In This Issue: Quicklinks
NAMI is the nation's most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in the NAMI mission have produced profound changes. NAMI has been the driving force behind a national investment in lifesaving research, parity for mental health care, and increased housing, treatments and services that are available to those in need when they need them the most.
NAMI was founded on the Eastern US in 1979 by parents of adult children living with schizophrenia...meanwhile in San Mateo County, CA in 1977 parents of adult children living with schizophrenia had joined forces to share their frustrations with the mental health care system. Together they helped create NAMI - our nation's largest grassroots non-profit (comprised primarily of volunteers.)
NAMI El Dorado County is proud to be 100% volunteer.
This is an interesting historical video on the founding of one of the original NAMI affiliates. Note that NAMI El Dorado County celebrated our 20th year of volunteerism in 2016.
NAMI El Dorado County provides 3 Warm-lines:
Non-judgemental support to members of the community that need education, support or advocacy by volunteer NAMI El Dorado County leaders who share their time and passion for helping others.
WS: NAMI El Dorado County
Warm-line: (530) 306-7710
SLT: NAMI El Dorado County
Spanish Warm-line in SLT: 775-407-0306.
Heartfelt Gratitude for Community Support
Thank You Community Leaders
for supporting our volunteerism and innovative idea to develop NAMI Peer Empowerment in SLT. We appreciate your broad community support!
El Dorado Community Foundation
for funding our kiosks on the Western Slope!
Thank you to
Law Enforcement in El Dorado County
for your on-going commitment to our loved ones - using de-escalation techniques and partnering with mental health agencies in promoting awareness and improved services/supports.
Thank you to Kindle Craig,
in South Lake Tahoe for this amazing video contrasting the beauty of South Lake Tahoe with the reality of our community's challenges with mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness. Awesome 2 minute video!
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NAMI Family Support Group Meetings
- 3 in El Dorado County:
These are designed for family members and/or caregivers/friends supporting a loved one living with a mental health condition. The group provides a safe supportive environment where family members and caregivers can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through group wisdom. These groups provide empathetic support for those dealing with crisis and the emotional overload that is so much a part of having someone you love living with a mental illness. You can come, share or just listen, get useful practical information or a hug from others who understand. This group is for families and friend's of those living with a mental health condition. No cost to attend.
South Lake Tahoe: NAMI Family Support Group: meets the second Tuesday monthly from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: South Lake Tahoe Library located at 1000 Rufus Allen Road
Group co-facilitators: Alan and Jeanne (650)-740-5776 - f2fNAMI@gmail.com
Remaining 2017 dates: 09-May, 13-Jun, 11-Jul, 15-Aug, 12-Sep, 10-Oct, 14-Nov, 12-Dec
Western Slope: NAMI Family Support group: meets the first Tuesday monthly at 7:00 p.m.
Location: is The County Governmment Center, 330 Fair Lane, Conference room C, Placerville
Group facilitator: Jan Melnicoe
Remaining 2017 dates: 02-May, 06-Jun, Holiday,No group, 01-Aug, 05-Sep, 03-Oct, 07-Nov, 05-Dec
El Dorado Hills: NAMI Family Support Group
Location: EDH Raleys Event Center, 3935 Park Dr., El Dorado Hills from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Remaining 2017 dates: 15-May, 19-Jun, 17-Jul, 21-Aug, 18-Sep, 16-Oct, 20-Nov, 18-Dec
Group co-Facilitators: Jannell Clanton (530) 333-5803 firstname.lastname@example.org and Lauraleen Patterson (916) 955-1666 email@example.com
|NAMI Walks Northern CA
Join us 6-May-2017 at William Lands Park!
Join as a "virtual" walker or come show your support in-person. Raise awareness, enjoy the farmer's market, inspirational stories, awesome vendors and free give-aways.
3 team captains from NAMI El Dorado County
Psychosis Toolkit - Available Now!
How to transform emerging psychosis
In the course of our work at NAMI, we see all too much heartbreak when people with emerging psychosis don't get the services they need. It doesn't have to be this way.
