Public Education Events

We provide free public education events throughout the NYC metro area.

Upcoming Events

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If you are interested in presenting or hosting an event or workshop with NAMI-NYC Metro, please email our Program & Outreach Coordinator, Matt Dobbs, at

Ask The Lawyer

Got questions? We’ve got answers!

The Affordable Care Act, elder care law, healthcare proxies, Medicare and Medicaid, Supplemental Needs Trusts, navigating the mental health system, and more!

Judith D. Grimaldi is a partner in the pioneering elder law firm GRIMALDI & YEUNG LLP. Ms. Grimaldi’s perspective on the issues facing the elderly and disabled is unique; it was shaped by more than a decade of field experience as a social worker.

As an attorney for over 20 years, Ms. Grimaldi has represented the rights of the elderly and disabled. She has special expertise on Medicare and Medicaid, health law, trusts, and wills and estates. Her particular focus is on family caregivers and homecare. Ms. Grimaldi is a Certified Elder Law Attorney.

Judith Grimaldi

New York Public Library
328 East 67th St.
New York, NY 10065

Thursday, June 22
5:15-6:30 PM

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WRAP Workshop:
Wellness Recovery Action Plans

Gina Calhoun struggled to find the right mental health treatment and care when she was hospitalized – 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.

Integral to the values and ethics of WRAP is communicating through the language of experience, rather than diagnostic language. In this way, each WRAP is framed through each client’s individual perspective, the expert on what’s worked best for them.

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.

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.

Personalized Recovery
A Panel Discussion on One Family’s Unique Journey

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

Gina, her mother, and her sister will share their stories as their family fought for Gina’s recovery. They will talk about the difficulties accessing mental health treatment, their experiences as family members, as well as how they each came to thrive today.

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

Co-sponsored by
The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery
The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School

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



Reaching Agreements in Mental Health Conflict: Learning from Mediators

The mental health system can be confusing to navigate, even for experienced professionals. Family members, peer specialists, clinicians, and clients often disagree about the best ways to deliver mental health care.

MH Mediate has developed tools for reaching agreements specific to mental health settings. Dan Berstein will talk about these techniques as well as teaching how to create realistic, sustainable agreements in mental health conflicts.

Dan Berstein
Inspired by his personal experiences living with bipolar disorder, Dan Berstein has built a career focused on conflict resolution and mental health. Nationally renowned for his mediation expertise, Dan has travelled across the US to train mediators, mental health service providers, government agencies, universities, and peers on how to improve their mental health communication.

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.