Monday General Meeting — The Homeless Count

Our September general meeting will be Monday night, 9/15/19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Please come and learn about the homeless count in the South Bay which has been so widely reported on in the media and the connected homeless issues. Nancy Wilcox Co-Chair for the South Bay Coalition To End Homelessness will review the data and the give us a good understanding of the data, how it is compiled through the annual homeless count, what the implications are for the South Bay.

Nancy has been instrumental in coordinating the Homeless Count with Los Angeles Housing Services Authority (LAHSA) the last several years. Under her leadership the South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness has become a leading force in working with South Bay cities to address homelessness. The South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness has worked closely with the Coordinated Entry System in the South Bay to secure housing and services for those in need.

It is important that NAMI South Bay members be informed and provide input regarding the policies and plans developed by cities, the county, and LAHSA.

August Meeting – Sneak Peek at a New Docu-Series

Please come for a very special treat. for the last few years we have had a movie night at our August general meeting. This August we will have one our former board members, author Jamie Weil, tell us about her young adult book First Break and give us a sneak peek of the “A Crazy Thought” docuseries.

Jamie Weil and her family, like many families, have had a very challenging journey and have found important support at NAMI. Jamie transmuted her difficulties into a passion to help other families successfully navigate the labyrinth of mental illness when it hits the youngest and most vulnerable family members. Momma Bear first, Jamie is a youth mental health advocate, writer, filmmaker, and former elementary school teacher in Manhattan Beach.

Her current Young Adult novel, First Break, is a first person story of moving from 17 to 18 in the middle of a psychotic break.

Her current docuseries, “A Crazy Thought“, is in production, with the raw pilot coming to NAMI South Bay Monday night for a special sneak peek. This docuseries is the answer to a calling to produce a six-part series that can used both in the schools to educate students and teachers, as well as to reach widely the 1 out of 4 families struggling silently with mental illness in their homes.

We will show the pilot, have books on hand for purchase ($16 cash) and signing, and have a Q&A after on what we are calling Mission ACT. Jamie and Mike, both former board members at NAMI South Bay board, are excited to bring back a piece of advocacy to their NAMI South Bay Family.

NAMI South Bay Educational Programs

Family to Family Program
12 Week Program for family members and caregivers meeting once a week covering all different aspects of mental illness. The next Family to Family class will be starting on Tuesday May 14 in Westchester and another one on Wednesday, June 12 in Torrance. Please contact the NAMI South Bay Office at 310-533-0705 or Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com for more information.

Peer to Peer Program
A 8 Week program for persons with a mental illness meeting once a week for 8 weeks. A Peer to Peer will be starting on June 11 at the Harbor UCLA AMI/ABLE Facility. Please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com for more information on next class.

Basics
A program for families with children having a mental illness. Please contact Paul Stansbury to register and for more information.

Basicos
Program in Spanish for families with children with a mental illness. Please contact Rick Pulido at 310-567-0748.

Familia de Familia
For information on the Familia de Familia Program in Spanish please contact Rick Pulido at 310-567-0748.

Connections
A support group for persons with a mental illness meets every Thursday from 6 to 7:30 PM in AMI/ABLE Program Facility 21730 S. Vermont Suite 210 upstairs from the Chicken Maison Restaurant in the Vermont Village II Shopping Center across Vermont from the Harbor UCLA Medical Center and another groups meets at 10 AM in Conference Room B-2 of the Kaiser Lomita facility 2081 Palos Verdes Drive North, Lomita, CA. There is also a Connections group at 6 PM prior ot the monthly meeting usually on the third Monday of the month at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.

Please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com to register or for more information.

Monthly Meeting Activities Update

Westchester Support Group
A family support group meets 6:30 PM at the Covenant Church in Westchester at 6323 W 80th St, Los Angeles, CA on the first Tuesday of the month.Anna and Bob London are facilitating the group while the Marcelletti’s teach the Family to Family Class

Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital San Pedro Support Group-
On the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 7:30 PM to 9 PM there will be a support group at the Hospital in San Pedro 1300 West 7th Street San Pedro CA 90732 in the Center for Health Education. Contact Ingrid Jacob-Hicks at 310-241-4327 or Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com for information.

