Mental Health Court Support

NAMI Rochester has collaborated with the Monroe County Mental Health Court since it opened in 2003. Trained NAMI volunteers (individuals with mental illness or their family members) attend Mental Health Court to support defendants and their family members who are involved in the treatment court due to having been charged with a non-violent felony and diagnosed with a mental illness. Many of the defendants may also have a chemical addiction.

The Monroe County Mental Health Court was founded by Judge Patricia Marks and was one of the first mental health courts in New York State. Our Mental Health Court has served as a model for other courts across the country. 

NAMI Rochester also provides support groups for people living with mental illness and loved ones of those living with mental illness.

Provider Education

This program introduces mental health professionals to the unique perspectives of individuals living with mental illness and their families. You’ll develop enhanced empathy for their daily challenges and recognize the importance of including them in all aspects of the treatment process.  Programs are taught by a team consisting of an adult with mental illness, a family member and a mental health professional

How to Get Started: For more information about a Provider Education Program, contact NAMI Rochester at 585-423-1593 or email us at


NAMI on Campus

College is an exciting time. From being away from home and finding independence to meeting new people and trying new things, every day brings new experiences. There is also a new level of academic responsibility. Classes are harder and there is always a due date on the horizon. Balancing all of the changes that happen in college can be stressful and challenging.


Those challenges are even more difficult for the 1 in 5 students who also face a mental health condition. Nearly three-quarters of mental health conditions emerge by age 24, so many college students are facing mental health concerns for the first time, and may not know where to go for support. 

NAMI knows that some of the best support a student can receive is from peers. When students connect with one another, they can share common experiences and support each other through the transitions. NAMI on Campus helps make those connections happen.

NAMI on Campus clubs work to end the stigma that makes it hard for students to talk about mental health and get the help they need. Clubs hold creative meetings, hold innovative awareness events, and offer signature NAMI programs through partnerships with NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates across the nation. 

Why NAMI on Campus?

NAMI on Campus clubs are student-led, student-run mental health organizations on college campuses. NAMI on Campus clubs: 

  • Raise mental health awareness with fairs, walks and candlelit vigils

  • Educate the campus with presentations, guest speakers and student panels

  • Advocate for improved mental health services and policies on campus

  • Support peers with signature NAMI programs and training from NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates

As a member of a NAMI on Campus club, you will belong to the largest grassroots mental health organization in America. Club leaders have access to the staff, resources, opportunities and support that comes with being part of this national movement, including opportunities beyond your college years.

For more information about NAMI on Campus, contact NAMI Rochester at 585-423-1593 or email us at


DBT Coping Skills*
Two-Part Module skills-based program for families living with individuals diagnosed with a mental illness

*This is an ancillary course offered at NAMI Rochester, and is not a NAMI Signature Program

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is recognized as the gold standard for treating anyone who is suicidal, regardless of the diagnosis. Its goal is to help individuals change behaviors, emotions, thinking and interpersonal patterns that cause misery and distress.

Why DBT for Families Matters

DBT helps family members respond more effectively to their loved ones by increasing:

  • Mindfulness skills. Our ability to be in touch with ourselves and others.

  • Emotion regulations skills. Our ability to manage difficult or extreme emotions. Emotional resilience.

  • Interpersonal communication skills. Our ability to maintain and improve our relationships

  • Distress tolerance skills. Our ability to survive crisis situations without making things worse.

The class is not intended to be therapy.

What You Will Get from this two-part module

  • Greater flexibility

  • Reduced stress

  • Greater appreciation for the suffering of your loved one

What People are Saying

I learned to handle emotions in the moment without losing myself and my dignity.
It gave me inner peace, a calm in life, and HOPE.
I learned techniques for handling my anger.
I gained the ability to embrace other viewpoints while simultaneously being able to get my position across.
Greater insight into my own impulses and biases.

DBT-Based Coping Skills Meets…

DBT Skills and Support is taught in two 4-week modules. Module 1 covers: Mindfulness,Describing Non-judgmentally, Willingness and Wise min. Module 2 covers: DBT's Core Assumptions, Walking the Middle Path, Validation and Self-validation. There is no cost to participate Families are asked to purchase DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, 2nd Edition, by Marcia Linehan

DBT-Based Coping Skills is intended to be a follow up to Family-to-Family, but we can make exceptions, depending on your circumstances.  If you have not taken Family-to-Family but want to take the class, please contact Amy Baker at Classes are held at the Rochester Psychiatric Center Rehabilitation Building, 1111 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. For more information about DBT Coping skills for Families, contact NAMI Rochester at 585-423-1593 or email us at