallas for more information 214-341-7133
Every Tuesday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
Facilitator: Mike L., call Lisa Marie at 972-530-9446      First United Methodist Church, 4405 Main St., Rowlett, Room
                                                           140. Family support Group—4th Saturday, 1:30pm
Salem-Kinser United Methodist Church, Greenville, TX       Facilitator: Joanna Bens 972-772-7720
Facilitator for Family Group: Nadine Yeager
Facilitator for Consumer Group: Donnie Wimer               Valley View Christian Church, 17601 Marsh Lane, near Hwy 190
Both groups meet on the 3rd Tuesday @ 7pm                  Facilitator for Family Group: Susan Stephens
903-456-899                                                Facilitator for Consumer Group: Allison Silensky
                                                           Both groups meet on the 4th Thursday from 7-8:30pm
The Warren Center, 320 Custer Rd., Richardson, TX 75080    Call NAMI Dallas for more information 214-341-7133
Parents of Children & Adolescent Support Group
3rd Thursday from 7-8:30pm
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*child care available by reservation
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Executive Director’s Notes:

Welcome to the March Newsletter!

First, I’d like to invite you to attend the kick-off luncheon for the NAMI Walk. The luncheon is for anyone who wants to
start a walk team. The luncheon is Wednesday, March 3rd at Noon. People who attend the lunch receive all the tools they
need to organize their team, including how-to pages and walker envelopes. If you can attend, just let us know at the NAMI
Office: 214-341-7133 or namidallas@nami.org.

We had over 100 people at the last NAMI Meeting on the subject of how to find a boarding home. I’ve heard from several
people about the lack of a list of good boarding homes. According to the new law passed last year, the local mental health
authority will keep a list of boarding homes. For us, that authority is the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority
(NTBHA). I spoke to the person who will be in charge of ‘the list’. Right not there is not a list of good boarding home
available for us. I am told that September is a target date for a new “list” process. Why the wait? Last year’s boarding
homes law also revamped how boarding homes were regulated. That is good news, because now Dallas has the authority to
evaluate and assess a fee on local boarding homes. That is also bad news. Believe it or not, Dallas was actually ahead of
other areas on the boarding homes issue. So, as a result we are now waiting on the state to write regulations which we can
apply here. When that happens, NTBHA will be the point of contact for finding a new boarding home.

NAMI is the co-sponsor of a Conference on Bipolar Disorder for Law Enforcement personnel. The conference is, however,
open to everyone. You can see more information at www.namidallas.org. Click on CIT information for a flyer. You can
also register online. It should be an excellent program. All of the presenters are MDs. Topics include, “Remarkable Folks
with Bipolar Disorder”, “Gender Differences in Bipolar Disorder” and many others. Seats are limited please register today.

Lastly, thank you to Tamika Green. She donated a car to NAMI Dallas. Please remember NAMI when you have donations
to make. As a grass roots organization, your contributions have a real impact on the amount of services we can provide.

-Matt




Here is a quick look at NAMI Dallas’s impact this year:

•   60 students enrolled in free family education courses (2 Family to Family and 1 Visions for Tomorrow)
•   Over 100 people attended our meeting on boarding homes.
•   Approximately 100 lives a month are impacted by our support groups.
•   20 calls a month to our office from consumers and family members looking for help finding support or
    resources in our community.




Clothes Donation for Green Oaks Emergency Room

Many of the people needing psychiatric 23 hour emergency care at Green Oaks Hospital arrive with limited clothing
or clothing that needs replacing.

NAMI Dallas will start collecting new or used clean clothes. Please bring clean clothing to the NAMI Dallas office or
to the monthly meetings. NAMI Dallas will deliver the clothes to Green Oaks for you. Please include the usual
clothes as well as shoes, sweaters, coats, scarves, and purses.

Thanks for your help.

                                                                                      NAMI Dallas News March 2010        Page 4
Corner for Parents/Caregivers of Children & Adolescents

                                                 CONFABULATION OR LYING?

