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NAMI-CO October 2018 Newsletter
Community Education Meeting

We are currently planning our 2019 Community Education series.
Potential topics include:
SSI & Supported Employment
Mental Health Needs (MCAT, CIT, CRT)
Trauma-Informed Services
Special Needs Trusts & ABLE Accounts
Collaborative Problem Solving
Lines for Life & First Step

Stay tuned for more details.

All Community Education meetings begin at 7:00PM and end at 8:30PM. They are located
the Central Oregon Collective at 62070 SE 27th St., Bend, OR 97701

Support Groups
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: 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
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 & 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 for more information. 
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 for more information. 
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.
October Recap
NAMI-CO’s October Community Education Meeting on Mental Health and Affordable Housing - concerned members questioned our informed panel.
  • Anne Pendygraft of Telecare gave a good background on Supported Housing at Deschutes Recovery Center, 12th St & Edgecliff Houses. Supported Housing includes providers on-site to help with meds, skills training, nursing services, peer support, & person-centered recovery.
  • Roger Moore of EPIC runs the property management for Housing Works and helped address questions regarding fair housing.
  • Keith Wooden from Housing Works informed the group on projects in Sisters and Redmond. Keith oversees the Section 8/HUD voucher funding (1200 vouchers each year) to help with affordability.
  • Colleen Thomas is the Outreach Chair for the Homeless Leadership Coalition.
  • Rachael Marble from Deschutes County coordinates Housing. She explained the difference between Supported and Supportive Housing and addressed funding for housing.
    • Supported Housing supports on-site services.
    • Supportive Housing services are occasionally brought in and are not on-site.
    • Funding is moving from segregated to integrated environment concept housing.  This directive stems from the Oregon Performance Plan by the Department of Justice to mandate that not more than 25% of folks living with an MI diagnosis should reside in any one complex.
Informing on Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance (COSPA)
COSPA started in February 2016 and has over 100 general members
. Its mission is to connect, collaborate on efforts, and reduce duplication of efforts to reduce suicide. There are 4 strategic focus areas: prevent suicides; provide care & postvention; increase community knowledge on protective factors and stigma reduction; promote supportive environments for youth. Five workgroups carry out the mission: Leadership, Community Outreach, Primary Care, Postvention, & Parenting Resources. Contact Whitney Schumacher, DC’s Suicide Prevention Coordinator at for more information.
NAMI-CO has joined the Clinicians Network to improve communication between our group and private providers.
Community F.Y.I.
  • Peer to Peer Instructor Training is scheduled for November 10th and 11th (Saturday and Sunday) at the Comfort Suites in Clackamas. The training application and schedule are also available for download on the Trainings page of the NAMI Oregon website.
  • Community Education Forum on PTSD & Veterans on November 7th at 6:00pm at Bend Senior High School / Central Oregon's Veteran's Ranch. Please visit for more information.
  • 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. Please click here for more information on their website.
  • Lines for Life is launching YouthLine in Central Oregon. Youthline welcomes teens from across Central Oregon to volunteer, helping peers through the cris;is line, do school-based outreach programs, and other engagements throughout the community. This peer-to-peer crisis service trains and equips teens to help their fellow teens with challenges and stresses while building help-seeking skills. Mel Butterfield will be local Lines for Life Director, Dwight Holton is CEO.
  • Recovery Bend for Food, Body & Spirit: Tuesdays from September 25th to December 18th. Located at 1011 SW Emkay Suite 101. Initial assessment required, sliding rates. Please contact Nancy Curfman at 541-385-7408 or text at 541-420-7613.
  • 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/Virgin Mobile; Lifeline Assistance program. For qualifications, please visit
  • 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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