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October 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
 Join NAMI Bikes Nov. 10 -- Fight Stigma and Ride! 

nami bikes Starting and finishing in beautiful Davis, California, our NAMI Bikes event features three road courses with beautiful panoramic views. There's a family fun ride, a 25-mile and 50-mile course.

All routes are well marked with support of vehicle teams and rest stops conveniently located.

Continental Breakfast and Ride

Check-In opens at 6 a.m., and ride-out times vary according to distance (time listed at point of selection). Enjoy food, music, family entertainment, and more.


Click to register as a rider, volunteer, or support a rider.  
Have questions? Email:  
NAMI California Officially Endorses Passage of Propositions 30, 34, and 36

NAMI California has called for a "yes" vote by our constituency for Propositions 30, 34, and 36 on the November Ballot.

Proposition 30:
  • Protects funding of Mental Health services and substance abuse services and child welfare
  • Adds a section to the California Constitution so legislators cannot take money designated for mental health and substance abuse services to put in the State's General Fund
  • Asks wealthy Californians to pay their fair share of taxes for schools and local public safety, including mental health and substance abuse services. Only couples making more than $500,000 per year would pay more income taxes, temporarily.
  • If Prop 30 fails, state spending on health and education will be cut severely.
Read the full endorsement.

Proposition 34 repeals the death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. It will:
  • Repeal the death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replace it with life imprisonment without parole.
  • Apply retroactively to persons already sentenced to death.
  • Require persons found guilty of murder to work while in prison, with their wages to be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them.
  • Create a $100 million fund to be distributed to law enforcement agencies to help solve more homicide and rape cases.

Proposition 36 revises California's Three Strikes Law to prevent unjust life sentences for certain non-violent offenses. Its provisions will help to reduce prison overcrowding and reduce prison system costs:
  • An offender who has two or more prior serious or violent felony convictions and whose new offense is a non-serious, non-violent felony receive a prison sentence that is twice the usual term for the new offense, rather than a minimum sentence of 25-years-to-life.
  • Certain new or prior offenses, including some drug-, sex-, and gun-related felonies are not included in the new sentencing.
  • Individuals currently serving third strike sentences may apply to be re-sentenced under the new law. The person's criminal history will be considered as well as behavior in prison, participation in rehabilitation programs, or other information that would help the court determine risk to public safety.

Read the full endorsement.  

Children's Mental Health: Six Questions for October

Second in a series of columns by Roger Greenbaum 


For NAMI California members, this month of October is one in which making our views known can be both timely and impactful. NAMI California members can act to strengthen mental health care for children and youth in California by answering "six questions for October."  


The first five questions concern how to make mental health care more effective through the Medi-Cal program of Early Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis & Treatment (EPSDT).  


The sixth question is Proposition 30, which will be on the November 2012 ballot throughout California.


Read on... 

Legislative & Public Policy Update

Coordinated Care Initiative
Heads up!  It is time to add some more pieces of the alphabet to your soup. You will be hearing a lot about the CCI, SPDs, HCBS, and LTSS as well as Duals and the Demonstration.  CCI stands for Coordin ated Care Initiative.  SPDs are Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. HCBS mean s Home- and Community-Based Services and LTSS stands for Long-Term Services and Supports. Duals are people who are eligible for both Medi-Cal and Medicare benefits. The Demonstration is a three-year project involving eight - or more - counties in provision of integrated care for Duals


Now that you have the pieces, here they are in order:

The three major components of the CCI addressed here are:

  • A three-year demonstration project (Demonstration) for dual eligible Medi-Cal and Medicare beneficiaries to combine the full continuum of acute, primary, institutional, and home- and community-based services (HCBS) into a single benefit package, delivered through an organized service delivery system.
  • Mandatory Medi-Cal managed care enrollment for dual eligible beneficiaries.
  • The inclusion of long-term services and supports (LTSS) as Medi-Cal managed care benefits for SPD beneficiaries who are eligible for Medi-Cal only, and for SPD beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal (dual eligibles).


Bettie Reinhardt, MPH
Legislative and Public Policy Consultant  

State Peer-to-Peer Mentor Training  


On November 2 - 4, 2012, NAMI California will host a nami_circle_logo State Peer-to-Peer Mentor Training in Bakersfield. Because training slots are limited (16), we are asking each affilaite to apply for training slots immediately. NAMI California will use these affilaite applications to determine how many training slots we can allot your affilaite.


Please submit a completed Mentor Applications for each person you'd like to send to this training. Applications are due no later than 8:00am on Monday, October 15th 2012. Please note that this is an application, not a registration, and not everyone that applies may be given space in the training.

For information, contact:

Lisa Bohne

Consumer Programs Coordinator

NAMI California

(916) 567-0163

Working Well Together News

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A Call to Action

'Advocacy and Empowerment' stands for community impact with individuals of a lived experience. How many public board and committee meetings exist in your county that address mental health needs and challenges? These meetings are opportunities to either serve or speak of needs/issues regarding the lived experience. For example, meetings in your area may include mental health board meetings, community health outreach workers meetings, Veteran Connect meetings and your NAMI affiliate's Board of Directors meetings. In addition, committee meetings may include mental health advisory or drug and alcohol advisory committees. Finally, be on the lookout for expert town hall meetings or annual mental health symposiums that focus on mental health related topics.


Working Well Together serves California's Department of Behavioral Health Services or mental health contract agencies as workforce development for consumers, family members and parent partners who have lived experience. We encourage individuals to speak at meetings or to serve on mental health related boards or committees to showcase workplace skills. These working skills may consist of public speaking, demonstration of organized ideas, creative problem solving, and/or working well with others. In the eyes of perspective employers, these skills can lead to job employment within the mental health community.


