When Mental Illness Hits Home

(Formerly Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness)
A conference to help those journeying with people with mental illness.
Friday, August 22 – Saturday, August 23
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Online Registration is closed to Register Call : 618-394-6270

Cost:  Friday & Saturday – $60
Friday only – $40
Saturday Only – $40
CEU’s – $20

Illinois Continuing Education Units
Offered For Attendance
Friday: 4.75 CEUs, LCPC and LCSW
Saturday: 4.25 CEUs

For more information: 618-394-6270

Living in the Past; Planning for the Future

9 – 11:30 A.M.Self-Care: Detaching with LoveDr. Dawn M. Porter, MD, a board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist and Founder and CEO of FamilyRenewed, will offer ways for caregivers to care for themselves so they can effectively help others. When your needs are taken care of, your
loved one who suffers with mental illness also benefits. Dr. Porter will talk about caregivers’ needs, how best to detach with love and set boundaries with your family member. She currently works at Gateway Regional Medical Center as an outpatient psychiatrist. She draws on her personal experiences, knowledge and expertise in the field of mental health to fuel her passion of strengthening individuals,families and communities.Lunch (included) and opportunities to visit exhibitors both daysFRIDAY AFTERNOON:
1 – 4 P.M
.The Ins and Outs
of Complicated Systems
Social SecurityRobert Luetkenhaus, a Belleville attorney devoted to pursuing Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits for adults and children, understands how time-consuming and difficult it can be to get Social Security benefits on the basis of a mental illness disability. He will talk about the process and how best to navigate the maze of paperwork.


All state Medicaid programs provide some mental health services to enrollees, but eligibility and programs can vary greatly. Karen Warren, Managing Attorney for the Public Benefits Project in the Health & Welfare Unit in Missouri, and Susan Simone, Senior Staff Attorney at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. in Illinois, will explain what their states’ Medicaid system encompasses.

What to Do during a
Time of Crisis:

When Is It Time to Call 911?Sgt. Jeremy Romo is the St. Louis County Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator. He has been an anti-violence educator for approximately 13 years, working for the Alternatives to Violence and Abuse Batterers Intervention Program.Lt. Rob Schmidtke is the Coordinator of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) for the O’Fallon, IL Police Department, and has assisted with curriculum development for CIT classes hosted by the Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission (SILEC).It can be scary to call the police for help when a loved one is in a
mental health crisis. But safety is paramount, and calling 911 may
be the best way to handle certain situations. CIT officers are specially trained on how to effectively respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis. Sgt. Romo and Lt. Schmidtke will talk about when you should make that call and what you can do  to help the police when they arrive.SATURDAY AFTERNOON:
1 – 4 P.M.When Your Loved Ones Can’t Make Important Decisions

Tom Kennedy is a civil and disability rights lawyer. He will talk about options that families may want to consider, such as guardianship or mental health power of attorney, when a loved one’s mental illness starts having an impact on the decisions they make.

Putting It All Together

MC Tom Smith from the Karla Smith Foundation will review the key points of the two-day conference and lead attendees in small group discussions of the highlights.

Closing Prayer Service
Jim Murphey
, deacon with the
St. Louis Archdiocese

Exhibitors Include:
Chestnut Health Systems, Karla Smith Foundation, Victorious Missionaries and many more!

2014 When Mental Illness Hits Home Sponsors:
Karla Smith Foundation, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows,  St. Clair County Mental Health Board, NAMI Southwestern Illinois


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