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May 2012

National Alliance on Mental Illness, California State Organization 

Welcome Members and Affiliates
We welcome your ideas for topics to cover, your feedback on issues that face consumers, families, and providers across the state. Contact us at
May Is Mental Health Month
one in four"May Is Mental Health Month" began in 1949 to raise awareness of mental health conditions and mental wellness for all. This year Mental Health America is advocating two significant themes. One is Do More for 1 in 4. The second is Healing Trauma's Invisible Wounds.


Do More for 1 in 4 is a call to action to help the 1 in 4 American adults who live with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition and the fact that they can go on to live full and productive lives.


Download the Do More For 1in4 Toolkit. 


The second theme, Healing Trauma's Invisible Wounds, focuses on the impact of traumatic events on individuals and communities.  It centers around asking the person-based question: "What happened to you?"


Download the Healing Trauma's Invisible Wounds Toolkit. 


Read more at The Washington Times. 

It's a Boy!
teddyNAMI California's Executive Director, Jessica Cruz and her husband Markam, are the proud parents of a new baby boy!


Markam Davis Cruz Jr. was born on April 15, 2012 at 10:10pm, weighing  7lbs 14 oz.


Please join us in congratulating the Cruz Family!


NAMI California Board of Directors and Employee Partners are excited about this new addition to our NAMI Family.
Smarts for Advocacy Training

NAMI's inaugural NAMI Smarts for Advocacy facilitator training was attended by Kathleen Derby and Bettie Reinhardt from April 26 - 29.

Smarts for Training

The group learned to help participants in classes in their own states understand why advocacy for mental health care is so important and the power of their stories to influence others. As Kathleen and I teach the three modules whenever and where ever we can, class members will learn how to Tell Your Story, to effectively utilize Emails and Phone Calls, and to Meet Your Policy Makers (legislators, supervisors or commissioners, even state and local administrators).


It was an exhausting, informative, and really fun training but we could not have taken many more days of the Mid-West menus.  After potatoes, meat, and heavy desserts at every meal including breakfast, we were ready for California fresh fruits and veggies.As Dorothy told Auntie Em, "There is no place like home."

-- Bettie Reinhardt 

MHSA News 

MSHAOCThough the administration of mental health in our state is being restructured and MHSA funding has been realigned, it is important to emphasize that MHSA Values stay the same. Many think of wellness and recovery based services when they think of MHSA, and this is a key element. But so are client and family driven services, community collaboration, and reducing disparities. These three values are uniquely linked to quality improvement, and they all come together when we emphasize the importance of inclusive and effective stakeholder processes.


Now that local processes and decision making are more important than ever, so is the emphasis on accountability to client and family stakeholders. NAMI California regularly advocates that our government partners, both local and statewide, adhere to strong standards of outreach and engagement. It is both at the beginning, in planning, at the end, in evaluation - and at all spaces in between - where our voices must be heard. This is specified in state regulation, in the very definition of what client and family driven programs and services mean.


At the Regional Meetings NAMI California has held thus far this year - in Sacramento, Shasta, and Los Angeles Counties - we have encouraged productive dialogue about the current status and desired future of community stakeholder processes. In most of these meetings, we have welcomed the participation of County Mental Representatives, bringing the community together to discuss the issues and explore ways we might partner in the future to address common concerns. There are more Regional Meetings on the horizon, with the addition of NAMI Smarts Advocacy Training, so check your email and mark your calendars.


Finally, the MHSA Participatory Evaluation Survey has just come out. We have been advocating for the opportunity for clients and family members to not only evaluate MHSA services, but to determine design and content. This survey is the result of that, and waiting for your participation. You can find the survey here:

-- Kathleen Derby  

2012 San Diego County NAMI WALK Success  

san diego walkThe San Diego County NAMI Walk was a huge success! Thank you to all that came out and joined us, and if we missed you, we'll see you next year!


Our goal to have 3,000 walkers was well exceeded as an estimated 3,300 people were in attendance, making this year the most well attended NAMI WALK yet. Not only did we raise awareness for mental health but we exceeded our goal and raised an estimated $150,761.37 and counting! Don't forget donations can be accepted up to 60 days after the walk so mail them:

NAMI San Diego 4480 30th Street San Diego CA 92116


Watching all the walkers, sponsors, loveable pets, and our NAMI families come together to fight the stigma of mental illness was phenomenal. It was so inspiring to see 70 resource fair vendors, 105 walk teams, and over 60 volunteers at 6th Ave. & Quince Saturday morning walking the talk to raise awareness about mental health.   

-- Annie Dunlop 

NAMI California Financial Statements and Supplemental Information 


NAMI California is posting the most-recent Independent Auditor's Report, June 30, 2011.  


Click here to read the full report. 

Contact Information
or call NAMI California
(916) 567-0163
In This Issue
May Is Mental Health Month
It's a Boy!
Smarts for Advocacy Training
San Diego County NAMI WALK
NAMI California Financial Statements


Proud Sponsor of NAMI California:

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NAMI California's Tree of Tribute
Fiscal Year 2011-12

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  donors

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

Humanitarian: $5,000-$15,000 Kelly Foundation, Sacramento, CA
Janssen Pharma
, New Brunswick, NJ
AstraZeneca, Wilmington, DE
Ruth Knudtson, Redlands, CA
Phrma, Sacramento, CA
Lilly Grant Office, Kalamazoo, MI    
Patron:  $2,500 - $4,999
May S. Farr, Upland. CA
Samira V. Moran, Encino, CA
Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, Pacific Palisades, CA
Teva Biologics & Specialty Products, North Wales, PA
Lilly Grant Office, Kalamazoo, MI 
Benefactor:  $1,000 - $2,499
The Knudtson Family Donor Advised Fund
, CA

Ralph E. Nelson, Visalia, CA

Attias Family Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Frances Tibbits, Pacific Palisades, CA

Pfizer Inc., New York, NY

David M. Knapp Special Needs Trust, San Diego, CA   

Dwelle Family Foundation, Visalia, CA
Shackleton Adventure Racing, LLC,  Carmel, CA

Edward Gaston, MD, San Rafael, CA

Ngena Asante, Cypress, CA

Henry Garner, Yorba Linda, CA

NAMI Westside Los Angeles (from NAMIWalk) 

Shareholder: $750-$999

Orange County's United Way, Irvine, CA 

Teresa Walker, San Mateo, CA 

Ralph E. Nelson, Visalia, CA  

Sponsor:  $500-$749
Joseph Kotzin,, Los Angeles,CA

Patricia Goldring, PhD, Sherman Oaks, CA

Kessel, Young, & Logan, Charitable Account, Long Beach, CA

Wayne Baldaro, Glendale, CA

Virginia Whitcombe, Palos Verdes Estates, CA  

Linda K. Pontious, Grass Valley, CA

Miriam C. Wille, Ventura, CA

Elizabeth Chamberlain, Woodside, CA 

Michael Aldrich, Glendale, CA

Arnold Klein, Malibu, CA

George Greenspon, Westlake Village, CA
Elizabeth Chamberlain, Woodside, CA
Google, Inc., CA

Joseph Kotzin, Los Angeles, CA

Patricia Goldring, PhD, Sherman Oaks, CA

Corning Exchange Club, Corning, CA

Linda K. Pontious, Grass Valley, CA 


NAMI California Annual Conference Donors, 2012 

Janssen, $5,000

Teva Select Brands, $2,500

River City Bank, $2,599

Turning Point Community Programs, $500   



All donations,
large and small,
are greatly appreciated by
NAMI California and help
us achieve
our mission
at the state level.
state advocacy

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