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NAMI Colorado is very proud to announce that Catherine Benavidez Clayton, our Director of Multicultural Services, was chosen by the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Colorado Chapter, to receive the award of "Outstanding Colorado Nursing Leader".
Catherine has been NAMI Colorado's Director of Multicultural Services for over 4 years. She is a bi-lingual/bi-cultural healthcare clinician/nurse practitioner with experience in the creation and delivery of innovative health care services for underserved, ethnic minority populations, with emphasis on Latinos with expertise in grassroots organizing, network development, and health advocacy. She is an accomplished health care manager with a history of outstanding leadership achievements throughout a wide spectrum of health care missions, cultures, and initiatives and has a long term commitment to narrowing the health disparities gap in the Latino population. Catherine also serves as NAMI Colorado's Coordinator and facilitator for the Caminantes Family Education Program, which is a series of classes designed specifically to educate and support Latino families living with mental illness.
Founded in 1980, NAMI Colorado developed as a grassroots effort in response to deinstitutionalization. Family members of adults released from institutions lacked knowledge and resources to assist their ill family members appropriately. Community mental health centers had neither the expertise nor the funding to develop necessary family support services. NAMI Colorado worked to fill these gaps and to complement existing services by organizing support groups and providing family/consumer education about mental health issues. Additionally, NAMI Colorado provides information to state legislators and others who can affect public policy on behalf of persons with mental illness.
NAMI Colorado programs are driven by volunteers. NAMI Colorado's supporting members include families, individuals with mental illness, friends, advocates, and understanding professionals. NAMI Colorado is a chartered member of NAMI* -a nationwide, nonprofit, support, education and advocacy organization representing about 200,000 members.
Support for friends and family of adults with mental illness. Work with Mental Health System. Public education and legislation.
A free 10-week course for families of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The course teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively