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Plenary Speakers Named for NAMI California 2010 Annual Conference

Each fall, NAMI California serves families, consumers, statewide decision-makers, and treatment professionals at its annual educational and advocacy conference.  Educational sessions and presentations from national and statewide professionals, researchers, peers and families cover the latest in treatment options, upcoming legislation, program development and leadership skills.

The conference is a wonderful opportunity for the 71 affiliate leaders and members to come together and share ideas, support, and unity.  This three day event works towards eliminating stigmas, creates awareness, and works towards a more cultivated mental health community. The conference includes a consumer-oriented luncheon and workshop, raffles for prizes, dinner entertainment, and an evening of "Remembrance Celebration." (For more details, visit the conference page.)

The Friday opening welcome will be made by local officials and Brenda Scott, President, NAMI California. Brief opening addresses will be made by Dr. Steven Mayberg of CDMH, and Dr. Trula M. LaCalle, Executive Director for NAMI California.

This year's plenary speakers include:

Mariette Hartley
Mariette Hartley
Mariette Hartley is an Emmy Award winning actress and author of the bestselling autobiography, BREAKING THE SILENCE, overcoming a family history of alcoholism and suicide.  Ms. Hartley's numerous film, theater and television credits include recent appearances on GREY'S ANATOMY, THE CLEANER and LAW & ORDER: SVU.  Ms. Hartley is the co-founder and national spokesperson for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Dr. Liberman is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine of the University of California at Los Angeles, where he directs the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program. Since the 1960's at Harvard's Massachusetts Mental Health Center and the National Institute of Mental Health, he has developed, empirically validated and disseminated evidence-based treatments that have enabled persons with schizophrenia and other mental disabilities to recover and re-integrate into normal community life. 
Mark Ragins

Dr. Ragins is the Medical Director at the MHA Village Integrated Service Agency in Long Beach, California, an award winning model of recovery- based mental health services. His practice and vision have been grounded in more than 20 years of clinical work with some of the most under-served and difficult-to- engage people in our communities. 
Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola is Professor of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Director of the Community Engagement Program of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC). He has authored over 100 papers, book chapters, and monographs that have been recognized both nationally and internationally.
Clark Kelso
CLARK KELSO, Receiver, California Prison Health Care Services

Mr. Kelso is the Receiver for the California Prison Health Care Receivership. With more than fifteen years of experience in a wide variety of positions in all three branches of state government; Mr. Kelso has developed a well-regarded reputation for independence and integrity and maintaining a commitment to collaborative leadership and organizational change in government.

Sharon Aungst is the Chief Deputy Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chief Deputy Secretary for the Division of Correctional Health Care Services in February 2009. In this capacity, she directs the Mental Health and Dental Programs and is responsible for managing all aspects of the Coleman and Perez class action lawsuits.  She works closely with the PlataPlata v. Schwarzenegger put the prison medical care system in the hands of the federal receiver.

Manoj Waikar
manoj waikar

Dr. Manoj V. Waikar, M.D. is Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His plenary address to conference attendees, "Mental Illness: Science, Stigma & Recovery", will explore recent, exciting scientific discoveries about how the brain changes with mental illness & the promising changes these findings can bring for patients, caregivers & advocates.  Dr. Waikar is uniquely qualified to bridge the sometimes disconnected worlds of basic science & patient care.

Workshops at the NAMI California 2010 Annual Conference

mily Connections-Wellness and Recovery workshopsin Therapeutic Communities
This workshop will describe the evolution of the work with consumers and NAMI to create "Family Connections," a new way for clients and families to achieve more for themselves and each other.
Connecting with Your Inner Lightannouncement
Learn techniques to be fully present-connect with breath, pay attention to your body and practice mindful responses from the skills and tools gained from this interactive workshop.
Laura's Law: Implementation and Success/The How and Why!
This workshop will discuss how to overcome obstacles to implementation and save money for our local governments.  Most importantly, it will discuss how Laura's Law can be used to prevent dangerous decomposition of real people and prevent expensive hospitalization.
Creating Effective Collaborations Between Mental Health Providers, Family Members & Consumers
In this interactive workshop, two psychiatrists will discuss why loved ones are vital members of the ill person's support group and offer specific strategies that family members can employ to work most effectively with mental health providers to advocate for their loved ones with mental illness.
planningFinancial Planning and Management for Consumers & Their Families
This workshop presents a model integrating long term financial management with the personal, legal, medical and insurance realities that consumers and their families face.
Using a Special Needs Trust as an Advocacy Tool through the Utilization of Professional Care Managers, Trustees and an Advisory Committee
This session will provide participants with the ability to create Special Needs Trusts that does much more than preserve public benefits.
Writing through the Darkness: Easing Your Depression with Paper and Pen
Creative writing is powerful, fun, healing activity to add to your treatment plan. 

