Kelly jennings, 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)
Jan Burt, 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
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,
NAMI Wood River Valley (Hailey)
Gail Miller Wray, President
P.O. Box 95
Hailey, ID 83333
Educational Programs: F2F, Basics, Connection, P2P, FSG, IOOV
COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENT THERAPY
Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) is a recovery oriented, SAMHSA recognized, Evidence Based Practice that helps individuals develop and enhance the mental capacities that produce the awareness necessary for self-directed social interactions that are wise, appropriate, and effective. While CET was initially developed to help individuals recovering from schizophrenia, it has also proved effective for persons recovering from schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression and high-level autism. By increasing the cognitive functioning through CET, individuals will also be better able to communicate with Primary Health Care Providers thus improving their physical health as well as their mental health.
Two CET presentation were made at the 2012 NAMI National Convention in Seattle on Saturday, June 30. Dr. M. Keshavan present to more than 500 attendees on CET as the featured topic at the Research Plenary and Ray Gonzalez conducted a workshop on CET for over 120 attendees: "An Evidence Based Practice that delivers successful social and vocational functioning". The PowerPoints can be found at the 2012 NAMI Convention website. You may also read articles about CET in the NAMI Fall 2012 Advocate Magazine.
In spite of the positive results being achieved by CET, however, the practice is not widely available between California and the Mississippi. To help remedy that situation, the NAMI affiliate in Casper, Wyoming is holding a forum in Casper to introduce Cognitive Enhancement Therapy to the region. Becky Foster, President of NAMI Casper, says, "We want to invite people to attend from all of Wyoming, but also from our neighboring states." The CET forum may be most accessible to residents of eastern Idaho, although anyone would be welcome.
For more information about the Cognitive Enhancement Therapy forum, including exact date and location, please contact NAMI Wyoming Executive Director Tammy Noel at 307-265-2573.
4097 Bottle Bay Rd.
Sagle, ID 83860
|Volume 2, Issue 1||
From the President's Desk
April 12, 2013
Dear Members and Friends of NAMI Idaho:
One of NAMI Idaho's most important tasks is representing the interests of those living with
mental illness at the state level before the legislature and state agencies. After the
elections in November 2012, NAMI Idaho sent letters to all Idaho legislators congratulating
them on their election victory, introducing them to the role of NAMI Idaho, educating them on
some of the major issues relating to mental illness and briefly discussing the current dismal
status of mental health services in the state.
In preparation for the start of the 2013 legislative session, NAMI Idaho's Board of Directors
decided to focus on two advocacy positions during its January Board meeting and Advocacy Days
in Boise. These positions dealt with:
(1) Implementation in 2013 of the Medicaid Managed Care Contract for Behavioral Health
Services (Adequate data collection and reporting system, smooth transition between mental
health providers, and adequate initial funding); and
(2) Legislation creating Regional Behavioral Health Boards (RBHB) and defining the services of
the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH). (Permanent and adequate funding of the RBHB and
concern on the extreme limitation being placed on services to be provided by the DBH).
Board members spent all of Tuesday, January 22 calling on their local legislators and
delivering NAMI's message: Idaho's mental health care system is broken and requires to be
redesigned and adequately funded to provide better access to quality care for individuals
living with mental illness.
Throughout the session, NAMI Idaho also monitored bills presented to the House of
Representatives and the Senate and considered the impact they would have on Idahoans living
with mental illness should they become law, took positions either in favor of or in opposition
to each relevant piece of proposed legislation, and in some cases provided written or oral
testimony. Read NAMI Idaho's 2013 legislative positions in the 'Mental Health Care Advcocacy' article below.
Although NAMI Idaho has a membership of only approximately 500, its members come from all
geographical and political constituencies in the state. We represent a large block of voters
-- a large block of individuals with mental illness and the families of loved ones with these
neurobiological disorders who struggle daily to receive appropriate treatment and
rehabilitative support, to seek recovery and to be restored to productive lives. As a
chartered state organization of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, our public
policy positions also are backed by the research, resources and educational materials available
through the national organization.
