NAMI California will be holding a regional meeting scheduled on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at the El Camino Hospital Mountain View at 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA. The meetings are held from 9:30 am until 3:05 pm and will include Santa Clara and surrounding counties.
The NAMI Regional Meetings are an effort we make, with the support of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association, to facilitate cooperation between area affiliates and county mental health departments. These meetings have two parts: first, a NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Training open to affiliate members and county partners who may be interested, second, a panel presentation from county mental health departments, followed by a facilitated discussion between counties and NAMI affiliates.
The morning session trains NAMI affiliate members and other interested parties in “Telling You Story”. “Telling Your Story” guides the participant through writing and delivering a concise and compelling version of their story that will serve as the springboard for local advocacy.
This is followed by a panel presentation from county mental health departments on the successes and challenges of service delivery under the MHSA. Counties are offered the opportunity to share what their strategies are for addressing mental health services in their areas, what future programs are being developed, and how NAMI affiliates and NAMI CA can contribute.
This panel is followed by a facilitated discussion between county representatives and NAMI affiliates. Together they address what needs are being met, what needs are not being meet, and how they both can collaborate. These sessions are vital for building relationships and enhancing communication.
Breakfast, lunch and all materials will be provided.
We are currently working with NAMI Santa Clara as your host for the event. Please consider attending the regional meeting, and explore with your county mental health department as to whether they might participate as well.
Please mark your calendars now and R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat at this important, informative meeting!