Become Part of the L.A. County Parents and Teachers as Allies Team

 NAMI Los Angeles County Council is hosting a free NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies Training on Saturday April 9th, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Parents and Teachers as Allies educates Teachers and School Staff through a panel of trained volunteers on:

  • The latest research on brain disorders in children and  adolescents
  • Signs of early onset mental illness in children and adolescents as seen at home and school
  • Understanding family reactions to mental illness community resources
  • Early intervention and treatment, which lead to better education and  mental health outcomes for students

Team Member Requirements:  

MODERATOR:  A person with background in education such as a teacher, principal, retired school professional, school counselor, etc.

PRESENTER: A person who is a Family-to-Family or  Basics teacher, ideally someone with lived experience of coping with a child with early onset mental illness

PARENT:  A person who testifies about the complex and exhausting realities of parenting a child with mental illness

INDIVIDUAL LIVING WITH  MENTAL  ILLNESS: A person who had symptoms of mental illness as a child or adolescent and is now living well in recovery.

Temple City First Baptist Church
6019 Baldwin Ave.
Temple City, CA   91780

Contact Lynette Ranger for a training application at (626) 864-2161 or

Light breakfast, lunch and materials will be provided    

Bridging the Cultural Divide: Beyond Evidence-Based Practice in Diverse Communities


FROM NAMI – Los Angeles County Council and NAMI Urban Los Angeles

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is taking its committment to diversity to another level with its Second Annual Mental Health Diversity Conference.  Dr. Erylene Piper-Mandy will present a keynote addressing the paradigm shift necessary to fully embrace culturally relevant practice in the field. We will also hear from clinical experts contributing to the body of evidence supporting therapies that reduce disparities in mental health care and improve outcomes for specific ethnic groups. This program continually strives to transform participants’ cultural experiences into a collective platform for mental health equity among urban communities. Register today to discover, understand, and mend the cultural divide in mental health service delivery.

Does your organization provide services to mental health professionals or consumers? Join us at this great event! Exhibitor booth sign ups are also available through this site. Sign up your organization today.

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Event to be held Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Augustus F. Hawkins High School
825 West 60th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90044

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Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Upcoming NAMI California Training Opportunities

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Below is the schedule for NAMI California Education and Support Group Programs. Trainings are announced in the Upcoming Trainings page of the NAMI California website.

Applications are now being received for the following Family Program Education Trainings:

  • March 4-6: Family-to-Family – Ventura
  • April 1-3: Basics and Family-to-Family – Ontario
Applications are now being accepted for the following Peer Program Trainings*:
  • March 4-6: Peer-to-Peer – Ventura
No IOOV trainings are scheduled by NAMI California at this time

*Important Note:  There will be additional trainings offered for all the programs above. These workshops will be hosted by affiliates and sponsored by NAMI California in the form of small grants. Interested affiliates should contact for details on how to apply for a grant.

NAMI support group trainings are for NAMI members to become facilitators of a support group. The education trainings are for members desiring to become teachers or mentors of an education program. Upon graduation, the affiliate makes arrangements with the graduate to teach the class.
Qualifications for training: Interested parties should be NAMI members in good standing and ideally have graduated from the same education program they intend to teach. A participant also needs to be recommended by their local NAMI chapter. Additional qualifications will apply. Please ask your NAMI affiliate to contact Family and Peer Programs Supervisor Lynn Cathy at to receive an application via email. Prospective teachers/facilitators should return their applications in a timely manner as these workshops fill quickly.
Send inquiries to:
NAMI California Office:  (916) 567-0163 

Apply for Seat on MHSOAC

Dr. Ralph Nelson, former NAMI California President, NAMI national board member and longtime mental health advocate, recently stepped down from the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) (see story in NAMI California’s January monthly newsletter). We encourage interested NAMI members to apply for an appointment to the MHSOAC. There are currently two vacancies on the Commission: (1) family member of an adult or senior with a severe mental illness and (2) family member of a child who has or has had a severe mental illness. Click on the links below for the online application, MHSOAC description and website:

‘Alive Inside’ Wednesday, June 1, 2016

“Alive Inside” is a stirring documentary film that follows social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of the non-profit organization, Music and Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia and other neurodegenerative illnesses. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and its healing power.

Dr. David Reuben; Chief, Geriatric Medicine Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology Professor, Department of Medicine, will join Dan Cohen in discussion following the screening.

This event is generosly sponsored by FRIARS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.

Admission is free but reservations required. Details and RVSP HERE.

NAMI California Annual Conference Early Bird Specials and More

Early bird discount

Register now for Early Bird rates for the 2016 NAMI California Annual Conference. The conference will take place August 26 & 27 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront in beautiful Burlingame. This year’s conference’s theme is “Back to the Future: Building on the Past for a Better Tomorrow” and will feature a fascinating lineup of speakers and workshops. Stay tuned for more details!