Congress now requires states to set aside 10% of their block grant for the proven array of First Episode Psychosis (FEP) services. But mere allocation of federal dollars won't fulfill the vision in which EVERY young person in need can get these life changing services.
We must all advocate effectively for high quality FEP service delivery.
Teachers/Coaches/Counselors/Mental-health-advocates/Parents/Caregivers -- we must all learn what a "quality" FEP program looks like. In South Lake Tahoe it is important to know where to obtain high quality services and supports.
FEP (First Episode Psychosis) is the wave of the future, changing the course of young lives.
New First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Tip sheets:
For families: Encouraging People to Seek Help for Early Psychosis
Local resources for First Episode Programs include UC Davis Medical Center EDAPT Clinic in Sacramento. Click here
for information on eligibility, referrals, and assessment information.
El Dorado County Mental Health also has a limited First Episode Psychosis program funded by a grant and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (not just Medi-Cal individuals) running on both slopes.
TAX DEDUCTABLE DONATIONS:
If you are one of the over 500 people who called, attended, or participated in a NAMI El Dorado County program this year, you are familiar with with how much it helps to know you are not alone. Please consider providing a tax-deductable donation to help us continue this important work in our community.
Your Donations Are Needed and Greatly Appreciated!
Every dollar donated goes
directly to our education, support, and advocacy efforts.
We are 100% voluntary non-profit
and are comprised of individuals and families with lived experience - working hard every day to crush stigma and improve services and supports in El Dorado County.
Your donations; volunteer time, items, or money are appreciated and used in our community to benefit and improve the lives of families and individuals living with mental illness.
Let us know if you would like to make a special donation
"in memory of" or
"in honor of" someone special or
"in support of our volunteerism in the community".
Please add a note to your check (or email F2FNAMI@gmail.com after using PayPal) NAMI El Dorado County covers the Western Slope and South Lake Tahoe - we are one affiliate.
Donations by check:
Please make checks payable to:
"NAMI El Dorado County",
PO Box 393,
El Dorado, CA 95623
Stigma-Free Toolkit - Available Now!
Is your non-profit or place of employment "Stigma-Free?"
Attention NON-PROFITS and FOR-PROFIT-BUSINESSES:
Mental health conditions can have a huge impact on companies, from decreased productivity to lowered morale. Companies that join with NAMI in being stigma-free can begin to reverse this.
A Stigmafree Company is one that makes stigmafree culture a priority and shows that it values employees' overall health, including emotional well-being and physical health. Being stigmafree creates the foundation for a culture of openness, acceptance, understanding and compassion.
Take the pledge; sign-up and get the free toolkit.
Membership in NAMI has benefits!
Don't miss out on the excellent publications, NAMI Advocate Magazine (3 times per year) and the Voice newsletter, as well as online access to informative and thoughtful articles and blogs. You will also have the option to receive advocacy alerts where you can advocate with your legislature with a single click.
Memberships can be made or renewed online:
NAMI El Dorado County Western Slope and South Lake Tahoe
when you apply for membership.)
Or, by mail to
NAMI El Dorado County, P.O. Box 393, El Dorado, CA 95623.
A full membership is $35.00/year or discounted $3/year "Open Door"
NOTE: If you live in bordering Nevada addresses such as Zephyr Cove or Stateline, NV or any areas outside of El Dorado County including any other states with loved ones or caregivers and you wish to join this affiliate - we welcome you to join our affiliate.
Unfortunately the NAMI on-line system is not set-up to easily process a NV or out-of-"CA"state address (so please mail in your membership request and we will manually process those that live in zip codes outside of El Dorado County.)
New Membership Structure Coming 1-July 2017:
Household Membership $60 (new); Regular Membership $40; Open Door Membership $5
NOTE: The "open door rate" is currently $3.00/year and is now available on-line
Interested in Volunteering?
Use your personal passion to give back.
We are looking for individuals with an interest and skills in teaching, fundraising, organizational management, grant search and writing, and support group facilitation.
and helping others is not only a gift but an opportunity for
growth and, let's face it, a chance to feel good.
Call Jan on the Western Slope at 530-306-7710
Call Jeanne in South Lake Tahoe at 650-740-5776.
