What’s New at NAMI Santa Fe
County Commission votes on GRT increases for the voter approved Crisis Triage Center: Please let your voice be heard on June 27th !
Last night the county commission voted to delay deciding two GRT increases, one that includes support for behavioral health and operational funds for the voter-approved Crisis Triage Center. Behavioral health includes substance use disorder and mental illness.
Former Commissioner Chavez, a detention facility official, and I spoke in favor of the behavioral health increase. A few public safety officers spoke in favor of that part of the increase that would hire additional public safety professionals. Three people spoke against the increase. They argued the county should meet its needs through efficiency instead of tax increases. They also questioned whether the County would spend the money as intended. There was also concern about not meeting with the City first, and confusion as to whether the non-behavioral health GRT increase would be subject to a voter referendum.
When the County summarized the 1/8th percent GRT increase (including behavioral health), they said $1.5 million of the $4.6 million increase would be allocated to operating the Crisis Triage Center.
In my opinion, these funds for behavioral health were delayed until the June 27th BCC meeting because members of the behavioral health community and families affected by behavioral illnesses did not come forward and speak in support of the increase. If behavioral health advocates don’t come forward at the June 27th public hearing, we won’t have a County Crisis Triage Center and County elected officials will receive a clear message that Santa Fe doesn’t have urgent, unmet behavioral health needs.
Please let your voice be heard on June 27th.
Fall Family to Family Course
We are now taking names for the Fall Family to Family Class. If you are interested in taking this course, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-466-1668.
Family to Family is a free 12-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of people living with a mental illness.
Call for Volunteers
NAMI Santa Fe appreciates the hard work and commitment from everyone who donates their time to help us continue our effort to help people affected by mental illnesses.
To learn about the volunteer opportunities available, please send an inquiry to email@example.com or call 505-466-1668. We can use your skills, time, and efforts!
New Membership Structure Begins in July
The NAMI Board of Directors periodically evaluates NAMI’s membership program to ensure that it meets the needs of the organization and its members. Effective July 1, 2017, the NAMI Board of Directors is adding a Household membership category to our membership structure as well as increasing the dues for Regular and Open Door memberships.
Household Membership $60
Regular Membership $40
Open Door Membership $5
A Household membership will apply to everyone living in a single household whose names are provided to NAMI. Regular and Open Door memberships will continue to apply only to one individual. For voting purposes, each membership (including Household) will be counted as one (1) membership.
NAMI-Santa Fe May Newsletter
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Upcoming Information Meetings
Every other month, NAMI Santa Fe works hard to bring important behavioral health information to our community.
We have two meetings scheduled for the next few months:
Presenter/Topic: Betty Shover and Jim Ogle will speak
about legislation that is of vital importance to our mental
Date/Time: June 12, 5:30–7 pm
Location: Presbyterian Urgent Care, Community Room, 424 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Presenter/Topic: Dr. Merritt Ayad, psychologist, Santa Fe County Detention Facility, will discuss what to expect when someone with mental illness is taken to the Santa Fe County Detention Facility.
Date/Time: July 10
NAMI Santa Fe Joins Facebook
Want to keep up with the latest from NAMI Santa Fe? Learn about support groups, information meetings, education classes and more by following us on Facebook. “Like Us” @NAMISantaFe.
Interested in reading about mental illness? NAMI Santa Fe has a fairly extensive library collection which is open to members for borrowing. To see if the book you’re looking for is in our collection, click here for NAMI SF Library Holdings.