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MEDIA ADVISORY

NAMI Convention Key Speakers Schedule
July 11-14, 2001

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2001
Contact: Anne-Marie Chace 703-524-7600 or Farrell Fitch 202-452-6500 ext. 11


WHO The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses will hold its annual convention. Approximately 2500 NAMI leaders will address scientific research, access to treatment, and other policy issues affecting both children and adults. More than 20 nations will be represented.
WHEN: July 11-July 14, 2001
WHERE: Washington Hilton & Towers Hotel
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.
The convention agenda includes plenary sessions, forums, seminars and workshops that will interest health, science and policy reporters-including "Ask the Doctor" sessions on specific illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. Major speakers include:

Thursday, July 12, 2001
7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Legislative Plenary
International Ballroom

  • Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM)
  • Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)
  • Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN)
Thursday, July 12, 2001
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

International Plenary: "The Global Impact of Mental Illness"
International Ballroom

  • U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D.
  • David Brandling-Bennett, M.D.
    Deputy Director, Pan American Health Organization
  • Susie Kim, Ph.D.
    Ewa Women's University, South Korea
  • Dale Johnson, Ph.D.
    President-elect, World Fellowship for Schizophrenia & Allied Disorders
Friday, July 13, 2001
1:30 - 3:15 PM

Forum: "Helping People with Mental Illnesses Involved in the Criminal Justice System"
Georgetown Room

  • Charles Moose, Ph.D.,
    Chief of Police, Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Anthony Lowe,
    Senior Legislative Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Heather Barr,
    Senior Staff Attorney, Urban Justice Center
Saturday, July 14, 2001
8:30AM - 10:00 AM

Research Plenary: "New Research Brings New Hope"
International Ballroom

  • Eric Kandel, M.D.,
    Winner of 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine, Columbia University
  • Steve Hyman, M.D.,
    Director, National Institute of Mental Health

Others topics include:

  • International Human Rights Advocacy for People with Mental Disabilities Worldwide
  • Family Support & Innovative Service Models In Other Cultures and Countries
  • Family-to-Family in Spanish Speaking Communities
  • Minorities in Mental Health Systems
  • Medications, Children and Schools
  • Recognizing Teenage Depression
  • Building More Responsive Children's Mental Health Systems
  • Long-Term Care: A Strategy for the Future
  • Using the Supreme Court's Olmstead Decision for System Change
  • Improving Mental Health Care in the Veterans Affairs (VA) System
  • New Employment Opportunities for Consumers
  • Survival Skills to Help Consumers Keep Their Jobs
  • How To Fight Back with Managed Care
  • Strategies to Ensure Access to Medicines
  • The Healing Power of Faith
For the full convention agenda, please visit NAMI's Convention page or contact NAMI's Communications Department at 703-524-7600.

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