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The fundamentals of caring for you, your family, and your child with mental illness Lora Thomas, Executive Director NAMI Illinois NAMI National Convention, 2008. •. •. Decision to apply to become a Pilot State Strong Visions for Tomorrow program

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The fundamentals of caring for you, your family, and your child with mental illness

Lora Thomas, Executive Director

NAMI Illinois

NAMI National Convention, 2008


child with mental illness

  • Decision to apply to

  • become a Pilot State

    • Strong Visions for Tomorrow program

    • Began in 2002 with four certified trainers

      • 9 teacher trainings

      • 28 certified teachers

      • Extensive reach through 15 affiliates

      • More than 423 families lives changed!


child with mental illness

  • Decision to apply to

  • become a Pilot State

    • (continued)

      • Support groups started

      • Parents & Teachers as Allies

      • Piecing It All Together (PIAT)

      • Evidence Based Practices for Children & Adolescents


child with mental illness

Teacher Training

First in the Nation –

World

Universe

Incredible response from some of the biggest potential critics in NAMI


child with mental illness

  • Immediate realization that the shift from focusing on the illness – to focusing on the family – and its ability to cope, communicate and advocate was exactly on target.


  • Cook County North Suburban

  • DuPage County

  • Madison County

  • McHenry County

  • Metro Suburban

  • Springfield


  • child with mental illness

    • Cook County North Suburban

    • Number registered: 21

    • Number graduating : 19

    • Dates held: 3/12/08 to 4/23/08

    • Promoted in local newspapers 2 weeks in advance

    • Had run VFT for 6 years

    • Excellent relations with local schools

    • Idea: Had a reunion one month after class finished. Well attended


    child with mental illness

    CCNS

    Evaluations…

    " I am a Research Nurse at the University of Chicago…VERY impressed at the amount and the quality of the materials that was provided to us…thinking it was going to be more of a 'parent-family' kind of thing…great quality, great information. I definitely signed up to be a NAMI member.”


    • DuPage County child with mental illness

    • Number registered: 21

    • Number graduating : 14

    • Dates held: 4/9/08 to 5/14/08

    • Promoted in local newspapers 2 weeks in advance

    • Personal interview in local papers

    • Flyers to parent support groups, all school districts, local mental health agencies and providers


    DuPage County child with mental illness

    Evaluations…

    “…loved the recordkeeping part.”

    “Being in the same room with people who share day to day with what I do…priceless.”

    “…very interactive.”


    • Madison County – 2 classes child with mental illness

    • 1st Class number registered: 23

    • Number graduating: 11

    • Dates held: 1/7/08 to 2/18/08

    • 2nd Class number registered: 18

    • Number graduating: 10

    • Dates held 1/13/08 to 2/17/08

    • First class in Nation! World! Universe!


    • Madison County – 2 classes child with mental illness

    • Had so much response that decided to run two classes

    • Promoted in local newspapers 2 weeks in advance

    • Personal interview in local papers

    • Sent mass email flyer

    • F2F fed into Basics


    Evaluations… child with mental illness

    “We are not alone!”

    “…wish it had been around before this! This class has done our hearts good.”

    “… but the most important was the support and understanding from classmates. I finally realize I’m not a bad parent!”

    Madison County


    child with mental illness

    • McHenry County

    • Number registered: 6

    • Number graduating : 6

    • Dates held: 4/22/08 to 5/27/08

    • Flyers at CMHCs, case managers, and personal contacts

    • Location may have been problem of low numbers

    • No press releases to local newspapers


    child with mental illness

    Evaluations…

    “The laughter and ability to share was great.”

    Please never stop the class. There are too many that need it.”

    Thank you for all the information and for the support during a difficult time.”

    McHenry County


    • Metro Suburban child with mental illness

    • Number registered: 14

    • Number graduating: 4

    • Dates held: 4/26/08 to 6/7/08

    • This is in a mainly African American community in Chicago

    • Promoted by attending local mental health community meetings

    • Flyers in libraries, village halls & churches

    • Did not do any press releases or go to schools or healthcare providers.


    Metro child with mental illnessSuburban

    Evaluations…

    Class scheduled to end 6/7/08


    • Springfield child with mental illness

    • Number registered: 6

    • Number graduating : 0

    • Dates held: Class not held

    • Causes:

    • Poor planning

    • No advertising in local papers

    • Teachers unfamiliar with each other

    • Relying too heavily on hospital for referrals


    Future Plans for child with mental illness Basics in Illinois

    MUST keep it going…

    AND expand its reach

    Funding…

    Statewide Health Foundation

    priorities: oral health

    mental health


    Comments for states that are considering the program
    Comments for states that are considering the program… child with mental illness

    • Go for it

    • Find partners and allies

    • Plan for every detail – well in advance

      • Advertise

      • Use the media

      • Develop waiting list

      • Close the communication loop immediately following the class


    NAMI Illinois child with mental illnessthanks youfor theopportunityto share ourpart in theNAMI Basics’ pilotprogram


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