|MONTHLY NEWSLETTER||June 2010|
|National Alliance on Mental Illness, California State Organization
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Plenary Speakers Named for NAMI California 2010 Annual Conference|
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
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.)
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
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.
ROBERT PAUL LIBERMAN,
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 MARK RAGINS, M.D.
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.
SERGIO AGUILAR-GAXIOLA, M.D, PhD, FACP
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 DR. MANOJ V. WAIKAR, M.D.
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
the brain changes with mental illness & the promising changes these
findings can bring for patients, caregivers & advocates. Dr. Waikar
uniquely qualified to bridge the sometimes disconnected worlds of basic
& patient care.
Workshops at the NAMI California 2010 Annual Conference|
Connections-Wellness and Recovery in 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.
with Your Inner Light
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.
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
Effective Collaborations Between Mental Health Providers, Family Members &
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.
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.
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
through the Darkness: Easing Your Depression with Paper and Pen
Creative writing is powerful, fun, healing
activity to add to your treatment plan.
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
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.
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.
"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
Legislative Update-NAMI's Agenda for Improving the Lives of Consumers and
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
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
your Board in Creating Sustainable Funding
Learn a tested and proven system for
finding and cultivating the perfect major donors who love your mission.
Inner Peace through the Inner Light: Jyoti Meditation
Learn the simple Jyoti Meditation
techniques that connect us with the Inner Light.
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.
on the Way! Free Medicare Assistance from HICAP
This workshop will describe the role played
by HICAP as a Medicare Counseling and Advocacy Program.
Wellness Centers Challenges and Successes
experiences of strengths and struggles with other rural wellness centers.
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
Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
Children with Special Health Care Needs
Persons with Behavioral Health Disorders and/or Substance Abuse
Dual-Eligible Medicare/Medi-Cal Beneficiaries
The key elements of the new plan are
seniors and persons with disabilities more organized care
the population that is Medicaid-Only beneficiaries
organized delivery system models
preparation for the implementation of National Health Care Reform, the new plan
enrollment of parents and childless adults up to 200 percent of the federal
to align the eligibility, benefits, cost sharing, and immigration status rules
for this newly covered population
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
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
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:
engagement and continuation of meaningful client involvement as an integral
part of the client-centered collaboration;
of joint treatment plans, contributed to by all service providers, in
collaboration with the individual and his/her family and other supports (shared
on care management of beneficiaries with complex health care needs;
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.
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;
of the importance of provision of social supports and family/significant other
involvement in treatment;
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 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. 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.
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.
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 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 Makes|
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.
|UPDATES ON NAMI
|-2010 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.
NAMI California State Program Director
Se reunieron para celebrar el Mes de la Salud Mental
Los 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.
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
Registration is $20 for individuals and $60 for
professionals and includes lunch. For registration visit www.namila.org.
San Bernardino Education Assistance Fund
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Register Online Now!
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
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.
2010 Annual Conference Corporate Sponsors
NAMI California's 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
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
NAMI California thanks the following for their very generous contributions of $500 or more.Humanitarian: $5,000 - $15,000
The Community 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
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
large and small,
are greatly appreciated by
NAMI California and help
us achieve our mission
at the state level.
or call NAMI California
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