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.

Advocacy Alert

Mental health coverage
is at risk

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.

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

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Thank you for your advocacy efforts.

Nominations Open for Board Candidates — NAMI California

NAMI California is currently accepting nominations for its Board of Directors. Board candidates will be voted on by members at the Annual Conference in August and serve a three-year term. NAMI California is seeking qualified candidates who have experience working at the state level, have knowledge of mental health policy, insight into nonprofit organizational structure and governance,  and/or legal, financial or fundraising experience. Board candidates must share a commitment to help all those affected by mental illness and a passion for NAMI California’s mission. Please click on the link below to complete the Board of Directors Nomination Online Application.

The deadline to submit your application is May 1, 2017. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline date.

Click here to complete the NAMI California Board of Directors ONLINE Nomination Application.

If you have any questions, please contact  Voting@namica.org

NAMI San Gabriel Valley Event May 2, 2017

SGV Front Line for veterans, first responders, and their families–a community forum open to all who are interested in attending.

Please join Nami San Gabriel Valley on Tuesday, May 2nd for a thought-provoking talk on ways of responding to conflicting ideas, and enjoy a casual dinner too! There is no charge for the program.

The New Leadership Challenge:
Understanding People, Values, and Change
in a Topsy-Turvy World

Pete Parker
Veteran US Army Ranger and Entrepreneur

Program is followed by a casual dinner and social time.
6:30-9 PM

The Legion Club of Pasadena
131 N. Marengo Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Please CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

Questions? Call 818-478-5740.

There is no charge for the program or dinner.

SGV Front Line community forum programs are a service project hosted by NAMI SGV and The American Legion Family, Pasadena, Post 13.

Meeting Tonight — 7:30 p.m. — Conservatorship

Ms. Gilda Ramos Assistant Division Chief – LPS Program from Los Angeles County Office of the Public Guardian will present on Conservatorship at our monthly meeting 7:30 PM Monday, April 17, 2017.

Ms. Ramos is with the Office of Public Guardian which administers conservatorship in Los Angeles. She will tell us what conservatorship is all about and how one goes about obtaining conservatorship or having someone conserved.

The Caring and Sharing Support Group will start at 6 PM and the Speaker Presentation will start at 7:30 PM at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.

De Familia a Familia

NAMI Familia-a-Familia es un programa educativo, GRATIS, de 12 sesiones para familiares, parejas, amigos, y seres queridos de adultos que viven con una enfermedad mental. El curso esta diseñado para ayudar a toda la familia a entender y apoyar a seres queridos que viven con un trastorno mental, sin descuidar el propio bienestar del círculo familiar.

Miles de families han dicho que éste programa vino a cambiar sus vidas. Esta clase es impartida por maestros entrenados que conocen por experiencia propia lo que es tener a un ser querido con una enfermedad mental. Gracias, Ricardo Pulido email: rick@namilaccc.org 310.567.0748 Modesta Pulido310.245.9820

Este curso incluye informacion en enfermedades como:

  • Esquizofrenia, Trastorno Bipolar, Depressión Severa, Trastorno
  • Obsesivo Compulsivo y Pánico, Trastornos Cerebrales y
  • Trastornos de Adicción Simultaneos y otras enfermedades mentales.

Llamar: Ricardo Pulido Nami/South Bay Espanol 310.567.0748
DMH/UCLA Harbor Wellness Center
21732 South Vermont Ave. Torrance, Ca 90402 Lunes, 17 de Abril 2017 (2nd Piso) 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Para mas información llamar a Modesta Pulido 310.245.9820 NAMI South Bay Espanol

NAMI está dedicada a mejorar la calidad de vida de todos aquéllos cuyas vidas han sido afectadas por enfermedades mentales. Gracias! FREE PARKING! Todos los NAMI Programas son gratis!

Bases y Fundamentos (BASICO) Espanol

NAMI (Alianza Nacional para la Salud Mental) ofrece una clase gratis totalmente en español.

CATOLICA de Hawthorne 11901 West 119th St.
Hawthorne, Ca 90250

Cuando: (6) Semanas empezando Jueves,
27, de Abril al 1, de Junio 2017
Nuevo Salon de la Escuela Gratis!
Desde las 6:30 PM a 8:30 PM

Que es NAMI Basics? Bases y fundamentos es un programa de educación informativa, para padres e otros quienes cuidan a niños o adolecentes que viven con problemas de salud mental. El curso se dirige por padres entrenados para dar las clases quienes niños desarrollaron síntomas de salud mental antes de los 18 años de edad. El curso consiste de seis clases, cada clase se imparte en 2 horas. Gratis!

“Esta clase me ayudó muchísimo, la profesora de mi hijo quiere saber más de ella después de ver el resultado positivo con mi hijo en la escuela.” …Nancy Baker, estudiante. Llame: Profesora (Nelida Guzman) 323.907.4639 Nami/Southbay Si desea mas información sobre la clase contacte a: Ricardo y Modesta Pulido (310) 513-1178 cell# (310) 567-0748 e-mail: rick@namilaccc.org vdepulido@gmail.com Gracias!

NAMI es una, organización sin fines de lucro que ha servido a la comunidad en el condado de Los Ángeles por más de 30 anos.

Nuestra misión es mejorar la vida de las personas y familias que viven con una enfermedad mental mediante la educación, la información y recursos. Todos los programas son gratuitos para la comunidad.

Important Meeting–Long Beach, March 30, 5.p.m

City of Long Beach
Planning Commission Meeting
to Discuss a Proposed Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

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.

The meeting will be
Thursday at 5 p.m., March 30, 2017
at 333 W. Ocean Blvd. 4th Floor
Long Beach, 90802

Approximately 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness in a given year. Even if someone doesn’t experience this themselves, they likely know someone dealing with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder or suicidal tendencies. Sometimes those with a mental health condition experience a crisis and need help right away.

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 (BHUCC or “Buck”) 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.

What is a BHUCC?

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