As parents, it is difficult to understand why a child would “lie” about obvious situations that did not happen unless you under-
stand what confabulation is. One parent gives this example of her child’s confabulation: while the family was on vacation in a
major city, the adolescent stated he went skateboarding in the center of the city during the early morning hours of the night. The
parents were shocked, and to instill the idea that such reckless behavior was unacceptable, the consequence of a strict curfew the
following weekend was given. Even with this consequence, the child would not admit that the skating scenario did not take place
and in fact could not have due to the remote location of their hotel from the center of the city. Those parents now understand that
their child truly believed the skateboarding event had taken place.

Dr. Catherin A. Roberts, a local psychiatrist, explains the differences:

 “Confabulation is the unconscious filling of gaps in memory or knowledge, without the deliberate intent to lie; the person giving
the information really believes it is true. Lying is the conscious act of presenting false information with the deliberate intent of
deceiving. It may be difficult at times to tell the difference.

Confabulation may occur when the language center that is on the left side of the brain is disconnected from sources of informa-
tion from other parts of the brain. Because the language center is dependent upon these other brain areas to analyze and determine
the relevance of information, it cannot, in itself, realize the presence of, nor correct erroneous information. This type of confabu-
lation may occur as a result of unconscious attempts to fill the gaps in information received with associations that are in some
manner related to the fragments available.

The corpus callosum is a broad arched nerve tract that connects the two sides of the brain.
During the first decade of life, the maturation of the brain and the corpus callosum is incomplete. Therefore, in young children,
transfer of select forms of information between the two halves of the brain is incomplete. Brain damage as well as psychotic
states that are associated with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, and depression may also interfere with
transfer of information between the two sides of the brain. The response to this disconnection may be confabulatory gap filling
and may be an indication of a serious brain or psychiatric disorder.

Lying, or more accurately, confabulation is common in preschoolers. It is not likely to be a serious problem when young children
make up stories and tell tall tales, because they enjoy hearing and making up stories for fun. They may blur the boundaries be-
tween reality and fantasy because of the age related immaturity of the brain and corpus callosum. By the age of six to eight, the
connections are improving, and there may be isolated instances of lying. In older children, adolescents, and adults, telling a lie to
be self serving is a possible indication of serious emotional problems.” –Catherine A. Roberts, MD. Adult, Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry




Support Groups at Mental Health America, 624 N. Good Latimer Expy. (Near Green Line Deep Ellum Station.) :
• Dual Recovery Anonymous support group. Each Friday, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
• Schizophrenia Anonymous – will start meeting at MHA-Dallas on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 6 – 7
   pm starting in October.
•   Overeaters Anonymous specifically for people taking Psychiatric Medication — 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 7-8
    pm starting in October.
Want more info? Please call Ricardo Aguilar for directions at 214-871-2420 ext.118 or e-mail him at raguilar@mhadallas.org


    NAMI Southern Sector Dallas serves those consumers and family
                    members in South Dallas.                           Family to Family Support Group    Educational Meeting
                                                                          1st Saturday of each month  2nd Thursday of each month
                    Mount Olive Lutheran Church                                10:00am-11:30am             7:00pm-8:45pm
                3100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
                          Dallas, TX 75215

                                                                                          NAMI Dallas News March 2010        Page 5
President Corner

Hello friends! We are in a crisis due to the proposed and imminent budget cuts for mental health services as well as overall social
services. A 5% budget cut will surely harm a system that is under funded and overloaded! We need to write our legislators, send
letters to the Department of Aging and Disability Services and just make noise! Much thanks to John Dornheim and Sharon
DeBlanc for information they provided to the stake holders on Thursday, 2/11/10. Mr. Dornheim is State Board President and
Mrs. DeBlanc is immediate State Board President. We are truly appreciative of their actions as well as those of advocate Mike
Katz. Sometimes, we loose sight that the fight for services and basic needs are still alive and kicking!

