We have changed! NAMI Stamford/Greenwich IS now NAMI Southwest CT! Our new identity reflects the fact that we serve Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Westport, Weston and Wilton. We are an active affiliate with members from communities in Fairfield County and are affiliated with the State and National NAMI organizations. Our website contains the latest information on our meetings, support groups, and other activities. We hope you find the information on this site helpful. Check the menu bar at the left for all details of our programs and events!
SAVE THE DATE - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014
When School Isn't Working - IF YOUR CHILD IS STRUGGLING WITH THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT, don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a panel of educational specialists. Drawing from their varied perspectives and knowledge, panelists will discuss:
• Evaluating & accommodating the needs of
students with mental health challenges
• Using 504s, IEPs, & PPTs to best help the student
• Legal criteria for special services and referrals
• Due process & in-district vs. out-placement
• Different types of schools, programs, & other resources
An extensive Q&A period will provide targeted information about strategies and resources for parents and caregivers to best navigate the educational system.
Educational psychologist Laura Seese, Ph.D, former school psychologist, assistant principal, & special education director in public schools and principal at a therapeutic boarding school. In her private practice she offers psycho-educational evaluations, school and post-secondary placements, and parent advocacy support.
Special education attorney Melanie Dunn represents parents in disputes involving placements in therapeutic day programs and residential schools, in addition to other matters arising under the IDEA. Melanie also has experience with legal issues concerning Section 504 disability accommodations, student discipline and residency.
Special needs advocate Kathleen Casparino is a former special education teacher and administrator in both Connecticut and California. She has devoted the last 12 years to advocating on behalf of families with children with disabilities.
Parent of special needs children Lis Hisgen Gorenstein has experience working with public and private schools, the regional CES-Therapeutic Day School as well as out-of-district placements—from therapeutic day to residential schools.
Where: Tully Health Center, Brace Auditorium, 1st Floor, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford, CT 06902
When: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
NAMI BASICS SET FOR SPRING 2015
NAMI Basics is a free six-session course that provides the fundamentals of caring for you, your family and your child with mental illness. See the dates below for the spring class.
Nami Southwest CT---Spring Basics Class ( GREENWICH )
Where: Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road ---Mazza Room (Ground Floor), Greenwich , CT 06830
When: MONDAYS-April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Registration required! Contact: Dawn-203.249.5935 or Lorraine -203.858.1477
CRISIS PREVENTION AND PLANNING
It is important to be prepared in case of a psychiatric crisis. Click on the "Crisis Prevention and Planning" link below for helpful details.
Remember NAMI's most important Principle of Support: We will never give up hope!
Crisis Prevention and Planning (Word Document)