In This Issue
Idaho Affiliates
Mental Health Facts
Contact Us
NAMI Idaho
Idaho CIT in Action
Mental Health Care Advocacy
Education & Support Programs
2012 NAMI Idaho Annual Meeting/Elections
Benefit Tips
Quick Links
mental health care gets my vote  
Idaho Affiliates
Contact Information

NAMI Boise  

Kelly Norris, President 


4696 Overland Rd., Ste. 274    

Boise, ID 83705                  




Educational Programs: F2F, FSG, Basics, Connection, P2P, IOOV


NAMI Coeur d'Alene  

Susie Fischer, President   


P.O. Box 2068               

Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816 



Educational Programs: F2F, FSG, Basics, Connection, IOOV         


NAMI Far North (Sandpoint)

Catherine Perusse, President  


P.O. Box 2415 

Sandpoint, ID 83864  




Educational Programs: F2F, FSG,

Basics, Connection, IOOV


NAMI Latah  (Moscow)

Jane Pritchett, President


P.O. Box 8654 

Moscow, ID 8384 


Educational Programs:  F2F, FSG 


NAMI Lewis/Clark Valley (Lewiston)

Barbara Kauffman, President


3336 16th St.

Lewiston, ID 83501



NAMI-Quad (Payette)

Lee Kroeker, President


108 W. Park Ave.

New Plymouth, ID 83655



NAMI Southeast Idaho (Pocatello)

Zina Magee, President


P.O. Box 6066

Pocatello, ID 83205


Educational Programs: F2F, FSG, IOOV


NAMI Upper Valley Idaho (Idaho Falls)

Jane Roberts, President


P.O. Box 2452 

Idaho Falls, ID 83401




Educational Programs: F2F, FSG,

Basics, Connection


NAMI Wood River Valley (Hailey)

Gail Miller Wray, President


P.O. Box 95

Hailey, ID 83333 




Educational Programs: F2F, Basics, Connection, P2P



Did You Know?


One in four adults experiences a mental disorder in any

 given year.


One in seventeen adults has a serious mental illness,

such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.

One in 10 children has a mental health condition that causes significant impairment.
Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, three-quarters by age 24.

Despite effective treatment, there are long delays--an average of 10 years--from the onset of mental illness

to treatment.

Racial and ethnic communities are less likely to receive needed mental health care and, when they do receive treatment, more likely to receive poorer quality of care.

Mental illnesses are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada

for ages 15-44.

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for America's youth ages 15-24.

Overall, we lose one life to suicide every 15.8 minutes. The vast majority have an undiagnosed or untreated mental illness.

About 20 - 25 percent of jail and prison inmates and youth involved with juvenile justice have a serious mental illness.

Twenty-six percent of homeless persons have a severe mental illness--over four times the rate of the general population.

An estimated 131,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. 45 percent of these veterans live with

mental illness.

For people living

with serious mental illnesses, life expectancy is 25 years less than that of other Americans.
People with schizophrenia die from heart disease, diabetes and other medical causes at a rate two or three times

greater than the rest

of the population. 

Contact Us:
  NAMI Idaho
  4097 Bottle Bay Rd.
  Sagle, ID 83860
Volume 1, Issue 2
                  September 2012 

From the President's Desk

September 1, 2012


Dear Members and Friends of NAMI Idaho: 


It is my pleasure to invite you to the NAMI Idaho Annual Meeting and North Region Conference in Sandpoint on September 15, 2012.  At the Annual Meeting, new Directors are elected to your Board of Directors, the President and Treasurer will give their annual report to the membership, and we will amend the Bylaws of NAMI Idaho to bring them into conformance with the NAMI Standards of Excellence. Members may vote in person at the Annual Meeting or may vote by mail, using the written ballot that has been sent to them by their affiliates or which can be found on the NAMI Idaho website at www.nami.org/sites/namiidaho.