Now, if you missed last month’s general meeting you missed a treat. The attendance was record for the year! We had over a 100
people present! Let’s see if we can beat that number in March! We will have a good topic, food, and a special door prize. This is
the fruit of our membership committee and they are doing a wonderful job. Speaking of which, have you thought about joining a
committee to make NAMI-Dallas what you want it to be? See me or Matt to join us in making NAMI-Dallas the best affiliate in
the State! Also, do not forget March is kick-off for NAMI-Walk, May 1, 2010, have you registered your team! Go NAMI-Dallas!
                                 Valencia Hooper




    Next training: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 6:30pm * Contact Bunny Pool for more information: 972-233-5110


Consumer’s Corner

March is a bitter sweet month for me. My mother and father passed away in the month of March.
However, I was born March 21st on Palm Sunday. This was a special time of year for us.
I am not brave enough to share my age. I am just happy I have another year of life to celebrate. I am
really enjoying what I do. I get to meet people from all walks of life. I feel I have a purpose to advocate
for others. In doing so, I reward myself by giving. So, there is a touch of selfishness on my part. I have said it before, but there
is hope and when I think of spring, I think of a new beginning.
A rebirth, of sorts, brings a renaissance of the season. Beautiful music sung by the birds greet us in the morning. A field of
bluebonnets shows their color. We hold hands around the world to indicate peace on earth. There is so much alive in the spring.
March is a healing time of year. The temperature is just right for me, too.
Easter is April 4th. It is kind of like Christmas in that there is the sacred and the secular. Actually, I have in the secular vein an
Easter bunny song which I made up in the 2nd grade. It was really quite clever. The Iris Place Singers name it “The Yum Yum”
song.
Speaking of the Iris Place Singers, they recently sang at the Recovery Resale Shop. It was an open house put on by The North
Dallas Women’s Club. There were PLAN members and many others interested in the model of a resale business. The event was
complimented by all. The Recovery Resale Shop is doing quite well and I urge you to support it. The Shop is located at Coit and
Spring Valley.
There is a wonderful art showing in Deep Ellum on April 23rd. PLAN’s art and painting teacher, Martha Durbin is helping
PLAN consumers by donating their works to the gallery. Artists will receive 80% on their sale and 20% goes to PLAN.
This was a smashing success a few years back. There are many talented artists among us. I hope you will mark this on your
calendar. I think the art will begin showing on March 30th and the reception will be April 23rd.
I failed to mention another March event. I am actually going to Baton Rouge and New Orleans on March 5th. This will be after
Mardi Gras, but the celebration for the Saints will be ongoing. I am really excited to see this beautiful city. It went through such
a difficult time after Katrina. I know they must be proud of the work that has been done and their Super Bowl Champions! I
might bring back a sweatshirt or two.
In closing, I wish you all a carefree and special spring. You deserve it. A good sense of humor will take you a long way. Keep
your problems light by not going down when you have a temptation to sink into depression. You can choose wellness if you try.
Take care                  — Jeanine & Little Oscar
                                                                                       NAMI Dallas News March 2010        Page 6
                  MENTAL HEALTH AND CRISIS SERVICES IN DALLAS COUNTY
                  (INCLUDES SOME IN ROCKWALL AND KAUFMAN COUNTIES)
Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas.…………………...……………………………………………………214-828-1000
Contact Crisis—Teen Contact……………………………………………………………………………………972-233-TEEN
ADAPT Community Solutions and Mobile Crisis Team Services ………………………………....1-866-260-8000 (toll free)
Dallas Metrocare Services………………...……....……………………………………………………………....1-877-283-2121
Parkland Psychiatry Emergency……………………..………………………………………………………..…...214-590-8761
Green Oaks Hospital (NorthSTAR approved)……………………………………………………………..……...972-991-9504
Dallas Police (EMERGENCY)……………………………………..…………………………………………………..……...911
Dallas Police (non-emergency)……………………………………………………………………………………...214-744-4444
Crisis Intervention Mental Health Liaison-Senior Corporal Herb Cotner…………………………..………….214-681-1795
NorthStar/ValueOptions……………………………………………………………………………...…………..1-888-800-6799
Other Helpful Numbers:.
Advocacy Inc………………………………………..…………………………………………..214-630-0916 or 1-800-880-2884
North Texas Behavioral Health Authority (NTBHA)………...…………………………..…1-877-653-6363 or 214-366-9407
Mental Illness Court (Mental Illness Warrants) Belinda Acosta…………………..…………………..214-653-7485 or -7418
ABC Behavioral Health…………………………………………………………………………………….……….214-275-8500
Adapt of Texas………………...………………………………………………………………………………..…... 214-905-0595
Centro de Mi Salud…………………………………………………………………………..……………………...214-941-0798
LifeNet……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…214-221-5433
Turtle Creek Manor (Dual Diagnosis) .…………………………………………………………………...……….214-871-2484
NorthSTAR Consumer/Family Advocate – Sharon DeBlanc………………………………...……………..……972-906-2637
NAMI State Office (NAMI TEXAS)……………………………………………………………………………..1-800-633-3760
NAMI Local Affiliate (NAMI Dallas)…………………………………………………………………….………..214-341-7133
                  (includes Rockwall)
Lakes Regional MHMR (24hr)……………………………………………….…………………………………..1-866-260-8000
Lakes Regional MHMR – Rockwall & Helping Hands……………………………………………………..….....972-771-4357
(Jamie Moorehead on Mondays)
Terrell State Hospital…………………………………………………………………………….972-524-6452 (metro number)
DBSA (Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance)………………………………………………………………….817-654-7100
Child & Family Guidance Center………………………………………………………………………………….214-351-3490
Dallas Public Defender……………………………………………………………………………………………...214-653-3550
Planned Living Assistance Network (PLAN of North Texas)………………………………………...…………..972-690-7526
Homeward Bound (residential substance abuse and mental health treatment)…………………….…………..214-941-3500