You might question whether our legislative advocacy has any impact. In the case of SB 1114
this year I believe it did. As discussed in more detail below, we opposed SB 1114 because it
would not have allowed for the treatment and care of adults with serious mental illness: only
adults with serious AND PERSISTENT mental illness would have been eligible for state care by
the DBH had this law been passed. The analogy we drew for the legislature in our opposition
was that, were the illness in question cancer instead of mental disorders, the law would
forbid the state to provide any treatment until the individual's cancer had reached Stage
The concentrated activity of the NAMI Idaho Board of Directors in writing letters, contacting
agency personnel and legislators and seeking a revision of the language in the proposed
legislation to broaden the state's mental health authority and empower it to serve adults with
serious mental illness as resources allowed was effective in slowing the bill's progress so
that it did not got out of the House Health and Welfare Committee before the legislative
There is a need for legislative redesign of Idaho's mental health care system and the
establishment of regional, community based services, but we could not support legislation
containing some positive changes at the expense of permanently freezing the current inadequate
level of mental health services as a matter of state law.
Doug McKnight, President
East Region Conference
East Region Conference
Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC)
1600 South 25th East
Idaho Falls, ID
Bldg. 6 -- First Floor Room 6163
We hope you will join us
Saturday, April 27
at 8 a.m.
East Region Conference of NAMI Idaho
Discover that you are not alone.
Reinforce the knowledge that recovery is possible.
Remember that there is hope.
- Meet your NAMI Idaho Board of Directors and participate in an open meeting;
Hear Tracey Sessions, State Hospital South Administrator speak on the subject of
'What's New and Progressive at SHS'.
- Join Judge Jon Shindurling of the JoAnn Wood Mental Health Court for lunch.
During the afternoon session, John Rainey of the Portneuf Medical Center will present the benefits of recreational therapy, Rex Thornley will discuss veterans and the judicial system,
and Lynne Whiting will address local children's mental health services.
There is no cost to attend the conference.
A FREE Lunch will be provided by NAMI Idaho.
Parking is free.
You MUST RSVP by April 24 to enable us to plan for the appropriate
amount of food for everyone.
NAMI Idaho Board of Directors
Annual Meeting Date Set for September 21, 2013
Nominations of NAMI Idaho Directors are due by July 23, 2013
The dates have been set for the 2013 NAMI Idaho Annual Meeting and the closing of nominations for NAMI Idaho Board of Directors.
The NAMI Idaho Board of Directors has established September 21, 2013 for its Annual Meeting to be held in Coeur d'Alene. There are eight Director positions to be filled at the Annual Meeting -- two for each of the three Regions and two At-Large candidates. Nominations for these positions must be received by NAMI Idaho by July 23, 2013. The Director Nomination Forms will be available in early May from your Affiliate President or can be downloaded from the NAMI Idaho website at www.nami.org/sites/namiidaho .
If you are interested in becoming a NAMI Idaho Director but have questions about it, please call Doug McKnight at 208-290-8530 for more information.
Idaho CIT in Action
From its inception in 1988, CIT has been a partnership among law enforcement, mental health professionals and advocates for people living with mental illness. Major Sam Cochran, the acknowledged law enforcement leader in CIT, says that NAMI is the "glue" that holds the other two together. He also says that law enforcement officers and family members of people with mental illness are natural allies in that we want the same thing: for the individual in crisis, the officer seeing them and the community to be safe. Memphis model CIT, with a core list of topics to be addressed in each 40 hour CIT academy, remains the gold standard in CIT and is the standard recommended for use in Idaho programs by the Idaho CIT Work Group, with the approval of Idaho POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training).
The mental health curriculum in CIT academies is taught by mental health providers. De-escalation training is taught primarily by law enforcement officers to their peers. So what is the appropriate role for local NAMI affiliates?
Successful CIT programs usually have committees that plan the curriculum for the 40 hour academies, secure the needed speakers and funding, decide how to best utilize existing community mental health resources and how to increase these resources, and address problems that arise. Participation by NAMI members in such committees gives us a voice in the local programs.
CIT programs include presentations by people living with mental illness that are generally highly rated by the officers attending. Telling their story, either in the structure of the NAMI "In Our Own Voice" signature program or in a less formally structured format, puts a face on mental illness. Most programs also include presentations by family members who describe the effects of mental illnesses on family dynamics. Local affiliates are a good source of articulate, personable presenters.
