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All Together Now Virtual Speaker Series 2020


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“All Together Now”

Five event-filled Saturdays scheduled between 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Registration is free and open!   All events are available to all registrants.  Most events will be followed by a Q&A period.  Once you are registered for the series, you can access the recorded video after each monthly event is aired. Become a Sponsor! ‎

Saturday, September 12, 2020 “A Celebration of NAMI Florida”

Mental Health in the State of Florida           

Special Guest David Smith, Florida House of Representatives, 28th House District with

Gayle Giese, NAMI Florida Board Member and President of the Florida Mental Health Advocacy Coalition

Keynote: NAMI Vision for the Future          

Daniel Gillison, NAMI CEO

A Year in Review

April Chambers, NAMI FL Board President

NAMI Awards Ceremony

  • Affiliate Awards (All volunteer and staff/volunteer)
  • Champion for Recovery Award
  • Don and Judy Turnbaugh Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Award
  • Legislator of the Year Award
  • Provider of the Year Award
  • President’s Unsung Hero Award

Saturday, October 10, 2020 “Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System in Florida”

Documentary:  The Definition of Insanity

We encourage you to view The Definition of Insanity, a PBS produced documentary prior to viewing the October session. Click here!

The Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System in Florida Panel Discussion

  • Panelists:
    • The Honorable Steve Leifman, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Miami, FL
    • The Honorable Jerry Demings, Mayor, Orange County, FL
    • Norman Ornstein, PhD, American Enterprise Institute
    • Justin Volpe, Peer Support Specialist, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project, Jail Diversion Program
  • Moderator: Cindy Schwartz, Project Director, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Miami, FL

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT): It Takes a Village = Cooperation, Understanding & Collaboration

  • Panelists:
    • Habsi Kaba, CIT Coordinator, Eleventh Judicial Court, Miami, FL
    • Joyce Carbonell, PhD, CIT Training Coordinator, Florida Sheriffs Association
    • Lt. Charles Kenniff, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
    • Kim Cline, Advocate
  • Moderator: Michele Saunders, LCSW, Chairwoman, Florida CIT Coalition

Discussant:  Scott Plakon, Florida House of Representatives, 29th House District

Saturday, November 14, 2020 “Hot Topics In Mental Health”

  • Moderator: Nick Abid, D.O., FACN, Medical Director, Sunshine/Staywell Health Plans
    • NAMI FL salutes veterans! NAMI Homefront – Anita Herron, Manager National Education Programs, NAMI
    • Cohen Veteran Network
      • Elizabeth Sherr, Program Manager, CVN (Jacksonville) Centerstone
      • Karen Blanchette, Program Manager, CVN (Tampa) Aspire
    • Suicide in the State of Florida – Alex Rodriguez, MD, Bay Pines VAMC Our Extraordinarily Stressful Days, by Alex R. Rodriguez, M.D., Tampa, FL
    • The Impact of COVID 19 in Florida: Best Practices of Providers and Consumers – Bill Gardam, CEO, Peace River Center and Tina Kinney, Executive Director, NAMI Hernando
    • Racism and Healthcare Disparities in Mental Health – Janet Taylor, MD, MPH, Centerstone

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 “Improving Care For The Serious Mental Illness Population”

    • Supportive Housing Initiatives in the State of Florida – Carole Matyas, Vice President, Behavioral Health Operations, WellCare and Karen Koch, Executive Director, Florida Supportive Housing Coalition
    • Behavioral Health Homes and Improving Medical Care For the SMI Population Using Quality Metrics – Jay Reeve, PhD, CEO, Apalachee Center
    • The Role of Telepsychiatry in Patient Care – Julie Osmanski-Harmon, Senior Director, Behavioral Health Operations, WellCare
    • Reducing Potentially Preventable Events – Marc Rivo, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Quality Medical Consultants (QMC)

    Saturday, February, 13 2021 “Ask The Expert”

    • Is a Clinical Trial Right for You? – Stephanie Loomer, Project Manager, Research Services, Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP)
    • Transmagnetic Stimulation (TMS) in the treatment of mental illness- Walter Griffith, Jr, MD, Private Practice
    • New Pharmacotherapies – David Scheiderer, MD, Integrative Psychiatry, Inc.
    • What is EMDR? – Donna Rininger, Director of Specialty Services, Peace River Center
    • Long-acting Injectables – Soheyla Mahdavian, PharmD, BCGP, TTS, Associate Professor, FAMU College of Pharmacy

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