NAMI holds 2022 Annual Meeting

NAMI holds 2022 Annual Meeting

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On Thursday, Aug. 25, National Alliance on Mental Illness Wayne and Holmes Counties held its annual dinner meeting and awards ceremony with 200 people in attendance.

The evening was highlighted by award winning author, international speaker and mental health advocate Pete Earley, who wrote the best selling book “Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.”

Officer Nate Maimone of the Orrville Police Department was named the 2022 Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year for Wayne and Holmes counties. According to his nomination, once Maimone completed the 40-hour CIT training, he immediately began using the information and de-escalation skills learned to help citizens in a mental health crisis get the help they need, saving the lives of two people who were suicidal.

Vicky Hartzler was awarded the NAMI Community Service Award for her long-term dedication to mental health advocacy and volunteerism to NAMI.

The MOCA House Award went to Kathy and Garth Fowler for their commitment to the MOCA House Recovery Program and their many hours hours of volunteer work.