Come join us for the annual celebration of May as Mental Health Month and take the opportunity to unite with others in showing why we care!
We will also have the chance to meet the new Walk Manager, hear about the exciting plans for this year’s walk and a special inspirational musical performance by Ramon Cabiling.
Both the Family Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members and Connections Support Group for persons with a mental illness will start at 5:30 PM and end at 6:30 PM.
WeRise is an immersive cultural event featuring powerful art, live performances and bold conversations to help us explore mental wellbeing and a wide range of related social issues. This ten-day engagement will offer a museum-quality gallery plus a full program of special events, music, art activities, workshops and screenings.
WeRise is free and open to the public each evening and weekends. Weekday mornings are reserved for school field trips to provide students with unique opportunities to engage with special guests and event educators who will help students explore the experience with age-appropriate curriculum.
WeRise is sponsored by the LA County Department of Mental Health with support from the Mental Health Services Act through funding dedicated to prevention and early intervention. Learn more about our campaign at http://www.WhyWeRise.LA.
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.
Hannah Liddell, Supervising Attorney with the Office of Payee Review and Beneficiary Assistance (OPRBA), will be presenting a Introduction to OPRBA and a Representative Payee Basics Training.
Representative Payees are for Social Security Disability Insurance(SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits of another person. Many NAMI family members are the payees for their loved one, or organizations, such as board and cares serve as payees.
This presentation will review the role of the Office of Payee Review and Beneficiary Assistance under Disability Rights of California and review the requirements and responsibilities of payees. It will include what may be included in a review and assessment of payees and best practices. If you are now a representative payee, considering being a payee or just want to know more about it this presentation will be very helpful in ensuring you understand the role of the payee and the person receiving the benefits understanding their rights.
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.