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32nd Annual NAMI Tennessee State Convention
will be held  September 27 & 28, 2018

at the Inn at Opryland, Nashville,TN. 

Keynote Speaker Steve Pitman, J.D.

STEVE PITMAN is President of the NAMI Board of Directors.  Steve has been on the Board of Directors of NAMI Orange County since July 2010.  He has been the President of the NAMI Orange County Board of Directors since March, 2011.  Steve came to NAMI through NAMI Family-to-Family.  After one of the many serious episodes suffered by his brother, Steve found himself in a room full of people who understood and did not judge or shame him.  It was Family-to-Family and it was transformative!  Steve has lead support groups, taught the Provider class and continues to teach Family-to-Family.  Steve believes that the foundational focus of NAMI has been, and must continue to be, the lived experience of the family and the mentally ill family member.

Steve earned his B.A. from Culver-Stockton College and his J.D. from Western State University – School of Law.


With Special Guest
Commissioner Marie Williams,
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Keynote Speaker Gabe Howard

GABE HOWARD is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. He’s the host of the weekly Psych Central Show, an iTunes Top Ten podcast. He also co-hosts A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast, which explores life through the unique double lens of a young woman living with schizophrenia and a guy living with bipolar. He also writes for WebMD, Psych Central, bipolar magazine, and other distinguished publications.and other distinguished publications.

Keynote Speaker ~ Dr. Stephen Loyd

DR. STEPHEN LOYD, Internal Medicine physician, serves as medical director of JourneyPure’s services in Middle Tennessee.  JourneyPure is a leading provider of addiction treatment services.  Loyd’s extensive background includes most recently serving as Medical Director and Assistant Commissioner for Substance Abuse Services with the TDMHSAS.

Dr. Loyd knows the pain of addiction firsthand. In 2004, as a practicing Internist in his hometown of Johnson City, he became addicted to prescription drugs. While feeding his opioid and benzodiazepine dependence, he often worried that one day his habit would lead to an early death.  “I am very fortunate,” said Dr. Loyd. “My father intervened and I received excellent treatment for my addiction. I returned to practicing medicine and eventually became the program director for the Internal Medicine residency program at Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.”

Given the fact more people die each year in the U.S. from accidental overdoses than in motor vehicle accidents, Dr. Loyd sees addiction as a disease that touches every American.  “In my opinion, addiction is the number one health problem in the United States,” said Dr. Loyd. “Nearly everyone is aware of the widespread abuse of painkillers and the rising incidence of heroin use.  With all the attention, there’s been more need to identify solutions and ways people can access help and treatment. Tennessee is leading the way at the local and national level, and we’re seeing real change.”

31st Annual NAMI Tennessee State Convention
will be held  September 28 & 29, 2017

at the Inn at Opryland, Nashville,TN. 

This annual gathering brings together NAMI Tennessee members and others in the mental health community from across the state. Two days of educational workshops and inspiring speakers highlight this opportunity to learn from and network with mental health leaders.

Our theme for this year is Engage, Educate, Empower
and will be used as a common thread to connect our workshops, panels, and speakers.

Keynote Speaker
Clark Flatt

Clark Flatt, President of The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI).  Before JFI, He owned an Insurance Company and served the United Methodist Church as a Part-Time minister for small rural churches. He is an Honorary “Life Member” of the American Foot­ball Coaches Association. Mr. Flatt also serves as a Board mem­ ber on NAMI – TN State Board of Directors.

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) was founded in October of 1997 after the tragic death of Clark’s youngest son, Jason – age 16, to the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide. 

Keynote Speaker
Leon Evans

A passionate and lifelong advocate for improving the quality of mental health care, Leon Evans has worked in hospitals, community organizations, and state agencies throughout his career. As President and CEO of the Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio, Texas for over a decade, he developed an award-winning jail diversion program and has become a national leader in improving mental health care through multi-stakeholder collaboration.


Keynote Speaker ~ David Boyle

David Boyle shares of courageous struggle with law enforcement involvement as he journeys through schizophrenia toward wellness and recovery.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

   8:00-9:00         Registration Opens
   9:00-9:45         Welcome and Introductions

Leslie El-Sayad, President,
Jeff Fladen, Executive Director
Marie Williams, TDMHSAS Commissioner
Collaborative Partners: AKA, HOSA, Union College

  9:45-10:45      Keynote Address Clark Flatt
11:00-12:30      AM Workshops
12:30- 2:00       Lunch and Awards
   2:15-3:45       PM Workshops
   3:45-4:00       Break
   4:00-5:00       Plenary Leon Evans

Friday, September 29, 2017

  8:00-  9:00         Registration Open
  9:00-10:00         Morning Plenary — Ryan “Rooster” Lee
10:00-10:15         NAM TN  Programs Overview
10:20-10:30         Break
10:30-12:00         AM Workshops
12:00-  1:15         Lunch and Volunteer Recognition
                               Lunch Speaker — David Boyle
  1:30-  3:00         Workshops – End of Convention

  3:15-  4:15         Annual Membership Meeting, Election of
                             Officers, Voting on Proposed Bylaws

                             *Schedule and Speakers Subject to

31 Years!

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Annual Meeting of the Membership

The 31st Annual Meeting of the NAMI Tennessee Membership will be held
Friday, September 29, 2017, 3:00 pm (CT)
immediately following the conventing of the Annual State Convention.
The Inn at Opryland, 2401 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, TN 37214


Annual Election of Board

Election of new Board of Directors members will take place during the Annual Meeting of the Membership.


Bylaws Revision Proposals
In accordance with our Bylaws, the Board of Directors has received suggestions for revisions to our Bylaws and is forwarding them to the membership for discussion and voting at the Annual Meeting of the Membership


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