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.

ONLINE FOCUS GROUP: Share Your Voice!

NAMI California will host a focus group webinar on August 8 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM as part of its NAMI Smarts Enhancement program. NAMI is looking for members of diverse communities including LGBTQ persons and people of color, among others, to lend a hand in developing material to help individuals communicate their stories for advocacy purposes.

This is the third of three focus groups for this effort – Thank you to all who have participated and lent us your voice.

CLICK HERE to Register.

Mental Health for Communities Affected by Fire

Our thoughts are with Californians impacted by the recent wildfires across the state. NAMI South Bay praises First Responders for getting so many to safety, and we want to stress the importance of attending to both the immediate and long-term mental health needs of all affected community members during this crisis.

CLICK HERE for Mental Health Resources by County

CLICK HERE for NAMI Shasta County

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Time for Team Captains to Register for NAMIWalks

To all Sponsors and Team Captains: Start making waves and register for the NAMI Los Angeles County 2018 Walk. NAMI will hold a Kickoff Event on Saturday, August 4. Team Captains need to register and won’t want to miss this event.

Save the date of Saturday, October 6, 2018 to fight stigma, raise awareness and raise funds for our NAMI programs offered free to the community. Any questions about the Walk please contact Paul Stansbury pstans5@aol.com.

Register for the Walk and become a Team Captain at NAMI Los Angeles County Walk.

Monthly Meeting — Major Depression

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June General Meeting is at 7:30 PM Monday, June 18, 2018.

The speaker for our General Meeting will be psychiatrist Dr. Lynn Yen MD from Harbor UCLA Dept of Psychiatry. She will be continuing our series on the major mental illnesses and will be speaking about Major Depression as a mental illness, medications, recent developments and will be answering questions. Depression is the leading form of disability in the world and the most frequent type of mental illness. So it will be a great time to ask the doctor about this illness.

Our general meeting will be in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the small room off of Faith Hall.

Advocacy Alert: There is No Health without Mental Health

The phrase “There is no health without mental health” has been a rallying cry for a long time for NAMI South Bay and all the NAMI affiliates across the nation. Progress seems to have been made over the last few years to have mental health as an essential benefit and to have mental health parity with much more to be done. Now with the current House legislation and the proposed Senate legislation mental health could be waived as an essential benefit and mental health parity could face a very serious setback.

Further, the proposed caps on Medicaid funding, which is Medi-Cal in California, would mean more people would not get mental health treatment and the availability and quality would be severely impacted. If hundreds of billions of dollars are cut from Medicaid, it will be harder for people on Medicaid to get psychiatric medications, case management and mental health services. And some people will lose their eligibility for Medicaid. This will push people with mental illness into costly emergency rooms, hospitals and jails.

The Senate should protect Medicaid and SAY NO to any health reform bill that:

  • Caps or limits Medicaid;
  • Ends Medicaid expansion;
  • Takes away protections for people with mental health conditions; or
  • Leaves fewer Americans with coverage for mental illness.

Please contact our Senators Feinstein and Harris to let them know that we cannot accept these reductions in mental health treatment funding and parity. They have already taken positions supporting our efforts but we need to let them know the depth of our concerns. Further, if you have families, friends or colleagues in other states please share your story and concerns with them so they can contact their senators.

CALL Now!

EMAIL Now!

Please see below for more information for you to consider.

Congress is bringing back the American Health Care Act, which would leave millions of Americans without mental health coverage and strip Medicaid of billions of dollars in funding. Please remember that Medicaid in California is Medi-Cal. And the bill has gotten worse.

The recently introduced “MacArthur Amendment” would let states get waivers allowing health insurance plans to not cover mental health and substance use treatment and charge people with mental illness more.

It’s outrageous to even suggest that mental health coverage is optional and to charge people more because they have a mental health condition.

Medicaid coverage is also under threat. It covers important mental health services that help people with mental illness get better and stay better.

Efforts are being made to generate enough votes which we need stop. We have fought for mental health parity for a long time and this act would reverse years of effort and mean many would not have mental health coverage. Your mental health coverage is at risk.

For a comparison of the legistation with the current Affordable Care Act please see this link.

Tell Congress to #KeepWhatWorks and REJECT the American Health Care Act.

Thank you for your advocacy efforts.

June Meeting: How to Find Mental Health Resources on the Internet

Monday, June 19, 2017: Please come and and discuss with John Conway, our Vice President and Website Manager, and with Paul Stansbury, our President, resources, sites and links to resource regarding mental illness on the internet. Please come and share internet resources you may use with us and NAMI South Bay members.

Among the resources we plan to discuss are:

No special knowledge is necessary. We will meeting for the Internet workshop 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.