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HUGS Program Makes Headlines

Behavioral Help for At-Risk Youth
By Ed Mund
Originally Posted Here

Kathryn Hunter only needs nine words to describe the positive effect of Collier County’s Health Under Guided Systems (HUGS) program. “Families are so overjoyed that somebody else gets it,” she says.

Since the HUGS program’s inception in 2010, the families of more than 3,000 low-income, at-risk children and youth in the Florida county have lent truth to those words.

HUGS is administered by NAMI of Collier County, a Naples-based affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Hunter is the organization’s CEO. The program provides universal screening and early identification of children who have […]

NAMI Featured in Mental Health Weekly

NAMI of Collier County was recently featured on Mental Health Weekly for our HUGS Program. Please visit their website here and then check out the article, below!


Local Mental Health Organization’s Youth Screening Program Focuses on Early Detection

Originally Posted Here

A local arm of a national mental health advocacy organization has developed a successful way to screen children for signs of possible behavioral issues.

A 2010 report from the National Advisory Mental Health Council said one out of every four adults in the US suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. The local program garnered attention last month when it won an award from a national mental illness campaign.

When Mindy Wendt’s 11-year-old son Matthew gets upset, he sometimes punches holes in the wall.

In his room, there are three holes above where he lays his head at night.

Wendt said […]

Make Your New Year’s Resolution to Connect 4 Mental Health

Make Your New Year’s Resolution to Connect 4 Mental Health
By: Ginger Lerner-Wren, Created first Mental Health Court to decriminalize mentally ill
Originally Posted on The Huffington Post

2015 is here, along with the opportunity to positively impact the lives of individuals with serious mental illness and grow social justice in your local communities. While you were preparing for the holiday season, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council), Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., and Lundbeck, announced the winners of the 2014 Community Innovation Awards. Four notable community based models were selected from one of […]

Hope Shines on NAMI as Recent Event Raises More Than $215,000

2014 Luncheon Chairs, Lindy & Lindsey Thomas
Naples, Florida—December 15, 2014.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County’s annual Hope Shines luncheon was truly magical, as over 400 people attended on December 5th at a private club in Naples. Event chairs, Lindy and Lindsey Thomas report that the “The Magic is You!” themed event, featuring a message of hope, raised more than $215,000, a record thus far.

Keynote speaker Kevin Hines captivated the group with his moving story about finding brighter days after his suicide attempt in 2000. His […]

NAMI’s Success Stories

Here at NAMI of Collier County, the people that we help (or have helped!) are truly an inspiration to all of us. Read on, below, for a glimpse of our many success stories:

FIRST Program success stories:

The Collier County FIRST program provides intensive community re-entry assistance to inmates that life with serious mental illnesses who may also have co-occurring substance disorders. The program provides select inmates with services designed to facilitate their mental and behavioral health recovery. Referrals can come from family members, legal services, or community providers. Enrolled individuals have the opportunity to participate in mental health services, intensive case […]

Check out the success of our HUGS program!

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County
Health Under Guided Systems (HUGS)
The primary purpose of Collier Health Under Guided Systems (HUGS) is to provide a responsive, culturally competent system of care for children and youth with behavioral health needs. HUGS facilitates collaboration across agencies, as well as both public and private schools to improve access to culturally and linguistically competent services for families. The project provides coordinated, universal screenings and referrals to facilitate early identification and access to care to mitigate the effects of untreated problems later in life.

Provide Screening and system navigation to a minimum of 1300 […]

ORR Stakeholders: Health Insurance Literacy and the Marketplace (OMH & CMS Webinar)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invite you to join us for a webinar on health insurance literacy and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

This webinar will provide basic information on how health insurance works, how to use your health insurance ​and where to find consumer-friendly resources. A brief update on the Marketplace will also be provided.

Webinar: Health Insurance Literacy and the Marketplace
Who Should Attend: HHS partners and community-based organizations

When: Thursday, June 19 at 4 pm EDT
Join the live event (no pre-registration is needed).
Conference number: PW6650566
Passcode: 9529414
Dial-in number: […]

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