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April 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


The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church
by Dorothy Hendrickson
President, NAMI California


NAMI California thanks Saddleback Church, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, and NAMI-Orange County, for hosting a massive gathering dedicated to encouraging and educating consumers and family members, and equipping church leaders to actively help people affected by mental illness.


The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church drew 3,300 attendees on March 28th, half of whom were family members.   Over 30,000 more people accessed the event through a live internet webcast. Faith and community leaders, family members and consumers, government workers, elected officials, college students, clinicians, hospital officials, and others, all joined forces at this historic event held at Saddleback Church, in Southern California.


We at NAMI California find it reassuring to hear prominent leaders from the faith community publically acknowledge "The mental health system is just broken in the United States..." and that they intend to prepare their congregations to help. Those working in the mental health field for decades have known the system is broken and we are pleased and encouraged to have the faith community join us in the work.


Read the complete story at NAMI California.. 

NAMI Calls Mental Health Crisis a "Double Whammy."

Mary Giliberti, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, offered the following statement in conjunction with a House of Representatives oversight hearing titled "Where Have All the Patients Gone? Examining the Psychiatric Bed Shortage":


"Hospital beds for individuals with mental illness who experience acute crisis are a necessary element for America's mental health care system, but there are not enough beds. Supply does not meet demand. It is not just patients who are in crisis; it is the system as well.


There is also a double whammy.


Other mental health services are being starved. Community services that can provide cheaper, incremental alternatives and prevent acute crises and hospitalizations are under-funded or non-existent.


These are services that are cost-effective. They help avoid the cost-shifting that occurs when unmet needs from the mental health care system are imposed on hospital emergency rooms, schools and law enforcement."


Read more

Directing Change Award Ceremony May 13


Please save the date for the Directing Change Award Ceremony! We hope you can join us for this inspiring event to recognize our student film makers. These young people used their creativity to tackle the important topics of suicide prevention and ending the silence of mental illness. Winners will be announced and recognized at the award ceremony! Please note that it is a free event, but space is limited and RSVP is required.


When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 3pm to 5:30pm.

Cost: Free

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



The Directing Change Award Ceremony is part of "Mental Health Matters Day," a day dedicated to raising awareness about mental illness and showing that mental health is important to everyone.  The day will consist of an Each Mind Matters walk on Capitol Mall, ending at Raley Field where the Sacramento River Cats will play the "Mental Health Matters" High School Day baseball game and end with the Directing Change Award Ceremony. Mental Health Matters Day attendees will also enjoy interactive exhibits, live entertainment and food!

For more information on Mental Health Matters Day email, visit the website, or telephone, 916-389-2625.

For more information on the Directing Change Award Ceremony, visit or contact Lauren Hee at or (916)567-0163.  

NAMI California 2014 Conference News:


Mariel Hemingway announced as Keynote Speaker;

Early Bird Registration Ending Soon


Mariel Hemingway is Keynote Speaker for the NAMI California 2014 Annual Conference, held August 1 and 2 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. Ms. Hemingway is an iconic Academy Award nominated actor from a celebrated family. In 2013, the rich and evocative documentary, Running From Crazy, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Oprah Winfrey, the film is an examination of the Hemingway family's history of mental illness and suicide, and focuses on Mariel's boundless advocacy for mental health awareness.

Time is running out on Early Bird Registration discounts.  


Click to Register Now!


For more information on the conference, click here.


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 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

New Peer-to-Peer Training in Ventura, June 20-22 


The Peer-to-Peer training in Ventura has a new date. It is now scheduled for June 20-22, 2014. We are accepting applications until April 21, 2014. Apply now!  


NAMI California is currently recruiting for qualified, passionate people to be trained as Mentors for the

Peer-to-Peer Program in your community! We are interested in getting your help in finding the best individuals to be trained as Mentors.


To be a Peer-to-Peer Mentor, a person must meet the following criteria:

  • Be or become a NAMI Member
  • Be an adult with a mental illness who is living in recovery
  • Be comfortable sharing your story
  • Be passionate about teaching others about mental illness and recovery

If you are interested in teaching the Peer-to-Peer course, please complete and submit the Application by April 21, 2014.


Time Commitment, Expectations & Support for Mentors

  • 3 days of training to be certified as a Peer-to-Peer Mentor
  • Mentors then teach the Peer-to-Peer Program; each class is for 10 weeks, 2 hours a week.
  • A Peer-to-Peer mentor will be teaching with a fellow mentor and an assistant

For applications and information contact:


Stephenie Gardella

Program Coordinator

NAMI California 


Successful Persona a Persona Training in Ontario


NAMI California held a Persona a Persona (Spanish Peer-to-Peer) Mentor training in Ontario, CA on February 21-23, 2014. It was a

great success! We trained 15 new Persona a Persona Mentors.


