Welcome

NAMI, the acronym for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a grass roots, self help, support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of families who have relatives with a brain disorder (mental illness). This includes the families of persons diagnosed with a mental illness, relatives and friends, mental health professionals, and all who share NAMI’s vision and mission.

NAMI South Bay is an affiliate of National and State NAMI. NAMI South Bay serves the general area from El Segundo on the north to Palos Verdes on the south; from the Beach Cities on the west to Carson/Wilmington on the east. NAMI South Bay has regular monthly meetings with a Caring and Sharing Support Group and Speaker Sessions, Family to Family and Familia de Familia Programs, Peer to Peer and Connections Programs (ongoing support group for persons with a mental illness). NAMI South Bay supports other programs such as NARSAD, dedicated to the service of persons with a mental illness and their families. Also, NAMI South Bay participates in the NAMI Los Angeles County Walk. Please consider joining and participating in NAMI South Bay.

August Meeting — Infinitely Polar Bear

NAMI South Bay August Membership Meeting
7:30 PM Monday, August 21, 2017

Please come and join with your NAMI South Bay friends to view “Infinitely Polar Bear” movie. Infinitely Polar Bear is based on a true story and is a funny and heartbreaking portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save each other. After Cam Stuart (Oscar Nominee, Mark Ruffalo) has a manic breakdown that lands him in a mental hospital, his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) and their two young daughters are forced to move into a cramped apartment in Cambridge. Broke, stressed and overwhelmed, Maggie leaves for New York to complete her MBA and build a better life for their daughters. With his wife away in New York, Cam quickly realizes that he is in over his head.

The Caring and Sharing Support Groups will meet at 6 PM and the regular meeting (now a movie night) will meet at the First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson Street in Torrance.

July Membership Meeting

Please come Monday evening, July 17, 2017, to hear Brittney Weissman, the Executive Director of NAMI Los Angeles County, talk about the state of NAMI in Los Angeles County including:

  • NAMI advocacy efforts.
  • Efforts with law enforcement on crisis intervention and diversion to treatment for persons with a mental illness.
  • The offering of NAMI signature programs throughout LA County including Ending the Silence and some other relatively new programs.
  • The effort of NAMI affiliates in Los Angeles County to meet the NAMI National Standards of Excellence including consideration of consolidating some affiliates.

Brittney and NAMI LA County has become the voice on mental illness in the county whenever the county leadership or media seek input on issues related to mental health. Please take the opportunity to meet, listen and provide input to Brittney Weissman.

We will meeting for the meeting at 7:30 PM in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson, Torrance.

The Caring and Sharing Support Groups will meet at 6 PM.

Advocacy Alert: There is No Health without Mental Health

The phrase “There is no health without mental health” has been a rallying cry for a long time for NAMI South Bay and all the NAMI affiliates across the nation. Progress seems to have been made over the last few years to have mental health as an essential benefit and to have mental health parity with much more to be done. Now with the current House legislation and the proposed Senate legislation mental health could be waived as an essential benefit and mental health parity could face a very serious setback.

Further, the proposed caps on Medicaid funding, which is Medi-Cal in California, would mean more people would not get mental health treatment and the availability and quality would be severely impacted. If hundreds of billions of dollars are cut from Medicaid, it will be harder for people on Medicaid to get psychiatric medications, case management and mental health services. And some people will lose their eligibility for Medicaid. This will push people with mental illness into costly emergency rooms, hospitals and jails.

The Senate should protect Medicaid and SAY NO to any health reform bill that:

  • Caps or limits Medicaid;
  • Ends Medicaid expansion;
  • Takes away protections for people with mental health conditions; or
  • Leaves fewer Americans with coverage for mental illness.

Please contact our Senators Feinstein and Harris to let them know that we cannot accept these reductions in mental health treatment funding and parity. They have already taken positions supporting our efforts but we need to let them know the depth of our concerns. Further, if you have families, friends or colleagues in other states please share your story and concerns with them so they can contact their senators.

CALL Now!

EMAIL Now!

Please see below for more information for you to consider.

Congress is bringing back the American Health Care Act, which would leave millions of Americans without mental health coverage and strip Medicaid of billions of dollars in funding. Please remember that Medicaid in California is Medi-Cal. And the bill has gotten worse.

The recently introduced “MacArthur Amendment” would let states get waivers allowing health insurance plans to not cover mental health and substance use treatment and charge people with mental illness more.

It’s outrageous to even suggest that mental health coverage is optional and to charge people more because they have a mental health condition.

Medicaid coverage is also under threat. It covers important mental health services that help people with mental illness get better and stay better.

Efforts are being made to generate enough votes which we need stop. We have fought for mental health parity for a long time and this act would reverse years of effort and mean many would not have mental health coverage. Your mental health coverage is at risk.

