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NAMI-CO Monthly 2018 Newsletter
"Community Education Meeting: Evening with the Experts" to Resume.

Save these Dates!
3rd Tuesday of January thru May
 Central Oregon Collective 62070 27th St. Bend, OR 97701
Tuesday, January 15th, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Tuesday, February 19th, 7:00PM - 8:
Tuesday, March 19th, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Tuesday, April 16th, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Tuesday, May 21, 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Topics to Include:
- SSI & Supported Employment     - Mental Health meets -MCAT-CIT-CRT
- Trauma-Informed Services     - Special Needs Trusts & ABLE accounts
- Collaborative Problem Solving     - Lines for Life & First Step


Support Group
Family Support Groups

Bend Family Support Group: 3rd Tuesday of Every Month. 5:15PM - 6:45PM. Central Oregon Collective at 62070 SE 27th Street. Contact Bud Manley at
Redmond Family Support Group: 1st Thursday of Every Month.5:
30PM - 7:00PM. Redmond Library Community Room. Contact Linda at
LaPine Family Support Group: 1st Wednesday of Every Month.
30PM - 6:00PM. LaPine Public Library. Contact Karen Lynn at
Prineville Family Support Group: Contact Dawn Mountz at
Drug Addiction Family Support Group - Life Raft: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of Every Month. 6:00pm. Water Church at 21300 Bear Creek Road in Bend. Please email for more information.

Connections and Peer Support Groups

Bend Connections Peer Support Group: Every Monday. 7:00PM - 9:00PM. Bend Methodist Church. Contact Marcia at (541) 480-8269 AND Every Thursday. 10:30AM - 12:00PM. Cascade Peer and Self Help Center at 1128 NW Harriman Street. Contact Joe at (431) 640-9069 for more information. 
Redmond Connections Peer Support Group: On hiatus. Contact NAMI Central Oregon to learn more about volunteer opportunities and upcoming facilitator trainings.
Suicide Bereavement Support: Contact Alison Sorenson ( at (541) 610-9500 or Herb Baker ( at (503) 708-3047 for more information.
Wise Warriors Suicide Prevention: Contact Margaret Kuehn at (503) 402-2857 for more information.
New Faith-Based Support Group for Teens - SOS (Saving Ourselves): For teens struggling with depression, anxiety, etc. Mondays at Westside Church from 
6:30pm to 8:00pm. There is both a teen and parent support group. Please email for more information.
November Recap

Stomp Out Stigma Event – The Stomp Out Stigma (SOS) committee sent thank you notes to sponsors, donors, and community partners. They also put together a “Thank You” ad listing all our sponsors, donors, and community partners that appeared in the Sunday, October 14 Bend Bulletin. The event raised close to $15,000 for NAMI Central Oregon. Thank you again for your attendance and support!

Planning has begun for our 2019 Stomp Out Stigmatentative date of June 1st. 
The SOS Committee hopes to find a venue where the AirLink helicopter has permission to land, as part of the festivities. Volunteers are needed to help recruit sponsors in the month of December. Please contact NAMI Central Oregon regarding these volunteer opportunities.

NAMI Oregon Conference in late October was well attended by several Central Oregon NAMI members! The keynote speaker was Andrew Grover, Executive Director of Youth Villages Oregon. Youth Villages operates in the Portland and Central Oregon areas serving youth with mental health issues. Topics included the annual meeting and membership report, "Managing a Child’s Mental Health Crisis", "A Photographic Exploration into Bi-Polar and Depression", information regarding the ABLE Savings Plan, "Helping Faith Communities Help When it Comes To Mental Health", & an advocacy and public policy update.

First NAMIOR Leadership Summit was held this fall! Four NAMI-CO Board Members attended and networked with members from all Oregon chapters, where they shared procedures and information. Eileen White was asked to share at the Summit about the process used to reorganize NAMI-CO into committees and how we identified and assigned roles to help NAMI-CO’s focus. Jennifer MacLean, Executive Director of NAMI Lane County, is coming to Central Oregon in December to meet with our operational board and advise. The Summit provided goal setting templates which our operational board will be
utilizing at their January afternoon retreat. 

Deschutes County Behavioral Health Advisory Board: Roger Olson, Eileen White, Karyn Kotkins and Tina Smith all serve on this board. The purpose of the BHAB is to advise our county Behavioral Health program on community needs and priorities for services, as well as to help in planning, reviewing, and evaluating services for services related to addiction, mental health, 
and developmental disabilities.
  • Janice Garceau was introduced as the new Deputy Director of Deschutes County Behavioral Health. Janice shared about the interview process, calling it a chance for reflection, on what it means to run a behavioral health clinic, and what impacts clients. In turn, she asked the panel what would make them feel in one year that they picked the right person, which says a lot about Janice and ultimately made her stand out. She considers any input her marching orders.
  • We were informed about the Stepping Up Initiative, which aims to keep mentally ill folks out of jail. We identified the need to inform our new county commissioners about addiction, MH, & DD, as they oversee the funding distributions for these services.
Update on NAMI-OR’s Executive Director Chris Bouneff’s visit to Central Oregon: Chris visited to hear about our programs and was particularly impressed with our Compassion Committee and Stomp Out Stigma event. He shared plans for the State Conference and Leadership Summit.
Lines for Life is a crisis call center that runs

