Family and Caregiver Support

If you are in an emergency situation or need immediate help, please consult our Mental Illness Crisis File.

For non-emergency situations, NAMI-Finger Lakes can help in the following ways:

We have also compiled an extensive Local, Regional, and National Mental Health Resources page that provides information on:

  • What is mental illness?
  • Psychiatric care in Ithaca and in surrounding cities (such as Binghamton, Buffalo, Corning, Cortland, Syracuse, and Rochester)
  • How to Find Homeless and Missing relatives
  • Dual-diagnosis (both diagnosed with mental illness & addicted to alcohol/drugs)
  • Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice system
  • Estate planning for families with ill relatives
  • PACT Teams – a partnership between an ill person and teams of health care professionals, where the Team can visit that person at home to help them stay healthy.
  • Avoiding Other Health Problems Caused by Mental Illness

We also have an in-progress “Navigating The Maze” page that attempts to map out &explain the local and state mental health care system.

If your home situation has deteriorated to the point where your ill relative must leave or must be taken to the hospital for treatment, then we have prepared a sample Intervention Plan.

Finally, these Answered Questions from the 2007 Family-fo-Family course may provide useful information for your family situation.

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