NAMIWalks Los Angeles County 2014 will be held on Saturday, October 11 at Grand Park. Pedestrian entrances are located at 200 N. Grand Av and 201 N. Hill St.
The 5K Walk route begins at 10 AM after a Pre-Walk Program at 9:15 AM. Those who wish to walk a shorter distance can turn back when they wish, or walk the perimeter of beautiful Grand Park itself. Walkers will enjoy the fantastic urban art and architecture of downtown Los Angeles and end back at beautiful Grand Park with music and activities such as a best designed NAMIWalks t-shirt contest, best-dressed NAMI dog, face painting, hula hoops and bubbles for the children, raffle prizes, and more!
Join thousands of Angelinos in the county’s largest event to support mental health and fight the stigma people affected by mental illness and their families face every day. Proceeds fund NAMI’s no cost support and education programs for families and individuals living with mental illness.
Sponsor NAMIWalks LAC 2014! Mental health is a vital part of overall health. You can show your company’s leadership role in the fight for better mental health awareness and care by becoming a NAMIWalks LAC sponsor. Join leading organizations by being part of our effort to address the mental health crisis in Los Angeles County and beyond.
NAMIWalks LAC is a unique opportunity to reach a vast community of Angelinos impacted by mental health conditions. People of all ages, races, and backgrounds come together each year in a powerful and inspiring demonstration of compassionate action. As a sponsor of NAMIWalks LAC, your company will benefit from a high level of acknowledgment, receiving media impressions and exposure to a diverse audience of participants.
As previously reported, Los Angeles County leaders voted in July to fully implement Laura’s Law (AB 1421), a state statute that gives counties the option to pursue court-ordered outpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness. Los Angeles County launched a small outpatient treatment program soon after Laura’s Law took effect in 2003, but that program was purely voluntary. Now, the supervisors voted 4 to 0, with Don Knabe absent, to expand the existing outpatient treatment program from 20 to 300 slots and create a team that will reach out to potential patients and manage the court filing process when necessary.
Once implemented, which will take place over the foreseeable weeks, Laura’s Law will:
Permit people who are severely disabled by mental illness–and currently caught in a revolving door of homelessness, incarceration, and hospitalization–to receive timely, continuous, and supervised treatment in the community.
Safeguard the public and the person, by allowing families and mental health professionals to petition for “assisted outpatient treatment” for individuals incapacitated by mental illness before they become a danger to themselves or others.
Protect the rights of the individual by requiring court approval of the petition to provide “assisted outpatient treatment” to assure that it is applied only to those who are so severely disabled by mental illness that they are unable to stay in treatment without help and supervision.
Authorize “assisted outpatient treatment” orders lasting up to 180 days and, when appropriate, the renewal of them.
Provide those under orders with intensive, supervised mental health treatment in the community until they are capable of maintaining their own psychiatric care and recovery
Reduce county expenditures on law enforcement interaction, judicial, jail, and crisis services.
There have been positive results in a growing number of counties in California. If you are concerned or interested in how Laura’s Law will actually function, you can see a Functional Outline of the law by CLICKING HERE.