     Green Oaks Hospital is located at 7808 Clodus Field, Dallas is the crisis intervention unit for The NorthSTAR area.
  The hospital is located near the east end of Merit Drive behind Medical City Dallas Hospital on Forest Lane and Central.
This Psychiatric Crisis Stabilization Unit can be utilized as a psychiatric emergency room just as Parkland Hospital Psychiatric
   ER is used. Being a member of NorthSTAR is not necessary. They will accept indigent, Medicaid, or private patients.
               If you have insurance, so much the better. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

         We are recruiting new members to help us change mental healthcare. Here is how to join us:
NAME______________________________________________              Annual Dues:
                                                                ___________Individual/Family             $ 35.00
ADDRESS___________________________________________              ___________Sponsor                       $ 75.00
                                                                ___________Benefactor                    $125.00
CITY_______________________________________________             ___________Corporate                     $250.00
                                                                ___________Consumer                      $ 10.00
STATE_______________ZIP____________________________             ___________Open Door                     $ 5.00*
                                                                               (* for persons with limited income)
PHONE (Home)______________________________________              Mail the application and check to:
                                                                NAMI Dallas, Inc. 6510 Abrams Rd. Ste. 568, Dallas, TX 75231
PHONE (Work)_______________________________________             How would you like to be involved?
                                                                __ I would like to volunteer for advocacy activities.
Email_______________________________________________
                                                                __ I would like to participate in the NAMI Walk
NAMI Dallas welcomes your membership! To receive our newsletter __ I would like to attend a support group.
and other updates, mail this completed form to:                 __ I would like to take a family education class.
                             NAMI Dallas                        __ Other: ______________________________
                      6510 Abrams Rd, Ste 568
                                                                How can NAMI Dallas support you?
                           Dallas, TX 75231
                    Or visit www.namidallas.org.                _______________________________________

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E-Mail: namidallas@nami.org

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                                         Start date: April 10, 2010
                                            Time: 9:30am-noon
                          Location: Argosy University (Dallas N. Tollway & 635)
                           This class will meet each Saturday for 12 consecutive
                                         weeks beginning April 10.

                              Call NAMI Dallas for information and to register
                                             214-341-7133




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