Particularly in the current economy, funding can be an issue for CIT programs. NAMI affiliates as 501(c) (3) organizations can apply for grants and solicit donations from individuals and corporations to provide funding for the 40 hour academies. Although the mental health and law enforcement faculty in programs across the country are typically volunteers, sometimes funding is needed to cover expenses for a speaker if there is not a POST approved speaker available in the region for a particular topic. Although providing a continental breakfast, snacks and lunch is not a requirement for CIT academies, food can be an important part of a program. "Taking a seat at the table" for a pizza lunch one day with individuals living with mental illness can potentially increase understanding among law enforcement officers for challenges faced by those in the group. A community resource fair with local mental health and other community resource groups bringing literature on their programs and then joining the officers for lunch can increase officer knowledge of local resources. Networking with the presenters and putting a face with the name has the potential to increase referral calls.
CIT programs depend for their success on enthusiastic, informed law enforcement leadership. Sgt Ron Bruno, director of Utah's CIT program, told me several years ago that one of the most important things NAMI can do is to provide funds for officers to attend the CIT International Convention each year. Based on the increased enrollment in the Region 1 CIT academy the year after NAMI Far North sponsored two officers' attendance at CIT International and implemented the suggestions they brought back, I would say that such funding proved to be a valuable investment for NAMI Far North, contributing to the strengthening of CIT in North Idaho.
In the next issue, I will provide some information on CIT International.
Ann Ferguson Wimberley, M.D. (retired)
NAMI Idaho CIT Coordinator
Mental Health Care Advocacy
The 2013 session of the Idaho legislature is now adjourned.
During the session, legislators considered a number of measures of interest to NAMI Idaho. At its February 27 meeting, the Board of Directors debated and took formal positions on the following pieces of proposed legislation:
HB 125: This bill sought to establish the requirement of criminal record checks for guardians and custodians. NAMI Idaho favored this legislation which became law.
HB 126: Under this legislation, assaults on health care providers would become felonies, instead of misdemeanors. Although the bill provided an exemption for persons who, because of mental incapacity, are incapable of forming the intent to commit an assault, NAMI Idaho opposed this proposed new law on the grounds that it could further criminalize persons living with mental illness. In addition, the law would have increased the burden on prosecutors. The bill died in committee. It was later reintroduced as HB 292 which passed the House but was defeated in the Senate.
HB 189: NAMI Idaho supported the proposal to allow psychiatric nurse practitioners to place temporary mental health holds on adults and children. The bill died in committee. The bill was reintroduced as HB 291. This bill allows physicians, physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurse (health care professionals) who work in a hospital (usually in the emergency room) to place a temporary mental health hold on a patient (adult or child) who is in imminent danger of causing harm to himself or others. This bill passed and became law.
SB 1010: This bill paved the way for administrative modifications removing barriers from private carriers that will enable them to operate under Medicaid managed care. NAMI favored this bill, which was passed.
SB 1114: NAMI Idaho opposed the passage of this bill as it was written and presented. The legislation would integrate the Regional Advisory Committees (advisory to the substance abuse system) and the Regional Mental Health Boards (advisory to the mental health system) into regional entities called Regional Behavioral Health Boards which could legally provide behavioral health system support services when deemed qualified to take over such services. The State Planning Council on Mental Health would be expanded to become the State Behavioral Health Planning Council. The legislation would also delineate the services to be provided by the Department of Health and Welfare's Division of Behavioral Health (DBH).
NAMI Idaho's opposition was principally based on provisions in the bill that limited the mental health services that could be rendered by the DBH. These services were limited to treatment services for adults with a serious and persistent mental illness (defined as those with significant loss of function in at least two major life activities in the most recent 6 months); behavioral health emergency evaluation and intervention; mental health services for individuals who have been committed, are under involuntary treatment, have been court-ordered into treatment or are accepted as participants in mental health courts; and services to children with serious emotional disturbance or substance use disorder who have no other benefits available. Formalizing this limited role for the DHB would cast into stone the inadequate level of mental health services currently being provided in the state. NAMI Idaho further objected to the lack of identified permanent funding for the Regional Behavioral Health Boards and the lack of clarity in the bill regarding who has the ultimate responsibility and oversight over the entire behavioral health system including those services delivered through Medicaid. The measure passed the Senate on a 25-10 vote before NAMI Idaho had indicated its objections to the bill. NAMI Idaho clearly defined its objections to the House Health and Welfare Committee and the bill died in that Committee as the legislative session ended.
