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Look What’s NEW at NAMI Miami-Dade!

  Beginning in 2015, under the leadership of Robin Cole and Denise Berritz the organization began to grow exponentially.  Susan Racher has been the brains behind the chapter’s financial stability.  NAMI of  Miami-Dade County and many of its leaders are being recognized for the achievements and contributions to the community specially touched by Mental Illness.  On March 26, NASW honored NAMI of Miami and  Susan Racher.

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From left to right: Honorable Steve Leifman, Circuit Judge, Fernanda Kuchkarian, Health Foundation of South Florida, John Dow, CEO of South Florida Behavioral Health Network, Carlos, Susan Racher, Kathy Cuppola, Anna Schustack, Robin Cole, Linda Schotthoefer, United Way and David Racher.

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Robin Cole, Chapter President

Susan Racher

Susan Racher

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If you haven’t kept up with us recently, allow us to give you an update of the programs we have been providing (all free of charge):

  • Family Support Groups are for loved ones (18 and over) of individuals living with mental illness
    • At Banyan Crisis Center, in English and Spanish
    • At Baptist Hospital (Kendall) in English and Spanish
    • At Homestead Hospital in English
    • At Fellowship House (Palmetto Bay)
    • At GEO Care Florida State Hospital in English
  • Consumer Support Groups are peer-led support groups for adults living with mental illness
    • At Kendall Presbyterian Church (English)
    • At Coral Gables Financial Center (Spanish)
  • Family-to-Family course is a 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. Classes are offered in English and in Spanish
  • Peer-to-Peer is a 10-session unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery
  • Membership meetings: we convene quarterly speaker meetings at which key thought leaders present relevant topics such as Mental Health First Aid; medication management; clinical trials; the Miami police response to calls about mental illness, nutrition and more


  • ­­­Over 300 individuals have attended our NAMI programs (classes and support groups)
  • We held the 1st Annual Mental Health Film Festival Reel Minds at the Milander Center in Hialeah that was attended by more than 200 people; short films in English and Spanish were discussed by experts in the field
  • The Board of County Commissioners issued a Proclamation to acknowledge our efforts and declared May as Miami Mental Health Awareness Month
  • The Board of Miami-Dade Public Schools issued a Proclamation honoring our outstanding work
  • We established partnerships with United Way and South Florida Behavioral Health Network to expand our programs
  • We answer and manage 2 telephone hotlines (English and in Spanish)
  • We organized and hosted an acclaimed Health Conference with nationally acclaimed speakers including Elyn Saks, Pete Earley, Dr. Charles Nemeroff, John Dow and Judge Steve Leifman
  • We are now a permanent presenter in the Police Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) curriculum for all Miami-Dade police recruits
  • Our Board Members are leading key state and local committees, boards and initiatives to reform and improve mental healthcare in our community
  • We were invited to be a signer to the Stepping Up Initiative, a national effort to reform the treatment of the mentally ill in our criminal justice system 


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