NAMI Nevada Hosts More Than 160 People at Annual Conference

NAMI Nevada, the state’s office supporting NAMI Northern Nevada, NAMI Southern Nevada and NAMI Western Nevada hosted its annual conference Friday, May 12, at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks.

Mental health industry experts along with NAMI volunteers and supporters attended the one-day event, which included presentations and panel discussions surrounding this year’s theme,
Building Mental Health Capacity in Nevada.

This year’s program, which provided CEUs for licensed clinicians included information about current mental health services and programs, the Nevada Medicaid program, Managed Care Organization behavioral health services, the new Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers and new northern Nevada Behavioral Health Hospital, Rural and Jail diversion programs.

Special thanks to Mistress of Ceremonies Sheila Leslie, with the Washoe County Department of Social Services Behavioral Health Program, and Dave Caloiaro, MSW, LISW, Panel Moderator and Member of the NAMI NV Board of Directors.

Our gratitude to the following speakers and supporting organizations:  *** click to download power point presentations

Cody Phinney, MPH – State of Nevada Dept. of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health
Stephanie Woodard, Psy. D.   ***
Lana Robards – New Frontier-Fallon
Kathy Paxton – Westcare-Reno/Las Vegas   *** 
David Robeck
– Bridge Counseling – Las Vegas
Adrienne Augustus, Peer
Bekah Boch, MSW, LCSW  ***
Michelle Guerra – Health Plan of Nevada   ***
Allyson Hoover – Amerigroup  ***
Tammy Ritter, RN – State of Nevada Managed Care
Patrick Rogers, LCSW –  Community Health Alliance   ***
Shannon Sprout – State of Nevada Medicaid

Corporate Sponsors: Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital and
Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital

Raffle Prize Donors: Community Health Alliance, Friends of NAMI and
Nevada Division of Child and Family Services – System of Care

Conference Committee and Volunteers:
Dave Caloiaro, Genie Ganley-Jones, Laura O’Neil, Zareck O’Neil,
Maureen Shea and Barbara Van Dyke

NAMI Nevada Staff (l-r):
Sandy Stamates, Ginger Paulsen and Adrienne Augustus