The Inclusion of Consumers and Family Members in Practitioner Education: Lessons Learned and Future Strategies
This panel based workshop presents a model and recommendations for inclusion of mental health consumers into practitioner education.
workingRecovery of Diverse Consumers through Return to Work: Reasonable Accommodations-Success Stories from Employees and Employers
An interactive question and answer session will give participants a better sense of potential problems faced by consumers.
The Hidden Cost of War: The Impact of War on the Personal and Families Levels, and What the Community Can Do
Workshop provides a first-hand account of the impact of war on military personal. Determine early warning signs and how to address needs and concerns of war-exposed individuals and their families.
NAMI and "The Sleeping Giant" (The Faith Community)
Join in the discussion on how to start and then sustain an effective ministry with those with a mental illness in your own congregation.
Federal Legislative Update-NAMI's Agenda for Improving the Lives of Consumers and Families
This workshop will provide consumers, families and advocates a briefing on current federal policy issues and challenges impacting the public and private health insurance coverage and how health reform can impact treatment services for children and adults living with mental illness.
sleeplessMaking the Connection Between Mental Illness and Sleep Apnea
This workshop will cover symptoms and treatments of sleep apnea, especially the impact on mental illness and treatment response.
Engaging your Board in Creating Sustainable Funding
Learn a tested and proven system for finding and cultivating the perfect major donors who love your mission.
Keys to Inner Peace through the Inner Light: Jyoti Meditation
Learn the simple Jyoti Meditation techniques that connect us with the Inner Light.
PATHS-A Collaborative Approach to Jail Programs for Inmates with Mental Illness
This presentation will discuss current mental health programs for inmates in the Sonoma County Jail. Mental Health programs that focus on dual-diagnosis, community collaborations and recovery.
hicapHelp Is on the Way! Free Medicare Assistance from HICAP
This workshop will describe the role played by HICAP as a Medicare Counseling and Advocacy Program.

Rural Wellness Centers Challenges and Successes
Share experiences of strengths and struggles with other rural wellness centers.

Planned Action on Medi-Cal Services Under a Proposed Federal Waiver

In mid-May, the California Department of Health Care Services (the department that administers Medi-Cal) issued its Implementation Plan for the new §1115 Medicaid waiver. A Medicaid waiver allows the federal government to authorize a pilot or demonstration project that normally would not be allowed under federal Social Security laws and Medicaid regulations. (In California, Medicaid is known as Medi-Cal.)

The new plan addresses four key populations:
  1. Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
  2. Children with Special Health Care Needs
  3. Persons with Behavioral Health Disorders and/or Substance Abuse
  4. Dual-Eligible Medicare/Medi-Cal Beneficiaries
The key elements of the new plan are to:
  1. Provide seniors and persons with disabilities more organized care
  2. Target the population that is Medicaid-Only beneficiaries
  3. Require mandatory enrollment
  4. Utilize organized delivery system models
In preparation for the implementation of National Health Care Reform, the new plan proposes to:
  1. Offer enrollment of parents and childless adults up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level
  2. Work to align the eligibility, benefits, cost sharing, and immigration status rules for this newly covered population
  3. Prepare for seamless enrollment into mandatory Medi-Cal coverage
The proposed 1115 waiver expansion will extend coverage to the extent that county funding is available. Expansion is slated to initiate in existing coverage areas in February 2011, with new county initiatives to begin in September 2011.  By January, 2012 pilot programs would begin.  Depending on how details are finalized, it could also have major impact on other Medicaid-funded services and programs that California provides mental health community-based services and children's health services. 