A big "thank you" to the trainers, Minnie Lucas of NAMI Orange County and Jesse Ortiz of NAMI San Bernardino. Everyone enjoyed the training and it was wonderful to meet everyone.  


Please join me in welcoming our new Persona a Persona Mentors:

  • Ana Mendez of NAMI Westside LA
  • Angelica Lee of NAMI San Diego
  • Carlos Ludena of NAMI Urban LA
  • Elisa De La Flor of NAMI San Diego
  • Ernesto Gonzales of NAMI San Diego
  • Guadalupe Yepiz of NAMI Urban LA
  • Karla Esquivel of NAMI San Luis Obispo
  • Lissette Sandoval of NAMI Westside LA
  • Maria Morales of NAMI Urban LA
  • Marisa Webster of NAMI Mt. San Jacinto
  • Nancy Alfaro of NAMI Mt. San Jacinto
  • Rosa Alvarez of NAMI Urban LA
  • Sandra Bernal of NAMI Mt. San Jacinto
  • Veronica Ramirez of NAMI Urban LA
  • Yolanda Siordia of NAMI Mt. San Jacinto

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


Stephenie Gardella 


NAMI In Our Own Voice Anti-Stigma Arts Network Training a Huge Success in Ontario, San Diego  


The NAMI In Our Own Voice Anti-Stigma Arts Network training held in Ontario, CA on February 8-9, 2014 was a huge success. trainees learned how to add their creative endeavors into the In Our Own Voice presentation. We graduated 17 new presenters. A big thank you to our trainers: Joe Teixeira of NAMI Sacramento and Minnie Lucas of NAMI Orange County. New presenters enjoyed the training and it was wonderful to meet everyone.


Please welcome our new Presenters:

  • Beth Bortner of NAMI San Joaquin
  • Clari Poppe of NAMI Sacramento
  • Elizabeth Freeman of NAMI San Bernardino
  • Gary Bjorklund of NAMI Pomona Valley
  • Gary Fitleberg of NAMI San Fernando Valley
  • Gerrit Kelder of NAMI Riverside
  • Karen Smith of NAMI Contra Costa
  • Kathleen Duplan of NAMI Stanislaus
  • Kerrie Melton of NAMI San Joaquin
  • Krista Leontieffof NAMI Santa Cruz
  • Kristen Williamson of NAMI South Bay
  • Mary Ann Mendez of NAMI San Joaquin
  • Mykael Williams-Wolf of NAMI Urban LA
  • Sherry Flores of NAMI San Joaquin
  • Starlene Vazquez of NAMI San Joaquin
  • Stephanie Hester of NAMI Orange County
  • Yolanda Siordiaof NAMI Mt. San Jacinto

San Diego 

The NAMI In Our Own Voice Anti-Stigma Arts Network training held in San Diego, CA on March 8-9, 2014 was a huge success. We graduated 15 new presenters. A big thank you to our trainers: Joe Teixeira of NAMI Sacramento and Debbie Zomparelli of NAMI San Diego. 


Please welcome our new Presenters:

  • Diane Mintz of NAMI Sacramento
  • Eugene Porfido of NAMI San Francisco
  • Kelley Thorpe Baker of NAMI Orange County
  • Kelly Kennedy of NAMI San Francisco
  • Laura Bemis of NAMI Sacramento
  • Linda Dobson of NAMI North Coastal San Diego
  • Martin Naftel of NAMI Ornage County
  • Mary Daniels of NAMI Orange County
  • Matthew Tasley of NAMI Marin
  • Micah McConnell of NAMI Sonoma
  • Nancy Alfaro of NAMI Riverside
  • Netza Tisnado of NAMI North Coastal San Diego
  • Rada Youngblood of NAMI Orange County
  • Rebecca Smith of NAMILassen
  • Ysmael Tisnadoof NAMI North Coastal San Diego

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


Stephenie Gardella

Program Coordinator  


NAMI Connection Training Graduates 12  


The NAMI Connection training held in Ontario, CA on March 15-16, 2014 was a great success. It taught trainees how to facilitate NAMI Connection support groups. We graduated 12 new facilitators. A big thank you to our trainers: Minnie Lucas of NAMI Orange County and Debbie Zomparelli of NAMI San Diego. 