NAMI El Dorado County
Board of Directors Meeting
First Tuesday every other month:
June 6; Aug 1; Oct 3; Dec 5, 2017.
County Government Center, Conf. Rm. C.
This meeting is open to the public.
In Need of a Crisis Line?
If you or your child needs information, resources or someone to talk to during difficult times, make a call or send a text to:
Language Matters: Tips from Dr. Amador
Do NOT Say:
- My loved one refuses to acknowledge he's mentally ill
- Denies he's mentally ill
- Won't admit
- Doesn't admit....
- Refuses to admit...(this is the worst offender)
This all reflects our loved ones have a choice that they are ill. We would never say "our loved ones won't admit they are hallucinating."
- My loved one cannot comprehend he is mentally ill
- Is unaware he is mentally ill
- Unable to see or understand he's ...
- Has anosognosia for his mental illness (which is an actual symptom in the DSM V)
Tips from Dr. Xavier Amador in his 10th anniversary edition book and his recent recorded webinar.
You can find unlimited access to the recorded webinar available at
Once you register the replay becomes available. The sound quality is poor but worth replaying.
NAMI Walks Northern California: 6-May-2017 Join Us!
Multiple local counties including El Dorado County and surrounding communities to raise awareness and empower one another.
If you have recently, or in the past, taken one of our classes, please let others in the community know how valuable the experience was. Your recommendations help to get the word out. Too often we hear, "I wish I had known about this class years ago!".
NAMI Basics - for caregivers/parents of children with behavioral challenges and/or a diagnosed mental health and/or substance use issue.
NAMI Family-to-Family - for caregivers/parents of teens and adults of any age living with mental health and/or substance use issues.
is on the coveted list of SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) Evidence-based recovery models. Visit SAMSHA.gov to learn more about SAMSHA. The classes are posted at NAMI.org and in this monthly newsletter when they are scheduled.
We are happy to take your name and contact information if you wish to reserve space.
"I learned more in NAMI Family-to-Family than in the past 20 years working as a nurse across a variety of hospitals."
Anonymous graduate of NAMI F2F
"You tossed our family a life-rope and we held on. Our loved one is now doing well. This course saved our family and our marriage."
Anonymous graduate F2F
"I wish we knew about this course years ago...we cannot help but wonder how much better our loved one would be doing had we been introduced to NAMI sooner."
Anonymous graduate NAMI F2F
Over 350,000 individuals have graduated NAMI Family-to-Family educational program (this is less than 1/10th of 1% of the the US population.)
Imagine how different the world would be if all of us were educated in mental health that emphasizes brain science?
NAMI Family-to-Family is on the coveted SAMHSA list of "evidence-based practices."
NAMI Educational programs in
South Lake Tahoe:
NAMI Family-to-Family education
in South Lake Tahoe:
16-Sep-2017 through 21-Oct-2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6 consecutive Saturdays
Nursing CU's available.
Call Jeanne at 650-740-5776 to register
coming in early Spring 2018 to South Lake Tahoe. Accepting "interested" sign-ups now.
Jeanne 650-740-5776 firstname.lastname@example.org
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy
(Free class in advocacy)
17-June-2017 in South Lake Tahoe
Learn to share your personal story in 2 min or less to move the hearts and minds of policy makers, insurance company's, county leaders, state leaders or other decision makers.
Registration: Call or text 650-740-5776 with your name and contact info.
NAMI El Dorado County classes on the Western Slope:
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Spring Class - This Class is closed and will complete June 6.
Call Jan at(530) 677-2676 to leave your name on the list for our next class.
NAMI Basics - This class is for families with children/adolescents with behavioral/mental health conditions. This 6 week class will provide resources and coping strategies for families. The class is closed.
If you are interested call Juline to have your name put on a wait list for the next class: 530 642-5659 email@example.com
All NAMI programs are provided to the community at
no cost to the participants and are offered once or twice a year. Please call to put your name and contact information on our list for future classes.
26-Apr-2017 Mental Health Commission Meeting:
By NAMI Leader in South Lake Tahoe:
El Dorado County H&HS provides awesome new report
to the MHC and public.