The proposal calls for shifting, over a phased-in period of five years, tens of thousands of children and adults with disabilities, the blind, people with mental illness, and seniors into an "organized delivery systems of care" that could use existing managed health care systems or create new systems, including newly developed "enhanced medical home" models. The intent is to dramatically change how Medi-Cal services are delivered to those individuals from the traditional "fee-for-service" model to an "organized delivery systems of care" where costs can be controlled while quality can be maintained and even improved. Of course, family and consumer stakeholder involvement in designing the "organized delivery systems of care" is essential in ensuring that when controlling costs, quality of care will not be compromised, but will, instead, improve as intended.

In a letter to David Maxwell-Jolly, Director of the Department of Health Care Services (Medi-Cal), NAMI California Executive Director, Dr. Trula LaCalle, wrote that certain elements must become part of all pilot programs and statewide programs.  She named the following elements as desirable:
  • Client engagement and continuation of meaningful client involvement as an integral part of the client-centered collaboration;
  • Implementation of joint treatment plans, contributed to by all service providers, in collaboration with the individual and his/her family and other supports (shared decision-making);
  • Emphasis on care management of beneficiaries with complex health care needs;
  • Development and use of appropriate multidisciplinary teams, emphasizing collaborative relationships between different provider groups/cultures. Case managers, behavioral health consultants, peers as providers, client services navigators, and pharmacists as medication-therapy managers are all part of the necessary workforce.
  • Training to improve skills of providers in each system of care so that partners in the collaborative care system can be more effective in providing care to persons with behavioral health and primary care issues;
  • Recognition of the importance of provision of social supports and family/significant other involvement in treatment;
  • Efforts to reduce disparities in the delivery of services.
NAMI California continues to follow the progress of the 1115 Waiver and will submit comments when needed.  As implementation of the new waiver evolves, NAMI California members will receive updates.

NAMIWalks a Success!

2010 NAMIWalk SF Bay Area
Advocates at S.F. Walk
Advocates in SF
The 2010 NAMIWalk SF Bay Area was the most successful yet.  Over 167 teams from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa gathered in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to raise money to underwrite Bay Area NAMI programs and to fight stigma.

With 45 days to go until the books close, the walk has already raised $320,000!

Dr. LaCalle at S.F.
Dr. LaCalle at SF
Walkers expected rain and instead had a beautiful, sunshine-filled day. Dr. Trula LaCalle, NAMI California Executive Director, welcomed the crowd of over 2,000. Nationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Joyce Cooling poignantly shared her experiences of how her brother's mental illness shaped her family's experiences, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson arrived with baby in-tow to show his support.

Seven Bay Area NAMI affiliates worked together to produce the event. They share in the proceeds and rely on the funds raised to underwrite their annual programming.
Tom Forray & Roberta English in S.F.
Tom Forray and Roberta English

To make a donation in support of the walk, make checks payable to NAMIWalk SF Bay Area.

Send  donations to: NAMIWalk SF Bay Area 2010 N. First St., #535,
San Jose, CA 95131

NAMIWalk Northern California

On April 24, NAMI affiliates from El Dorado, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Yolo counties--under the leadership of Walk Manager Patricia Pavone--joined forces for the inaugural Northern California NAMIWalk. It was a beautiful day for the Walk, which took place in Sacramento's William Land Park.
Sacramento Walkers
sacramento walkers

Over 60 teams and 700 people turned out for the event with walkers coming from as far away as Placerville, Stockton, and Winters to join together to raise awareness and funds for NAMI.   

The Walk raised over $80,000 which will help keep NAMI programs going throughout the region despite of current difficult budget challenges.

NAMIWalks Los Angeles County
NAMIWalks Los Angeles County will take place October 2, 2010 in Santa Monica. We walk to erase stigma, raise awareness and
Dr. LaCalle at Sacramento
Dr. LaCalle at Sacramento
support NAMI Signature Programs in Los Angeles County.

To participate in this event visit the walk website and sign up to be a Team Captain, join a Team and be a walker or Be a Sponsor.

In addition, you can donate your car, boat, or motorcycle to NAMIWalks through the sponsor, Cars 4 Causes.

