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Genesight Testing

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Stepping Stones of Rockford, 5:30PM
Speaker: Humberto Perez, Sales Consultant

The GeneSight Psychotropic test analyzes how your genes may affect your response to medications commonly prescribed to treat depression. The GeneSight Psychotropic test provides your clinician with information about which medications may require dose adjustments, may be less likely to work for you, or may have an increased risk of side effects based on your genetic makeup. Did we mention the test is largely covered by Medicare and Medicaid?? Join us to learn more!


Alternative Therapies Workshop

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Rockford City Hall 425 E State Street, Rockford, IL
6:00-8:00PM
Admission: Free

We all know that traditional therapies aren’t the only way to heal. You can pair medication and counseling with many alternative forms of healing. Self-care is all about what works for you! Join us to experience what some of our friends, and fellow community members, have to offer.

Miranda Grisales-Buell has been a student of yoga for 22 years. In June 2018 Miranda opened her own business, The Calm Company Wellness and Yoga on the West side of Rockford. The Calm Company exists to close the wellness gap by being accessible, healing centered, and community inspired. Miranda will lead us in the powerful practice of breath work coupled with creating affirmations to empower ourselves daily. This will be a trauma sensitive practice.

Erica Charron is a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for 3 years. She has a long family history of mental illness and lost her brother to suicide when he was 18. After battling depression and anxiety for years, she decided to stop treating these issues with alcohol and face her past head-on. It was there that she started to heal. At the beginning of her sobriety journey, she started her own business, Erica’s Board Creations. She teaches classes where people come to sand, stain, and paint boards. Art has been therapy to her and she finds painting to be extremely calming. She now owns her own shop in Rockton, IL. During this event, Erica will have boards already sanded & stained that guests can paint inspirational quotes on. We will use stencils so no artistic ability is required!

Victor Rivera is a Rockford born Mexican American, struggling like anyone else to find out who he was as a teenager he stumbled on to the hip hop culture in 1999 since then he has used breakin’ (breakdancing) and DJing to express himself honestly and as a means to take a time out from the “real world”. Vic hopes to share what he knows to others, so they can also find inner rhythm and inner peace.


Assisted Outpatient Treatment

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Stepping Stones of Rockford
Speaker: Matthew Davison, Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission

AOT Laws allow courts to order certain individuals with brain disorders to comply with treatment while living in the community. It also—very importantly– allows the courts to commit the mental health system to providing the treatment. This court-ordered treatment is called assisted outpatient treatment. Assisted outpatient treatment is a new tool that may help in these situations. But it is not a panacea. Assisted outpatient treatment is meant to help patients, not punish them. 43 states have some form of AOT but few implement it as widely as it should be. Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is not an alternative to voluntary treatment. It is a way to get services to those who refuse voluntary treatment. Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) has many advantages over existing law. It allows individuals to be ordered into treatment without ordering them into a hospital. The criteria to place someone in assisted outpatient treatment are easier to meet than the “imminent dangerousness” standard often required for inpatient commitment. In other words, there is no need to wait until a deteriorating patient actually is dangerous to self or others, as in the inpatient standard. Under AOT you can start procedures to “prevent a relapse” that could lead to harm. The law in some states not only allows courts to commit the patient to accepting care, it also allows courts to commit the mental health system to providing it. This is important because programs often reject serving those with serious illness or look the other way if the patient fails to show up for services. The law includes strict eligibility criteria and numerous patient protections.


Gifts of Hope

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Stepping Stones of Rockford

Help us make this the best Christmas yet for everyone who will be in the hospital or residing in our local group homes over the holiday season. Ho, Ho, Ho! NAMI elves do all the work, so please join us to pack up our gift bags, wrap presents, and write cards to our neighbors in need! Bring your favorite dish to pass, because after preparing our gifts, we will sit down to share a holiday dinner.

Friends of NAMI, new and old are invited. Family friendly. Lots of laughs. Our gift to you is the gift of giving. Sponsors/Donors welcome.


The Resource Intervention Center (RIC)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Stepping Stones of Rockford
Speakers: Jodi Gerue & the RIC Supervisor

The Resource Intervention Center (RIC) opened for service on February 11, 2008. The RIC houses comprehensive services for individuals involved in the Winnebago County Court System. The mission of the Resource Intervention Center is to reduce recidivism in Winnebago County by providing evidence-based services and programs which address the identified criminogenic needs for the moderate and high risk individual on probation or pre-trial supervision. As a central rehabilitation center, the RIC provides a combination of funded and non-funded programs.


Working with Victims of Domestic Violence: Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Speaker: The Honorable Judge Rosemary Collins


Red Flag Laws

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Stepping Stones of Rockford
Speakers: MOMS Demand Action Group

When a person is in crisis and considering harming themselves or others, family members and law enforcement are often the first people to see the warning signs. Extreme Risk laws, sometimes referred to as “Red Flag” laws, empower loved ones or law enforcement to intervene in order to temporarily prevent someone in crisis from accessing firearms. These laws can help de-escalate emergency situations and are a proven way to intervene before gun violence such as a firearm suicide or mass shooting takes more American lives. States around the country are increasingly turning to Extreme Risk laws as a common-sense way to help reduce gun violence.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020: TBA


Tuesday, May 12, 2020: TBA
Annual Meeting


Tuesday, June 9, 2020: TBA


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