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March 2014

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
Directing Change Award Ceremony


Please save the date for the Directing Change Award Ceremony at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento as part of Mental Health Matters Day. Come support this year's winners by attending the event on May 13th, 2014. We would love to see you there!


When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from

Cost: Free

Time: 3pm to 5:30pm

Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 35814


Space is limited, RSVP required.


Want to help promote the event? Download the flier.


Mental Health Matters Day
The award ceremony is part of the "Mental Health Matters Day" in Sacramento, May 13th 10.30am to 12.30pm. Thousands of caring Californians will gather at the state capitol in Sacramento to proclaim that each mind matters. The event will include a powerful speaking program, videos, pledges against stigma, interactive exhibits and mental health resources, food trucks, live entertainment and more. The keynote address will come from Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, author of the Mental Health Services Act. Please RSVP to


Please contact Lauren Hee for more information at   

The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church

On Friday, March 28, 2014,
Pastor Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church, Bishop Kevin Vann of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, NAMI Orange County, and other faith and community leaders will participate in a one day event entitled, The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church.


This special event is designed to encourage individuals living with mental illness, educate family members, and equip church leaders to provide effective and compassionate care to those who face the challenges of mental illness.


Friday, March 28, 2014, from 8:30am-9:00pm 


Saddleback Church Worship Center

1 Saddleback Pkwy, Lake Forest, CA 92630


$20.00 (lunch included)




Questions: Please contact the Saddleback Church Membership Team at 1-949-609-8278 or 

"See and Be Seen" Art Exhibit Exploring Mental Health Set for Orange County

Stigma and Discrimination
Reduction Contractor RS&E and NAMI California will facilitate an art exhibition in Orange County titled, "See and Be Seen," which features art created during hands-on arts workshops for persons facing mental health challenges.


These exhibitions give consumers the opportunity to present themselves in a creative and empowering way, emphasizing their experiences of hope, wellness and resilience.


The Orange County exhibition is running through April 27th, 2014 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at the Hibbleton Gallery located at 223 W. Santa Fe Ave in Fullerton.The artist reception takes place Saturday, March 15th, 2014 from 12:30pm to 5:30pm.


Call (714) 420-8524 for more information.
NAMI California Staff Corner

Tracy Shields
Director, Development and Marketing 

A warm welcome goes out to Tracy Shields, the newest NAMI CA staff member. She is delighted to be spearheading the Development and Marketing duties for the state.


Tracy has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree from Minnesota State in business and economics. Her background includes nonprofit work for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Sacramento Affiliate where she served as the volunteer Education Chair, Public Relations Chair and then President. As a former NCAA Track and Field athlete, her forte is teamwork and she is passionate about health and wellness. In her free time, she enjoys jogging, hiking and camping.  

You can contact her at:

NAMI California 2014 Conference Early Bird Registration Open through June 6, 2014


Reminder:The NAMI 2014 Annual Conference, "Growing Minds in Changing Times," will be held this year at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, August 1 and 2, 2014. 

Early Bird registration adds up to savings on conference fees.


Family to Family

The NAMI National Training of Trainers will be held June 6-8, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. These trainings are for current teachers, mentors or facilitators to become state trainers. All general information and details about the event and the registration process are available at:

NAMI California Family Programs also has a state trainer application as well.  For further information go to


Master Trainings Calendar


Family Programs Trainings:


De Familia a Familia Teacher Training

- Deadline March 6th, 2014March14-16, 2014 - Ontario, CA


Family Support Group and Basics Training

April 11-13, 2014 - Encino, CA  FULL


Family to Family Training

May 30-June 1, 2014 Elk Grove, CA



May 9-11, 2014 - Ventura 



May 16-18, 2014 - Sacramento 


Provider Education Trainings - To be announced


Send inquiries to:  

Family Programs  

IOOV, Peer to Peer and Connection 


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


Directing Change  


Programs Director 


NAMI California Office:  916-567-0163


Working Well Together News 

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Announcing remaining Central Region workforce development trainings from Working Well Together.


March 28th. "Second Glance, Better Chance": A Deeper Understanding into the Southeast Asian Community and Trauma Informed Care.

Raksmey Roeum-Castleman (Facilities Director, San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services) will be focusing on Trauma Informed Care within the Southeast Asian Community. From her own family lived experience of a refugee camp, she will guide participants through several levels of cultural responsiveness -- understanding, awareness, engagement, recovery, wellness and practice. Join with Raksmey and see, plus 'feel the difference' in service delivery. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:


April 10th. "Peers Speak: Promising Ideas, Concepts and Designs". A day of interwoven educational experiences highlighting Peer 'driven and led' programs of collaborated success.

Save the entire day! Registration begins at 8 AM and the day concludes with entertainment. Stanislaus County's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services will host a county-wide event of seven Peer-led presentations and three site tours of Peer-led programs. This daylong event will focus on progressive service delivery partnership models. Join the Peers with lived experience Community to both learn and share 'best practice' methods of "peer-driven" efficiency -- Ideas, Concepts and Designs.


The Central Region, Working Well Together: Showcasing 'leading-edge' strategies through knowledge sharing and driven by Peers with 'lived experience'. Reserve your seat now with Ron Shaw, Technical Assistance Coordinator at:, or call 916.288.5498.


