Meeting Tonight — 7:30 p.m. — Conservatorship

Ms. Gilda Ramos Assistant Division Chief – LPS Program from Los Angeles County Office of the Public Guardian will present on Conservatorship at our monthly meeting 7:30 PM Monday, April 17, 2017.

Ms. Ramos is with the Office of Public Guardian which administers conservatorship in Los Angeles. She will tell us what conservatorship is all about and how one goes about obtaining conservatorship or having someone conserved.

The Caring and Sharing Support Group will start at 6 PM and the Speaker Presentation will start at 7:30 PM at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.

General Meeting Monday 2/27/17

Dr. Debbie Innes-Gomberg, Ph.D. Deputy Director for the Adult Systems of Care for the Los Angeles County of Mental Health, M.D. Director of Adult Outpatient Program Harbor UCLA Medical Center will speak at our monthly meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017.

Dr. Innes-Gomberg will be speaking about the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) three-year program with regard to services and programs, performance of programs, and the involvement of families and community involvement in the development and implementation of the plan.

Dr. Innes-Gomberg has a long history with DMH 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. This presentation will be a great opportunity to ask questions about the programs and address concerns and needs in our area.

The Caring and Sharing Support Group will start at 6 PM and the Speaker Presentation will start at 7:30 PM at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.

Third Annual Parent and Caregiver Conference

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at St. Anne’s Center in Los Angeles

A one day conference featuring speakers, a panel of experts, and round table discussions and workshops for parents and caregivers who have a loved one with mental health condition of any age.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (PST)
St. Anne’s
155 North Occidental Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026


Morning Program:

  • Jonathan E. Sherin, M.D., Ph.D., Los Angeles County Director of Mental Health
    Looking Ahead
  • Steve Pitman J.D., President, NAMI National Board
  • Sandy Banks, Mental Health Advocate, Journalist, former L. A. Times columnist
    Finding Hope & Health Along the Journey
  • Panel Presentation – Tool Box of Communication
    Moderator, Helena Ditko, LCSW , Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health
    How can we equip caretakers with the communication tools they need? Our panel will cover some of the family experience, the treatment experience and resources are helpful and available.

Roundtable Discussions over lunch:

  • Caring for Ourselves
  • Why I chose LPS Conservatorship
  • Communication Tips – (English & Spanish)
  • My Family Member has been Arrested
  • Advocating for Care in Crisis – (English & Spanish)
  • Navigating the Dept. of Mental Health

Afternoon Sessions:

  • Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness – Lora Illig, ExecutiveDirector, NAMI Pomona Valley and Leola Johnson, NAMI Antelope Valley, NAMI State Trainer
  • Patients Rights’ – Jaime Walker, Health Program Analyst, Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health
  • Trauma Informed Care – Celeste H. Ryan, Ph.D., Juvenile Justice Mental Health Program Coordinator, Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health
  • Creating a Community of Care to Heal Hidden Wounds – Gail Soffer, Founder, Executive Director

Open Mind Community Lecture — The Upword Spiral

From the Friends of the Semel Institute: A free presentation by Alex Korb, Ph.D., UCLA neuroscientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Tuesday evening, March 7, 2017.

Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. In “The Upward Spiral”, Dr. Korb demystifies the intricate brain processes that cause depression and offers a practical and effective approach to getting better. Based on the latest research in neuroscience, Dr. Korb provides dozens of straightforward tips you can do every day to rewire your brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.

As a neuroscientist Dr. Korb has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles on depression, neuromodulation and other topics. He is the author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, and has studied the brain for over 15 years. He also writes a popular blog for Psychology Today called PreFrontal Nudity: Your Brain Exposed. Outside of the lab he is head coach of the UCLA Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, and he has a wealth of experience in yoga and mindfulness, physical fitness, and even stand-up comedy.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. will join Dr. Korb in discussion following the presentation. Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, which offers online learning and in-person lectures that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families, and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.

Tuesday, March 7
Semel Auditorium, UCLA
Check-in 6:30 PM   |   Program 7:00 PM
Admission is free but reservations are required.
Parking is available for $12 in Structure 9


For questions email Wendy Kelman at

Five Reasons to Attend the NAMI National Convention

  1. Learn exciting research, tools, treatment options and recovery strategies directly from experts
  2. Discover how to lead effective mental health advocacy efforts
  3. Hear relatable stories and make personal connections with powerful impact
  4. Find day-to-day support through coping strategies, health and wellness activities, and legal services
  5. Earn continuing education credits as a licensed counselor, social worker or registered nurse

The NAMI National Convention connects and inspires people with or affected by a mental illness who are looking for resources, research, support services and recovery strategies. Join this diverse, action-driven gathering of individuals with mental health conditions, family members and caregivers, policymakers, educators, researchers, clinicians, providers, exhibitors, sponsors and press this year in Washington, D.C.

First-on-Board member rate of just $195 is only available until January 31.

To learn more about program offerings, CLICK HERE.

Understanding Art Therapy and Its Value in Recovery

adobestock_72992041Metropolitan State Hospital Community Education Program is inviting families and friends to a video review and discussion regarding “Understanding Art Therapy and Its Value in Recovery.”

Presenter: Nina Matthews, MA , MFA, ATR

Ms. Matthews will cover an introduction to Art therapy and its treatment relevance in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy unit treating patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. There will be a case presentation of a patient with BPD and will include a slide show of the artwork generated from individual Art therapy sessions. Participants will also be given an option to engage in an interactive creative process to experience the validity and utility of the Art therapy process.

Don’t miss this informative presentation!

WHEN: Saturday November 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

WHERE: James Hall, Metropolitan State Hospital, 11401 Bloomfield Avenue, Norwalk, CA 90650

MSH-Community Mental Health Education Program is a community support group in partnership with NAMI which provides free information sessions to the community, family, friends, and staff that care for those with mental illness.

Light Refreshments will be provided

Thank you for being on time for the 11:30 a.m. meeting

Friends of Family meeting Saturday morning, November 5, 2016

friendsoffamilyflyer_11-05-16_2Don’t miss this special event: Friends of Family, sponsored by LACDMH Office of Consumer and Family Affairs, with special guest speaker Martin Hernandez L.C.S.W., new Director of Patients’ Rights, this Saturday from 10 to Noon in Commerce at 6055 E. Washington Blvd., 9th Floor, Bank of the West building.

Click THIS LINK or the Image to the right for full-sized and printable PDF flyer.

  • Conversation and Information
  • Education and Inspiration
  • Who: Family, Friends, Parents, & Caregivers
  • Where: Project Return Peer Support Network 6055 E. Washington Blvd., 9th Floor “Bank of the West” Building Commerce, CA 90040
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
  • Free Parking

The Office of Consumer and Family Affairs is a touchstone for all of the age bureaus to give a voice to family members and consumers.  Being that voice, staff listen in detail to concerns of consumers and family members, so that all can work together to improve the services provided by the system. Its Mission:

“Our Mission includes supporting recovery principles, mentorship models, resiliency strategies, community education, relationship building and system problem solving across the mental health field. We work directly with established family and consumer networks in Los Angeles County and also connect to the larger national organizations of peers and families. We provide programs that support education, conferences and meetings on mental health concerns as well as sponsor trainings which promote hope, resiliency, recovery and wellness. Some of our projects include contracts on a large scale and individual consumer and family concerns that come to us daily. We have a regular staff of clinicians that offer support to family members and consumers on quality improvement for their individual cases and we analyze the themes we hear from these individual calls to promote improvements in the delivery system.”