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Programs & Events

Tuesday, September 30

The State of Psychiatric Hospitals Today

We’ll dig deep with:
• Dr. Jay Burke, director of psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance
• David Matteodo, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems
• Marylou Sudders, associate professor, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and former Commissioner of Mental Health for Massachusetts

6:30 pm Refreshments/social time
7:00 - 8:00 pm Presentations
8:00 - 8:30 pm Time for your questions

Macht Auditorium, Cambridge Hospital
1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141 – Free and open to the public

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Get Ready to Bid!

NAMI-Cambridge/Middlesex to Host California Dreamin’

The NAMI Cambridge/Middlesex 3rd Annual Winetasting and Silent Auction, a benefit for the Cambridge Health Alliance Recovery U Drop-in Center, will feature California wines and auction items. Non-alcoholic drinks and delicious food will be available. The event will be held once again at the beautiful contemporary home of Eric and Lori Lander, 74R Fayerweather St., Cambridge, Sunday, October 26, from 3-6 pm. There will be ample public parking.

Auction items will include vacation weeks on Marco Island, Florida and the Cape, harbor cruises, sports, theater, and concert tickets, gift certificates at the very best Boston and Cambridge restaurants, and a whole new category of unique experiences.

Building on the success of its Recovery U program of weekly groups, funded partly by NAMI-CM since 2012, CHA’s Ambulatory Community Services outpatient psychiatry team (ACS) is embarking on a pilot program to better integrate medical care into its mental health care setting at its Somerville location. Miriam Tepper, MD, the medical director of ACS and the driving force behind Recovery U and the new “Mental Health Home,” was recently given this year’s Rising Star Award by her CHA colleagues.

Go to to register and visit for more information on the "Mental Health Home" at CHA. To donate items to the auction, contact Mary Pat Prado at

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Why are the mentally ill in jail?

Three very knowledgeable speakers will bring us up to date on incarceration of the mentally ill, prison deaths and suicides, and use of restraints and solitary confinement.

• Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe reporter Michael Rezendes, author of the groundbreaking series on Bridgewater State Hospital
• James Pingeon of Prisoners Legal Services
• June Binney, project director of the Criminal Justice Diversion Project at NAMI Mass

6:30 pm Refreshments/social time
7:00 - 8:00 pm Presentations
8:00 - 8:30 pm Time for your questions

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138 – Free and open to the public

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