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Workshop and Panel Discussion:
Wellness Action Recovery Plans

Each road to recovery is unique.

Gina Calhoun struggled to find the right treatment and care when she was hospitalized for depression and anxiety – until she found a program where she could create the road to recovery that best fit her needs and her life: WRAP.

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) is a personalized coping strategy designed by the client, for the client, in order to succeed beyond recovering from mental illness.

Gina will run an afternoon workshop at NAMI-NYC Metro about what a WRAP is, as well as how to create and use your very own WRAP. These are invaluable skills for those living with a mental illness, family members and loved ones, as well as mental health practitioners.

In the evening at The New School, Gina, her mother, and her sister will share their stories about the difficulties accessing mental health treatment, their experiences as family members, as well as how they each came to thrive today.

Gina serves as the National Director for Wellness and Recovery Education at the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery. She is a certified peer support specialist and previously worked for the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Gina is one of the nation’s most inspiring leaders on personalized recovery and well-being in the face of mental illness.


Tuesday, March 21


Workshop: 2:30-4:00pm
505 8th Ave.
(cnr. of W 35th St.)
Suite 1103
New York, NY
Please click here to RSVP for the workshop

Panel Discussion: 6:00-8:00pm
Starr Foundation Hall
The New School
63 5th Ave.
(btwn. W 13 & 14 Sts.)
New York, NY
Please click here to RSVP for the panel discussion


Starr Foundation Hall
The New School

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Panel Discussion:
Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Providers, policymakers, parents, and people living with mental illness—we have an exciting panel discussion you’ll want to be a part of. Our diverse panel features New York’s thought leaders in psychiatry, public healthcare, and criminal justice: Francis Greenburger, Cindy Rodriguez, and Detective Jeff Thompson.

We open with a presentation by the Chief Medical Officer for the NY State Office of Mental Health, Dr. Lloyd Sederer on his new book, Improving Mental Healthcare: Four Secrets in Plain SightImproving Mental Healthcare provides a unique springboard for a dynamic discussion, moderated by Dr. Lisa Dixon, on the intersection of the criminal justice system and mental health care.

lis2108_3_sedererDr. Lloyd Sederer, M.D.

Dr. Sederer is Chief Medical Officer for the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), “chief psychiatrist” of the nation’s largest state mental health system. Dr. Sederer also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health as well as Medical Editor for Mental Health for the Huffington Post.

Dr. Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H. 

Dr. Dixon is the director of the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center and the director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research within the Department of Psychiatry.

fg-tei-websiteMr. Francis Greenburger 

Mr. Greenburger is the President and Founder of the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice. He has a justice-involved family member with serious mental illness.

cindy-rodriguezMs. Cindy Rodriguez

Ms. Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio. Her stories include in-depth looks at homelessness, neighborhood violence, and more recently on crisis intervention policy with the NYPD.

jeff-profileDetective Jeff Thompson, Ph.D.

Detective Thompson is a NYPD Detective, and is involved in Crisis Intervention/Communication in a variety of different roles including the Crisis Intervention Team training.

Co-sponsored by
The Mental Health Association of New York City
The Fortune Society



Community Mental Health Fair

To celebrate Minority Mental Health Month, we hosted the second annual NAMI C.A.R.E.S. (Community Advocacy, Resources, Education & Services) Community Mental Health Fair on Saturday, July 16. Mental health care should be available to all, but we know there are substantial barriers to accessing quality care for many. The fair will highlight mental health issues that specifically impact communities of color. We want to increase awareness of local community-based services, and connect people immediately to resources.

You can look at photos from the event here–what a great day it was!

We partnered with several mental health-focused organizations serving the Washington Heights community.