Support Group at Temple Emet
On the second Thursday of the month, Bell Forster facilitates a group at Temple Emet 2051 W 236th St, Torrance, CA from 6 to 7:30 PM.

El Segundo Support Group
Rebekah Martinek facilitates a Caring and Sharing Group at the El Segundo United Methodist Church in Johnson Hall 540 Main Street in El Segundo on the 4th Monday of the month, 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

South Redondo Beach Support Group
Kim Sheckler and Tracy Ayotte will be facilitating a support group on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 PM in the Holy Family Room of St. Lawrence Martyrs Church 1940 S. Prospect, Redondo Beach

Japanese Speaking Support Group

meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 PM at the Harbor UCLA AMI/ABLE Program facility 21730 S. Vermont Suite 210 upstairs from the Pho Consome restaurant. Contact Chiaki Ueki at 310-372-0981 for more information.

Spanish Speaking Support Group

meets every Tuesday in Building D5 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Contact Rick Pulido at 310-513-1178 for more information.

June Meeting — Housing, Diversion, and Consolidation

One of the most frequent calls and inquiries to our NAMI South Bay Affiliate is about the availability of housing. Another frequent phone call is about persons with a mental illness being caught up in the criminal justice system. And of course a major area of interest is the effort of NAMI affiliates to have a more effective advocacy by consolidating.

The speaker for our June Monthly meeting will be Brittney Weissman, Executive Director of NAMI Los Angeles County. She will speak about recent efforts on improving the availability of board and cares, diversion of persons with a mental illness from the criminal justice system. and the need for us to advocate for some very promising efforts in these areas. Ms. Weissman spoke at the Board of Supervisors meeting last Tuesday on our behalf on the issue of alternatives to incarceration.

Please come to our June 17 meeting at 7:30 and hear about these efforts and support the recommendations going the Board of Supervisors.

Both the Family Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members and Connections Support Group for persons with a mental illness will start at 6 PM and end at 7:15 PM.

Meeting Tonight – Special Report on Mental Health in the South Bay

Dennis Murata, Service Area 8 Chief of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (South Bay and Long Beach) and Jennifer Lamarque of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hahn’s Office will be presenting. Dennis Murata will be giving an update on the Department of Mental Health efforts. Jennifer Lamarque will present on Supervisor Hahn’s priorities regarding mental health. We are fortunate to have this pair of knowledgeable persons at our meeting to tell us about the state of mental health programs in the South Bay and the important initiatives of Supervisor Hahn regarding mental health. Supervisor Hahn has taken the leadership on several mental health issues. including the replacement of part of the central jail with mental health treatment facilities, has supported studies of number of hospital, and step down psychiatric beds. We will also learn how we can assist in improving the mental health system.

Please come to hear and provide comment on these presentations. We need to show our interest and support of mental health initiatives. As part of our mission to advocate for persons with a mental illness and their families we need to support efforts to improve the system and provide comment on issues where the system is not working well.

The Family Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members will start at 6 PM and the General Meeting will start at 7:30 PM. First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson in Torrance.

February Meeting — Whole Person Care

The speaker for our meeting on February 25 is Ms. Diamond Lee, MSW. Ms. Lee is the Associate Director for Regional Collaboration on Whole Person Care for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

She will present information about the Whole Person Care Program. Whole Person Care Los Angeles (WPC-LA) is a program that brings together health and social service agencies to build an integrated system that delivers seamless, coordinated services to LA County’s most vulnerable Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are high risk, high users of hospital and emergency departments, of which many are persons with a mental illness. Please join us and learn about this program. Even if does not directly affect your family right now, it will help the mental health system to be more effective and may help your family at some point in your journey.

The Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members will start at 6 PM and the General Meeting will start at 7:30 PM.