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SkyPort IT Nominates National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for M&T Business Challenge

SkyPort IT nominated the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Rochester, for the Understanding What’s Important Business Challenge for a chance for NAMI to win up to $10,000.  M&T Bank is sponsoring the challenge to celebrate the good that businesses are doing in the community and to help support organizations we care about - like NAMI.  

NAMI Rochester is an independent affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI New York State. They are a grassroots, not for profit, volunteer driven organization that has been in Monroe County for over 35 years. Mental illness affects 20% of Americans regardless of their age, race, religion, education or income. These devastating medical conditions can disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, moods ability to relate to others and daily functioning.  We support the initiatives NAMI takes to improve mental health in our community, a challenge that is becoming more difficult every day.

As you know, SkyPort IT, Inc., provides managed IT security services to protect client’s data. What you may not know is that we often provide nonprofits with donated equipment, software and reduced rates for IT security and data protection services.

“SkyPort IT has been wonderful in supporting our requirements for protected healthcare information,” said Patricia Sine, executive director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). “Although we have put in place the foundation for a secure infrastructure, NAMI could benefit from this award.”

Like the majority of our clients who are under regulatory requirements for data protection, NAMI has the requirement to become HIPAA/HITECH  (protected healthcare information) compliant as they are adding services that will put them in the category of a “covered entity” that is regulated by the government to protect patient data.  To help NAMI achieve compliance, we have donated security services and other equipment.  New PCs will enhance staff efficiency resulting in better performance and less ongoing issues due to their age. The award would also be used to get additional services to protect data that would include encrypted email.

Five finalists will be selected in October and the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite starting November 2.  Should NAMI be selected as a finalist, we will make you aware in the event you would like to vote for them and increase their chance of winning $10,000.