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October 2013

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
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NAMIBikes Rides Out on Saturday Nov. 2

Fight Stigma and Ride
This exciting mental health, anti-stigma event will start and end in Davis and will offer a choice of 15-mile, 30-mile and 60 -mile (25K, 50K, 100K) courses. It is a fully supported ride, including an event t-shirt, light breakfast, lunch and rest stop fuel.

Be a Virtual Rider!  Even if you can't be in Davis on event day, you can ride along as a Virtual Rider. When you register, choose the option to be a virtual rider. There is no registration fee and if you raise $45 or more, we will send you the event t-shirt.

All routes are $45 (registration is waived with $250 in fundraising, however, fundraising is not required).

Virtual Riders register for free and can earn exciting incentives!

For more information and to register or donate, please visit

Two Quiet Blasts of the Good-News Trumpet

by Roger Greenbaum 

This first column of the 2013-14 school year is for sharing with Newsletter readers two recent developments which hold significance for students of all ages.


One of the two items will have immediate impact. It shapes the way parents and school districts handle "independent educational evaluations", one of the key tools provided by federal law to promote well-informed decisions by teams of parents and educators working out programs for students with special needs of all kinds. That includes educational needs which stem from mental health issues.


The second of the two developments may take somewhat longer to be felt: prize awards for scientific discoveries holding the promise of advances in understanding of severe mental illnesses, disorders which have up to now largely proved elusive. But both these developments are good ones.

Cyberbullying and Mental Illness: What Parents Should Know
Chances are, you know someone who has been a victim of cyberbullying. California is first in the nation in cyberbullying, according to The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Washington round out the "five-worst" list. Recent findings by Health and Human Services suggest that 52% of all students today have experienced cyberbullying at least once. Some 20% of online teens endure cyberbullying on a routine basis.


In this NAMI California exclusive, we present ways for parents to address cyberbullying in their household and how to discover if your child is a bully, a victim, or both.

Read the story.

NAMI Legislative Update

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NAMI California is gearing up for a big year of legislative advocacy in 2014, as we've recently hired a Legislation and Policy Director who will represent us in the State Capitol. This new position will allow us to keep the pressure on your representatives to consider consumers and family members in all of their decision-making.


This year, three pieces of legislation supported by NAMI California were signed by the Governor, though not all in their strongest form:


Senate Bill 330, by Senator Alex Padilla (Pacoima), requires the Instruction Quality Commission (IQC), during the next revision of the health curriculum framework, to consider developing and recommending a distinct category on mental health instruction.


NAMI California supported an earlier version of this bill that would have required that health curriculum include one hour of mental health education for all students.


Senate Bill 364, by Senator Darrell Steinberg (Sacramento), revises the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act related to 72-hour involuntary detention for mental health evaluation and treatment, so-called "5150 holds."  Key provisions of this bill: 1) Broaden the types of facilities counties may designate for purposes of 72-hour evaluation and treatment; and 2) Authorize the county mental health director to develop procedures for the county's designation and training of professionals who will be designated to perform functions under Section 5150.


NAMI California was an early supporter of this bill, but became concerned after some critical amendments were made. We advocated for changes to the language that were amended into the bill by Senator Steinberg in response to our efforts.


Senate Bill 585, also by Senator Steinberg, clarifies that mental health services provided under Laura's Law may be provided pursuant to procedures specified in the Mental Health Services Act, as well as by other local funds.


Some progress was made this year, but there is much left to do! 

Anti-Stigma Arts Network Project


The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California is involved in a special project  called the CalMHSA Anti-Stigma Arts Network Project.  The Arts Network Project is designed to promote anti-stigma and discrimination messages regarding mental illness through various forms of art (including: visual, performing, decorative, written, spoken, etc.). The goal of the project is to promote a better understanding of stigma and recovery, while advocating the use of creative expression as a healing tool.


Included in this project is a total of three In Our Own Voice (IOOV) Presenter Trainings.  IOOV is one of NAMI's Signature Programs, which offers insight into the recovery possible for people living with mental illness. An IOOV presentation is delivered by two trained speakers, and they share their personal stories of living with a mental illness and their journey to achieving wellness and recovery. 


The first presenter training for this project is scheduled to take place on November 23-24, 2013 in Campbell, CA. We are currently seeking individuals (18 years and older) with lived experience and utilize creative expression as a tool for maintaining wellness and recovery, to participate in the training. The training is absolutely free of charge, meals will be provided and/or costs will be reimbursed for all attendees, and travel and lodging expenses will be covered for eligible participants. 


Advantages of becoming an IOOV presenter include:

  • Provide encouragement and hope to individuals and/or family members experiencing the effects of mental illness
  • Helping to inspire and motivate others
  • Develop and/or enhance leadership and public speaking skills
  • Networking opportunities
  • All presenters are paid a stipend for each presentation given

If you or someone that you know might be interested in participating in this upcoming training, please contact Veronica J. Delgado, Community Engagement Coordinator at or (916) 567-0163 to request an application.