To be valid, ballots must be received at NAMI Idaho, 4097 Bottle Bay Rd., Sagle, ID 83860 by September 14, 2012.  Please vote. It is your right and duty as a NAMI member to engage in the governance of the organization.

The North Region Conference is the second regional conference sponsored by NAMI Idaho under the NAMI Standards of Excellence, which call for each chartered state organization to sponsor an annual Conference. Because of Idaho's unique geography and population distribution, NAMI has granted NAMI Idaho the privilege of conducting not one but THREE annual conferences -- one in each of the three geographical regions established in our Bylaws. In this way, we hope to create conferences that are accessible to more Idahoans without prohibitive cost or time commitments.

The conferences are designed to provide relevant education for individuals who live with mental illness and their family members, opportunities for networking and support, skill-building, and social interaction time that illustrates one of NAMI's strengths -- the knowledge that we are not alone as we cope with our own mental illnesses or those of our loved ones. In accomplishing these goals, the September 15, 2012 Conference will include a training session in personal advocacy using the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy model; instruction in how the Fair Housing Act can help prevent discrimination in housing for people living with mental illness; an exposure to the checklist for ascertaining whether a polling place is appropriately accessible to persons with disabilities; and a discussion about NAMI Standards of Excellence with Liz Smith, Director of the NAMI Center for Excellence, and a FREE LUNCH. A featured highlight of our Conference will be a presentation by Dr. Michael Fuller, University of Texas Medical Branch, entitled "Relapse Awareness & Management Strategies".  His presentation is part of the Choices in Recovery program of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which is hosting the FREE DINNER that will accompany Dr. Fuller's presentation.


I sincerely hope you will plan to attend the day-long 2012 NAMI Idaho Annual Meeting and North Region Conference on Saturday, September 15, 2012. There is no cost to you to attend, but you must register so we can provide adequate food for all attendees. Please call 208-290-3608 to register or send a note to namiidaho@yahoo.com  Thank you.  



Doug McKnight, President

NAMI Idaho

NAMI Idaho Receives


NAMI Idaho members celebrate the receipt of NAMI Idaho's charter under NAMI's Standards of Excellence. Shown seated Left to Right are Doug McKnight, NAMI Idaho President and Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI Executive Director. Standing Left to Right are Amber Snoddy, NAMI Far North; Ted and Joyce Hughett, NAMI Coeur d'Alene; Jane Pritchett, NAMI Latah; Susie Fischer, NAMI Coeur d'Alene; Jim Payne, NAMI board of Directors Governmance Committee Chair; Kevin Sullivan, NAMI President; Marguerite (Gail) Miller Wray, NAMI Wood River Valley; Ruth McKnight, NAMI Far North; Tom Hanson, NAMI Wood River Valley; Wendy Norbom, NAMI Wood River Valley and Marcus Burt, NAMI Far North.
NAMI Idaho is proud to have met all the requirements under NAMI's Standards of Excellence to become a chartered state organization, one of only 16 states to have achieved this status to date.The formal State Organization Charter Agreement was signed by NAMI Executive Director Mike Fitzpatrick and NAMI Idaho President Doug McKnight at the 2012 Annual NAMI National Convention in Seattle, Washington on June 28, 2012. Present for the signing were members of four of Idaho's nine NAMI affiliates. Meeting the Standards of Excellence has been a priority of the NAMI Idaho Board of Directors since 2010, when the Directors amended the organization's Bylaws to redefine and revitalize an almost-dormant organization, and to breathe new life into the roles and responsibilities of the state organization. Having received its state organization charter, NAMI Idaho is now focusing on assisting local Idaho affiliates to meet the Standards of Excellence and become chartered affiliates.


