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NAMI-CO Monthly 2019 Newsletter
Community Education Meeting: "Evening with the Experts"

Central Oregon Stabilization Center

Tuesday, April 16th
7:00PM - 8:30PM 
Central Oregon Collective at 62070 SE 27th Street, Bend, OR 97701

Did you know that Deschutes County officials are working to create a special facility to help those who suffer from mental health or substance abuse issues? The proposed Stabilization Center is a crucial resource that will allow law enforcement to take somebody in crisis to a safe place to get the help they need. Join us as we learn about the Bend Police Department's Crisis Response Team (CRT) and the proposed Stabilization Center. We are excited to have a representative from the CRT come talk about who they are, what they do, and how they successfully impact our community in times of crisis. This is your opportunity to learn more about this wonderful asset to Central Oregon. Holly Harris, with Deschutes County Behavioral Health, will also join us to discuss the proposed Stabilization Center.

The meeting is preceded by our Bend Family Support Group, 
5:15PM - 6:45PM. Please join us in support of good mental health in our community.
Our meetings are free and open to all.

Save these dates!

Tuesday, May 21: Community Education Meeting - Collaborative Problem Solving, 7:00PM - 8:30 PM
Central Oregon Collective at 62070 27th Street in Bend
Saturday, September 14: Stomp Out Stigma, 12:00PM - 3:00PM at Sky View Middle School

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: 1st Wednesday of Every Month. 4:30PM - 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 at 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 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, at Westside Church. There is both a teen and parent support group. Please email for more information.
Food & Body Recovery Groups for 2019: New group starting for January 28th - May 21st, 2019. Contact Nancy Curfman at (541) 385-7408. Pre-consult required.
What is the NAMI Basics Education Program?
NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties prior to age 13.

NAMI Central Oregon, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its NAMI Basics Education Program for the spring beginning April 17th. It will be held on Wednesdays from 
6:00PM to 8:00PM at St. Charles Medical Center's Bend Conference Room D.

Call, text or email
Nancy Bennett 541-350-3694
Becky Dolf 541-408-3103

Monthly Newsletter - Help create and write content for our monthly newsletter.  
PR - Create flyers, distribute brochures, spread the word in our community. 
Fundraising - Work with our STOMP out Stigma Event planning team/ fundraising events. 
Administration - Room reservations, bring food to meetings, write “thank you” notes, maintain electronic mailing lists, special projects. 
Membership - help spread the word about NAMI and go out into the community and build relationships with Clinicians Network, community members, brochure distribution
Website - Maintain NAMI-CO website, be creative. Also, help us with automation if possible. 

To volunteer please contact:
Nunzia at  or Marcy at
Community F.Y.I.

SAVE THE DATE - Stomp Out Stigma!
Date and place set! Saturday, September 14th from Noon to 3:00PM at Skyview Middle School

NAMIWalks Northwest is coming up!
Join us at the Eastbank Esplanade in Portland on Sunday, May 19th, for the West Coast's largest mental health awareness event! NAMIWalks Northwest, presented by Providence Health & Services, is a free, family-friendly event open to all. Help us fight discrimination, protect mental health parity, and raise funds to support NAMI programs. All event information can be found at

NAMI National Convention - Our Movement, Our Moment
Dates: June 19th - 22nd
Location: Hyatt Regency in Seattle, Washington
This year in the PNW! Learn more about the convention, available scholarships, registration, and more by visiting NAMI's National Convention page, their Convention FAQ page, and their Convention Schedule page.

Hope, Help, & Heal
Interactive evenings, by partnership
with the school district and Safe Schools Alliance, to help parents learn how to normalize conversations about suicide and preventing it. To find resources in our community, several meetings are coming up:                 
- Mountain View High School. April 23rd, 5:00PM - 7:45PM            
- Ridgeview High School. April 25th, 5:30PM - 7:45 PM 

Redmond Schools Community Resource Fair
Date & Time: April 10th, 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Location: 850 W. Antler Ave.
If your organization would like to reserve a booth space, please RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited. Contact Marisa Calvert at (541) 923-4868 x4416 or

Bending Perspectives - an Art Event
Date & Time: May 3rd, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Bright Place Gallery at 909 SE Armour Road, Bend OR 97702
Organized by Liz Aliberti, a
rt therapist at Telecare Corp. This will be third year for this art event to highlight how art helps in recovery for mental health issues and to increase understanding and fight stigma surrounding mental illness. Artists submit their artwork along with an artist’s statement about the role that creativity plays in their life/recovery. To be held at Downtown Bend's First Friday Art Walk on May 3rd, 2019 at Bright Place Gallery, 909 SE Armour Road Bend, OR, 97702 during Mental Health Awareness month. Contact: Liz at for volunteer opportunities.