Lines for Life (Youthline Peer Crisis Intervention) Presentation at NAMI-CO board: Lines for Life is a crisis call center currently stationed in Portland that runs 
four (4) different lines: military and veteran, suicide, elder friendship, and youth. For the Youthline, youth can and often call, text chat, or email to speak with a peer, who tends to respond better to them than adults. Lines for Life trains youth in a vetted and tested 50-hour training curriculum so they can learn to appropriately talk with other youth who call. The program will be opening a satellite system here in Central Oregon soon and will partner with local schools for intern programs and peer recruitment. Lines for Life is currently ad actively recruiting volunteers of all ages. The first training orientation in Central Oregon will begin January 8, and a parent or guardians must be present with the youth volunteer. Please contact NAMI Central Oregon for more information regarding this training orientation.

Community F.Y.I.

HEALTH INSURANCE! Open enrollment - sign up until December 15th.
Open enrollment to sign up for health insurance or renew an existing plan for 2019 began November 1st. The enrollment period to purchase private insurance plans and see if you are eligible for tax credits will last until December 15th. Visit for more information and to shop for plans.

Lines for Life - Youthline Peer Crisis Intervention Training Orientation
Orientation is on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. Training Dates are January 18th - 21st, 2019.
Contact Morgan Leets to apply at
The YouthLine Volunteer Application will be sent to you after we receive your RSVP!
Please fill it out completely and bring it to the orientation. If you would like to pursue this volunteer opportunity, this orientation is the first step to beginning your journey as a youth volunteer!
Training spaces are limited, so please let Morgan know as soon as you can if this works for you. Please respond to RSVP, with the information listed below:
Phone number:  
Name of parent(s) attending:  
How you heard about the YouthLine:  
You must bring your completed application and a parent or guardian (if under 18) to this orientation in order to qualify for the position.
Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from Morgan at verifying your information shortly after.

NAMI-CO has been selected by “Home for the Holidays” as their non-profit recipient for 2018! Board volunteers will attend the event and inform about NAMI-CO at Tetherow on December 21st. 

NAMI-CO received a $1,000 donation from the Francis Cheney Family Foundation, by trustee Bonnie Wheeler. We thank you for this generous gift! 

NAMI National Website Navigating a Mental Health Crisis 
NAMI National has a helpful new tool, a guide to navigating a mental health crisis. Please take the time to visit to explore the resources they have available for access. Some topics to explore could include their information on medications and their NAMI Blogs. You're welcome to either click on the links, or use the search bar tool on the top of their webpage to explore different topics on the website yourself.

Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference – The Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference will be held on February 8th, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland and is designed for attorneys and law enforcement, public and private clinicians, healthcare administrators, students of the law, social work, psychology and psychiatry, policy designers and elected officials, and businesses and individuals involved with the care and welfare of people with mental illness. Learn more about the Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference at or click the link above.

Tiny House Villages in Redmond
Come learn how Tiny House Villages are being used to address transitional and affordable housing needs, and how a similar model could be applied in Redmond by Square One Villages. Learn more Monday, December 4th at 5:00PM - 6:30PM at the Redmond Library Meeting RoomContact George Meyers at or (614) 419-6408 to learn more.

Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative available to assist those on a fixed income; will pay up to $50,000 to reduce unpaid principal balance so loan may be re-amortized for sustainable lower monthly payments. Visit their website for more information by clicking here.   

New Faith-Based Support Group for Teens - SOS (Saving Ourselves): For teens struggling with depression, anxiety, etc. Mondays at Westside Church from 
6:30pm to 8:00pm. There is both a teen and parent support group. Please email for more information.

Cellphones for Low-Income Neighbors: Assurance Wireless with Virgin Mobile; Lifeline Assistance program. Visit for qualifications and information.

OHP/ACA Flexible Services Request Form: For services that do not have a medical code but would provide improved health benefits. A Primary Care Provider (PCP) requests the service, fills out and submits the form. Fill out a separate form for each item or service. You can get this document in another language, large print, or another way that’s best for you. Call (800) 431-4135, TTY (800) 735-2900 or email for more information.

Friendship Line/Warm/Hotline: Call (800) 971-0016. For 60 yrs+ or living with a disability, call IOA Connect at (415) 750-4111 or fill out an intake form online at

Lutheran Community Services NW - 1103 NE Elm St. in Prineville: 24/7 crisis line, housing assistance, employment assistance, ACT team, community support programming, case management, substance abuse counseling, and outpatient behavioral health. Call (541) 323-5330 for services.
Reach Out to NAMI Central Oregon
P.O. Box 7462, Bend, OR 97708

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