Add the NAMI California Website Link to Your Mobile Home Screen


Now you can have immediate access to NAMI California news from your smart phone home screen. 


Here's how to add the icon:


Instructions for an android phone.


Instructions for an iPhone.

NAMI California Staff Corner


Caliph Assagai, New Director of Legislation and Public Policy, NAMI California


Caliph Assagai is a Class of 2012 graduate of UCLA School of Law, where he earned specializations in Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race studies. As a law student, he conducted research on school-discipline and juvenile justice reform. Before law school, Caliph served as a California Senate Fellow with the Office of State Senator Leland Yee, where he staffed the Human Services Committee and worked on legislation related to juvenile justice, insurance and health. Following his fellowship, Caliph served as a Fellow with the California Institute for Federal Policy Research in Washington D.C., where he covered education, transportation, housing, and budget issues in the California Bulletin-a publication distributed to California's Congressional Delegation.


Following his fellowship, Caliph served as a Legislative Aide to Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, where he staffed the Public Safety Committee and covered public safety, juvenile justice education and transportation issues. As a college student, Caliph served as President of the Associated Students of UC Davis, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science. Before coming to NAMI California, Caliph served as Advocacy Manager for a local non-profit working on sustainability issues in low-income areas of Sacramento.


Caliph spends most of his free time outdoors. As an avid cyclist, he rides road bikes, mountain bikes, a motocross bike, as well as BMX. Caliph finds great pleasure in volunteering: he has mentored students in Sacramento elementary schools and high schools, as well as at UC Davis and at UCLA School of Law. Caliph also serves as a City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Commissioner and a Sacramento County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commissioner.

Video Casting Call Opportunity

CalMHSA has awarded NAMI California the exciting opportunity to culturally adapt NAMI's Signature Program, In Our Own Voice (IOOV) video program for the following CA Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) Communities: African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, LGBTQ, and Native American.


We are seeking community leaders and members from the above listed communities living with a mental illness, to participate in the creation of new IOOV videos.  The new videos will be culturally specific, featuring people with lived experience that are 18 years and older (young adult to Elder lifespan) and doing well in their recovery. We encourage Veterans and previous foster care youth to participate, as well. Video participants will be compensated and travel expenses will be paid!


"IOOV" is an opportunity for those who have struggled with mental illness to share their individual experiences of recovery and transformation.  If you know someone that you think would be a great candidate for this project, please have them contact Veronica J. Delgado, Community Engagement Coordinator at NAMI CA. All forms must be submitted by November 3, 2013 and video recording will begin in December 2013. If you have any questions regarding this project, please email or call (916) 567-0163.

NAMI California Programs News:

Successful Peer-to-Peer Training in Modesto, CA

NAMI California held a Peer-to-Peer Mentor training in Modesto, CA on October 11-13, 2013. It was a great success! We trained 16 new Peer-to-Peer Mentors from Northern California. A big thank you to the trainers, Oscar Guzman of NAMI Sonoma and Doug Smith of NAMI Sacramento. Everyone enjoyed the training and it was wonderful to meet everyone. Please join me in welcoming our new Peer-to-Peer Mentors:


Anne Marie McKnight  of NAMI Sacramento, Ema Reynoso of NAMI Stanislaus, Eve Hill of NAMI Tulare, Gregory Tashjian of NAMI Tulare, Jauniece Armstrong of NAMI Tulare, Jim Furman of NAMI Contra Costa, Joanne Michelson of NAMI Fresno, Julia Castilla Angeles of NAMI Santa Clara, Karmelle Patterson of NAMI Merced, Kathryn Lum of NAMI Alameda, Kim Hing of NAMI Alameda South, Lee Henrichs of NAMI Kern, Marc Fischbach of NAMI San Luis Obispo, Marci Stapley of NAMI Solano, Monica Silva of NAMI Stanislaus, Victoria Meredith of NAMI San Luis Obispo.


If you have any questions about Peer-to-Peer, In Our Own Voice or Connection programs, please contact: Stephenie Gardella,

Family Programs Update

Family to Family  

We have completed our first two trainings of the fiscal year in Family Programs.  Support group trainings were held in Campbell and in El Centro, California, with a total of 33 graduates.  The training in El Centro was especially exciting as there is no NAMI affiliate there yet.  We are hoping with this NAMI outreach that an affiliate will eventually blossom there.  Says one trainee, "I loved the training and the trainers.  Awesome, awesome, awesome, that's all I have to say."  


