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NAMI-CO Monthly 2019 Newsletter
NAMI Central Oregon wishes all a safe and healthy holiday season!

NAMI-CO Community Education Series: Evening with the Experts
Resumes in January: Lines for Life
Local youth are trained to provide support for peer youth - come learn more about this program!

Tuesday, January 21st
7:00PM - 8:30PM

Central Oregon Collective at 62070 SE 27th St., Bend, OR 97701

Evening with the Experts Community Education continues every third Tuesday, January through May 2020. 
Our programs are developed nationally and are evidence based. Local members receive training in Portland for the various programs. All programs are led by volunteers and are free. The meeting is preceded by our Bend Family Support Group, 5:15-6:45 PM. Please join us in support of good mental health in our community.
Our meetings are free and open to all.

Support Groups

Family Support Groups

Bend Family Support Group: Starting January 2020: 4th Thursday of Every Month. 5:15PM-6:45PM. Stan Owen Conference Room, Deschutes County Health Service at 2577 NE Courtney Drive. Contact Catherine at for more information. AND 3rd Tuesday of Every Month. 5:15PM - 6:45PM. Central Oregon Collective at 62070 SE 27th Street. Contact Bud Manley at for more information.
Redmond Family Support Group: Please contact Linda at as room location is changing.

LaPine Family Support Group: 1st Wednesday of Every Month. 4:30- 6:00PM. La Pine Public Library. Contact KarenLynn at for more information.
Prineville Family Support Group: Contact Dawn Mountz at 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 for more information. AND 2nd and 4th Thursdays of Every Month. 10:30AM - 12:00PM. Sundance Room at 1128 NW Harriman St. Contact Joe at (431) 640-9069 for more information. 
Redmond Connections Peer Support Group: On Hiatus. Please contact NAMI Central Oregon to learn more about volunteer opportunities and upcoming facilitator trainings.
Community Updates

Good outcome for Central Oregon's vulnerable Homeless population...many who live with a mental health condition. The Bend Bulletin wrote an editorial in support of a collaborative effort between nonprofit FUSE (mission: Housing First) and our Deschutes County Health Department to apply for a grant to fund Housing First efforts. At the December 4th County Commissioners Board meeting, Deschutes County Health Director George Conway and Molly Wells Darling of Adult Services informed and appealed to the Commissioners to support the collaboration for Housing First. It was approved and the grant will be applied for. To view the article in its entirety, please click here for the Bend Bulletin editorial and click here for the Deschutes County page.

Crisis Intervention Training held in Bend in November. Roger Olson of NAMI Central Oregon and other members helped with this special law enforcement training by giving the family and peers perspective. Please click here to view a video of the training.

Update on the Stabilization Center by Holly Harris of Deschutes County Behavioral Health. Please click here for the full article and follow-up article on the Source Weekly on local, county-wide efforts to decriminalize mental illness. 

Communications - Spread the word about our classes, presentations and Community Ed Series ”Evening with the Experts”.

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
Marcy at
Community Support

Not Alone - Mental Health Support Group
Wednesdays 5:30PM - 7:00PM. Antioch Church at 566 NE Clay Avenue in Bend. Contact or for more information. Not Alone is a Faith-Based support group, the fall session's focus will be on Bipolar Disorder.


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.

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.

Call The David Romprey Oregon Warmline at 1(800) 698-2392
Opportunity for folks living with a mental health condition to speak to a peer. Who should call the warmline? Anyone needing support may call our warmline to speak with a trained peer. We do not give advice or attempt to ‘get’ anyone to do anything. We are here to listen and validated the caller’s feelings and experiences.
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 help@friendometry for more information.

Community Trainings & Events

Free legal assistance sessions by Central Oregon Council on Aging
Prineville and Bend on December 10th and 13th, respectively.
Adults over the age of 60 can meet with a lawyer for legal advice, free of charge.
Spaces are extremely limited and reservations are required.
By Council on Aging:
Call for Reservations and Questions: 
For Prineville on December 10th:
Melody Kendall at 541-447-6844
For Madras on December 10th: Louise Muir at 541-419-1275
For Bend on December 13th: Bonnie Hall at 541-678-5483

Geriatric-Education Hour with Dr. Maureen Nash
Live Webinar every 3rd Friday throughout 2020
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Training comes with 1hr of CME credit
Topics to include: Sleep disturbances; Agitation; Medications; Suicidality & others
For more information and registration, please contact Angela Belew Jensen, LCSW
Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist; Central Oregon Health Council
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:

New Resource: Rimrock Trails
Rimrock Trails is expanding outpatient service to include Mental Health treatment for children, teens, and adults (ages 5-65) and their families. 
Rimrock Trails operates outpatient clinics in Bend, Prineville and Redmond for individuals struggling with mental health, substance use and addiction disorders.
For more information, call 888-532-6247, email, or view their website

Hearing Voices: Online Support Group
Mondays at 5:00PM
Email facilitators Cindy Marty Hadge and David Adams at for more information regarding this online support group.
Providing a space for families and friends to discuss navigating the experience of supporting loved ones who may hear voices, have visions, or a variety of other non-consensus experiences and beliefs.

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, 5:00PM to 7:00PM
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

Deschutes County Behavioral Health Services
New Program: Smart Recovery

Open to ages 14=29 at the Drop-in Center 5:00PM - 6:30PM. A Family and Friends Smart Recovery class will also be offered. At this time, the class is only open to family members of active clients, but it will eventually be open to the public.
The Bend Drop 
Location: 1340 Wall Street, 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
Open for adults 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.

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. To access Youthline, text "teen2teen" to 839863 or call 877-968-8491 between 4:00PM - 10:00PM PT for their confidential crisis support and helpline.
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.

Oregon Child Abuse Hotline
Call (541) 693-2854, contact for feedback, comments, and/or concerns regarding the hotline or questions regarding the service.

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

The Drop In
Location: Lutheran Community Services NW at 1103 NE Elm St. in Prineville
For youth and adults ages 14-24. Open 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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