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.

Membership Dues Change Reminder

Many of you have your membership renewals around the start of the calendar year. The NAMI national board of directors voted to add a Household membership category to the membership structure and raise the dues for existing categories early last year. These changes were 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.

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 expired 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.

If you are not a member or wish to renew your membership in NAMI South Bay, please See membership renewal form or go to www.nami.org.

NAMI South Bay Educational Programs

Family to Family Program
12 Week Program for family members and caregivers meeting once a week covering all different aspects of mental illness. The next Family to Family class will be starting on Tuesday May 14 in Westchester and another one on Wednesday, June 12 in Torrance. Please contact the NAMI South Bay Office at 310-533-0705 or Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com for more information.

Peer to Peer Program
A 8 Week program for persons with a mental illness meeting once a week for 8 weeks. A Peer to Peer will be starting on June 11 at the Harbor UCLA AMI/ABLE Facility. Please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com for more information on next class.

Basics
A program for families with children having a mental illness. Please contact Paul Stansbury to register and for more information.

Basicos
Program in Spanish for families with children with a mental illness. Please contact Rick Pulido at 310-567-0748.

Familia de Familia
For information on the Familia de Familia Program in Spanish please contact Rick Pulido at 310-567-0748.

Connections
A support group for persons with a mental illness meets every Thursday from 6 to 7:30 PM in AMI/ABLE Program Facility 21730 S. Vermont Suite 210 upstairs from the Chicken Maison Restaurant in the Vermont Village II Shopping Center across Vermont from the Harbor UCLA Medical Center and another groups meets at 10 AM in Conference Room B-2 of the Kaiser Lomita facility 2081 Palos Verdes Drive North, Lomita, CA. There is also a Connections group at 6 PM prior ot the monthly meeting usually on the third Monday of the month at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.

Please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com to register or for more information.

Monthly Meeting Activities Update

Westchester Support Group
A family support group meets 6:30 PM at the Covenant Church in Westchester at 6323 W 80th St, Los Angeles, CA on the first Tuesday of the month.Anna and Bob London are facilitating the group while the Marcelletti’s teach the Family to Family Class

Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital San Pedro Support Group-
On the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 7:30 PM to 9 PM there will be a support group at the Hospital in San Pedro 1300 West 7th Street San Pedro CA 90732 in the Center for Health Education. Contact Ingrid Jacob-Hicks at 310-241-4327 or Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com for information.

Support Group at Temple Emet
On the second Thursday of the month, Bell Forster facilitates a group at Temple Emet 2051 W 236th St, Torrance, CA from 6 to 7:30 PM.

El Segundo Support Group
Rebekah Martinek facilitates a Caring and Sharing Group at the El Segundo United Methodist Church in Johnson Hall 540 Main Street in El Segundo on the 4th Monday of the month, 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

South Redondo Beach Support Group
Kim Sheckler and Tracy Ayotte will be facilitating a support group on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 PM in the Holy Family Room of St. Lawrence Martyrs Church 1940 S. Prospect, Redondo Beach

Japanese Speaking Support Group

meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 PM at the Harbor UCLA AMI/ABLE Program facility 21730 S. Vermont Suite 210 upstairs from the Pho Consome restaurant. Contact Chiaki Ueki at 310-372-0981 for more information.

Spanish Speaking Support Group

meets every Tuesday in Building D5 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Contact Rick Pulido at 310-513-1178 for more information.

2019 Los Angeles Homeless Count Results Announced

NAMI South Bay collaborates with the South Bay Coalition to End Homeless. This coalition has been instrumental in the annual Homeless Count and helping the Coordinated Entry System Network in the South Bay. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) released the first set of 2019 Homeless Count and is the organization developing the plans and programs to address homelessness. It is estimated 30% of the homeless are persons with a mental illness.

Overall homelessness rose by 12% in the County of Los Angeles. While there were a few counties reporting a slight decrease, in general homelessness rose throughout the state. Other Southern California counties homelessness rate changed by:

  • Orange County: +50% (4,792 to 6,860)
  • San Bernardino County: +23% (2,118 to 2,607)
  • Riverside County: +22% (2,310 to 2,811)
  • San Diego County: -6% (8,576 to 8,102)
  • Imperial County: -5% (1,493 to 1,413)
  • Ventura County: +28% (1,299 to 1,669)
  • Santa Barbara County: -3% (1,860 to 1,803)

Within the LA Continuum of Care, these sub-populations changed:

  • Seniors (ages 62 and older): +8.2% (4,827 to 5,225)
  • Family members with minor aged children: +6.4% (8,267 to 8,799)
  • Youth (ages 24 and under): +24% (3,164 to 3,926)
  • Living in tents and makeshift shelter: +17% (9,475 to 11,086)
  • Living in vehicles: +5% (15,749 to 16,528)

Additional information is posted on the Los Angeles Housing Service Authority LAHSA Website.
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The South Bay Coalition will be discussing these results in more depth at our June 26th general meeting, being held at Inglewood’s Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall, 101 W. Manchester, adjacent to Inglewood Main Library.

June Meeting — Housing, Diversion, and Consolidation

One of the most frequent calls and inquiries to our NAMI South Bay Affiliate is about the availability of housing. Another frequent phone call is about persons with a mental illness being caught up in the criminal justice system. And of course a major area of interest is the effort of NAMI affiliates to have a more effective advocacy by consolidating.

The speaker for our June Monthly meeting will be Brittney Weissman, Executive Director of NAMI Los Angeles County. She will speak about recent efforts on improving the availability of board and cares, diversion of persons with a mental illness from the criminal justice system. and the need for us to advocate for some very promising efforts in these areas. Ms. Weissman spoke at the Board of Supervisors meeting last Tuesday on our behalf on the issue of alternatives to incarceration.

Please come to our June 17 meeting at 7:30 and hear about these efforts and support the recommendations going the Board of Supervisors.

Both the Family Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members and Connections Support Group for persons with a mental illness will start at 6 PM and end at 7:15 PM.