Quick update:

If you missed Connie Burgess', February 26th, Organizational Wellness training session, request a copy of the CD (filled with presentation, power point, testimonials). One of the seventy enthusiastic learners in attendance asked the question - Connie, can we put you in a suitcase and bring you to our workplace?



NAMI San Joaquin County

NAMI San Joaquin County is excited to announce that it will be launching the Basics Program for the first time in the community! Recently trained teachers Olivia Mattus, Tosh Saruwatari and Debbie Alter jumped right in and will be starting their first course on March 28th in Stockton.


"We are all very excited to teach this course, there is such a great need in our community for this program" said coordinator Debbie Alter. For information on the course, please call Debbie at 209 478-7799 or


NAMI Merced County

NAMI Merced County hosted its first bilingual event, Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement Community Dialogue, on Saturday, March 8, in Livingston, California. The event, organized and facilitated by coordinator Marilyn Mochel, featured the documentary film, "A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness." The programs were offered in separate facilities so the message could be delivered in both English and Spanish, making this experience more meaningful.


Panels, consisting of local speakers, shared their personal experiences and provided information about mental health care services available in Merced County. A lively discussion followed each panel presentation. The focus of the gathering was on erasing or eliminating the stigma, prejudice and discrimination experienced by those living with a mental illness and their families. Lunch was provided.


A second bilingual event will be held in May in Planada, another small, rural community where the language is predominantly Spanish.This event was funded in part by MHSA and CalMHSA. Special thanks go to all the partners and volunteers who made this event possible.  


NAMI Temecula Valley

NAMI Temecula Valley Chapter was awarded the Temcula Valley 
Chamber of Commerce Service/Charitable Organization of the Year Award for 2013 for the contributions made to the community through NAMI-TV.


Past presidents Virginia Marshall and Judy McConahay, and board member Jess Rosenstein accepted the award.NAMI-TV provides the community with educational programs and support groups for people afflicted with a mental illness and for their loved ones. The organization is also vigilant in advocating for legislation that improves the lives of the mentally ill.


"Our focus this year is to end the stigma that is associated with mental illness. The business community of Temecula Valley provides NAMI-TV with a welcome environment from which to grow," said Linda Ditter, NAMI Temecula President.  


NAMI Sonoma County 

Listening Session With RECA

On April 4th 2014, NAMI Sonoma County will host a listening session with the Redwood Empire Chinese Association (RECA) youth group. RECA is a non-profit organization that provides educational and charitable services to preserve and share Chinese culture, language, and heritage with the northern California community.


The purpose of the listening session is to offer a safe and comfortable forum wherein individuals and groups may  share their concerns about mental health issues.This NAMI hosted listening session at RECA will specifically seek insights from youth on how to effectively engage and support mental health partnerships in a culturally-inclusive manner.


Everyone Has A Voice

On April 9th 2014 NAMI Sonoma County will host Everyone Has A Voice- a Multicultural Responsiveness Training Retreat - Part II. This training retreat is a component of the NAMI California Stigma and Discrimination Reduction (SDR) Project to enhance  outreach to diverse communities.


Agenda topics include:

  • Enhancing quality of services for all clients and family members
  • Planning strategically for increasing capacity to serve diverse communities
  • Discuss common challenges regarding multicultural outreach
  • Outreaching to TAY; general community engagement strategies
  • Self Care, and collective self-care for volunteers
  • Developing Multicultural Action Board
  • Long term sustainability action planning

If you have any questions about this training, please contact NAMI Sonoma County at (707) 527-6655 or


Pacific Clinics will facilitate this training, in partnership with NAMI California and the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC). Funding for this training is provided through SDR project funding from CalMHSA. 

NAMI California Financial Statements and Supplemental Information


Click below to view the NAMI California 2012-2013 Final Audit.


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Contact Information
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In This Issue
Directing Change Award Ceremony
Gathering on Mental Health and the Church
Art Exhibit Exploring Mental Health
NAMI California Staff Corner
NAMI California 2014 Conference...Early Bird Registration
Family Programs News
Working Well Together 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, 2013-2014.

Humanitarian: $5,000 - $36,000
Lily Grant Office 
Patron:  $2,500 - $4,999
Santos Properties
Samira V. Moran
Janssen Pharma
United HealthCare Services
Benefactor:  $1,000 - $2,499
Attias Family Foundation
Schwab Charitable Fund 
Linda Crosthwaite 
Jane Pomeroy 
Albert Benich
Sheila Lake
John McCoy
Alex Schenker
Frances Tibbits
Lindsay Weston
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Shareholder: $750-$999

Henry Garner

Ronnie Okon 

Sponsor:  $500-$749
Effie Beeman 
Gary Bjorklund
Rita Boppana
Peter Briscoe
Boris Chen
Peter DesForges
Edward Gaston, MD
Jack Glantz
Patricia Goldring
Kim Hettena
Judy Hock
Katherine Kitchens
Arnold Klein
Larry Knorr
Daniel Roberts
Ronald Stone
Bryce Tanner
Teresa Walker
Carl Walsh
Virginia Whitcombe
The Clorox Company Foundation
Perry Communications 



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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