 What a Difference a Friend Makesfriends
Discrimination and stigma have made it harder and harder for people with mental illnesses to keep a job, find a home, get health insurance, and find treatment. Now The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched the Mental Health Campaign for Mental Health Recovery to encourage, educate, and inspire people between 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems

The prevalence of serious mental health conditions in this age group is almost double that of the general population, yet young people have the lowest rate of help-seeking behaviors. This group has a high potential to minimize future disability if social acceptance is broadened and they receive the right support and services early on.

The What a Difference a Friend Makes website offers resources to help friends find resources including the National Mental Health Information Center, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and local resources. And visitors can visit a forum to chat with people living with mental health problems or other people who are friends of those who have similar problems.
-Family to Family2010 Family-to-Family News

Family-to-Family completed its last training of the year in May with a support group training in Manhattan Beach. A total of 27 participants attended.  

This has been another great year for Family-to-Family. Thanks to all who have participated in these trainings and have become NAMI Family to Family teachers and support group facilitators!

We look forward to beginning trainings again beginning November 2010. The venues will be announced sometime next month.

Lynn Cathy
NAMI California State Program Director

Jonée Shady
Program Assistant
En Español
Celebración Latina
Se reunieron para celebrar el Mes de la Salud Mental

salud mentalLos grupos de apoyo en español del Condado de Los Ángeles, se reunieron para celebrar el mes mayo como el Mes de la Salud Mental. El evento se desarrollo en español y hubo galería de pinturas, canciones, teatro y testimonio de los miembros de grupos. Esta celebración exhibió los talentos artísticos de los clientes y familiares, y fue una muestra de cómo la inspiración y el arte pueden promover salud y recuperación.

Para mas información.

Translation: Spanish-speaking mental health support groups in LA county came together for a wonderful "Celebracion Latina" to celebrate May is Mental Health Month. This celebration was held in Spanish and featured performances, presentations, and artwork from participants from all the Spainish-speaking support groups, including NAMI Support groups. The celebration really exhibited the talents of all of us and the inspiration of how the arts promote wellness and recovery.

For more information.

CIT Training
NAMI Fresno
NAMI Fresno will be implementing and hosting the first CIT training in Fresno, June 28th. Affiliate members have been attending CIT training all over California hosted by other NAMI affiliates and have organized curriculum with instructors from other California police agencies to help build CIT for Fresno County as well.

Because a mentally-ill consumer killed two officers in our county, NAMI Fresno will be bringing in a post-certified doctor for officers to deal with PTSD as well as to better understand mental illness and the importance of maintaining mental health services in the community.

NAMI San Gabriel Valley
NAMI San Gabriel Valley has initiated two new support groups, one for people with loved ones in the criminal justice system, and one for Spanish speakers. The affiliate hopes to establish another support group for parents of children under age 16 who have mental illnesses or emotional and behavioral difficulties very soon.

The affiliate has just finished a NAMI Basics class, and a Family-to-Family class will begin in July. Planning is underway for a summer picnic to which about 50 residents of local board and care facilities will be invited

Michelle Golland
NAMI Westside Los Angeles

NAMI Westside Los Angeles is holding the Annual Community Conference on Mental Health, June13, 11:30 am to 5:30 pm at American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air.

The keynote speaker is clinical psychologist, writer, and television personality Dr. Michelle Golland, presenting a talk entitled, "Issues Related to Older Adults and Mental Illness." Other expert speakers will present talks on empowerment, cognitive therapy, bipolar, substance abuse, OCD, navigating claims, stress relief, PTSD, medication, and more.

Registration is $20 for individuals and $60 for professionals and includes lunch. For registration visit

The NAMI San Bernardino Education Assistance Fund
capThe NAMI San Bernardino Education Assistance Fund has been established to assist Peer-Family Advocates, Consumers, Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) staff, and university students by providing funds for purchasing books and software to further their education and employment in the mental health field.

To qualify, applicants should be enrolled in college or university-level classes appropriate to the mental health field and be either an active volunteer, employee, or intern in a DBH program.

Individuals can apply each semester or quarter that they are enrolled. The grant amount is limited to $300 per term. For information, email the affiliate.