NAMI Standards of Excellence define the roles and responsibilities of NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, and express the necessary requirements for NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates to be chartered and affiliated with NAMI.  Since 2006, when members identified the need for standards as critical to NAMI's growth and future success,  NAMI leaders and members have been working together to craft mutually agreed-upon standards of operation. This effort -- "Better Together" -- is a collaborative initiative to ensure NAMI is a strong and vibrant presence meeting the needs of individuals and families whose lives have been affected by mental illness. These standards will help build the NAMI brand and make NAMI a household word. "Better Together" is intended to ensure NAMI's future through a renewed spirit of cooperation and shared account-ability, equipping NAMI, state organizations and local affiliates to meet the challenges facing those who have been affected by mental illness.


The NAMI Standards of Excellence address practices that describe how to grow strong while operating legal, ethical and accountable organizations. They set forth organizational requirements for state organizations and local affiliates and establish policies in connection with diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination, ethics, com-munication, membership, dues, programs, and fund-raising. They are rooted in NAMI's core values, expressing the high quality of our organizations and making clear the roles and responsibilities of NAMI, NAMI state organizations and NAMI affiliates.  


North Region
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Holiday Inn Express
477326 Highway 95, Ponderay, ID
8:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.

This is a Conference for...

Members and Friends of NAMI and everyone interested in improving

the lives of people living with mental illness.


It is an opportunity to network and receive support...

...Hear about the Fair Housing Act (Idaho Legal Aid)

  ...Receive Training in Protection & Advocacy for Voting Access

     (Disability Rights Idaho)

    ...Learn about NAMI Standards of Excellence.

      ...Meet the NAMI Idaho Board of Directors.


FREE Lunch!


FREE Dinner and Choices in Recovery Presentation:


hosted by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

6:00 -- 8:00 p.m.


 There is no fee for registration, but you MUST register by September 7, 2012

to ensure food for all participants.

To Register, call 208-290-3608 or write namiidaho@yahoo.com

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Idaho CIT in Action

The Idaho CIT Work Group 

The Idaho CIT Work Group began meeting in February 2010 and has met quarterly since then using the video-conference equipment available in each of the seven Department of Health and Welfare Offices across the state.  Law enforcement officers, mental health professionals and members of NAMI or other advocacy groups working in the CIT program from each DHW region in Idaho participate.  Lt John Parmann, Training Coordinator, Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), Region I also works with the group. 
The Work Group established that the curriculum to be used in CIT academies across Idaho should be based on the Memphis model.   The 14 topics to be included in the training include Clinical Issues Related to Mental Illnesses, Medications and Side Effects, Alcohol and Drug Assessment, Co-Occurring Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Family/Consumer Perspective, Suicide Prevention and Practicum Aspects, Rights/Civil Commitment, Mental Health Diversity, Equipment Orientation, Policies and Procedures, Personality Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), Legal Aspects of Officer Liability and Community Resources.  In 2012, the Work Group recommended that Introduction to Excited Delirium also be included in the curriculum.   Each region then modifies the curriculum to meet the specific needs of their region.

Because 40 consecutive hours of training can be a difficult commitment for smaller agencies, the possibility of a "split academy" with a 3 day/2 day training over several weeks was discussed.  It was decided that if this best met the needs of regional agencies, a split academy could be scheduled, with approval by Idaho POST.
Because of the difficulty smaller agencies have in sending officers to a 40 hour program, 8 and 16 hour "Introduction to CIT" courses were formulated by the curriculum committee.  These courses, also to be POST certified, are designed to teach some information on mental illness and basic de-escalation skills to larger numbers of officers, although officers completing these courses will not be CIT certified.  Agency heads and training directors will be invited to these courses to increase local interest in CIT.  It is also hoped that a subset of officers will be identified who are interested in then completing the 40 hour CIT academy. 


The curriculum committee has also approved the state test to be given in each region, with a few questions specific to the region to be added.  To be CIT certified, an officer must complete the 40 hour training, pass the state test and successfully complete the scenario training exercises.  A CIT pin and a CIT patch for Idaho were selected.
The Work Group has discussed various options of collecting data on CIT programs which is a goal nationwide.  The same pre-test and post-test are used in most CIT Academies across the state to evaluate changes occurring as a result of CIT academies.  Most academies also give the class evaluation forms to evaluate the Academies providing a basis for continued improvement in meeting the needs of officers. 