Upcoming Training:


ETS Training Webinars:

October 11th 10am-12pm

October 29 2-4pm


Family Programs Trainings:


State Trainer  Family to Family Training:

October 18-20, 2013 - Campbell, CA


Family to Family Teacher Training

November 8-10, 2013 - Chico, CA


Family Support Group and  Basics Trainings:

February 7-9th, 2014 - Modesto, CA 


De Familia a Familia Teacher Training

March14-16, 2014 - Ontario, CA


Family Support Group and Basics Trainings:

April 11-13, 2014 - Encino, CA                                                 


Family to Family and de Familia a Familia Teacher Trainings:

May 30-June 1, 2014 Elk Grove, CA


The Family Programs Blog http://namifamily.blogspot.comis no longer in use. In the interim weekly postings will be made on Facebook. New blog address to be announced soon.


Parents and Teachers as Allies

October 19th  - Ontario (note date change)

October 26th - Campbell


Peer and Stigma Reduction Programs Trainings

Peer to Peer October 11-13th 2013 - Modesto (previously Persona a Persona)


Connection 11/9/13 - 11/10/13 - Campbell


Peer-to-Peer 11/22/13 - 11/24/13 - Orange


Persona a Persona (Western Riverside Region only) 2/21/14 - 2/23/14 - Ontario


Connection 3/15/14 - 3/16/14 - Ontario


In Our Own Voice Training of Trainers - 3/28/14 - 3/30/14 - Sacramento


Peer-to-Peer 5/9/14 - 5/11/14 - Ventura


Peer-to-Peer 5/16/14 - 5/18/14 - Sacramento

Provider Education Trainings: To be announced

Send inquiries to:

Family Programs 

IOOV, Peer to Peer and Connection 


Provider Education Program 

Parents and Teachers as Allies, Ending the Silence, NAMI on Campus 


NAMI California Office: 916-567-0163


NAMI North Coast Forever Wreath Project

NAMI North Coast board member Jane Fyer held a workshop on October 12 from 10-3 to show family members, friends and peers how to make a wreath that would live forever by implanting it with a variety of succulents, hence the name NAMI Forever Wreath. The project will be showcased at the NAMI NC Flowering Plant Booth at the Carlsbad Village Fair on November 3rd. The affiliate has made eight to sell and one that will be raffled off at the end of the day.View the photo gallery.


NAMI Coachella Valley News

Family-to-Family classes, Saturdays, Sept 14th - Dec 7th 2013

Saturday, Nov 2nd, Diamond Valley Marina, Hemet


NAMI Santa Clara County on TV

KTVU came calling! John Fowler, his producer and a cameraperson came to the NAMI Santa Clara County office on Aug. 16 to learn about NAMI SC's signature Peer PALS program. David DeTata, Peer PALS program coordinator, was interviewed on film along with a number of people involved in the program. Then, on Sept. 17, a segment aired on the evening news. It is a great snapshot of the Peer PALS program in action. See the video by going to and clicking on the video in the middle of the homepage. If you'd like to learn more, contact David DeTata at

NAMI California Financial Statements and Supplemental Information


Click below to view the NAMI California 2011-2012 Final Audit.


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Contact Information
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In This Issue
NAMIBikes Rides Out on Saturday Nov. 2
Two Quiet Blasts of the Good-News Trumpet
Cyberbullying and Mental Illness
NAMI Legislative Update
Anti-Stigma Arts Network Project
NAMI California Website Link for Your Smart Phone
NAMI California Staff Corner
Video Casting Call Opportunity
Successful Peer-to-Peer Training in Modesto
NAMI California Programs News
Affiliate News


NAMI California's Tree of Tribute
Fiscal Year 2012-13

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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 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, 2012-2013.

Humanitarian: $5,000 - $36,000
Ruth Knudtson
California Community Foundation Short Term Liquidity Account
American Endowment Foundation
May S. Farr  
Patron:  $2,500 - $4,999
The Thompson Family Trust UA
Attias Family Foundation
William Ortega
Benefactor:  $1,000 - $2,499
Stephen Dwelle
Frances Tibbits
Sons of Italy Western Foundation
Gunnar Christiansen
Ronnie Okon
Albert Bendich
Alison C. Marer
Donna Butcher
Henry Garner
Miriam C. Wille
Rita Tamerius
Santos Properties
Schwab Charitable Fund
William Ruiz 

Shareholder: $750-$999

United Way
Ralph & Denise Nelson
Ray & Dorothy Hendrickson
Teresa A. Walker  

Sponsor:  $500-$749
Order Sons of Italy in America
Monterey Lodge
Rita Tamerius
The Clorox Company Foundation
George Greenspon
Linda K. Pontious
United Way Silicon Valley
Arnold Klein
Bryce Tanner
Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC
Jack Glantz
Jane Hanauer
Joseph Kotzin
Katherine Kitchens
Lorna B. Bjorklund
Rita J. Boppana
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola
Virginia Whitcombe



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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