For further assistance or suggestion of workforce development ideas, visit the Working Well Together website or email Ron Shaw, TAC Coordinator for Central Region of California at 


The transformation of Mental Health within the 21st Century is twofold: 1) the celebrated acknowledgement, 2) the valued contribution of the lived experience within the workplace.


-- Ron Shaw, WWT Program Specialist

Student Builds On-campus NAMI Chapter in Monterey 

emma Emma Spellman, a senior at CSU Monterey Bay, has established a NAMI on Campus on the Monterey campus. She is a major at the university's Collaborative Health and Human Services department, with a concentration in Community Health. Dr. Jim Raines is the faculty advisor for the NAMI on Campus club and Spellman said she has also received support and encouragement from other faculty members in the department.


Read her inspiring interview. 

NAMI Ventura Member Receives Recognition Award from Mental Health Board


If there is one shortcoming that Diane Bustillos has, it is that shBustillos_Commendatione does not know how to say "No"! And NAMI Ventura County loves her for it. As a regular NAMI Family-to-Family teacher in Ventura, Diane helps many families through their travails, but she volunteers with NAMI in so many other ways, that the Mental Health Board decided to recognize Diane's community service.


Read the Certificate of Commendation from the Ventura County Mental Health Board 


It is with our deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks that the Mental Health Board of Ventura County honors Diane Bustillos for her service on behalf of all mentally ill individuals and their families.


 -- Joan Wiggins
NAMI Ventura County
National Alliance on Mental Illness 

MHSA - Participatory Evaluation Initial Report

MSHAOC Please see the attached DRAFT - MHSA Statewide Participatory Evaluation Report  re the Impact of MHSA Peer Support, Employment and Crisis Intervention Services on Individual Client Outcomes. This is the 30+-day public review period for this report. Many of you have been involved in this evaluation, either in the planning phase by participating in focus groups, or as survey and interview respondents.  


In addition, two NAMI members, Doug Stephens of Sonoma County, and myself were involved as "Participatory Evaluation Partners." The evaluation team consulted us on some aspects of the planning and implementation of the evaluation. Your comments on this report are especially important. If you find there are elements missing in terms of analysis, or if you have suggestions for improvement, the Evaluation team should hear from you, especially since this is supposed to be participatory. Please direct your comments to Dr. Jane Yoo at or 626-791-5861 by November 13. You may participate in a conference call scheduled for Tuesday November 13th at 12:00pm PST during which you may provide verbal feedback on the report. Please contact Dr. Yoo for call in details for this phone meeting.


-- Kathleen Derby, MA

Director of Advocacy  
Bonita House Homeless Outreach and Stabilization Team Outcomes 

bonita-house Attached are the updated outcomes of our Prop 63 MHSA funded adult full service partnership program (FSP).  The FSP target population is adults; who meet the HUD "chronic homeless" criteria, living with a major psychiatric disability and have not been receiving behavioral health care services at the time of engagement.


The geographic catchment area is central and northern Alameda County.


We realize that the success of the program would not be possible without your assistance.


-- Rick Crispino

Executive Director

Family Programs News  

Family to Family  


Save these dates for the Family Programs trainings for the fiscal year:




  • November 9-11, Family to Family Teacher Training in Oceanside, CA
  • November 30 - December 2, Train the Trainer - Support Group - in Sacramento, CA


  • January 18-20, Spanish Familia a Familia, in Los Altos, CA
  • February 8-10, Teacher Training, Pittsburg, CA
  • April 12-14, Support Group, Pasadena, CA
  • May 31 - June 2, Teacher Training in Citrus Heights (Sacramento) CA 

If you are a current NAMI support group leader, please consider applying for becoming a support group trainer. Contact Lynn Cathy at: 


If you would like to become involved as a Family to Family teacher or support group leader, please contact your local affiliate.


Thank you!

If You Paid for PaxilŽ, You Could Get a Payment from a Class Action Settlement


A class action settlement will provide money  to California residents who were 18 years old or older and who paid for any portion of the price of  the prescription antidepressant PaxilŽ while living
in California from January 14, 1999 through January 1, 2003, and who qualify under the settlement (these people are called "Class Members"). If you're  included, you may ask for a payment, or you can exclude yourself from, or object to, the settlement.

The Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles will have a hearing to decide whether to approve the settlement so that payments can be issued. The lawsuit claims that GlaxoSmithKline falsely advertised and promoted PaxilŽ as being non-habit forming or non-addictive and that GlaxoSmithKline's advertisements and promotional materials failed to disclose the risk of symptoms from stopping or discontinuing PaxilŽ.
GlaxoSmithKline denies each of these allegations.

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
Join NAMI Bikes
We Endorse Prop. 30, 34, 36
Children's Mental Health
Legislative & Public Policy Update
Peer-to-Peer Mentor Training
Working Well Together News
On-campus NAMI Chapter in Monterey
Ventura Member Receives Recognition
Bonita House Outcomes
Family Programs News


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

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

NAMIWalks Los Angeles County

Shareholder: $750-$999

Orange County's United Way, Irvine, CA 

Teresa Walker, San Mateo, CA 

Ralph E. Nelson, Visalia, CA

Ronnie Okon, Tarzana, CA   

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

Patricia Goldring, PhD, Sherman Oaks, CA

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

NAMI Glendale in honor of Tom & Kay Connus, 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 Pharma, $7,500

Lilly Grant Office, $7,500 

Teva Biologics & Specialty Products, $2,500

River City Bank, $2,500

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.
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