To maintain professional standards, the Work Group recommends that CIT officers take four hours of continuing education on mental illness every four years.


In summary, the Idaho CIT Work Group provides a forum for leaders in CIT programs across the state to share information on scenarios, speakers, training and recruitment ideas that have worked for them, etc. as well as establish state standards for CIT.

Ann Wimberley, M.D. (retired)
NAMI Idaho CIT Chairman


Mental Health Care


Relevance of Medicaid Expansion for Individuals with Mental Illness

On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of National Federation of Independent Business et al v. Sebelious. This is the case that challenged the constitutionality of two controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes called 'Obamacare'.  The Supreme Court's decision largely upheld the ACA, opening the door to dramatic expansion of health care coverage in America.

Individual Mandate
Specifically, the Supreme Court declared that the provision requiring individuals to obtain insurance or pay a penalty to the federal government is constitutional. This provision is referred to as the 'individual mandate.' Although the individual mandate is called a 'penalty' in the ACA, Chief Justice John Roberts' majority opinion in the case holds that the mandate is really a tax, and is therefore constitutional under the power of Congress to impose taxes. 

Medicaid Expansion 

The second controversial provision of the ACA required all states to extend Medicaid coverage by the year 2014 to all individuals under the age of 65 whose incomes fall below a defined poverty level. Failure to expand Medicaid in this way would cause states to lose ALL federal contributions to their Medicaid funding. The Supreme Court held that while requiring expansion is itself constitutional, the federal government cannot revoke existing Medicaid funds if a state chooses not to extend the coverage of its Medicaid program. The Court disallowed the loss of all Medicaid funding as an unduly coercive consequence to a state decising not to expand Medicaid, but did not invalidate any other portions of the ACA's Medicaid provisions. The bottom line is that states may choose NOT to expand Medicaid and will not lose all federal Medicaid funding contributions, but the number of citizens receiving the benefit of Medicaid coverage would not increase.


Medicaid is the federal-state health care program for children and adults with low incomes. It is the nation's primary funder of public mental health services, and accounts for roughly a quarter of all spending on mental health services in the U.S. Each year. The program covers a wide array of services for children and adults with serious mental illness, including community services that are critical to recovery. There are many ways to qualify for Medicaid, and each state has different eligibility rules, but disability status is one of the most important facator criteria. Under Medicaid eligibility rules, many adults with serious mental illnesses have not been eligible for the program. 

Nearly 16% of American adults with no health insurance and incomes below 133% of the Federal Poverty Level ($14,856 for a single individual in 2-12) have a severe mental disorder, and many others have less serious mental health conditions. Uninsured individuals with mental illnesses generally receive only very basic, state-funded mental health care, and this is often only short-term or crisis-oriented care. Under the ACA, states can use federal Medicaid funds instead of state or local moneys to provide a more comprehensive array of services to those who need them. 


Idaho is currently examining the financial pros and cons of Medicaid expansion including whether to expand coverage and how to define the population Medicaid should be expanded to cover. The details of the array of services to be provided under possible expansion is also under review. States have the option under the ACA to create a different and potentially less comprehensive array of Medicaid benefits under expansion, federal rules of parity and anti-discrimination require that states 'benchmark' benefit plans for newly eligible individuals meet the ACA definition of an Essential Health Benefit (EHB). 


Under the ACA, the Essential Health Benefit for the Medicaid service plan may not discriminate with respect to people with mental disabilities. These folks must have equal access to the benefits of the ACA, including services that enable them to function well and live in the community, and are specifically designed to ensure that they are not unnecessarily institutionalized.


NAMI Idaho is acutely aware of the importance of current state legislative and administrative policy decisions regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act and is at work to provide input and information for the purpose of ensuring that the choices made and the policies implemented best serve the needs of Idahoans with mental illnesses. 


