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.

Meeting Tonight – Special Needs Trusts and ABLE accounts

Our general meeting will be in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church. 2900 Carson Street, Torrance, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 p.m.in the room off of Faith Hall.

Our guests will be Karen Holt, an estate attorney presenting information on Special Needs Trusts, and Marc Ang, Financial Advisor, joining her to discuss ABLE accounts.

A special needs trust is a specialized trust that allows the disabled beneficiary to enjoy the use of property that is held in the trust for his or her benefit while at the same time allowing the beneficiary to receive essential needs-based government benefits. Ms. Holt will review the needs and issues regarding special needs trusts, government benefits and requirements. Because of the restrictions on how much income and assets a person can have while receiving government benefits the use and structure of a special needs trust is very important. The special needs trust can be a valuable tool for family members to consider supporting their loved one.

An ABLE account (Achieving a Better Life Experience) is a relatively new type of tax-advantaged savings account available in several states that an eligible individual can use to pay for qualified disability expenses. The eligible individual is the owner and designated beneficiary of the ABLE account.

NAMI Connection Facilitator Training Opportunity

NAMI Los Angeles County Council will sponsor a Connections Facilitator Training, August 25 & 26,
2018, in Los Angeles. The Connections curriculum is designed to enable co-facilitators who are not
mental health professionals to run support groups for their peers. It is an opportunity for NAMI
members to help support other members in navigating the challenges and triumphs of living with a
mental illness. Facilitators also provide hope and remind members that they are not alone.

Requirements:

  • Graduates of a peer to peer course are preferred but not required.
  • Be at a point in their life where they are familiar and comfortable with the emotional issues members
    face and can self-disclose about their own feelings regarding their illness and recovery.
  • Current membership in a NAMI Affiliate ( Los Angeles County Preferred )
  • Attend the entire two-day training
  • Commit to facilitate groups for at least a year
  • Facilitating experience is not needed!

After your application is reviewed and you are accepted as a participant we will then contact you with more details for this training.

  • What: Two-day NAMI Connections Facilitator Training
  • Who: Contact Zack Kendall, Coordinator for an application at Zackery.Kendall@namisfv.org
  • When: August 25 & 26, 2018; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: NAMI LACC Headquarters, Los Angeles
  • Cost: LA County NAMI affiliate members $100, waived upon participant graduation. Outside affiliates $200. Cost covers trainer fees, breakfast and lunch for both days; and training materials. [NAMI (individual) members or affiliates cover the cost of dinner and hotel accommodations for students.]
  • Deadline : Applications must be received by August 15, 2018.

If your interested, CLICK HERE to APPLY.

General Meeting July 16 – Reducing Suicidal Behavior

Our general meeting will be Monday, July 16 in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance at 7:30 PM. Our Family Support Group will meet at 6 PM in the small room off of Faith Hall.

We will have a Danielle Anderson, a Certified QPR instructor and Family to Family teacher providing a workshop on QPR — a training intended to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative,practical and proven suicide prevention training.

As recently reported in the media following the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, the number of suicides has been increasing alarmingly. Through education the QPR training aims to empower all people regardless of their background to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

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.

4th Annual Parent and Caregiver Conference March 17

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DATE: MARCH 17, 2018
TIME: 9AM – 3PM

NAMI Los Angeles County Council invites the public to its 4th Annual Parent and Caregiver Conference.

This is a free event to the public (donations welcome).

LOCATION:

CENTER AT THE CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS
555 W. TEMPLE STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

Parking is available; Public transportation is accessible on the Purple/Red Line.

Topics that are expected to be presented include:

  • School-based mental health programs
  • Individualized Education Program plans
  • Foster/kinship program services
  • Benefits services – SSI/SSDI
  • Communication skills
  • Crisis response
  • Ask the doctor session with a child psychiatrist
  • Panel session: “My Family Member Has Been Arrested”

In addition, we will have opportunities for the following discussions:

  • Family Support Group (offered in English and Spanish)
  • Advocacy
  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Integrated care for co-occurring disorders
  • Conservatorship
  • Legal help for parents and families

For more information contact Alecia Ojinaga at alecia_ojinaga@yahoo.com or (310) 299-2973. Here is the evitebrite link to the conference https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-and-caregiver-conference-tickets-41398535133

Meeting Tonight: Schizophrenia

7:30 PM Monday, February 26, 2018

Dr. Michael Makhinson, the Co-Director of the Harbor UCLA Inpatient Psychiatry Program, will speak this evening, Monday 2/26, at 7:30 p.m. on the mental illness of Schizophrenia. The meeting will be held at First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson Street, in Torrance.

Dr. Makhinson received his medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and his doctorate in psychology from the UCLA/Neuropsychiatric Institute. He will provide an overview of the illness, and updates on treatments and medications. It will also be an opportunity to ask the Doctor questions about the illness. We plan to have a series on the major mental illness in the coming months which allow us to get the latest information on the illness and be able to ask the doctor questions about that illness and related issues.