March Meeting – NAMI Greater Los Angeles County

7:30 PM, Monday, March 21, 2022
Presenter: Traute Winters
Executive Director
NAMi Greater Los Angeles County

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Los Angeles County (NAMI GLAC) has officially formed a merger between six chapters in Los Angeles County, and is part of a greater effort to promote advocacy and grants to implement free mental health programs in the county. The organization, now known as NAMI Greater Los Angeles County (NAMI GLAC), will include six chapters and represent approximately 70 percent of the county, including the San Fernando Valley, Glendale, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay, Pomona Valley, and Long Beach areas.

NAMI South Bay will continue to operate very similarly to its current operations but will have the benefit of more effective advocacy and economies of scale.

“By unifying the affiliated chapters under one umbrella, we can ensure that our service areas are receiving the support they need, and focus our attention on building and strengthening our programs in the county,” recently stated by Traute Winters, Executive Director of NAMI Greater Los Angeles County. Ms. Winters was appointed Executive Director last summer and was previously a regional director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Los Angeles area. Please come to the meeting and welcome Ms. Winters and have a discussion about reasons for the merger and plans for the future.

The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.

Advocacy Day

Make your Voice Heard
May 4, 2021, 9 AM

Each year, NAMI California hosts advocacy days to provide a platform for passionate advocates to engage with lawmakers on important policies aimed at improving the quality of life for people with mental illness.

Save the date for NAMI California’s Capitol Advocacy Day! We’re lining up legislators to visit for our annual advocacy day on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

REGISTER HERE.

Online Monthly Meeting – 7:30 PM Monday, June 15

Because of COVID-19 guidelines on gatherings, we will not be meeting in person but will have an online Zoom meeting on current advocacy issues regarding legislation and budget reductions on mental health and related programs. As you have read in the newspapers, with the economic impact of the pandemic some severe budget reductions are being discussed at the National and State level. These reductions and legislative proposals may have a severe impact at the County and local levels. Further, the recent protests and social justice efforts may provide opportunities to advocate for support of mental health programs and budget.

Our newsletter includes an urgent call to action in opposing some current legislative efforts, which will be discussed. The current legislative and budget proposals at the National, State, and local levels are only going to intensify. We want to use this meeting to inform about and discuss with our members the upcoming process and opportunities for raising concerns about mental health issues. Please join us for this discussion.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com to receive information on the link and password for the meeting on Zoom.

NAMI California 2019 Conference

The annual NAMI California Conference will be in Southern California in late spring with many informative workshops and resources. The conference will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, 2019.

The 2019 NAMI California Conference introduces tracks that represent key topic areas and critical information: Young Adults; Criminal Justice; Providers; Consumers & Families; Advocacy; Engaging in Diverse Communities.

Mark your calendar and plan on attending. Super Early Bird Registration ends January 7, 2019.

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.

Mid-Year Adjustment to MHSA 3 Year Program and Expenditure Plan

The Mid-Year Adjustments to the MHSA Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan FY 2017-18 through 2019-20 and other documents have been posted on the DMH Webpage.  Please see the link below:

DMH Announcement Webpage

For Fiscal Years 2017-18 Through 2019-20
Public Review and Comment Period
October 27, 2017 through November 25, 2017

The Mid-Year Adjustment, permissible through Section 3315 of the California Code of Regulations, Chapter 14 that governs the Mental Health Services Act, is comprised of 3 components:

July Membership Meeting

Please come Monday evening, July 17, 2017, to hear Brittney Weissman, the Executive Director of NAMI Los Angeles County, talk about the state of NAMI in Los Angeles County including:

  • NAMI advocacy efforts.
  • Efforts with law enforcement on crisis intervention and diversion to treatment for persons with a mental illness.
  • The offering of NAMI signature programs throughout LA County including Ending the Silence and some other relatively new programs.
  • The effort of NAMI affiliates in Los Angeles County to meet the NAMI National Standards of Excellence including consideration of consolidating some affiliates.

Brittney and NAMI LA County has become the voice on mental illness in the county whenever the county leadership or media seek input on issues related to mental health. Please take the opportunity to meet, listen and provide input to Brittney Weissman.

We will meeting for the meeting at 7:30 PM in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson, Torrance.

The Caring and Sharing Support Groups will meet at 6 PM.