2009 NAMI National Convention

We Have Parity!!!

NAMI and its allies have worked tirelessly for more than a decade to enact mental health parity on a national basis - ensuring that insurance benefits for people with mental illnesses are the same as they are for people with other illnesses.

NAMI Parity Rally
NAMI's Exec. Dir. Mike Fitzpatrick (r) and Dir. of Policy and Legal Affairs Ron Honberg (l), at a rally for parity.

This dream became a reality near the end of the 110th Congress in October when Congress passed, and the President signed, the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

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david wellstone

Join us for a well-deserved celebration of this landmark achievement at the Opening Plenary of NAMI's 2009 National Convention.

We've invited the bill's champions in Congress to share in this celebration and explain the strategy they put together to pass this legislation and how it will change the lives of people with mental illnesses and the lives of those who love and care for them.

We are honored and delighted that joining us at this important session will be David Wellstone, son of the late Senator Paul Wellstone, who has been a champion of the mental health parity legislation his father pursued.

The Opening Plenary is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, July 7th.

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Union Square
Union Square

Union Square Park, located just two blocks from the San Francisco Hilton, is the heart of this vibrant community and just minutes away from many popular nearby attractions such as Yerba Buena Gardens and SFMOMA to the south and Chinatown to the north.

There is something in Union Square for everyone -- every age, every taste and every pocket book. Union Square is the City's most popular visitor shopping destination, offering the convenience of mall shopping in a historic open air setting.

Union Square is the second most popular dining destination and while it has its share of nightlife, remains a safe and vibrant area to walk around at night. Whether your interest is in art, dining, shopping or theatre, you'll never run out of things to do and see!

Learn more about this and other great San Francisco attractions by clicking here.

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Other Presenters
Dr. Marsha Linehan

Dr. Marsha Linehan

Dr. John Newcomer

Dr. John Newcomer

Children & Teens

KidsFor the second year in a row, NAMI will feature special programming for children at the convention.

In the program, children will have the opportunity to learn and talk about the challenges that come with being the child or sibling of a person with a serious mental illness.

Plus, there will be an excursion to the Exploratorium - the world's coolest hands-on science museum - art projects, and a chance to kick up our heels and have some fun!

The two-day program is designed for children and teens aged 10 to 17. The registration fee is $75.00.

* If you are bringing your child or teen to the convention but are not planning to have them participate in this program, there is no need to pay the $75.00 registration fee.

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Dr. Ken Duckworth
Ken Duckworth, MD, leads a panel in discussing the latest findings, studies, and research on Schizophrenia


We want to make sure you have a great time in San Francisco and take advantage of all this wonderful city has to offer.

To give you a few extra bucks for travel, we have a special offer for early registrants!

Register on-line by December 31 and pay only $150 for NAMI family members and $125 for consumers.

HiltonAll activities will be held in the San Francisco Hilton and Towers located at:

333 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 777-1400


* Special Rate Available Through December 31, 2008

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