(then click on Behavioral Health Update.) The county welcomes feedback to continuously improve the report (notice all the new colorful graphs and the inclusion of names of agencies used for sub-contracted services & supports such as Board and Cares.
Notice the transparency...praise was provided along with collaborative suggestions such as but not limited to inclusion of why AOT candidates not accepted to-date.) Communication by the county to the public about the availability of AOT and FEP will be coming soon. Parents/caregivers can recommend their loved one be considered for these programs.
MHSA 3-year plan: Public Hearing 24-May-2017. The Mental Health Commission formed an ad hoc committee to provide early perspective. Key feedback included
1) the need to carefully
assess affordability long-term in light of a diminishing budget before approving programs and
2) Inclusion of a
description of how $ set-aside in a budgeted category of spend will help behavioral health...encouraging the county to include high level details (and justification) at minimum when planning/requesting $ to be spent. The county responded in full support of transparent inclusion and will provide the details.
3) Concern was expressed again about the
need for standards of excellence (structure) in light of the strategy to move to a peer-run model for wellness center support groups.
4) MHC would like to see the graphs and measures used by MHSA report align closer to H&HS measures as
currently the MHSA report measures do not reflect key behavioral health metrics.
AOT Program Update:
5 referrals with 0 accepted into the program. MHC requests seeing "why" people not being accepted. County indicates this is primarily because people are moving away. Suggestion made to add details to the monthly report to track the "why."
County expresses commitment to partner with PHF, CIT, ROC for purpose of making referrals -- what is missing is community referrals from family's/friends. A communication plan will be developed.
Candidates for this program must have been in an
in-patient psychiatric hospital stay at least twice in the past 36 months (PHF, West Hills, etc) or have stayed in a jail facility where they were treated by
a "Forensic" psychologist. Concern was expressed by the county that our jails may not have a "forensic" psychologists providing treatment.
It was suggested that the county look at best-in-class models by other county's to clarify the definition of how "forensic certification/skill" is determined.
Bottom line: our jails in EDC are sub-contracted to CFMG. The county needs to assess whether staying in our jails (which provide a psychologist only 4 hours per week in SLT for example) qualify as a "forensic expert." If not then this is a major gap for the AOT project which will need to be resolved.
Long-term care, board & care, IMD's and secure placement update.
Check out the transparent details in the newly formatted report made available by H&HS.
NOTE: EDC is seeing increases in services for
high-level acuity (hospitalizations, full-service-clients) of
the 18-24 year old population.
HHSA Service Integration update: Patricia Charles-Heathers reports that the integration of her departments
is on-track. They are in information gathering mode and looking at the various community assessments and keen to support the development of "Healthy Community" measures. NAMI El Dorado County is a key stakeholder.
NAMI El Dorado County outreach continues
NAMI El Dorado County continues to provide mental health education and awareness at various county and school health fairs, back-to-school events/classes, and at clubs and other organizations.
If your club, place of worship, or organization is interested in a 20, 60, or 120 minute mental health awareness overview please contact us.
West Slope: Jan 530-677-2676
South Lake Tahoe:
Spanish South-shore Tahoe Basin: Marisol
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Dear NAMI Family and Friends,
May is Mental Health Matters Month!
This month we will be focusing on
how Mental Health Matters! Our goal is to give you many ideas how you can educate, support and spread awareness about mental health. Like the heart the human brain is a vital organ whose illness can be successfully treated, and the good news, recovery is possible. Look for emails each Monday that will provide you with links and ideas about mental health and how to fight stigma.
A special thank you to Green Valley Community Church, Placerville, for hosting a Mental Health Awareness Weekend April 29 and 30 where p
eople were able to meet and visit with numerous providers, agencies, and groups that provide Mental Health related services to our county. A special thank you to the
Barton Foundation in South Lake Tahoe for hosting Ladies Day Out on April 29 where over 350 women of all ages enjoyed a morning of wellness, pampering, and fitness.
Look for our weekly email blasts during the month of May providing tips, links, and information about mental health and fighting stigma.