This bill represents a vitally important legislative issue for Idahoans. NAMI Idaho will remain active in working with the DBH and the legislature to draft a bill for presentation to the 2014 legislature that will be acceptable in light of NAMI'S mission to advocate for the best possible mental health care for Idaho.
HB 309: This bill that would exercise the state's option to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was not introduced until March 15, 2013, near the end of the legislative session. The bill did not even have a formal committee hearing. NAMI Idaho is in favor of this expansion and joined a coalition of other non-profit organizations working to promote Medicaid expansion in our state.
Kathie Garrett, Chair
NAMI Idaho Public Policy and Advocacy Committee
Education & Support
NAMI Family-to-Family 2013: 5th edition
Re-Orientation and Certification
Following the revision of Family-to-Family materials in 2013, State Trainers and Teachers of Family-to-Family must be recertified prior to using the new curriculum. No new teachers should be trained or classes taught using the old curriculum after July 1, 2013.
- Re-orientation and re-certification to the new material can be accomplished by accessing a recorded online webinar requiring approximately one hour to complete. To do this, go to www.nami.org and sign in to your account. Click on F2F Intranet and then on the appropriate recording depending on your status as a Trainer, Teacher or both. At the end of the recorded webinar, which includes PowerPoint slides, you will be directed to complete a very short self-assessment, after which you can print out a Certificate of Orientation. Your completion of the re-orientation webinar will automatically be documented at NAMI's Arlington office and NAMI Idaho will be informed that you have complied with the necessary re-orientation and are authorized to use the revised material.
- To download the new Teacher's Manual and Master Copy Set for class participants, go to www.nami.org and sign in to your account. Click on F2F Intranet, go to 'NAMI Store' and request a download of the material you need. If you are an active F2F Teacher authorized by your Affiliate, please call NAMI Idaho Educational Programs Coordinator Ruth McKnight at 208-290-3608 to obtain the Coupon Code you will need for the download. Remember, the downloaded file may be emailed directly to your print shop or photocopy service.
- NAMI Idaho will provide one copy of the revised F2F Trainer's Manual to each certified F2F Trainer in the State.
Program Availability by Affiliate
A set of key structures and group processes following clear guidelines for encouraging full participation in support group meetings.
Revised facilitation aids for Family Support Group Facilitators will be available after the March 2013 Train the Trainer session.
First and third Mondays of every month
4696 West Overland Road, Suite 274
Fourth Monday of every month
Panhandle Health District
First and third Mondays of every month
Lower Level at NAMI - Wood River Valley
Southeast corner of South Main and East Maple Streets
Second and fourth Tuesdays of every month
Development Workshop Inc.
Fourth Wednesday of every month
Community Presbyterian Church
104 College Ave.
Third Wednesday of every month except December
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.
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.
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m.
Boise Veterans Campus - Behavioral Health
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m.
Boise Behavioral Health Hospital
Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.
4696 W. Overland Road, Suite 274
Mondays, 5:30 p.m.
Lower Level at NAMI - Wood River Valley
Southeast corner of South Main and East Maple Streets
Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m..
Trinity United Methodist Church
237 N. Water Street
First Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.
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.
2013 West Region Conference
Brent Reinke, Director
Idaho Department of Correction
Ann Kirkwood, ISU-Meridian
Institute of Rural Health
Kathie Garrett, NAMI Idaho
Public Policy and Advocacy
The January 21, 2013 West Region Conference of NAMI Idaho featured a presentation by Dr. Charles Novak on the questions posed by the concept of Accountable Care. Ann Kirkwood, Senior Research associate in ISU-Meridian's Institute of Rural Health, director of Idaho's Youth Suicide Prevention project and nationally-recognized expert on promoting acceptance, dignity and social inclusion associated with mental health, spoke on the subject "Stigma Runs Deep: What is it and What can we do?" Participants also experienced a video and live panel discussion entitled 'Private Combat: Veterans in Crisis' led by Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson, assisted by Sgt. George Nickel, Susie Klepacki of the Boise VA Medical Center and Marnie Bernard of the Veterans Network. Lindsey Altorfer of NAMI Boise and Justin Larsen of NAMI Wood River Valley told the stories of their darkest days of mental illness, their diagnoses, treatment, recovery and hope for the future, using the NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV) model. Training in how to meet and talk with legislators about mental health issues was presented by Carla Young and Tom Hanson, in the third and final module of the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy program. Following dinner, Director Brent Reinke of the Idaho Department of Correction addressed the Conference's attendees on the sbject of how individuals living with mental illness are treated within the Correction system. KathieGarrett also provided coaching on how to present NAMI Idaho's positions to legislators in one-on-one personal advocacy encounters. Written feedback from those who attended the Conference was very positive.
