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Breakout VIII Joins with NAMI's 25th Anniversary Convention

The Breakout Conference is a national, interdisciplinary event that brings together professionals who provide culturally competent community mental health services, particularly psychosocial and psychiatric rehabilitation, to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, and deafblind. Breakout provides information on treatment, research, best practice models, resources, and networking for consumers and providers of mental health and addiction services to the deaf community.

Breakout VIII will be held in partnership with NAMI’s 25th Anniversary Convention, September 8-12, 2004, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Two main themes guide presentations at NAMI/Breakout: Best Practices and Consumer and Family Involvement:

  • Best Practices: Unique approaches or best practices in community-based or statewide programs that have shown to be particularly effective in serving people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, or deafblind.
  • Consumer and Family Involvement: Consumers and family members can get involved in providing mental health and substance abuse services. Presenters will share experiences involving deaf/hard of hearing consumers and family members in treatment, peer support, and policy initiatives.

Preliminary Schedule (please note, this schedule is subject to change)

Wednesday, September 8th

Opening Plenary (morning)

Roundtable Discussion with NAMI Consumer Council (afternoon)

Thursday, September 9th

Best Practices (morning)

NAMI Convention Opening Plenary (afternoon)

Friday, September 10th

Consumer and Family Involvement (morning)

Consumer and Family Initiatives in the States (afternoon)

Saturday, September 11th

NAMI Research Plenary (morning)

Ask-the-Doctor Session for Deaf Consumers and Family Members (morning)

Breakout Closing Plenary (Late Afternoon)

NAMI 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner (evening)

Sign language interpreters will be available for all Breakout sessions and specific NAMI conference sessions.
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