In cooperation with the El Dorado County Mental Health Commission, we will be hosting a breakfast for the Board Of Supervisors and presenting our CIT Officer of the Year Award on Tuesday, May 9th. There will also be a Mental Health Proclamation for May is Mental Health month by the BOS and the annual Mental Health Commission report to the BOS by the Chair, Jim Abram. This meeting is open to the public and you are welcome to join us in a public display of the importance of mental health services for our county. These items are scheduled for 10:00 am. A presentation for the CIT Award for the Placerville Police will be at a City Council meeting this month. Don't miss the 4th annual Community and Behavioral Health Forum in South Lake Tahoe (hosted by Barton) 9-May from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at South Tahoe High School:
Please join us and show your support for mental health! Mental Health Matters!
Thank you to NAMI CA for their generous grant to support our May is Mental Health Month activites! Together we do make a difference!
We at NAMI El Dorado County welcome your participation in this year's NAMIwalk. The walk is right around the corner on Saturday, May 6th. The day is fun, rewarding, and helps support our educational programs and support groups. Please join us! Information about the walk is in our sidebar. It's easy to form a team, join a team or support one of our walkers. If you can't be there in person, you can join as a "virtual" walker. A huge thank you to all who have signed up to walk or support our teams!
Go El Dorado County!
Hope and Healing Team 2016
NAMI El Dorado County
IN THE NEWS
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others to Stop Mental Health Stigma
Stop comparing yourself to others, because when you do, you are letting mental health stigma affect your self-esteem. The only person who it is fair to compare yourself to is you. Are you doing better today than you were yesterday? Have you improved in different ways from a year ago? Mental health stigma can make us compare ourselves to others who don't have a mental illness or peers who haven't been through the same things that we have
Keep a Journal to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
It is much healthier to keep a personal journal where a person with mental health issues can keep track of progress and not let mental health stigma ruin their self-esteem.
Write down each day your level of mood from one to 10 and have an honest talk with yourself in writing about where you are in your life. Journal writing can be an invaluable tool to go back to later. It will be something you can use to guide you towards further growth.
Comparing yourself to others will give you false information because no one can know what others are going through and the stigma that surrounds mental illness could make you feel such negative emotions as guilt, shame and fear about who you are when, in fact, you are already who you need to be.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Stop Mental Health Stigma and Accept Uniqueness
Everyone is unique and has his or her talents and abilities.
Often I find that I have been beating myself up because of things said or done that would cause others to stigmatize me as a person. I felt humiliated because of having poor mental health.
When I think of these times, my thoughts go back to talking with a friend I had who had a rare disease that would one day cause him to need to have his hands amputated. I wondered how he had the strength to stay positive and overcome this problem, and he told me that it didn't worry him. He believed his artistic side would come out after this happened and that it would make up for his loss. Fortunately, he had been misdiagnosed and never did have to lose his hands. This friend taught me that all anyone can do is take the positive and the negative things life gives us and do our best with what we have.
Everyone, especially those with mental health problems, is a human being despite any illness. Some people feel the sting of society's mental health stigma trying to tell them that they can't do things, or imply their life isn't worth as much as others who aren't mentally ill. When this happens, you need to remember that with persistence, people can still do a lot of amazing things for themselves and others. These things could be everything from writing a poem to holding down a regular job.
Remind yourself that, over time, you will adapt to be able to maximize your abilities to work, function, and form healthy relationships. If you are having a hard time and can only do a few small positive things each day while it seems others have no troubles at all, stand up to stigma and just do the best you can without comparing yourself to others who aren't going through what you are.
Mental health stigma is real and powerful, but each of us can overcome stigma and unfair comparisons. Just try to make each day a little better than the last and soon your self-esteem and sense of self-worth will improve, and you will be able to do so much more.
Peer Empowerment in South Lake Tahoe thanks to local community grants.
Michael Tino and Charlotte Weatherford to lead NAMI's Peer Empowerment in South Lake Tahoe. These 2 leaders recently graduated NAMI's nationally recognized Peer-to-Peer instructor certification. Congratulations and thank you!
They came to NAMI with a passion to give back to the community. They are well-versed in mental health and keen to share recovery story's and peer training with others.
