July 2021 Monthly Meeting

Medications for Mental Illness

Monday, July 19, 2021 7:30 PM (virtual)
Presenter: Dr. Karl Burgoyne

Predicting who will respond to what medication can be difficult because different medications may work better for one person than for another. Doctors usually review clinical records to see if evidence exists for recommending one medicine over another. They also consider family history and side effects when prescribing medication. This meeting will be an opportunity to hear updates on medications and “Ask the Doctor” about medications for mental illnesses.

Our presenter, Dr. Karl Burgoyne, earned his bachelor of science at the University of Southern California where he graduated summa cum laude in Biomedical Engineering with the class of 1984. He then matriculated into medical school also at the University of Southern California and graduated with the class of 1988. His post graduate medical education was at USC’s Department of Psychiatry graduating in 1992. In July 1992, he joined the faculty at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry and was the first medical director of the first DMH operated Assertive Community treatment program, or Full Service Partnership Program, now know as the AMI ABLE Program. In 1996 he moved to become the co-medical director of the Harbor-UCLA Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic for 10 years. In 2005, he became the Training Director of the General Adult Psychiatry Residency Program and this remains his assignment today.

Monday Meeting: Ask the Doctor about Schizophrenia

Our NAMI South Bay May Monthly Meeting will be another virtual meeting, continuing our “Ask the Doctor” series. Monday, May 17, 2021 at 7:30 PM

“Ask the Doctor” About Schizophrenia

Presenter: Dr. Charles Lee, M.D.

In our “Ask the Doctor” Series, Dr. Lee will be presenting on the mental illness of schizophrenia. Dr. Lee teaches in the Psychiatry Department at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. He received his medical degree from UCLA and completed his residency in psychiatry at University of California San Francisco. He has worked in an Assertive community Treatment program at Westside Behavioral. health. He also worked for the St. Vincent Medical Center in New York before coming to Harbor UCLA Medical Center. In additional to clinical work, he teaches and supervises psychiatry residents and medical students at Harbor.

 

April Meeting – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

21st Century Interventions for Mental Illness:
rTMS, MeRT and IV Ketamine

Presenter: Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D.
Monday, April 19 | 7:30 PM (virtual meeting)

Dr. Koo is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. A pioneer in the development and application of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Dr. Koo is the founder and CEO of Neuro Wellness Spa, where she offers TMS, Magnetic E-Resonance therapy, IV ketamine, IV nutrition, and photobiomodulation as novel interventions for treatment-resistant mental illness. She is also the Medical Director at Clear Recovery Center and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clinical TMS Society and the Beach Cities Health District.

A Clinical Overview of Bipolar and Related Disorders

March Meeting Tonight: Nami South Bay is starting an “Ask the Doctor” Series about the different types of mental illness using Zoom until meetings can once again be held in person. Dr. Benjamin Furst will be presenting to start the series. Dr. Furst has been a teaching psychiatrist at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and faculty member at UCLA for the better part of the past 15 years. He currently serves as an attending psychiatrist in the adult outpatient clinic at Harbor-UCLA, where he has also worked in acute inpatient and emergency room settings. In additional to clinical work, he teaches and supervises psychiatry residents and medical student rotators and has participated in the conduct of clinical trials in mood disorders, schizophrenia, and substance-use disorder.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. (Monday, March 15, 2021)

We will be providing presentation on the other types of mental illness in this “Ask the Doctor” format in future meetings thanks to the assistance of the Harbor UCLA Medical Center School of Psychiatry.

Online Monthly Meeting – Alternative to Incarceration

Online Monthly Meeting – 7:30 PM
Monday, February 22, 2021

Alternatives to Incarceration

The Board of Supervisors commissioned in February 2019 a County Work Group on Alternatives to Incarceration charged with developing a “road map with an action-oriented framework and implementation plan to scale alternatives to incarceration and diversion so care and services are provided first and jail is a last resort.” The work group has produced a report “Care First, Jails Last” with a variety of recommendations. Brittney Weissman the Executive Director of NAMI Greater Los Angeles County(GLAC) was a member of the work group and will tell us about the work group, their recommendations and continuing work.

She will also report on other NAMI GLAC efforts across the county with Measure J and the consolidation of NAMI affiliates into NAMI GLAC. Please see below for more information about committees working to develop recommendations on Measure J approved by LA County voters in November. Measure J is the proposition requiring 10% of locally-generated revenue go to community investment and alternatives to incarceration. For information on how you can participate in stakeholder input go to Measure J Re-Imagine LA Advisory Sub-Committees.

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.

October Meeting – DBT and Friends and Family Program

The Speaker tonight will be Dr. Dorit Saberi, Supervising Psychologist Harbor UCLA School of Psychology and Associate Professor UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Saberi will be speaking about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the Friends and Family Program. There will be a panel of participants from the program.. DBT is a psychotherapy treatment program first developed for treating Borderline Personality Disorder but has now been used to treat other forms of mental illness. This approach works towards helping people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states and helping to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help avoid undesired reactions.

The Friends and Family program is for family members and friends of a person with a mental illness that helps them to communicate more effectively with their loved ones and to better handle difficult situations. Many NAMI Members and graduates of the NAMI Family to Family Program have gone on to participate in the Family and Friends Program. Please come to learn about DBT and how it is used in the Friends and Family Program.