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Sheriff Tom Dart to Speak at NAMI Summit County Luncheon

On May 6, 2016, The National Alliance on Mental Illness Summit County “NAMI Summit County,” will celebrate its 30th year of service to the Summit County community by holding a luncheon at The Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.  In honor of this significant event, NAMI Summit County will host keynote speaker, Sheriff Tom Dart, Sheriff of Cook County (Chicago).  Sheriff Tom Dart was featured as one of the Top 100 Influential People by Time Magazine in 2009, and has been hailed by many mental health advocacy organizations for his push to end what has become a de facto criminalization of mental illness.

Since 2006, Sheriff Tom Dart has overseen the largest mental health institution in the United States: The Cook County Jail. About a third of its 10,500 inmates are mentally ill. Sheriff Dart firmly believes that a service provider is a far more productive setting than a jail for those with mental illness. He has addressed these concerns by implementing progressive reforms to improve and maintain the safety and security of all those housed and employed at the Cook County Jail. In 2013, he launched the Office of Mental Health Policy & Advocacy, which operates a 24-hour Care Line for mentally ill ex-inmates and families of current mentally ill inmates, while screening all pre-bond detainees for mental illness. And, in 2015, Sheriff Dart  appointed a clinical psychologist who previously oversaw mental health care at Cook County Jail as executive director of the facility. Currently Cook County Jail is the only a major jail in the United States to employ a mental health professional as director. This appointment underscores Sheriff Dart’s dedication to the need to treat people with significant mental illnesses in the jail system.

The event is sponsored by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation.

Check in begins at 11:00. Program begins at 11:30



Family to Family

NAMI Summit County is currently registering for its free Family to Family training which begins June 2, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  This course is designed for family members and close friends of those who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness.  It is a 12 week program which meets once a week for 2-2.5 hours.  The course covers diagnoses and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, how the brain is affected, medications, coping and communication skills, and a lot more designed to assist families in helping their loved ones on their recovery journey.   The course is conducted by trained family members and is offered free of charge with all materials provided.  The next session will be held at Community Support Services, 150 Cross Street, Akron. To register, contact NAMI Summit County at or 330-252-1188. See calendar for details

Inclement Weather Policy for support group and education classes:  If the school district in which the meeting is located is closed the meetings will be cancelled.

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