Thank you Michael and Charlotte for your volunteerism. We look forward to promoting our first "NAMI Peer to Peer" training tentatively planned for early 2018. Michael and Charlotte have more cross-training, field trips and mentoring they will be receiving this calendar year thanks to the support of our local community.
A huge thank you to both the Tahoe Women's Community Fund and Soroptomist of South Lake Tahoe for supporting our NAMI's peer empowerment program.
We are gathering names and contact information of all interested in attending a NAMI peer-to-peer training in 2018 in South Lake Tahoe.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-740-5776 (provide name / email or other contact info.) If we are not sharing our story's we are fueling stigma! Keep talking about mental health.
Thank you El Dorado County Mental Health Commission for investigating and highlighting critical concerns with out local jails:
Today, more than 90,000 inmates with
serious mental illness await a psychiatric hospital bed.
How many El Dorado County jail inmates are awaiting a psychiatric hospital bed?
NAMI El Dorado County continues to advocate for
by our local jails on WS and in SLT. We have promoted the
: stepuptogether.org, were published in several local media sources (sample article from Mountain Democrat from Spring 2015
), raised awareness at our Mental Health Commission and advocated with county leaders. We need our jails to measure, manage and monitor those with mental health conditions! Other select county's across the nation are in fact improving health in their community's via data measurements. It's all about improving services/supports through guided data metrics.
Our Board of Supervisors signed a proclamation in support of this Stepping Up Initiative 2 years ago. Two months ago, H&HS Director Patricia Charles Heather's presented to the Mental Health Commission a definition of the Stepping Up Initiative.
Thank you! The next step is to see the actual metrics in place and planned and openly share progress quarter-over-quarter.
NAMI El Dorado County will keep a spotlight on this topic and be reporting progress.
Do we know how many in our jails have a mental health condition?
Do we have a policy and process for transferring those in psychosis to an in-patient hospital?
Answer: No We need jail leadership that is passionate about this topic and proactively collaborate on the Stepping Up Initiative.
Mental health matters! If a jail inmate were having a stroke or a heart attack they would be assessed and transferred as an emergency priority to a hospital...if a jail inmate is in psychosis we need to be treating this with parity
to preserve long-term cognition.
We are often told government agency's move at a turtle's pace but seriously
- what if your loved one was in psychosis without treatment in jail?
- What if your adult son was arrested for breaking into someone's house for the first time simply to take a bath, taken to jail, and not provided treatment for psychosis?
- Have you ever read Kevin Early's story (son of famous author Pete Early who wrote: "Crazy, A Father's Search through America's Mental Health Madness in America")
- It is not okay when an in-mate is screaming in psychosis for days/weeks on end...
- what if this were your loved one?
- What if your loved one was in a cell next to someone in full untreated psychosis?
One of the top psychiatrists heading the in-patient unit at El Camino Hospital's behavioral health in-patient unit (rated #1 by NAMI in California) teaches family's to "treat psychosis like a stroke." His point to parents - get treatment asap - within hours if possible. It is a wake up call to not delay treatment by weeks/months/years. I interview psychiatrists hosting various webinars on brain health always asking the same question "if your loved one is in psychosis what timeframe is reasonable t to get them treatment (days/weeks/months?)" The answer varies but has consistently been "as soon as possible and certainly
within hours/days not weeks or months" The rationale is that antipsychotic medication can act like a wrapper around the brain to prevent further damage - early intervention is key to maximizing long-term cognition. Careful observation and therapy is a key component as well (deep healthy sleep is also core.) Jail leadership nationally just does not yet comprehend this basic health management concept yet. They know how to handle a heart attack or stroke but not chronic brain health issues.
Commissioner S. Clavere provided an excellent
1 page summary
of his findings about the ineffective Mental Health Screening Policies and Procedures used by the Jail. Ineffective oversight of CFMG exists and prompt and continuous review is necessary. CFMG is who the county contracts with for jail services. Commissioner Claver's findings can be found
We look forward to hearing the county's progress with the "Stepping Up Initiative!"