NAMI San Fernando Valley

NAMI San Fernando Valley has already held two of the four planned Ask the Psychiatrist nights in for Spanish-speaking residents of the Valley, and it has renewed its commitment to providing a Spanish-language Family-to-Family class. In addition, the affiliate has co-hosted a Armenian language mental health event that was taped for showing on Armenian television.

NAMI Marin

The NAMI Marin affiliate has been working on the implementation of Laura's Law in Marin. Staff members have been working for about five months and report that progress is being made. There are 82 people on the implementation team and four dedicated committee members. The implementation team is contacted via email with a call to action -- mostly in contacting their Supervisor to press for implementation. The next step will be to ask that the Implementation of Laura's Law be added to the County Supervisors Agenda.

NAMI San Joaquin County
NAMI San Joaquin County has three members trained to do IOOV presentations and they have given six presentations so far.  The presentations were to local mental health, the Connections group in Tracy, and San Joaquin Delta College.  There are presentations scheduled for June and July and six members will be sent for IOOV training in July. The presentations have been very well received in the community.
In This Issue
Conference Plenary Speakers Named
Conference Workshops
Medi-Cal Services Action
NAMIWalks a Success!
What a Difference a Friend Makes
NAMI California Programs
Celebración Latina
Affiliate News
conference theme
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NAMI California 2010 Annual Conference
"Lighting The Way To Recovery Together"
August 27 & 28, 2010
San Francisco Airport Marriott
1800 Old Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone:  650-692-9100

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Tables are available.
For details and applications call (916) 567-0163.

Visit our Conference Page at the NAMI California website. There you'll find details on sponsorship, exhibitor information, and more details as time grows closer to August.
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NAMI California's Tree of Tribute
tree of tribute
Each year many donors elect to give a gift in celebration of an event, in honor of a special individual or in memory of a loved one.

The Tree of Tribute formalizes this tradition by providing a lasting acknowledgement
for individuals who are remembered, individuals who are honored or have an enduring record of a significant celebration. 
Gifts in Celebration, in Honor or in Memory

Gifts of $500 or more will be eligible for an engraved leaf on the Tree of Tribute or an engraved stone at the base of the tree.

$500 - Bronze leaf
$1,000 - Silver leaf
$2,000 - Gold leaf
$3,000 -- Small stone
$5,000 - Large stone

Major Donors

I California thanks the following for their very generous contributions of $500 or more.

Humanitarian: $5,000 - $15,000
The Commu
nity Foundation, Riverside, CA
Mitch Francis, (location withheld on request)

Patron:  $
2,500 - $4,999

Benefactor:  $1,000 - $2,499
Rita Jean Boppana, Playa Del Rey, CA
Attias Family Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mountain View, CA
Frances Tibbits, Pacific Palisades, CA
Carla Jacobs
Tustin, CA

Shareholder: $750-$999

Sponsor:  $500-$749
Teresa A Walker, San Mateo, CA
Stephen Dwelle, President, Dwelle Family Foundation, Visalia, CA
Edward Gaston, MD & Lori Zager,San Rafael, CA
Margaret C. Winrich, Kelseyville, CA
Elaine Zelnik, Berkeley, CA
Doris Crowell, Walnut Creek, CA
Jeannette Lowe, Washoe Valley, NV
Pamela Zelnik & Mark Suhr, Berkeley, CA
Elizabeth L Friedman, Los Angeles, CA
Elizabeth Chamberlain, Woodside, CA
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Aldrich, Glendale, CA
John & Beverly White, Brentwood, TN
John J Krolewski & Nadia Ghent, Irvine, CA

Mark & Theresa Gale, West Hills, CA
Frances Tibbits, Pacific Palisades, CA
Christopher & Mary Folck Family, Truckee, CA
Glen & Linda Meyer, Danville, CA
Nancy Doyle, Santa Rosa, CA
Stephen & Jacqueline Astle, San Rafael, CA
Elizabeth S. Holden, Eugene. OR
Loeb Family Foundation
Linda K. Pontious, Grass Valley, CA
Elizabeth Chamberlain, Woodside, CA
Gunnar Christiansen, MD, Santa Ana, CA
Venona & John Levine, Walnut Creek, CA
Ralph Nelson, Visalia, CA
Victoria Link, Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Mark Gale, West Hills, CA


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