Wednesday, February 6, 2013


NAMI DuPage.  NAMI stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness.  What the folks at NAMI are providing to DuPage County is remarkable.  NAMI serves individuals with mental illnesses and their families.  NAMI offers a variety of programs. NAMI Connection is a free weekly 90 minute support group for individuals living with mental illnesses.  Family Support Group is a free twice monthly meeting for caregivers of individuals who have a mental illness.  Parent Support Group is a free program for parents of children under the age of 22 who have mental illnesses. NAMI Resource Line is a free non-crisis information and referral help line.

NAMI works with our schools, parents and teachers.  Ending the Silence is a interactive 50 minute program where high school and middle school students learn about the early signs of depression and other mental illnesses and the resources available to them.  Parents and Teachers as Allies is a program where school staff learn to identify the key signs of early onset mental illness in children and adolescents.  This presentation is effective for teacher in-services and PTA sponsored evenings.

In the past year over 2000 people at local hospitals have been provided support and resources, helped and educated.

NAMI  operates without federal or state funding.  Funding from individuals, foundations, corporations, service clubs etc allow NAMI to foster Recovery by providing Support, Education and Advocacy.

For more information on NAMI or for volunteer opportunities please go to the website

As a side note - yesterday the House passed HB 190 - this bill includes $2.9 million for supporting housing projects forward and restoration for the $12 million in community mental health cuts.

Below you will find how your representative voted:

Feb 05, 2013 63 YEAS
Y Acevedo Y Arroyo Y Beiser N Bellock Y Berrios N Bost
Y Bradley N Brady N Brauer N Brown Y Burke,Daniel N Burke,Kelly N Cabello
Y Cassidy N Cavaletto Y Chapa LaVia P Cloonen Y Conroy Y Costello Y Crespo N Cross Y Currie Y D'Amico N Davidsmeyer N Davis,Monique N Davis,William Y DeLuca N Demmer N Drury Y Dunkin
52 NAYS Y Lang
E - Denotes Excused Absence
N Durkin Y Evans,Marcus Y Farnham Y Feigenholtz Y Fine Y Flowers Y Ford N Fortner N Franks Y Gabel Y Golar Y Gordon-Booth N Halbrook N Hammond N Harms NV Harris,David Y Harris,Greg N Hatcher N Hays Y Hernandez Y Hoffman Y Hurley N Ives Y Jackson Y Jakobsson Y Jefferson Y Jones N Kay Y Kifowit N Kosel
N Leitch Y Lilly Y Manley Y Martwick N Mautino Y Mayfield Y McAsey N McAuliffe N McSweeney N Meier
Y Mell N Mitchell,Bill Y Mitchell,Christian N Moffitt N Morrison Y Moylan Y Mussman Y Nekritz N Osmond N Phelps N Pihos N Poe N Pritchard N Reboletti N Reis Y Riley Y Rita N Rosenthal
N Roth N Sacia N Sandack Y Scherer E Schmitz N Senger Y Sente Y Sims Y Smiddy Y Smith N Sommer N Sosnowski Y Soto N Sullivan Y Tabares Y Thapedi N Tracy N Tryon Y Turner N Unes Y Verschoore Y Walsh Y Welch N Wheeler Y Williams Y Willis Y Yingling Y Zalewski Y Mr. Speaker
NO. 4

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