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.

Meeting Tonight – Special Report on Mental Health in the South Bay

Dennis Murata, Service Area 8 Chief of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (South Bay and Long Beach) and Jennifer Lamarque of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hahn’s Office will be presenting. Dennis Murata will be giving an update on the Department of Mental Health efforts. Jennifer Lamarque will present on Supervisor Hahn’s priorities regarding mental health. We are fortunate to have this pair of knowledgeable persons at our meeting to tell us about the state of mental health programs in the South Bay and the important initiatives of Supervisor Hahn regarding mental health. Supervisor Hahn has taken the leadership on several mental health issues. including the replacement of part of the central jail with mental health treatment facilities, has supported studies of number of hospital, and step down psychiatric beds. We will also learn how we can assist in improving the mental health system.

Please come to hear and provide comment on these presentations. We need to show our interest and support of mental health initiatives. As part of our mission to advocate for persons with a mental illness and their families we need to support efforts to improve the system and provide comment on issues where the system is not working well.

The Family Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members will start at 6 PM and the General Meeting will start at 7:30 PM. First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson in Torrance.

March Meeting tonight — Office of Representative Payee Review

Hannah Liddell, Supervising Attorney with the Office of Payee Review and Beneficiary Assistance (OPRBA), will be presenting a Introduction to OPRBA and a Representative Payee Basics Training.

Representative Payees are for Social Security Disability Insurance(SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits of another person. Many NAMI family members are the payees for their loved one, or organizations, such as board and cares serve as payees.

This presentation will review the role of the Office of Payee Review and Beneficiary Assistance under Disability Rights of California and review the requirements and responsibilities of payees. It will include what may be included in a review and assessment of payees and best practices. If you are now a representative payee, considering being a payee or just want to know more about it this presentation will be very helpful in ensuring you understand the role of the payee and the person receiving the benefits understanding their rights.

February Meeting — Whole Person Care

The speaker for our meeting on February 25 is Ms. Diamond Lee, MSW. Ms. Lee is the Associate Director for Regional Collaboration on Whole Person Care for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

She will present information about the Whole Person Care Program. Whole Person Care Los Angeles (WPC-LA) is a program that brings together health and social service agencies to build an integrated system that delivers seamless, coordinated services to LA County’s most vulnerable Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are high risk, high users of hospital and emergency departments, of which many are persons with a mental illness. Please join us and learn about this program. Even if does not directly affect your family right now, it will help the mental health system to be more effective and may help your family at some point in your journey.

The Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members will start at 6 PM and the General Meeting will start at 7:30 PM.

NAMI ESPANOL SOUTH BAY

Programa de Educación
De Familia a Familia de NAMI
NAMI ESPANOL SOUTH BAY Iglesia San Jose
Gratuito para familiares, compañeros, y parejas sentimentales de individuos con:

Depresión Severa
Trastorno Bipolar (maniaco depresión)
Esquizofrenia y Trastorno Esquizoafectivo
Transtorno de la personalidad fronterizo
Trastorno de Pánico y Trastorno Obsesivo compulsivo
Trastornos Cerebrales y Trastornos de adicción simultáneos

El programa consiste en una serie de 12 clases, una clase por semana, estructuradas para ayudar a los familiares a entender y apoyar a su ser querido que sufre alguna de estas enfermedades al mismo tiempo que mantienen su propio bienestar. Este curso lo imparte un grupo de voluntarios capacitados quienes también tienen un familiar enfermo y saben lo que es que un ser querido sufra de una enfermedad mental seria. El Programa “De Familia a Familia” de NAMI es completamente gratuito. Más de 150,000 personas en Los Estados Unidos, Canadá, y México han tomado este curso. Estamos seguros que quedarán satisfechos con la ayuda que le ofrece este programa. Llame para obtener más información Nelida Guzman de la Igesia 323-907-4639. (FREE PARKING)

Las clases comienzan Jueves, en Enero 31, 2019-Abril 11, 2019
6:30PM to 9:00 PM

Ubicación del curso: St. Jose Igesia
11901 Acacia Ave. Hawthorne, Calif. 90250
Horario: (12) sessiones
2 ½ horas por clase/ Segundo Piso La Casa Providencia

Contacto: Ricardo Pulido (310) 567- 0748 Cell. e-mail: rick@namilaccc.org

Contacto: Modesta Pulido (310) 245-9820 Cell. e-mail: vdepulido@gmail.org

Solamente para los
familiares que califiquen de
estas condiciones.

Se requiere inscripción
El cupo es limitada de
15 personas.
Todo Gratis!

El Programa de Educacion
“De Familia a Famiilia” de
NAMI/LACCC/ESPANOL está
patrosinado por NAMI SOUTH BAY,
Financiado en parte por
el Departmento de Saluld
Mental del Condado de
Los Angeles. GRACIAS!

Meeting Tonight – Mental Health Services Act

The speaker for the January 2019 meeting tonight will Dr. Debbie Innes-Gomberg, presenting on the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). MHSA funds many of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health programs. She will be speaking about services, programs, and how the community provides input into the plans. Dr. Innes-Gomberg has a long history with the Department of Mental Health as a clinical psychologist, District Chief for the Long Beach/South Bay area, and the the Program Manager for the MHSA Implementation and Outcomes Division.

NAMI families helped to support the passage of Proposition 63 which funds the MHSA program. As stakeholders we need to provide input on its implementation. This presentation will be a great opportunity to ask questions about the programs and address concerns and needs in our area.

Holiday Potluck

Image: Pixabay | Larisa Koshkina

NAMI South Bay Holiday Potluck
6:30 PM, Monday, December 17
First Lutheran Church
2900 Carson in Torrance

Please come to our annual Happy Holidays Potluck. Bring the whole family and friends. It is a wonderful time to connect with others who share in the struggles and challenges of a mental illness, and learn about resources and recovery. Bring a dish to share for 8 to 10 people and if you can a white elephant gift for a raffle to add to the festive spirit.

The Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members will start at 5:30 PM and end at 6:30 PM.

Membership Dues Change as of 7/1/17

Many NAMI South Bay members have membership renewals around the start of the calendar year. Early last 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. 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.