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NAMI Miami Dade Accomplishments In The Past Two Years Since Its 2015 Restart

• Moved into our first office suite allowing access for additional volunteers to grow our groups and programs
• Hired our first 2 employees – an Executive Director and Program Coordinator
• NAMI Miami Leader elected to NAMI National Board of Directors in a highly competitive ballot
• NAMI Miami Leaders receive NASW Miami-Dade Citizen of the Year and Miami-Dade Court Advocate of the Year
• Increased the number of family support groups from 1 to 10 and added 5 Spanish language groups
• Held 10 Family to Family classes, in English and Spanish, educating over 200 family members to understand and manage their loved ones’ mental illness
• Increased the number of peer support groups from 1 to 5
• Held 4 Peer to Peer classes
• Assumed leadership positions nationally, locally and state-wide with NAMI National Board of Directors, DCF, the managing entity, the courts, University of Miami and Florida International University
• Held 7 day-long Mental Health First Aid classes aiding over 120 participants to identify, understand and respond to signs of addiction and mental illness
• Participated in 80+ community outreach events and local television broadcasts reaching thousands of people
• Began monthly public Expert Speaker Meetings at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club
• Held 2 film festivals: the inaugural one in May 2016 in Hialeah with 200 people attending and the 2017 Reel Minds Festival with over 650 people attending
• Trained 5 “train the trainers” to train local members to lead more classes and groups
• Presented monthly to CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) mental health training for police in Miami –Dade
• Held a medical/educational conference with over 200 attendees who were family members, consumers and practitioners
• Awarded grants and developed partnerships with United Way, South Florida Behavioral and Health Foundation of South Florida
• Received Proclamations from Miami-Dade Public School Board; Board of County Commissioners; Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Commissioners Xavier Suarez and Esteban Bovo – elevating mental health as a priority for our community


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