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Saturday, July 1

NAMI's Fred Sandoval hosts the Convention BanquetResearch, Recovery, and Celebration

The final full day of the 2006 NAMI Convention in Washington, D.C. began with the annual research plenary. This year, attendees heard from a panel of expert psychiatrists and researchers who offered a penetrating look at three current, long-term studies—CATIE, TADS and STEP-BD—and their impact on treatment decisions and recovery.

Following the plenary, attendees moved into the annual business meeting, this year themed as "A Celebration of the NAMI Movement." Here, NAMI welcomed its newest board members into office and honored outstanding leadership among the grassroots.

The afternoon brought the ever-popular Ask the Doctor sessions, for direct question-and-answer time with expert physicians on eleven different mental illness topics.

The first-ever Multicultural Strategic Summit continued on Saturday, with a roundtable discussion on how evidence-based practices can be applied in multicultural settings. It concluded with attendees gathering in a town hall meeting to draft a national action plan for addressing mental health disparities in minority communities.

Other highlights of the day included a special session with Kathryn Power, director of the U.S. Center for Mental Health Services about the progress of national efforts to transform America’s mental healthcare system into a recovery-oriented, consumer- and family-driven system. And several physicians spoke on the importance of overall health on recovery in a session called “Below the Neck: Physical Health and Mental Illness.”

In the evening, NAMI filled the Washington Hilton ballroom for the Closing Banquet. The Outstanding Media Awards were presented to those in the news and creative media whose work in the past year addressed mental health with accuracy, balance, and compassion. Also, Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke and NAMI leader Ann Pincus were awarded for their outstanding contributions to the NAMI movement.

Thanks to all the presenters, volunteers, staff, sponsors, and—most of all—attendees who made this convention such a success. We look forward to welcoming you all to San Diego for the 2007 NAMI Convention, June 20 – 24.

View photos of Saturday’s activities

More daily coverage and photos:  June 28 | June 29 | June 30 | July 1

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