Overlooked and Undercounted: learn more It's time to fix our broken mental health and criminal justice systems. Learn more at TreatmentAdvocacyCenter.org
FDA approves new medication for the treatment of Tardive Dyskensia.
With the trade name Ingrezza and generic name valbenazine. The FDA fast-tracked this medicine's approval process, given this unmet medical need. The clinical trial that led to the approval evaluated the movements of 234 individuals with TD who were also diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder. - See more
Assembly Bill 488 aimed at providing external oversight of Mental Health Services in El Dorado County (and other California counties)
California counties receive the greatest amount of funding for mental health services and supports but is grossly lacking in providing effective oversight to programs. Read more about this proposed bill here.
Important Information for Families
40% Fewer Re-Admission Rates when access to medical records provided
Some research has been published indicating that patients that are given their full medical records after release from an in-patient stay have
40% fewer re-admission rates within the first month. There is a special kind of recovery-empowerment that comes from knowing your rights and advocating for those that cannot advocate for themselves.
If your in-patient hospital or provider is refusing to provide your medical records then it is appropriate to file a grievance with the State of California and with the provider. Make sure you also contact your insurance provider to let them know this provider/hospital is not cooperating.
You may also request a meeting with the attending psychiatrist and/or patient right's advocate.
Have you done all that you can do to help improve the operation's of mental health services/supports? Filing a simple complaint/grievance suggesting improvements helps improve our community's mental health services/supports as a whole!
By NAMI El Dorado County Instructor in SLT
We encourage family's and/or our loved ones to file a complaints / grievances. This is how operations improve! Change is only possible with awareness. Let your voices be heard.
If you have completed the necessary forms requesting medical records and have been turned down -
we encourage you to file a grievance first with the provider...and then with the State of California if the provider's grievance process did not address your complaint.
- TeleCare's PHF in Placerville has complaint/grievance forms within their in-patient hospital.
- El Dorado County Behavioral Health Grievance Forms are available on their main website here (and available in the Wellness Centers both on the WS and SLT.)
- TeleCare Corporation now has a generic on-line grievance form based on our local advocacy.
The PHF in Placerville has hired a new manager, Jeff Symon: email@example.com 530-748-4700.
El Dorado County Behavioral Health has a new client-advocate: Danielle:
What Should I Do If I Have A Complaint About a Hospital (which was not addressed by the provider's grievance process)? File Grievance with California
THE NAMI NATIONAL CONVENTION
Educate, Empower, Engage
Jun 28 - July 1, 2017 (early-bird discount registration ends 31-Mar)
Attending a NAMI national convention
Latino Community Members
"Stop Stigma with Science"
Detener el estigma con la ciencia
de los latinos nacidos en Estados Unidos han sufrido de un reto de salud mental durante el último año.
Check out these Spanish resources:
La salud mental en la comunidad latina
NAMI El Dorado County: Spanish Warm-line in SLT: 775-407-0306
ENGLISH: Getting any kind of health treatment is sometimes difficult to manage for families, and the barriers of language, community isolation, stigma, provider availability and cultural differences, compounds this difficulty. We believe adjunct treatments to be of great benefit for those who find them reassuring, comforting, and familiar. NAMI stands firmly on the side of science and evidence based treatments as the desired primary treatment modality. We do not support "alternative" treatments
in lieu of, considering the damaging effects of continued psychosis or prolonged damaging mental health episodes. We are working hard to provide evidence-based education in our community. You are not alone.
SPANISH: Es importante señalar que, en el caso del estigma, hay una falta de conocimiento sobre la calidad de la atención de la salud. Creemos que son útiles para aquellos que los encuentran tranquilizadores, reconfortantes y familiares. NAMI está firmemente en el lado de la ciencia y la evidencia basada en tratamientos como la modalidad de tratamiento primario deseado. No apoyamos tratamientos "alternativos" en lugar de, considerando los efectos perjudiciales de psicosis continuada o episodios de salud mental dañinos extendidos. Estamos trabajando duro para proporcionar educación basada en la evidencia en nuestra comunidad. No estas solo
Community Mental Health Kiosks:
6 Locations in South Lake Tahoe
- El Dorado County Library
(1000 Rufus Allen Road)
Lake Tahoe Community College
(next to college bookstore)
Barton Emergency Room
(2170 South Ave)
- Barton TeleMedicine Psychiatry (2209 South Ave)
Barton Community Health Center
(2201 South Ave)
El Dorado County Probation/Sheriff
(1360 Johnson Blvd)
Volunteers from NAMI El Dorado County and the Barton Foundation work to replenish these valuable South Lake Tahoe resources regularly.
