NAMI South Bay Meeting–Monday, October 17, 2016

Please join NAMI South Bay for its October monthly meeting with the Caring and Sharing Support Group beginning at 6 p.m., and the Speaker Meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson Street in Torrance. The speaker for this meeting will be Ruth Hollman the Executive Director of SHARE, a leading advocate for housing for persons with a mental illness and other programs.

Since 1993, SHARE! the Self-Help And Recovery Exchange has served people though self-help support groups and communities that provide recovery and social support. SHARE!’s programs-include collaborative housing, self-help centers in Culver City and Downtown, the Recovery Retreat and Volunteer-to-Job internships designed to support self-sufficiency through social support and community integration. This innovative approach was honored with the Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission Outstanding Program Award in 2013.

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General Meeting Monday November 16 — 4th District Mental Health Policies

Mr. Richard Espinosa, the Health Deputy for Supervisor Don Knabe of the County of Los Angeles Fourth District, will speak at the 7:30 p.m. General Meeting of NAMI South Bay. Mr. Espinosa reviews policy recommendations and serves as the 4th District’s liaison on health related matters regarding Los Angeles County. He will provide a review of the state of mental health issues and he will hear from the NAMI South Bay members of our concerns regarding mental health. This meeting is a great opportunity to become educated and to advocate on mental health issues.

Mr. Espinosa joined Supervisor Knabe’s staff after spending 17 years with the County Department of Health Services in a number of administrative capacities. He is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of Southern California’s School of Public Administration. He is also the founder and one-time chairman of an interdepartmental task force responsible for creating the County’s Office of Small Business. On October 14, 1998 he was the recipient of the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Award.

First Lutheran ChurchThe general meeting will be preceded by the 6 p.m. Caring and Sharing Support Group–a support group for family members to discuss anything pertaining to the care, management or treatment of their loved ones, as well as the family members’ and caretakers’ own well being.

The Caring and Sharing Support Group and the Speaker Meeting will both be held in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.

Parking is available in the parking lot off of Carson Street and on Carson Street and Flower Avenue.

General Meeting October 19 — Coordination, Emergency Outreach, and Mental Evaluation Teams

LAC_DMH_Antelope_Valley_MHC_1786130Our next regular General Meeting will be Monday, October 19, 2015, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church in Torrance. NAMI South Bay will have a panel of three guests for Monday evening’s meeting: Pam Pasillas of the Emergency Outreach Bureau (EOB) of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), Sergeant Carol Wilk of the Torrance Mental Evaluation Team (Torrance MET), and a member of the Gardena/Hawthorne Mental Evaluation Team (GH-MET).

The panel will discuss the field-based mental health services teams combining police and mental health professionals in our area. Important information will be presented about what these teams do and how to work with them.

First Lutheran ChurchThe general meeting will be preceded by the Caring and Sharing Support Group, a support group for family members to discuss anything pertaining to the care, management or treatment of their loved ones, as well as the family members’ and caretakers’ own well being.

Parking is available in the parking lot off of Carson Street and on Carson Street and Flower Avenue.

September Meeting – Monday Evening with Del Amo Hospital CEO

We are pleased to announce that Steven Oppenheimer the new Chief Executive Officer for Del Amo Hospital will be our guest presenter at our speaker meeting starting at 7:30 PM in Faith Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance. It will be an opportunity to hear about the programs at Del Amo Hospital and begin a dialogue with the hospital and a collaborative effort to improve mental health services in the South Bay.

“I have many passions in life. Being a global adventurer is a joy in my personal life. In my professional life, I passionately advocate for change, reform, improvement, and optimization in the healthcare delivery arena. Regardless of the setting, it’s about discovering new things, taking on new challenges, and exploring innovative approaches and solutions.”

The Caring and Sharing Support Group will begin at 6 PM in a conference room in Faith Hall.

Meeting Tonight about Special Needs Trusts

Attorney Karen R. Holt will speak at our June 15, 2015, meeting about Special Needs Trust. Karen has spoken at our meetings in the past and her information has been very valuable to our members. If you don’t already have one, it will be your chance to learn about special needs trusts. If you have one established for your loved one, it will be your opportunity to gain current information and updates about special needs trusts. Information is very critical to avoiding loss of government benefits. You won’t want to miss this informative presentation at 7:30 PM at the First Lutheran Church.

In addition to Special Needs Planning, Karen’s practice includes Comprehensive Estate Plans, Business Formation, Real-Estate Transactions, Trust Administration and Probate. Special Needs Planning, in particular, involves advice and documents for complicated issues such as how to leave inheritance or gifts to a loved one who suffers from a disability or advanced age and whom may need long-term care.  Proper planning provides the necessary protection to insure the best financial and medical benefits available while enhancing quality of life for those family members who may not be able to plan for themselves and need our help the most.

The meeting will be preceded by Caring and Sharing Group Support at 6 p.m. in the Fireside Chat Room. The Speaker Meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. First Lutheran Church is at 2900 Carson Street, in Torrance, California.

Annual Pasta Dinner

nickola_che - DPCPlease join us for the Annual Pasta Dinner to connect with your fellow NAMI members, hear updates on latest mental health issues, ask questions about whatever you would like, provide input on what you would like to see NAMI South Bay do, see some inspirational videos, learn about the annual NAMI Walk, and have the opportunity to spend more time with other family members and persons with a mental illness.

A donation of $5 is requested.

6:30 PM Monday, May 18
Fellowship Hall, First Lutheran Church
2900 Carson St., Torrance, CA
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There will be the Caring and Sharing Support Group
at 5:30 PM in the Fireside Room.

General Meeting: April 20, 2015

downloadCheryl Tchir and Danielle Anderson will be presenting on the Mindfulness at the 7:30 PM Speaker Meeting. They will be speaking on how it can help  lessen the stresses of living with mental illness in the family and the benefits they have received in their own lives. They will review what mindfulness is and will guide us in a few simple exercises.

Mindfulness has been practiced for over two thousand years and has become increasingly used in working with persons with a a mental illness and persons dealing with the stresses of caregiving. This presentation will provide you with information on a very valuable tool in dealing with the challenges of mental illness.

The Caring and Sharing support group for family members will start at 6 PM in the Fireside Room and the Speaker Meeting will follow at 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall at the First Lutheran Church 2900 Carson in Torrance.

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