Kathie Garrett, Chair

NAMI Idaho Public Policy and Advocacy Committee   


Mental Health Care Gets My Vote


Education & Support in Idaho
A set of key structures and group processes following clear guidelines for encouraging full participation in support group meetings.


Trainer Honor Harris and Co-Trainer Jan Burt deliver training in Family Support Group Facilitation at a training session sponsored by NAMI Far North on Sunday, August 19, 2012.


Newly-Trained Family Support Group Facilitators: Top Row, Left to Right: Darlene DeYoung, NAMI Coeur d'Alene, Trish Salois, NAMI Coeur d'Alene, Ruth McKnight, NAMI Far North, gini Woodward, NAMI Far North; Sherri Lies, NAMI Far North; Ruth Spencer, NAMI Coeur d'Alene; Barb Kaufmann, NAMI Lewiston: Martha Potter, NAMI Coeur d'Alene; Middle Row: Lee Burkett, NAMI Latah; Carol Burkett, NAMI Latah; Marguerite Miller Wray, NAMI Wood River Valley; Trainer Honor Harris, NAMI Boise: Vivian Miller, NAMI Lewiston; Bottom Row: Amber Snoddy, NAMI Far North; Susie Fischer, NAMI Coeur d'Alene; Co-Trainer Jan Burt, NAMI Far North.

Bonners Ferry

Fourth Monday of every month

6 p.m.

Panhandle Health District

7420 Caribou


Idaho Falls:

Second and fourth Tuesdays of every month

7 p.m.

Development Workshop Inc.

555 25th



Fourth Wednesday of every month

7 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church

104 College Ave.



Third Wednesday of every month

7 p.m.

Bonner General Hospital Classroom

520 N. Third Ave.



A free 12-week course for family and friends of individuals with serious mental illness, taught by trained NAMI family members. Provides information, insight, understanding and empowerment. 

Idaho Falls:

Wednesday, September 12 - December 5, 2012

7 - 9:30 p.m.

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health

2280 E. 25th St



Thursday, September 13 - December 6, 2012

7 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church

104 College Ave.



A presentation by individuals living with mental illness that creates awareness about recovery, reduces stigma, and provides self-confidence for individuals living with mental illness.  Living proof that recovery from mental illness is an ongoing reality.
A recovery support group program for adults living with mental illness offering respect, understanding, encouragement and hope in a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of coping with mental Illness.
Idaho Falls:
Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m..
Trinity United Methodist Church
237 N. Water Street
First Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.
Gardenia Center
Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Bonner General Hospital 
A free education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. 



A unique, experiential learning program for people living with mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining wellness and recovery. 


See Idaho Affiliate Contact Information to find out
which programs are available in your area. 

2012 NAMI Idaho Annual Meeting & Elections

NAMI Idaho 2012 Annual Meeting


The NAMI Idaho Annual Meeting will be held in Sandpoint, ID on September 15, 2012 in conjunction with the North Region Conference. The Annual Meeting will include a President's Report, a Treasurer's Report, and the formal results of the election of Directors and amendment of the Bylaws.   

Election of Directors
The NAMI Idaho Board of Directors must have a minimum of twelve but not more than sixteen Directors, with a maximum of four Regional Directors residing in each of the state's three Regions. This year, each Region will elect two Regional Directors to serve two-year terms. No more than two Regional Directors can be Members of the same Affiliate.

