September Meeting–Making Meaning of Loss

NAMI South Bay Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
7:30 PM
Monday, September 19, 2022

Making Meaning of Loss — Stories from Lived Experience

As part of Suicide Prevention Month, at our NAMI South Bay September meeting we will be viewing a webinar with Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI National Medical Director, as part of the Suicide Prevention series.

Dr. Duckworth will be talking with four individuals who shared their stories of surviving suicide loss in the Chapter: Making Meaning of Loss by Suicide from the upcoming book, You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health.

At our zoom meeting we will be discussing the presentation and the efforts in the South Bay to be part of the effort to prevent suicides.

The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.

August Meeting – Special Needs Trusts

Monday, August 15, 2022
7:30 p.m.
Virtual

Monday evening, Karen Holt, Esq., will present on Special Needs Trust. A “special needs trust,” also know in some jurisdictions as a “supplemental 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 assistance.

Ms. Holt will review the needs and issues regarding special needs trust, government benefits and requirements. Because of the restrictions on how much income and what support can be provided to persons with a mental illness disability, the use and structure of a special needs trust is very important. The special needs trust can be an extremely valuable tool for family members to consider in supporting their loved ones.

The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.

July Meeting — Proxy Parent Foundation

“Who Will Care When I’m Not There?”

Proxy Parent Foundation aims to answer this question
for the parents and loved ones of persons with disabilities.

            • Monday, July 18, 2022
            • 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
            • Location Virtual

In this presentation, Proxy Parent Foundation discusses its services, special needs trusts, and the importance of planning for the care of your loved one. Bruce Levitt is currently the Managing Director of Proxy Parent Foundation and before that was its Director of Social Services. Proxy Parent Foundation was founded several years ago by NAMI families to address the issue of how to care for a loved one when you are no longer able or have passed away. Bruce Levitt will share information about its business model, how it works, and what services are provided. This presentation is part of our series on how to provide financial and services support.

The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.

June Meeting — Community-Based Case Management 

NAMI South Bay Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Life Adjustment Team Presentation
7:30 PM — Monday, June 20, 2022

Presenters:

Ms. Coulam, MA, LMFT, joined the Life Adjustment Team in 2007 as a Clinical Case Manager. As the Clinical Director, she is responsible for supervising all clinical case managers and the clients they oversee, providing direct clinical services and developing relationships with other clinicians and families.

Mr. Carlson, MA, LMFT, has been with the Life Adjustment Team since August 2014 and started as a Clinical Case Manager in the community-based program, and then in 2018 became the Clinical Director of LAT’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

At our June meeting, Ms. Coulam and Mr. Carlson from the Life Adjustment Team will discuss how Community-Based Case Management helps individuals with mental illness thrive independently in the community. They will also discuss the different levels of treatment in mental health and where Community-Based Case Management and Intensive Outpatient  (IOP) fit into those levels. Their stated mission is provide intensive outpatient psychiatric rehabilitation using a community outreach model that brings supportive, evidence-based treatment practices to clients at home and in the community. The Life Adjustment Team understands that families find the mental-health system difficult to navigate when first starting out–it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what level of care you need, who to call, who does what, what places do what–the Life Adjustment Team works to help navigate the system. Ms. Coulam and Mr. Carlson will also give a brief overview of our mental-health-based IOP program.


The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.

April Meeting: Navigating the Department of Mental Health System

NAMI South Bay Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
7:30 PM
Monday, April 18, 2022
Presenter: Jennifer Nguyen, PsyD, LMFT, MA

Dr. Jennifer Nguyen, will be speaking about Navigating the Department of Mental Health System. Dr. Nguyen is the adult navigator for Service Area 8 of the Los Angeles County which includes the South Bay. She will provide information on the navigator system in the Department of Mental Health, how to navigate, and how to learn about resources available.

Navigators seek to engage with people and families to identify resources, including support and services tailored to the particular cultural, ethnic, age and gender identity of those persons seeking help. Dr. Nguyen will address information about other age groups such as elderly adults, transitional-age youth, and children. We will also learn how families and persons with a mental illness can work with the system and become advocates for themselves and for loved ones.

The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.

March Meeting – NAMI Greater Los Angeles County

7:30 PM, Monday, March 21, 2022
Presenter: Traute Winters
Executive Director
NAMi Greater Los Angeles County

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Los Angeles County (NAMI GLAC) has officially formed a merger between six chapters in Los Angeles County, and is part of a greater effort to promote advocacy and grants to implement free mental health programs in the county. The organization, now known as NAMI Greater Los Angeles County (NAMI GLAC), will include six chapters and represent approximately 70 percent of the county, including the San Fernando Valley, Glendale, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay, Pomona Valley, and Long Beach areas.

NAMI South Bay will continue to operate very similarly to its current operations but will have the benefit of more effective advocacy and economies of scale.

“By unifying the affiliated chapters under one umbrella, we can ensure that our service areas are receiving the support they need, and focus our attention on building and strengthening our programs in the county,” recently stated by Traute Winters, Executive Director of NAMI Greater Los Angeles County. Ms. Winters was appointed Executive Director last summer and was previously a regional director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Los Angeles area. Please come to the meeting and welcome Ms. Winters and have a discussion about reasons for the merger and plans for the future.

The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.

February Meeting – Peer Resources Center and Peer Work Readiness

7:30 PM, Monday, February 28, 2022
Presenter: Lori Kerr, OWDS, GCDF
Peer Resource Center – Mental Health Advocate

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has established Peer Resource Centers with a variety of services and resources available for persons with a mental illness. The first Peer Resource Center was co-located with the Department of Mental Health headquarters; now some centers are being established in service areas. At the Peer Resource Centers there are support groups and resource information. One of the current groups addresses preparation for work by persons with a mental illness. Lori Kerr will provide information about the Peer Resource Centers and the work readiness groups.

Lori Kerr’s passion is to teach individuals to transition “job ready” from Social Service to Business Service by providing career pathways, guidance, and training to learn or improve upon basic job seeking skills, to understand employer expectations, and to learn life skills needed to move toward self-sufficiency. She has over 20 years’ experience in Career and Workforce Development with Regional Centers, Dept. of Rehabilitation and Social security Administration assisting individuals with disabilities and multiple barriers in returning to the workforce. Please come hear Ms. Kerr share information about Peer Resource Centers and the Work Readiness Support groups for persons with a mental illness.

The meeting will be virtual. Please contact Nami South Bay President, Paul Stansbury (pstans5@aol.com) for remote access information.