2013 Annual Conference Report

From legislators to filmmakers, legal experts to psychiatrists, to consumers and family members, the nearly 500 attendees at this year’s NAMI California conference came away inspired and re-charged. The conference was opened by California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, a long-time advocate for mental health. He was presented with NAMI California’s Legislator of the Year award.

Stephanie Welch and Ann Collentine

Other speakers included:

Dr. William Beardslee
Dr. Daniel Amen
Carol Kivler
Chief Kenton Rainey
Ann Collentine
Stephanie Welch
Keris Jän Myrick

Workshops covered significant, diverse topics including consumer empowerment, MHSA PEI projects, suicide prevention, reducing disparities in the strategic plan, NAMI’s policy agenda, community policing, mental health courts, and preventive interventions.

Chief Kenton W. Rainey, S.F.B.A.R.T. and NAMI CA board member.

NAMI California also presented a showing of the film, Of Two Minds.

Conference Workshops at Your Fingertips. PowerPoint presentations from workshops at the 2013 NAMI CA Conference are online for viewing and downloading at NAMI California. Click here to view them.

Miss the Conference? Or want to Experience it Again? CDs, DVDs, and MP3 files from the conference are now available. They’re long-term resources for you, your loved ones, your affiliates, and for your service agencies. Click here to view and order.


Next Year’s NAMI California Annual Conference will be:

  • August 1
  • August 2

In Newport Beach at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa.

Mental Health Services Act Audit Report

The California State Auditor released the Mental Health Services Act Audit Report. At the following links you will find an Executive Summary as well as a full copy of the findings, and an Audit Advisory.

NAMI California praises the thorough review of the programs. It has reviewed the findings internally and states that it agrees with the importance of evaluation in determining program outcomes. NAMI California believes in the use of measurement and evaluation to ensure fidelity with the intention of the original Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

NAMI California has advocated for years for strengthening state oversight of county MHSA programs. This report affirms its efforts. NAMI California also supports its recommendations for the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (OAC), the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Mental Health Planning Council as well as the four counties it reviewed (Sacramento, Santa Clara, Los Angeles and San Bernardino). It hopes those counties who were not the subject of review will use the recommendations and findings to ensure their programs are serving the members of their county appropriately and encourages counties to use their families, those with lived experience and other stakeholders to inform their process to safeguard taxpayer resources.

Next week, NAMI California will release its annual list of all California County MHSA funded programs. Programs ranging from Prevention and Early intervention to Full Service Partnership. This can be a useful tool in determining which programs your county funds utilizing MHSA monies. While also, giving the opportunity to create open dialogue about the resources in your area.