The following persons have been nominated for election to the NAMI Idaho Board of Directors for two year terms:

North Region: Jane Pritchett (NAMI Latah); Ann Wimberley (NAMI Far North)
West Region: Tom Hanson (NAMI Wood River Valley); Kathie Garrett, (NAMI Boise)
East Region: Mike Sandvig (Upper Valley); Dawn Smith (NAMI Southeast Idaho)
Director at Large: Doug McKnight  (NAMI Far North); Rick Huber (NAMI Southeast Idaho)

The following  Directors are serving the second year of their two-year terms
North Region: Ruth McKnight (NAMI Far North); Vinetta Ruth Spencer (NAMI Coeur d'Alene)
West Region:  Wendy Norbom (NAMI Wood River Valley)
East Region:  John Tanner (NAMI Upper Valley); Kim Jardine-Dickerson (NAMI Southeast Idaho)

Director at Large: Amika DuPree (NAMI Coeur d'Alene)

Ballots have been sent to local affiliate presidents and will be delivered to NAMI members with instructions for voting and mailing ballots to NAMI Idaho, 4097 Bottle Bay Rd., Sagle, ID 83860 BEFORE September 14, 2012. 

Amendment of the NAMI Idaho Bylaws

Three items within the NAMI Idaho bylaws required change in order to bring them into compliance with NAMI Standards of Excellence:  

  • The legal name of the national organization is NAMI, not NAMI National as used in the Bylaws.
  • Standardized annual dues are established by NAMI and not by NAMI Idaho.
  • Only NAMI, not NAMI Idaho, can charter local Affiliates and terminate Affiliate status.

To make these corrections and a number of minor wording changes to clarify other sections of the Bylaws, the Board has reviewed the amendments and encourages members to vote to approve them by written ballot or at the Annual Meeting on September 15, 2012


Benefit Tips

Do You Know the Difference Between Medicaid and Medicare?

Medicaid (a state program)
* A program that is paid for from federal and state tax funds. It pays for certain health benefits for children, pregnant women, older, blind and disabled folks.
* Eligibility, and your cost for services, depends on your household income, resources, and sometimes your medical needs like being pregnant or disabled. In Idaho, most medical services do not have a cost to people with Medicaid.
* In Idaho, Medicaid pays 100% for prescription medicine and some services specifically to help people with mental illness recover.

Medicare (federal health insurance)
* Insurance for people who are 65 or older or certain people with disabilities, like those who get SSDI for 2 years. Medicare pays for part of the costs of medically necessary health services, including certain mental health services.
* Medicare has different parts because it is funded by different tax pools and was enacted by different laws.

   -Part A is for inpatient care, home health, and hospice. There is no monthly cost for people who have enough work credits. 
   -Part B is for outpatient care and has a monthly premium cost, but people with limited incomes and resources should apply for a certain Medicaid benefit called a Medicare Savings Program. Folks with Medicare Savings Programs do not have to pay a premium for Part B.
   -Part C or Medicare Advantage is an optional way of having Medicare Part A and Part B benefits administered by a private insurance company. There is usually a monthly premium cost and the companies may have certain networks of providers or service pre-authorization requirements. Choosing this option should result in lower medical costs or extra benefits for
people who pay a monthly premium.
   -Part D is an optional benefit for prescription medicine and has a monthly premium cost. The benefits are administered by private companies. People with Medicaid and other people with lower incomes and resources are eligible for a program called Extra Help. People with Extra Help do not have to pay a premium for Part D but might have small copayments for
medicine. All Part D plans must provide coverage for substantially all psychiatric medications and should not put rules in place that make it difficult to access needed medicines.

Dual Eligibility (Medicare and Medicaid)
-Some folks are eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. If someone has both benefits, Medicare is the first payer for healthcare and medicine, and Medicaid pays second.
-In Idaho, Medicaid will not make payment for medicine copays if folks have Medicare. Dual Eligible people must pay small copays for medicine. The copay is based on the level of Extra Help. 
-Nationwide, people who have Medicare and Medicaid health coverage cannot be charged for Medicare medical services by providers who accept payment from Medicare.
For more information about Medicare and Medicaid, go online to www.healthcare.gov. For personal help transitioning to Medicare, call SHIBA 800-247-4422.


Heather Taber,

Sr. Health Insurance Benefits Advisor/Volunteer Services Coordinator
Idaho Dept. of Insurance



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