For a comparison of the legistation with the current Affordable Care Act please see this link.

Tell Congress to #KeepWhatWorks and REJECT the American Health Care Act.

Thank you for your advocacy efforts.

June Meeting: How to Find Mental Health Resources on the Internet

Monday, June 19, 2017: Please come and and discuss with John Conway, our Vice President and Website Manager, and with Paul Stansbury, our President, resources, sites and links to resource regarding mental illness on the internet. Please come and share internet resources you may use with us and NAMI South Bay members.

Among the resources we plan to discuss are:

No special knowledge is necessary. We will meeting for the Internet workshop at 7:30 PM in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson, Torrance.

The Caring and Sharing Support Groups will meet at 6 PM.

New NAMI Membership Structure and Dues

The NAMI national board of directors voted to add a Household membership category to the membership structure and raise the dues for existing categories. These changes will be effective on July 1, 2017. NAMI South Bay is required to follow the new membership structure. The new membership rates are as follows:

  • Household $60. For multiple people at one address.
  • Individual $40.
  • Open Door $5. Open to anyone experiencing financial constraints.

If there are multiple people at your address who wish to join NAMI you have many options:

  1. Each person may join as an Individual or Open Door member, or
  2. One person at the address may join as an Individual or Open Door member, or
  3. All people at the address may join as part of one Household membership.

The household membership category does not become effective until July 1, 2017. Until that date the old membership categories and rates apply. If you want to renew an individual or open door membership early to take advantage of the old membership price, you may do so anytime up until July 1. One year will be added to your current membership.

NAMI South Bay will no longer support a “Newsletter Only” membership category because it is not supported by NAMI national. “Newsletter Only” members whose memberships have expired or will expire before July 1, 2017 can rejoin using one of supported membership categories. Those whose memberships expire after July 1, will have their memberships converted to one of the supported categories.

You may click the appropriate link below to open a printable version of the new membership form, or the current form good only through June 30, 2017.

New Form Beginning July 1 2017

Current Form Good Through June 30 2017 

Call to Action — Long Beach Needs a Showing of Support

Long Beach City Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 23rd at 5:00 PM
333 W. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach 90802
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Address of Proposed Site:
3200 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach

Please come and support the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center. These services are urgently needed to assist people with mental health disorders and reduce the long waiting times in emergency rooms. If this site is denied there is not a backup plan and this essential service for those in a mental health crisis will be lost to Long Beach. Your support at the Planning Commission Meeting was wonderful. It is now time to finish this process and get started with helping the community.

Parking will be validated and FREE inside the parking structure at 332 W. Broadway. The parking structure entrance is located off W. Broadway (one-way street). Take parking ticket inside the Council Chambers with you. (Follow the blue arrows to get to the City Hall building) the “validation” stamp machine is located at the front of the Council Chambers on the first floor (in front of Minute Clerk’s desk).

There is a clear need for this center, and the location has been carefully selected. Not everyone understands the need for this facility, and some actually oppose it. However, the practices and procedures of this facility will not negatively affect the neighborhood. (CLICK HERE to see answers to commonly asked questions.) Your help is needed.

Because of the shortage of psychiatric mobile response teams, police and sheriff departments in Long Beach and surrounding cities have the difficult task of responding to mental health-related calls. The Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center is a facility that will save law enforcement time in the field, will decrease the burden on hospital emergency rooms, and will help prevent unnecessary incarceration by providing medical treatment instead.

BHUCC will be a place where people with mental illness can go to be stabilized (instead of going to the hospital ER). It can be compared to an Urgent Care Center (where people often go for a medical emergency instead of going to the hospital ER).

The BHUCC provides:

  • Crisis stabilization service
  • Up to 12 adults and 6 adolescents (estimate about 30 clients a day)
  • Doctors, nurses, therapists, peer counselors
  • 24/7 Outpatient Program
  • Patients may stay up to 24 hours
  • Average stay is 4 to 6 hours
  • Round the clock security staff
  • Discharged patients leave the area and return to their home and community services

Learn more at http://www.starsinc.com/bhucc

 

Pasta Dinner Tonight

Celebrate May as Mental Health Month!
Join Us For Our Annual Pasta Dinner

Monday May 15
5:30 PM Caring and Sharing Support Group
6:30 PM Pasta Dinner
$5 Donation Suggested

Please come and network with other families as we acknowledge May as Mental Health Month and honor all those who have been advocates for improving mental health treatment and confront the need to continue advocating for mental health parity. We will have short video about mental health, hear about the annual Walk to fight stigma, and share with our fellow NAMI South Bay members.

As usual we will be in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.