b'Our Year in ReviewFrom our NAMI Tennessee Executive DirectorThearrivaloftheCoronaVirushashadamassiveOur Keynote speakers including blogger and NY Times impact upon NAMI Tennessee much as it has the entirebestseller,PeteEarley,ChampionSwimmerMaddy county, and the entire world. Perhaps not since WWII,Banic, and a moving talk and performance from Joseph 75 year ago, has one event impacted so much. In order toLeMay (Sontalk).give a fair picture of agency activities, the report will beOursecondGrassrootsTrainingandLegislativeDay written in two sections, before and after COVID. tookplaceinFebruary,2020.Followingadvocacy Pre-Pandemic Activities trainingandapresentationfromsenatorRichard Jeff Fladen WebegantheyearwiththeexcitementofanewBriggs, the NAMI army visited legislators to advocate Executive Director for quality and comprehensive mental health services NAMI Tennessee promise. NAMI Tennessee was awarded $150,000 fromin Tennessee.the Tennessee Legislature to expand CIT in our state. CIT is a program that brings together law enforcementPivoting in Record TimeandthementalhealthcommunitytobetteraddressMarch2020sawtheclosingofthestateofficeanda mentalhealthcrisisandincreasethelikelihoodthatrapid pivot to online services. NAMI Tennessee provided police involvement for those with mental illness willsupport to affiliates while at the same time learned how lead to treatment instead of incarceration. to offer classes, teacher trainings, and support groups online. Zoom became our favorite app and we could see NAMI Tennessee had already been working on Crisiseach other at meetings on our computer screens instead InterventionTeam(CIT)throughaDOJ/TDMHSASof in person. planninggrantwhichsawtheestablishmentofthe statewide CIT task force and the publication of our guideThis pivot brought advantages as well as disadvantages. to CIT implementation in Tennessee.Suddenly,Tennesseanshadmoreoptionsforclasses andsupportgroupswithoutwaitingfortheprogram Our expanded statewide program worked with severalcametotheircommunity.Adownsidewasforthose communities in East, Middle, and West Tennessee anduncomfortable with or lacking the needed technology establishedlocalcommunitytaskforcestolaunchfor virtual meetings.new,locallycontrolledCITprograms.WewereableNAMITennesseealsorespondedtothepandemic tocompleteourfirstCITtraininginMarch2020inbylaunchingNAMIATHOMEweeklyemailsand Summner County before shutdowns occurred. videos in partnership with Gabe Howard. We continue OurState33rdAnnualConventiontookplaceintoofferFACEBOOKLIVEeveryMondayafternoon December, 2019 and may have been the best one yet.andaverage3-5thousandviewseachweek.These'