Archives for January 2016

IOOV Presenter State Training 2/27-2/28

NAMI Georgia is offering IOOV (In Our Own Voice) Presenter training February 27-28, 2016. 
Download an application HERE.


Musical Play “Next to Normal”

“Next to Normal” February 19 – March 6, 2016
NAMI has partnered with Elm Street Cultural Arts Village to present the musical play “Next to Normal”. The play is focused on the effect on a family dealing with mental health issues, and on common public perceptions of mental illness and medical treatment. For each ticket sold, $1 will be donated to the affiliate identified by the purchaser in the purchasing process, $1 will go toward implementing the NAMI HomeFront program in Georgia, and $1 will go to the NAMI Georgia state organization.
Each night after the play, there will be a “Talk Back” session where  “Next to Normal” patrons will have an opportunity to hear from people living in recovery and family members about their experiences.  We invite you to be a part of the dialogue!
See the following You Tube link to get a taste for the musical.
For more information and to order tickets:
History of the show:

Next to Normal (styled as next to normal) is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness and the attempts to alleviate it have on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the underbelly of suburban life.

Next to Normal received several workshop performances before it debuted Off-Broadway in 2008, winning the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Score and receiving nominations for Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actress (Alice Ripley) and Outstanding Score. After an Off-Broadway run, the show then played at the Arena Stage in its temporary venue in Crystal City, VA (just outside Washington, DC) from November 2008 to January 2009.

The musical opened on Broadway in April 2009. It was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards and won three, Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. The previous musical to win the Pulitzer was Rent, in 1996, which was also directed by Michael Greif. In awarding the prize to Kitt and Yorkey, the Pulitzer Board called the show “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.”[1]

The First US National Tour launched in November 2010, with Alice Ripley reprising her Broadway role; the tour concluded in July 2011. The Broadway production closed in January 2011 after over 700 performances. It has since spawned many international productions.

Georgia DOJ/DBHDD settlement hearing January 6, 2016

A DOJ/DBHDD settlement hearing with AMICI will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 2 pm in Senior U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell’s courtroom:

2367 Richard B. Russell Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
75 Ted Turner Dr., SW
Courtroom #2307 (Please check on this room number at the building entrance.)
Atlanta, GA 30303
(see directions below)

The state feels they have complied with the DOJ Settlement.  As families representing our loved ones, we are saying, “no”,  we don’t agree. We are not there yet!
NAMI has been asked to share stories from families whose loved ones have been released from the hospital/jail to shelters, the streets or unsupervised environments since 2010.  
If you have an experience you would like to share,  in brief,  please send it to Susie Kyle,, 404-906-0487.  I will need to hear from you before 1:30 pm today (Jan 5)!
Comments from Nora Haynes:
• AMICI (meaning friends of the court) is made up of mental health organizations such as The Carter Center, NAMI, GAO, MHA and Legal Aid. 
• The hearing will pertain to dismissed patients from Georgia’s Mental Hospitals between 2010 and 2015 who were taken to a homeless shelter or put on the street at dismissal from the hospital. DOJ filed a complaint against the State pertaining to this. Judge Pannell has requested AMICI representatives attend this hearing; AMICI has been given standing in the court. 
• Two attorneys from the Brazelon Center for Mental Health Law are representing AMICI. There will be other attorneys representing DOJ and the Georgia DBHDD in attendance. 
• NAMI representatives attending the hearing are asked to wear green. This is the identity color for mental health and will indicate our advocacy.
• It is recommended people arrive at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building 1-hour before the hearing. Per Nora, it may take 30-minutes to go through the front door screening process. NOTE: Leave cell phones in your car. No cell phones are allowed in the building.


• See Google map at:,+75+Spring+St+NW,+Atlanta,+GA+30303/@33.7533171,-84.3980547,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88f50381f8b2e92d:0xa42c7ff39675724c

• The building is located on a section on Spring Street that has been renamed as Ted Turner Drive. It is at the corner of MLK Jr. Drive and Ted Turner Drive, a short walk from the MARTA Five Points Station and the old Rich’s building in downtown Atlanta.