Children’s Mental Health Symposium




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10:00 am           Opening Remarks

Barry Palmer, Past International President of Lions International

10:15 am           An overview of mental illness, substance use and developmental disorders in children

Sherie Novotny, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Rutgers-RWJMS
Bindu Khanna, MD,
Medical Director, North Jersey Center for Psychiatric Services
Ramon Solhkhah, MD,
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Moderator: Aruna Rao, Associate Director, NAMI NJ

12:15 pm           Lunch

1:15 pm             How Can Children Get The Resources They Need & Thrive?

Donna DeStefano, President & CEO, Parents in Connection for Kids, Inc. – P.I.C.K
Carol McGough, Coordinator of Children’s Information Services,
National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey – NAMI NJ
Eva O’Malley, Coordinator and Founder, TRI CHADD NJ/ Board of Directors CHADD, National Children & Adults with ADHD – CHADD
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network – GLSEN
Nicole Pratt, Parent Professional Development, Staff Trainer, OPDD Coordinator
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc. –  SPAN NJ
Moderator: Leanne Borbely, Educator, South Plainfield

3:15 pm             Closing