2019 Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) Spring Conference
Dates: May 15th -17th, 2019
Location: Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center
To register and learn more about the event, click here.

Trauma Healing Conference
Date: May 18th, 2019
Location: Mountain View High School
Exploring healing tools for people who have experienced trauma.
Contact: Cheryl Mills, 541-350-3049
Susanne Frilot, 541-241-4149

Sex Trafficking Prevention
Samara Learning Center & Guardian Group

Date & Time: April 3rd, 6:00PM - 8:30PM
Location: 230 NE 9th Street, Bend, OR
Free prevention training for participants 12 yrs and up. Be informed, know the signs, act.

Contact for future trainings.

OCA Peerpocalypse Conference
Dates: May 20th - May 23rd
Location: Salem
Hosted by Mental
Health & Addiction Association of Oregon. Peerpocalypse is a conference of leaders, emerging leaders, innovators, and peers who want to become more involved in the peer community. Adopting the philosophy that peers bring with them a great deal of knowledge and expertise, the event is about bringing the community together to share information, skills, and experience. For more information, contact 
at (503) 922-237 or To learn more about Peerpocalypse, visit

Save the Date: May 29th - 31st
Lines for Life, the Oregon Pain Guidance, the Oregon Health Authority, and others will convene stakeholders to confront the challenge of opioid and other drug abuse and pain and addiction treatment in Oregon. The conference will be held at The Riverhouse in Bend on May 29th - 31st, 2019.
Community Trainings

Ending the Silence Presenter Training
Dates: June 22nd & 23rd
Location: Douglas Education Service District
1871 NE Stephens St., Roseburg, OR 97470

Applications due by Friday, June 7th.

Basics Teacher Training
Dates: July 20th & 21st
Location: Ford Family Foundation
1600 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, OR 97471
Applications due by
Friday, July 5th

QPR training at Westside Church in Bend
Contact Ronni Wilde at 818-419-7089 about future trainings.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
ASIST is a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated suicide intervention training that reflects current best-practice in suicide intervention. ASIST is the result of more than 25 years of research and development and is the most widely used suicide intervention program in the world.  This is a two-day, 15 hour, interactive workshop. Learn how to recognize opportunities to help, assess
risk of suicide, apply a suicide intervention model, and practice skills. For more information about ASIST, visit Contact Whitney Schumacher, Deschutes County Suicide Prevention Coordinator, at for information regarding future trainings.
Dates: May 2nd - 3rd
Time: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: Lutheran Community Services Northwest at 1103 NE Elm Street
Dates: May 16th - 17th
Time: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: First Baptist Church at 85 NE A Street
Community Resources

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.

The Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance’s website
Officially launched and live! Check it out at
The website contains information on training offerings, the ability to request a training, local resources for all three counties, and many other great features.
**If you are 
a mental health or behavioral health provider, we encourage you to promote your expertise on the Mental Health Provider Directory. To learn more and get answers to frequently asked questions visit:

Dental Clinic
COCC has a dental clinic that helps low-income adults with fillings and extractions, if you know of a client that could benefit from these services. There is a $20 supply fee, but 
otherwise there is no charge for the services. Be patient - the clinic is held only 2 Fridays per month October through June. Call 541-322-7400 for more information.

Laundry Love partners with local laundromats in cleaning clothes and linens of low-income or no-income families and individuals. Registered Laundry Love Locations:
- Express Eco Laundromat 805-448-4655
2570 NE Twin Knolls Dr # 105
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Wednesday of each month, 5:00 pm to 
Snacks are provided; activities for children
Only two loads per adult            
Cost: Free 
- Westside Coin-op 541-788-4329
738 NW Columbia St
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Contact to learn which Sundays in the month they provide services
Only two loads per adult           
Cost: Free

The Bend Drop
Location: 1340 Wall St., South Entrance
Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons and on Thursdays from 5:00PM - 7:00PM for activities, laundry, a clothing closet, art activities, and hanging out.
The Club (for adults) is open from 9:00AM - 2:00PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, 
and Fridays. Free walk-in wellness checks available on Wednesdays through Mosaic Medical via a traveling van (parked in front of The Drop). 
Advantage Dental Walk-In Appointments
On the first Monday of the month, an Advantage Dental van is available for walk-in appointments outside of The Drop.
A new resource to help parents find friends for their child. The service is safe and strictly for parental use. The resource is for children who have difficulty finding, making. or sustaining friendships. Daniel Kriz, a pediatric neuropsychologist at St. Charles Medical Center, developed this website to help pair families with kids who need a little
help making friends. Check out and for more information.

Recovery Bend for Food, Body & Spirit
Conquer food and body struggles and create a healthy relationship with your body. Franki Mauti MS, RDN, CDE & Nancy Curfman, LCSW. Call 541-385-7408 or text 541-420-7613 for more information.

Individuals and families who are living in poverty are often in need of social services and support. A lack of knowledge of what the community has to offer, transportation and access barriers, and difficulty in navigating systems are primary reasons individuals and families are unable to access these community service supports. THRIVE bridges the gap for community members, meeting them where they are in public spaces, providing 
vital connection to services and support that for many would otherwise not happen.
For more information and a step-by-step process on how to navigate this resource, visit
 For more information, clarification, and/or assistance, please contact or

The Central Oregon TRACES (Trauma, Resilience and Adverse Childhood Experiences) Partnership
Inviting individuals, organizations
and communities to partner in a shared commitment to make our region a place where every individual has the strength, social connections, and community support they need to be resilient and thrive in the face of adversity. Toxic stress and trauma have similar impacts; all of which show up in each of our Central Oregon communities. Together, we will learn:
- How toxic stress, adverse experiences and trauma impact those in our community;
- Why this matters to education, health, and the economy; and
- How each of us can make it easier for people to thrive in the face of adversity.
If you or your organization are interested in learning more, please reach out to TRACES for opportunities they can offer.

Samara Learning Center 
Programs for students trying to find their unique ways
to success. We welcome diverse learners, including, but not limited to, those with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, and or High Functioning Autism. Learn more at

Shared Future Coalition
The Shared Future Coalition contributes to the well-being of our County and reducing substance abuse by empowering youth and young adults to make safe, healthy, and legal choices through community education, collaboration, and policy.
The Deschutes County Youth Committee aims to actively engage high school youth in substance use prevention in their community and specifically among their peers. If you’re interested in learning more or know a young person who may be interested in joining, please contact Lauren Wood at
The YouthLine ( recently expanded operations to Central Oregon. It is a youth volunteer operated resource for young adults aged 11 to 21. Central Oregon YouthLine volunteers help figure out
next steps or just listen while the teen talks things out, and may direct teens to where they can get more information or long-term help. The next teen co-hort training will occur in June 2019. To access Youthline, text "teen2teen" to 839863 or call 877-968-8491 atbetween 4:00PM - 10PM PT for their confidential crisis support and help line
Learn more about these programs and other projects by exploring their website at

Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative
Available to assist those on a fixed income! Will pay up to $50,000 to reduce unpaid principal balance so the 
loan may be re-amortized for sustainable lower monthly payments. Visit their website for more information at

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

Child Abuse Hotline statewide
Contact through (541) 693-2854 and

The Drop In
Location: Lutheran Community Services NW at 1103 NE Elm St. in Prineville
For youth and adults ages 14-24. O
pen and available Wednesdays & Thursdays at 9:00AM-12:00PM, same days at 3:00PM-6PM for ages 14-18. The Drop In is available as a 24/7 crisis line, housing assistance, employment assistance, an ACT team, community support programming, case management, substance abuse counseling, and outpatient behavioral health. Call (541) 323-5330 for services.

Military/Veterans Assistance:
Veterans Services: (541) 385-3214
Veterans Crisis Line: 1(800) 273-8255, text 838255, or visit
Central Oregon Veterans Outreach: (541) 383-2793 or
Central Oregon Veterans Center: (541) 749-2112.
Reintegration Team Helpline 24/7: 1(888) 688-2264.
Oregon Military Assistance Helpline: 1(800) 511-6944.
Military Helpline: 1(888) 457-4838 or text mil1 to 839863.
Central Oregon Veterans Ranch:
Make the Connection:   
Vet Center: 1(877) 927-8387 or
Help for Homeless Veterans: 1(877) 424-3838 or

Phone apps for help:
Moving Forward:
problem solving skills for stress. Available on Apple.
My3: safety plan and support during
crisis. Available on Apple and Android.
Virtual Hope Box: coping, relaxation & positive thinking. Available on Apple and Android.
Tactical Breather: control physical & emotional stress. Available on Apple and Android.
PTSD Coach: monitor and manage PTSD related symptoms. Available on Apple and Android.
CBT-i Coach: enhance sleep quality and duration. Available on Apple and Android.

Reach Out to NAMI Central Oregon
P.O. Box 7462, Bend, OR 97708

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