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NAMI-CO October 2018 Newsletter
Community Education Meeting: Housing and Mental Health 

October 16th at 7:00pm 
Central Oregon Collective at 62070 SE 27th St., Bend, OR 97701

Affordable Housing for Folks Living with Behavioral Health Needs. What exists now? What can we hope for in the future? How can NAMI Central Oregon advocate for more housing? Join us in discussing a better future for housing accommodations in Central Oregon!

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 St. 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: Resumes October 3rd, Continues the 1st Wednesday of Every Month.
4:30PM - 6:00PM. LaPine Public Library.
 For more information, contact Karen Lynn at
Prineville Family Support Group: Contact Dawn Mountz at

Connections 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 St. Contact Joe at (431) 640-9069. 
Redmond Connections Peer Support Group: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of Every Month. 12:00PM - 1:30PM. Best Care Redmond at 340 NW 5th St., 2nd Floor. Contact Laurie at (541) 693-4613 or Mike at
Stomp Out Stigma Recap
Our inaugural "Stomp Out Stigma" event was a major success! We filled the track at Sky View Middle School with wonderful community members, fun activities, and delicious food. The positivity and excitement everyone brought to the track made the sun shine longer than the weather forecast predicted. We had many stompers contribute numerous energetic laps. With the pledges from our stompers, 12 donated raffle items, and countless participants, we are able to maintain free education, support, and advocacy efforts in the Central Oregon communities. Finally, congratulations to the lucky winner of the AirLink helicopter ride! Keep on the look out for more community events from NAMI Central Oregon.
NAMI Central Oregon would like to give a big "thank you" to our many awesome sponsors, donors, and community partners!
Brooks Resources
Smolich Motors/Allstate
St. Charles Medical Center Foundation
AirLink Charitable Fund
Robert G. Kirby Fund
Zivney Financial Group
Miller Lumber
Allstate (Lawnie Tucker)

Saxons Jewelry
Bend Pet Express
Mondo Pizza
Professional Carpet Service
Austin Chiropractic
Alpha Window Cleaning
Alliance Supply
Redmond NAMI Connections Group
Deschutes County Behavioral Health
Lutheran Community Services NW
Youth Villages
Lines for Life
Oregon Family Support Network
Bend Police Department's Community Response Team
Veterans' Suicide Prevention Program - V.A.
Pet Partners
New Vision Wilderness Program
Samara Learning Center
After Shool Buddies
Mental Health First Aid

From NAMI National:

On September 14, NAMI joined a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to overturn the Administration’s recently-issued rule on short-term, limited-duration (STLD) insurance plans. The lead plaintiff is the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, joined by NAMI and the following organizations: AIDS United, American Psychiatric Association, Little Lobbyists, Mental Health America and National Partnership for Women & Families.

The new STLD rule dealt a blow to mental health parity by allowing for an expansion of health insurance plans that are not required to cover people with pre-existing conditions or provide coverage for mental health services. These plans are permitted to:

  • Deny coverage for any pre-existing condition like mental illness;
  • Charge higher premiums for people with a history of mental health conditions; and
  • Not cover mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

These short-term, limited duration plans will also result in higher premiums for comprehensive health insurance plans that provide parity mental health coverage and that don’t exclude people with pre-existing conditions.

What you can do:

Follow @NAMIAdvocacy on Twitter for updates, read more about the lawsuit at, and share how your insurance coverage helps you, or tell us about challenges you’ve experienced that have hurt your ability to get mental health care.

Community F.Y.I.
  • NAMI Oregon Conference & Summit
    Annual Membership & Conference is on Saturday, October 27th at 
    Red Lion Hotel in Salem. All are welcome.
  • Oregon Housing Conference 2018 (on Supportive Housing)
    Monday, October 15th at 
    8:00AM at the Double Tree Hotel in Portland. For more information, please contact
  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer Instructor Training
    November 10th and 11th (Saturday and Sunday) at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Clackamas. Applications are also available for download on the "Trainings" page of the NAMI Oregon website. Please note the following:
    1. Training applicants must have a free user account established on the NAMI website ( and must use the same email address on their applications as they used to establish the user account.
    2. The length of the in-person training has been reduced from 3 days to 1.5, and applicants must complete an online training before attending the in-person training.
  • NAMI Connection Support Group Facilitator Training
    October 20th and 21st (Saturday and Sunday) at Lane County Behavioral Health Services in Eugene. The training application and schedule are available on the "Trainings" page of the NAMI Oregon website. Contact Peter Link with any questions at (503) 230-8009 ext. 201 or at
  • Help Raise Funds for NAMI-CO by Selling AirLink Memberships
    AirLink is asking for help in expanding their membership. For each new membership sold under our code, $10 will be donated to NAMI Central Oregon. Contact Kelly Garl for the code and more information at
  • Update from St. Charles Medical Health Systems
    Molly Wells Darling is resigning from her position as Director of Inpatient Behavioral Health for St. Charles Medical Health Systems effective October 12th, 2018.
  • Lines for Life is launching YouthLine in Central Oregon
    Youthline welcomes teens from across Central Oregon to volunteer, helping peers through the crisis line, do school-based outreach programs, and participate in other engagements throughout our community. This peer-to-peer crisis service trains and equips teens to help their peers with challenges and stressors while building help-seeking skills. Mel Butterfield will be the local Lines for Life Director, Dwight Holton is the CEO.
  • September is Suicide Prevention Month
    Deschutes County Commissioners unanimously declared September 2018 and every subsequent September to be Suicide Prevention Month.
  • Congratulating NAMI's Linda Jackson Shaw
    Linda Jackson Shaw, NAMI member, Chair of our Family Education and Support Committee has been asked and accepted to be on Youth Village's Advisory Board for Central Oregon.
  • Recovery Bend for Food, Body & Spirit
    Tuesdays from Sept 25th through December 18th at 1011 SW Emkay Suite 101. Sliding rates, initial assessment required. Please contact Nancy Curfman at either (541) 385-7408 or (541) 420-7613 for more information.
  • New Support Group for Teens with FaithBased: SOS (FREE)
    Saving Ourselves for Struggles with depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. Mondays starting September 10th at Westside Church at 6:30PM- 8:
    00PM. There is both a teen support group and a parent support group. For more information, please contact
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) with Deschutes County
    October 25th and 26th (Thursday and Friday) at Westside Church in Bend
    can register 
    at Registration is required. Registrants must attend both days for the entire time. For more information, please contact
  • Suicide Prevention Training at the Wellness Ranch
    Please contact Tammy at (541) 815-0203.
  • Cellphones for Low-Income Neighbors
    Assurance Wireless/Virgin Mobile; Lifeline Assistance program. For qualifications and more information, please visit
  • Friendship Line/Warm/Hotline
    Call IOA Connect at (415) 750-4111 or fill out an intake form online at For individuals 60+ years old living with a disability, call 1(800) 971-0016.
  • Lutheran Community Services NW
    1103 NE Elm St. in Prineville. (541) 323-5330
    Lutheran in Crook County has a 24/7 crisis line, housing assistance, employment assistance, ACT team, Community Support Programming, Case Management, Substance Abuse Counseling, Out Patient Behavioral Health.
  • Latino Community Association New Location
    The LCA is part of the Welcoming America initiative. Now located at 2445 NE Division St., Suite 200 in Bend. Please contact Executive Director Brad Porterfield at (541) 382-4366 or for more information.
Reach Out to NAMI Central Oregon
P.O. Box 7462, Bend, OR 97708

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