Family to Family Program will Start Soon

A Family to Family Program will be starting in the next few weeks on Wednesday evenings using Zoom as soon as there are enough participants. The Family to Family Program is now once a week for 8 weeks. It covers all different aspects of mental illness and has been invaluable to many families. If you wish to participate or know someone that should, please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com.

Meeting Tonight 7/20/20

Because of COVID-19 gathering guidelines, we will be having an online meeting.

In May of 2008, the US House of Representatives announced July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
The goals were to improve access to mental health treatment and services and to enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.

As July is mental health month and especially with the current concerns about racial justice, we will be viewing videos from NAMI Strength over Silence docuseries from its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Journey and having a conversation about NAMI South Bay’s role to deliver help and hope to all who need it.

NAMI National CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., stated:

“As the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, it is our responsibility to serve all. While as an organization we are still early in our intentional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion journey and have much to do, we have renewed our commitment to our values. We continue to strive to deliver help and hope to all who need it. NAMI stands in solidarity with everyone impacted across the country. You are not alone.”

If interested in participating, please contact Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com to receive information on the link and password for the online meeting.

Urgent State Action Needed to Preserve Safety Net Services

Urgent Call to Action – A request for action has been made to all counties to reach out to your State Representatives and Governor Newsom’s Administration ASAP to highlight the need to preserve California’s safety net by stabilizing County Realignment funding. This is the critical time to contact your legislator to affect state budget decisions with key votes occurring.

Counties provide critical human services, public health, behavioral health, and public safety programs on behalf of the state. The revenues to deliver these services through 1991 and 2011 Realignment are projected to decline by $3.3 billion combined in 2019-20 and 2020-21. An economic decline this rapid and severe was never anticipated. State funding is needed to avoid extreme cuts to programs that serve vulnerable populations at the time they are needed the most
There can be no economic recovery without a strong safety net.

Contact your State Legislators

Write, call and email your representatives in the California Senate and Assembly, as well as Governor Newsom, urging that funding be provided to preserve the safety net programs that counties administer in partnership with the state. Counties are on the front lines of the COVID-19 public health and emergency response, and also facing an increased demand for safety net services at the same time the revenues available for those services are sharply declining. Reserves are being depleted to protect our residents, but budget decisions must be made now and will impact the very services most in need.

For More Information on this issue please see a letter from a coalition of mental health and substance abuse organizations in the state.

Online Support

An online Support Group will continue at 6 PM on Monday, June 15. The number of participants will be limited to 15 following best practices for online meetings. If you wish to participate please send email to Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com.

There will be another online support Group at 5:30 PM, Wednesday, June 24 with Rebekah Martinek. Please email her at rebekahmartinek@gmail.com if you wish to participate. Participation will be limited.

March Meeting Cancelled

We hope you are safe and well. As a precautionary measure the March 16 meeting has been cancelled following the practice of social distancing in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have many members in the at -risk health and/or age groups with a high probability percent serious issues associated with COVID-19. Accordingly, we will reschedule rhe presentation by Naomi Sultan from Mental Health Advocacy Services about SSI, SSDI and Fair Housing.

The support groups scheduled at 6 p.m. Monday before the monthly meeting at the First Lutheran Church are also cancelled.

Thank you for your support and your understanding. We believe that the collective effort of all of us this month to  curtail the spread of this novel coronavirus is in the best interest of all, including our members. Additional resources are available if necessary. Please contact us with any questions. This national effort is a positive step to secure the health of those we love.