Please welcome our new Presenters:

  • Curtis Carrasco of NAMI Coachella Valley
  • Gary Fitleberg of NAMI San Fernando Valley
  • Hector Ramirez of NAMI San Fernando Valley
  • Janet Mulvihill of NAMI Kern
  • Janice Boberg of NAMI Kern
  • Maureen Sue Clark Tabata of NAMI Temecula
  • Michelle McBurnie of NAMI Urban Los Angeles
  • Natalie Demus of NAMI Urban Los Angeles
  • Robert Gleason of NAMI Mt. San Jacinto
  • Sandy Browning of NAMI Fresno
  • Thomas Lusby of NAMI Glendale
  • Yvette Vega of NAMI Fresno

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


Stephenie Gardella

Program Coordinator

NAMI California 


Working Well Together

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 What is Organizational

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 Second Chance - A

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 Peers Speak

 Promising Ideas,

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Contact Ron Shaw, WWT TAC Coordinator, to reserve your copy today: 




NAMI San Diego 

NAMI San Diego Friends in the Lobby volunteers are reaching out more than ever! The Friends in the Lobby program puts NAMI volunteers right in the lobby of behavioral health units to offer "smiles, compassion, information, and hope" to those visiting a loved one in the hospital. Since July of 2012, over 90 volunteers have been trained, with 40 volunteers currently active and fulfilling 50 hours per week within the hospital lobbies. We are proudly partnering with 8 county hospitals, including our newest addition of the VA Medical Center in La Jolla!


The impact Friends in the Lobby is making within these hospitals is ever growing. Not only are the volunteers able to offer support and resources to the family and friends visiting a loved one, they often times speak with nurses and hospital staff looking for more information they can pass along to clients. As our presence in the hospitals becomes more known and visible, our outreach has been skyrocketing. Since its inception, we have been able to provide resources and support to over 1900 visitors and hospital personnel. With every "thank you so much for being here," "you have brought me hope," and "it's good to know I'm not alone," the Friends in the Lobby volunteers know they are changing lives. As one volunteer said, "He left smiling and told me that he really appreciated me being there. I was so glad that I was there for him."


NAMI Solano County 

Family to FamilyNAMI Solano County made positive strides, spending the last few months establishing new connections and getting better acquainted with the local community. We have developed a Powerpoint presentation which we use to inform various local organizations and businesses about who we are, and the services, support and educational programs we have to offer the community. We have also used it as a vehicle to raise support for the upcoming Bay Area NAMIWalks in San Francisco on May 31st, in which we will be participating. Several Board members attended the NAMI SMARTS training seminar on March 20th, presented in Pleasant Hill by David Czarnecki of NAMI California.  


The training helped them learn how to better tell their personal stories as they reach out to the community. In March we participated in a local Health Fair sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church, and will be participating in other similar events as they present themselves throughout the year. We also participated in the recent successful "Out of the Darkness" Walk for Suicide Prevention, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, held at Solano Community College on March 22nd. Additionally, we have had some excellent presentations at our General Meetings each month, and our attendance is growing.


As for NAMI programs, our new "Family Support Group" is going very well and has a good attendance each month. We have also just finished another successful "Family-to-Family" class in Fairfield, and will have another one starting May 6th in Rio Vista. We are also looking to implement two new programs in Solano County this year, "Peer to Peer" and "Ending the Silence." We are grateful for the wonderful volunteers who make it possible for us to provide these services to the community.


NAMI Merced County  
cup NAMI Merced County will be hosting its second bilingual Community Dialogue on May 3 in Planada, California--a small agricultural community where the language is primarily Spanish. The event will be held at Cesar Chavez Middle School located at 161 Plainsburg Road, Planada. The program runs from 11:00 am through 1:30 pm. We'll screen the documentary film, "A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness," which shows that people living with a mental illness can and do recover. The event is to help eliminate/reduce the stigma and discrimination so often associated with mental illness. Lunch will be provided, and child care will be available. For reservations, please RSVP to Janet Morita at (209) 812-4058, or Marilyn Mochel at 

NAMI Merced County will also host the screening of the movie, "Call Me Crazy," on Wednesday, May 28, 5:45 - 8pm, at 1137 B Street in Merced. "Call Me Crazy" stars Jennifer Hudson, Ernie Hudson, Jason Ritter and Melanie Griffith. The movie tells the story of lives impacted by mental illness. Join us for an evening of fun at the movies with popcorn and soda. Seating is limited, so make your reservations early by calling Jan Morita at (209) 812-4058. Don't miss this rare opportunity to view the movie as it is not being shown in theaters.

NAMI California Financial Statements and Supplemental Information


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

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In This Issue
The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church
NAMI Calls Mental Health Crisis a "Double Whammy."
Directing Change Award Ceremony
NAMI California 2014 Conference Early Bird Registration
Family Programs News
New Peer-to-Peer Training in Ventura
Successful Persona a Persona Training in Ontario
Our Own Voice Anti-Stigma Arts Network Training
NAMI Connection Training
Working Well Together
Affiliate News


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

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 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
Eli Lilly
Janssen Pharma 
Patron:  $2,500 - $4,999
Santos Properties
Samira V. Moran
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
Jessica Cruz
Peter DesForges
Edward Gaston, MD
Jack Glantz
Patricia Goldring
Dorothy Hendrickson
Kim Hettena
Judy Hock
Katherine Kitchens
Steven Kite
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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