NAMI Idaho conducts a Conference annually in each of its three geographical regions for members and friends of NAMI, with programs designed to be helpful to individuals with mental illness, their families and friends, and profesional mental health care providers.
Around our Affiliates
NAMI UPPER VALLEY
NAMI Upper Valley's member meeting on February 5, 2013 featured a speaker from Idaho Legal aid discussing landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities, including those related to a service or companion animal in a rental unit.
May 2: Advanced Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) TRaining
Ellis Amdur will be featured, instructing local law enforcement personnel how to de-escalate a crisis situation.
May 10: Rehabilitative Health Services Mental Health Symposium
This all-day symposium will present speakers on the following subjects:
Domestic violence; JUMP court (similar to Mental Health Court, for juveniles); Use of the MANDT system for situation de-escalation; Recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect; Safety in the mental health community; Ethics in social media.
Summer Consumer Picnic: Freeman Park
June 20: Save the Date! NAMI Upper Valley of Idaho Falls is pleased to announce the date for its annual picnic for individuals with mental illness, their families and friends. The NAMI affiliate has planned a day of lunch, games, prizes and fun, with care provider agencies providing transportation services.
NAMI FAR NORTH
At its March 2013 member meeting, NAMI Far North elected new Director Victor Vosen to its Board and re-elected Directors Ruth McKnight, Catherine Perusse and Gini Woodward. The Board of Directors, pursuant to the Bylaws, elected the following officers for the year 2013: Jan Burt, President; Ruth McKnight, Vice President; Doug McKnight, Treasurer; Amber Snoddy, Secretary.
'Walk in the Woods' for Mental Health Month:
May 19: NAMI Far North's fourth annual 'Walk in the Woods' commemorating May as Mental Health Month will take place on Sunday, May 19. Families, friends, providers and individuals living with mental illness will gather for a picnic lunch provided by the affiliate and then walk together along the Pend Oreille Bay Trail in Sandpoint. The gentle, scenic and pleasant walk of approximately 3 miles will be accompanied by several Master Naturalists who can answer questions about local plant and animal life. Everyone who has attended the last three annual Mental Health Month events has had a wonderful time and always say, 'Let's do it again next year!'
Take a Seat at the Table:
June 8: This will be NAMI Far North's third 'Take a Seat...' event, which invites local artists to repair, paint, upholster or otherwise enhance and decorate cast-off chairs which are then auctioned to the highest bidder at a community fund-raising evening. This year, the 'Take a Seat...' event will be a full dinner, where the 6 year old NAMI affiliate will also celebrate 5 years of sponsoring 40-hour CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) academies and honor the agencies and officers who support CIT and continue to work to promote it in the community.
September 28: NAMI Boise is hard at work planning its 2013 NAMI Walk for September 28, 2013. With the theme "Changing minds...one step at a time", NAMI Walks increase community awareness about mental illness, create relationships that encourage recovery and raise fund to support the work of the local affiliate. This year, NAMI Boise is partnering with NAMI Idaho in the NAMI Walk for the mutual benefit of both organizations. For more information about the NAMI Walk, please go to www.namiwalks.org/Boise.
NAMI WOOD RIVER VALLEY
July 7: NAMI Wood River Valley is the first and only NAMI affiliate in Idaho to engage in the fund-raising and community awareness event called NAMI Bikes. NAMI Bikes is similar to the NAMI Walks program in that it raises awareness, creates relationships and promotes recovery, but uses bicycles instead of walking shoes. NAMI Walks theme is 'Fight Stigma and Ride!' The rallying cry of NAMI Bikes is "We ride to build awareness and create compassionate, supportive communities for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness". For more information about Wood River Valley's NAMI Bikes event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MENTAL ILLNESS is TREATABLE.
RECOVERY is POSSIBLE.
Become a member of NAMI, NAMI Idaho and your local affiliate
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NAMI Idaho * 4097 Bottle Bay Rd. * Sagle, ID 83860
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