A big piece of recovery for an individual dealing with a mental illness is appropriate and affordable housing.  When many people think about housing and mental illness, they think about group homes or supportive housing (with services). 

Actually, the need for affordable housing for a person living with a mental illness is much broader.  Think about someone who can only work part-time or at an entry level job because they are also coping with serious depression, bi-polar disorder or serious anxiety.  Their recovery will be supported if they can live in the same community where they work.

When it comes to appropriate and affordable housing, it's not as simple as it sounds.  A variety of terms are used that are very confusing to the uninitiated.  For a glossary of those terms go to www.nami-eastside.org and click on Advocacy and then Public Policy Committee.

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Please note that the following support groups have discontinued due to lack of attendance:

Family Support Group # 8 
Was held 2nd Mondays from 7-8:30 PM at Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church with Darlene Hays.  This group has been CANCELLED 

Peer Support Group 
Was held  2nd Monday's from 6:30-8 PM at Calvin Presbyterian with Maya.
This group has been CANCELLED 

Family Support Group # 5 
Was held 4th Thursday's from 7-8:30 PM at Washington Cathedral with Karla.
 This group has been CANCELLED 

Family Support Group #1 update: There will be NO groups on November 25th or December 30th 

for questions or more information contact Cathy Williams at mcathywilliams@comcast.net 


Guests: Carolyn Hetherwick Goza, M.Ed and Michael E. Goza, B.S., CHE

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7 PM - 9 PM

Location: Evergreen Health Medical Center, Suite Tan 100,
12303 NE 130th Lane,
Kirkland, WA 98034

Carolyn and Michael will cover the basic concepts in NAMI BASICS FREE 6-week educational course for parents/caregivers of youth/young adults living with mental illness. These experienced teachers are volunteer parents who have "walked the walk", are nationally certified by NAMI and elected board members of various Snohomish County and regional mental health resources. They are the only NAMI BASIC’S educators in the state offering this course. Together, they have taught 10 classes to over 150 parents/caregivers. Participants described the course as "life-changing", "empowering", "forever has changed my advocacy for my youth", and "has given me understanding, SO many resources, but most of all HOPE!”

Carolyn Hetherwick Goza, M.Ed.— Is a retired classroom teacher/reading specialist/college instructor of Special Education, Certified Educational Diagnostician and was in the first certification class for WA state for NAMI BASICS, Past-President Snohomish County Mental Health Advisory Board, County Council appointed member of Snohomish County Chemical Dependency/Mental Health Sales Tax Board and the Regional North Sound Mental Health Advisory Board. She and her late husband reared 3 children/adolescents from birth to adulthood, living with mental illness.

Michael E. Goza, B.S., CHE—Is a chemical engineer, retired ALCOA world-wide executive, past member of the Board of Directors of Samaritan Counseling, PNW, currently on the Board of Directors of Snohomish County National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and serves on the Personnel Committee as well as being a Ruling Elder of Everett First Presbyterian Church.

Please join us at this FREE educational event. Open to the Public.

16315 NE 87TH ST.
REDMOND, WA, 98052
PHONE: 425-885-NAMI (6264)

Please note that the Public Policy Committee Meeting has changed from October 23rd 2014 to Thursday October 30th 2014 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Together Center Conference Room.
If you have any questions please call or email Carol Koepp at (612) 281-6701 carolkoepp@comcast.net
 Ask the Doctor Conference Call October 24, 2014 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Eastern Time (8:00 am to 9:00 am Pacific Standard Time).

Topic: Cognitive Enhancement Therapy with Ray Gonzalez

Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) is a SAMHSA Evidence-Based Practice that improves cognitive functioning and social cognition for persons in recovery from schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. During 48 once-a-week sessions of computer exercises, social cognition group work and individual coaching, clients learn how to be socially wise and vocationally effective. For more information please contact Ray Gonzalez at 216-504-6428 or email at rgonzalez@cetcleveland.org or visit www.cetcleveland.org.

Friday adult conference calls with Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI’s medical director and a child and adolescent psychiatrist, take place on the fourth Friday of every month. The calls are toll free and are scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. E.T. To access the toll-free call, please dial 1-888-858-6021; access number 309918#.

Please note: There will be no Children’s Ask the Doctor Call this month.
Guests:  Commander Shari Francois, Redmond Police Department and Manka Dhingra JD., Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Date:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014,  7 PM - 9 PM
Location:       Evergreen Health Medical Center, Suite Tan 100,
  12303 NE 130th Lane,  
  Kirkland, WA 98034
Commander Shari Francois and Manka Dhingra, JD, both currently serving on the Board of Directors at NAMI Eastside, will be presenting information on what can
happen after you call the police.  What are the options?  What is Mental Health Court?  ITA?  Diversion Center?

Shari Francois is a Commander with the Redmond Police Department and has been a law enforcement officer for 20 years here in Washington State.  She is a trained
Crisis Intervention Team officer and has spearheaded the initiative to have all first
 responders trained in CIT, specifically for dealing with the mentally ill in Redmond.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College.

Manka Dhingra is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Senior Specialist with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  She holds a JD from the University of
Washington School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science from University of California at Berkeley.

Please join us at this FREE educational event.  Open to the Public.

AN EDUCATIONAL FORUM ON HERO HOUSE: AN OVERLOOKED RESOURCE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS Guests: Kailey Fiedler-Gohlke, MA, CRC, Stan Donogh and Silvia Steed Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7 PM - 9 PM Location Evergreen Health Medical Center, Suite Tan 100, 12303 NE 130th Lane, Kirkland, WA 98034 Kailey Fiedler-Gohlke has been with HERO House for two years and recently became the Employment Coordinator. She will be accompanied by two other members of HERO House who will explain the programs and results of their participation. Lack of self-esteem and isolation are two of the main issues faced by individuals with mental illness. Membership in HERO House can help with these and other roadblocks to recovery. HERO House is often overlooked as a resource for adults with serious mental illness. A free clubhouse, members are provided with educational, vocational, and social opportunities. Its mission is to facilitate the recovery and rehabilitation of adults with mental illness in East King County. Their goal is to help members achieve and sustain satisfying, meaningful roles and lives in the community. Join us as we learn how HERO House can help individuals with mental illness. Please join us at this FREE educational event. Open to the Public.

Brightwater Center Meeting Room
22505 State Route 9 SE,
Woodinville, WA 98072

Thursday, September 25, 7 –8:30PM

Moderator – Jonathan Martin, editorial writer, Seattle Times

All candidates for the state legislature from districts 41, 45 and 48 have been invited to participate.
Public participation is strongly encouraged.

Topics for Discussion at the Forum:

1. The costs of NOT providing care.
2. Changing language in the Involuntary Treatment Act.
3. Funding for housing for homeless/mentally ill.
4. Funding for more psychiatric beds/psychiatric units.
5. Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs and facilities.
6. Alternatives to incarceration for people living with a mental illness and have broken the law.
7. Others - - - - -

For more information:
Email carolkoepp@comcast.net or call (612) 281-6701

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