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NAMI Wakulla Eyes Projects for Mental Health Care

color logo 150.gifWakulla NAMI is forming projects to establish support groups for mental health care, identify psychologists willing to help people without insurance, and raise money to provide help for children and adults.

Wakulla County Judge Jill Walker and NAMI Wakulla board member Charlie Creel are making plans to meet with the Florida Department of Children and Families to develop support group services specifically for parents and children with mental health problems who find themselves in the court system.

“I think it’s going to be extremely well received,” Walker said at the March 16 NAMI Wakulla meeting.

James Hilyer, a Crawfordville psychologist, is working to establish a clearinghouse of psychologists who will offer mental health care on a volunteer basis.
“I believe we could do wonders,” Hilyer said at the March 16 meeting.

Guy Revell, the former head of Florida’s juvenile justice system and parole board, emphasized the pervasiveness of children with mental health care needs in the justice system.

{sidebar id=1}Veteran fundraiser and NAMI Wakulla Board member Ruth High is leading the brainstorming effort to find methods for raising money to provide education programs and publicity for NAMI Wakulla.

In addition, the Wakulla County Health Department’s Sonya Longfellow announced that NAMI Wakulla is welcome to have a booth at the Flea Market sponsored by the health department on April 11.

In other news, NAMI Florida representative Rose Delaney announced that NAMI Wakulla board member John Slavens had completed a statewide peer-to-peer training session, which would allow him to team up with another trained peer-to-peer person to help other with mental health coping skills.

In addition, Delaney has appeared before the Florida Legislature lobbying , successfully to date, for the passage of S.B. 354, which, if approved, would require insurance coverage for persons with mental health disabilities.    

NAMI Wakulla is also planning to participate in NAMI Florida Walk for the Mind of America in Tallahassee in October. The purpose of the Walk is to raise awareness and money for mental health care.  Those interested in participating in a planning meeting on April 8, should call 850.671.4445.
Everyone interested in becoming a part of the widespread county effort to provide services and support in mental health care in Wakulla County is invited to attend NAMI Wakulla’s monthly meetings.

The next meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., on April 20, at the Wakulla County Health Department.   

This information originally published on April 1, 2009.

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