September Meeting – Ask the Doctor – Mental Health Services in Los Angeles County

Monday, September 20, 2021
Online Monthly Meeting
7:30 p.m.

Please join us on September 20 for an “Ask the Doctor” presentation. Dr. Todd Zorick will discuss Los Angeles County mental health services available to treat mental illness. Dr. Zorick will also give an overview of categories and criteria for the different types of mental illness via DSM, along with a brief discussion of medications used for each category, how they overlap, and how they differ. In addition, Dr. Zorick will discuss some of the current problems facing L.A. County with respect to providing access to mental health care for its residents, and will raise some innovative ideas about how to improve things going forward.

Dr. Zorick received his medical degree from the U.C. San Diego School of Medicine. He practices at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. He is also an Investigator with the Lundquist Institute which conducts biomedical research.

This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. To attend, see our Monthly email Newsletter for login information or contact Paul Stansbury for information and access.

The October 18 Meeting will be Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Dr. Dorit Saberi, Ph.D.

The November 15 Meeting will be “Ask the Doctor-Older Adults and Mental Illness” with Dr. Wong, M.D., Del Amo Hospital


Curso Gratis!!


Fecha: (11 Semanas) JUEVES, 26 de Agusto al 11 de noviembre 2021 Hora: 6:30pm al 9:00pm Locacion es: ZOOM/VIRTUAL/Telefono

Este es un programa para la familia que le ayudará a romper con la desesperación y el aislamiento, a través de comprender y recibir apoyo para personas que tienen un miembro de familia que sufre de:

Depresión Severa
Trastorno Bipolar (También conocido como Depresión Mániaca)
Trastorno Esquizo-Afectivo
Ansiedad y Pánico
Trastorno Obsesivo y Compulsivo
Diagnóstico Doble (Abuso de sustancias y enfermedad mental)

Esta serie de 11 clases, la cual se lleva a cabo una vez por semana, está diseñada para ayudar a los miembros de familia a educar, comprender y apoyar a nuestros seres queridos, mientras logran mantener un ambiente de salud personal y de bienestar en el hogar.

El programa de educación de Familia a Familia es gratis! Pero es necesario registrarse lo antes posible. Favor de comunicarse con Ricardo y Modesta Pulido a los teléfonos: 310.245-9820 o 310.567.0748. cell email:

De Familia-a-Familia es un programa que ayuda a transformar a la familia desde la desesperación y el aislamiento (ofreciendo esperanza y apoyo) hasta llegar a superar las enfermedades del cerebro.

Mindfulness Meditation Course

An 8-week class on mindfulness meditation on Thursday evenings in September and October.

Mindfulness meditation may bring you greater tranquility, insight into habit patterns, a more graceful acceptance of life’s difficulties, ways to honor all your emotions, and a fuller awareness of life’s preciousness, to name just a few possibilities.

This course is appropriate for beginners, those who have meditated occasionally, or for those who have an ongoing practice. It will be held via zoom on consecutive Thursday evenings, from 7-9, beginning September 2 and going through October 28. (No class on October 7). In keeping with NAMI’s policy of offering educational programs free of charge, this will be free, although this is not a NAMI course. The only cost will be to purchase the book, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, by Sharon Salzberg. It’s considered a classic introduction to meditation. You can get it at any bookstore or on Amazon for $9.73

About the facilitator, Cheryl Tchir

I began meditating about 20 years ago to relieve the stresses of teaching full-time and caring for my husband who had bipolar illness plus physical and mental disabilities from a bout with encephalitis. I have found it to be a deeply helpful and enriching practice. I also have taught several Family to Family classes, which I believe are essential for anyone who wants to better help and understand their loved one who has a mental illness. I see mindfulness meditation as an extension of that learning, helping with your own self-care, which too often gets squeezed out. Taking good care of yourself is another important way to help your loved one; the benefits spill over. Last year I was accepted into a Training Program with Insight LA to prepare me to facilitate basic classes in mindfulness meditation. I completed it in May.

To register, email Cheryl at, with Mindfulness Meditation in the subject line. Include your name and phone number. I would like to communicate with each participant before the class begins to learn more about your background and what you hope to gain from the class.

Attendance will be limited. So, if you are interested, please act now.

August 2021 Monthly Meeting

Mental Health Evaluation Teams (MET)

Monday, August 16, 2021 7:30 PM (virtual)

Presenter: Sgt. Charles Duncan,
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department
Community Partnerships Bureau

Please join us on August 16 for a special presentation by Sgt. Duncan on Mental Health Evaluation Teams. A MET team is a combination of a law enforcement officer and a mental health professional.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department call their teams MET. Similar teams with other law enforcement departments and units use other names, such as the MEUs and SMART teams for LAPD. The South Bay has a variety of cities and areas with MET-type teams served by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement departments.

Sgt. Duncan has had a long and extensive experience with the MET teams in the Community Partnership Bureau of the Sheriff’s Department and in a variety of other roles including crisis negotiation teams, community outreach, schools, training bureau, community policing and others. Sgt. Duncan will provide information about the role and practices of MET teams, some of the challenges and some new developments in responding to a mental health crisis. Come and learn how you can work with MET teams in your area.

Contact Paul Stansbury at for attendance information.

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.

June 2021 Monthly Meeting

NAMI South Bay Monthly Meeting (Virtual)
Monday, June 21, 2021 7:30 PM
Presenter: Cheryl Tchir

Mindfulness and Meditation: How it has helped me and might help you

“For years I’ve wanted to share the basics of mindful meditation with NAMI friends because it has helped me so much in dealing with my husband’s bipolar illness and death and, since then, with the ongoing stresses and strains of life. Last year I took a 10-month training program to become a facilitator for teaching basic mindful meditation and now feel ready to share what I’ve learned with others. Join me on June 21 to learn what this practice is and is not as well as some of the most valuable benefits I’ve received. Finally I will lead you through a short meditation.”

Meeting ID: 857 6873 4971
Passcode: 53792
Email to request link.


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.