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.

Action Alert

SUPPORT SAME DAY ACCESS FOR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE

In California, if a patient receives treatment at a community health center from both a medical provider and a mental health specialist on the same day, Medi-Cal will only cover one of those treatments. A patient has to receive treatment on a different day if they want their second treatment covered. SB 1125 allows local community health centers to bill Medi-Cal for mental health services and other medical services on the same day. SB 1125 is a key bill in the effort to increase access to mental health care for all communities.

SB 1125 WILL BE HEARD IN THE ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEE ON JUNE 26TH AT 1:30 P.M. IN ROOM 4202.

CLICK HERE to write a letter or learn how you can help.

Monthly Meeting — Major Depression

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June General Meeting is at 7:30 PM Monday, June 18, 2018.

The speaker for our General Meeting will be psychiatrist Dr. Lynn Yen MD from Harbor UCLA Dept of Psychiatry. She will be continuing our series on the major mental illnesses and will be speaking about Major Depression as a mental illness, medications, recent developments and will be answering questions. Depression is the leading form of disability in the world and the most frequent type of mental illness. So it will be a great time to ask the doctor about this illness.

Our general meeting will be in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the small room off of Faith Hall.

Annual Pasta Dinner – May 21

Celebrate May as Mental Health Month!
Join Us For Our Annual Pasta Dinner
Monday May 21,2018

  • 5:30 PM Caring and Sharing Support Group
  • 6:30 PM Pasta Dinner
  • $5 Donation Suggested

We will be having a support group from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM in small room off of Faith Hall and with the annual pasta dinner starting at 6:30 PM in Faith Hall.

General Meeting 4/16/18 — Bipolar Disorder

NAMI South Bay April General Meeting
7:30 PM Monday, April 16, 2018

In our continuing series of presentations about types of mental illness we will have Dr. Todd Zorick from Harbor UCLA speak about bipolar mental illness. Dr.Zorick is a psychiatrist affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including VA in Westwood, Community Hospital Long Beach and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of California San Diego School of Medicine and has been in practice over 11 years. It will be an opportunity to learn about recent thinking about bipolar mental illness, medications, treatment and a chance to “ask the doctor” about bipolar mental illness.

Our general meeting is at 7:30 PM Monday, April 16 in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the small room off of Faith Hall.

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March Meeting — Family and Consumer Affairs

March 19, 2019
7:30 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
2900 Carson Street
Torrance

We are fortunate to have Helena Ditko, LCSW, the Director of the Office of Family and Consumer Affairs for the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, speaking at our general meeting this month.

The Office of Consumer and Family Affairs was previously identified as two separate offices – Consumer Affairs, as Empowerment & Advocacy and Family Engagement. In 2014, the two combined to provide conversation, information, education and inspiration. Unlike the Patients’ Rights Office, which corrects error and investigates the violation of rights of consumers, the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs gives quality improvement to mental health services.

Helena Ditko and her office have been invaluable to many families and clients trying to navigate the mental health system. On Monday, March 18, Ms. Ditko will discuss her office, how they can assist families and persons with a mental illness, and various forms of treatment. When NAMI South Bay didn’t know where else to get help it has referred families to her office.

Please come. Meet and listen to Ms. Ditko. We believe you will find it invaluable for your family.

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4th Annual Parent and Caregiver Conference March 17

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DATE: MARCH 17, 2018
TIME: 9AM – 3PM

NAMI Los Angeles County Council invites the public to its 4th Annual Parent and Caregiver Conference.

This is a free event to the public (donations welcome).

LOCATION:

CENTER AT THE CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS
555 W. TEMPLE STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

Parking is available; Public transportation is accessible on the Purple/Red Line.

Topics that are expected to be presented include:

  • School-based mental health programs
  • Individualized Education Program plans
  • Foster/kinship program services
  • Benefits services – SSI/SSDI
  • Communication skills
  • Crisis response
  • Ask the doctor session with a child psychiatrist
  • Panel session: “My Family Member Has Been Arrested”

In addition, we will have opportunities for the following discussions:

  • Family Support Group (offered in English and Spanish)
  • Advocacy
  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Integrated care for co-occurring disorders
  • Conservatorship
  • Legal help for parents and families

For more information contact Alecia Ojinaga at alecia_ojinaga@yahoo.com or (310) 299-2973. Here is the evitebrite link to the conference https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-and-caregiver-conference-tickets-41398535133

Meeting Tonight: Schizophrenia

7:30 PM Monday, February 26, 2018

Dr. Michael Makhinson, the Co-Director of the Harbor UCLA Inpatient Psychiatry Program, will speak this evening, Monday 2/26, at 7:30 p.m. on the mental illness of Schizophrenia. The meeting will be held at First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson Street, in Torrance.

Dr. Makhinson received his medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and his doctorate in psychology from the UCLA/Neuropsychiatric Institute. He will provide an overview of the illness, and updates on treatments and medications. It will also be an opportunity to ask the Doctor questions about the illness. We plan to have a series on the major mental illness in the coming months which allow us to get the latest information on the illness and be able to ask the doctor questions about that illness and related issues.