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2016 NAMI Maryland Annual Conference


October 14-15, 2016



The NAMI Maryland Annual Conference took place on October 14-15, 2016 at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt.

Here are some of the presentations that were given over the 2-day program:


CET: Beyond Treatment as Usual

Ray Gonzalez, ACSW, LISW-S, Center for Cognition and Recovery, LLC

Current Treatment Options for Mood Disorders

Karen L. Swartz, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Wellness for Whatever

Denise Camp, On Our Own of Maryland


Housing Options and Resources

Russell Springham, Case Management and Housing Coordinator, Behavioral Health Administration


NAMI Maryland Smarts for Advocacy

Jessica Honke, MSW, Policy and Advocacy Director, NAMI Maryland 

Problem Gambling and Mental Health Recovery:  Addressing the Impact on Families

Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II, Program Director, Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling

Deborah Haskins, PhD, LCPC, NCGC II, President, Maryland Council on Problem Gambling


Recovery and Work:  Changing the Culture of Mediocrity

Shannon Smilies-Tharp, Family Advocacy Team, Maryland Benefits Network

Bette Stewart, University of Maryland School of Medicine Evidence Base Practice Center


Survivor to Life Thriver

Felicia Johnson, Author


Policy and Advocacy: Removing Barriers and Improving Access

Jessica Honke, MSW, Policy and Advocacy Director, NAMI Maryland 


Maryland Justice Reinvestment Act

Judith Sachwald, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services


An Introduction to Co-Occurring Disorders

Sunil Khushalani, MD, Sheppard Pratt Health System

Spirituality and Mental Illness:  Tools for Recovery

Scott Rose, Way Station, Inc.  


Expediting SSI/SSDI Claims:  The Maryland SOAR Program

Caroline Bolas, Behavioral Health Administration

Bilqis Rock, Health Care for the Homeless

E. Caroline Mason, Maryland Disability Determination Services


Keeping and Returning Adolescents Home:  The Relevance and Role of Families in Effective Treament and the Continuum of Care - The NorthStar Academy Experience

Gale Saler, LCPC, CRC-MAC, CIP, NorthStar Academy

Leah Simmons, LCSW-C, NorthStar Academy