Over 3000 brochures have been provided to the community in South Lake Tahoe since the kiosks were established in May, 2016.
Thank you Barton for funding the kiosks in South Lake Tahoe.
Thank you Marsha for your on-going volunteerism in designing their look, maintaining inventories and reporting utilization. Thank you community providers of services/supports for proactive collaboration in making these kiosks an on-going success.
2 West Slope Kiosks have been placed at the following locations:
- Folsom Lake College
(El Dorado Center - Student Services - Green Valley Rd.
- El Dorado County Library
(Cameron Park - Country Club Dr.)
These West Slope kiosks and the NAMI materials were made possible through a grant from the
El Dorado Community Foundation
and NAMI El Dorado County. Thank you!
Look for announcements of more locations coming soon.
Local News and Discoveries
DO YOU KNOW YOUR FAMILY HISTORY OF MENTAL HEALTH and ADDICTION? HAVE YOU DONE YOUR FAMILY TREE?
Think of trauma,
in cannabis, and high stress as potential "on-switches" to our genetic predisposition. According to Stanford Medicine heritability for depression is probably 40% and significantly higher for severe depression (2-3 times higher or 20-30% vs 10% chances of developing depression.)
Addiction is estimated to be up to 60% genetic.
So understanding our relative's mental health
and history of addictive behaviors
can help us take steps to avoid triggers and
. Knowing genetic predisposition may increase our desire to increase our psycho-education or prompt more open prevention/resilience dialogue with our children/teens.
These crucial conversations both to
gather family history then to
share that history with the next generation may be the ticket to seeking treatment and sooner.
So have that oh so crucial conversation with older relatives that can still recall prior generations.
Perhaps they will respond with "Great-Grandpa Joe had a nervous breakdown and had to take a rest at the hospital for a month." Or you might hear "Oh we don't have any history of mental health issues in "our" family. But Auntie Suzie died by suicide." Or perhaps you will hear "Every single member of my Mom's side had alcohol addiction." You may feel you fully understand your family's history but you would be surprised how much may never have been shared until you are suddenly in a crisis situation.
Perhaps you will lead the crucial investigative conversation at your next family reunion! Bring your sense of humor and sincerity to the table. Let's crush stigma and bring these conversations forward in El Dorado County and everywhere.
Ask your doctor about Long-lasting Injectables
"Multiple families across our county have shared the very positive changes in their loved one since switching to a long-lasting injectable form of medication. NAMI families reporting favorably about the positive change in their loved one since transitioning to long-lasting injectables such as most commonly reported Abilify Maintena (aripripazol) and Invega Sustenna (paliperidone). There are others such as Risperdal Consta, Geodon
mesylate). Clozaril (clozapine) has been referred to as the gold standard for treatment
resistant cases. More technical information can be found here.
Every body is different so it is important to proactively discuss medication options with your treatment provider(s) and monitor side effects.
Has your insurance company denied coverage? Ensure you file an appeal advocating for your loved one and include a letter from your provider with the appeal.
Contact the drug manufacturer to see if they have a program that will fund the drug on behalf of your loved one. For example, Otsuka, the maker of Abilify has this program.
NAMI El Dorado County Instructor in SLT
Long-lasting injectable administration are available through
- Barton Psychiatry (through a medical technician on-site);
- El Dorado County Mental Health (monthly); and
- Safeway Specialty Pharmacy in South Lake Tahoe and on the Western Slope.
We continue to educate families and friends about the availability and benefits of long-lasting injectables for those that have this option available.
Safeway provides a free case manager service (out of their Idaho call center) where they call and remind our loved ones when their injection is due, schedule the appointment, and help the process run smoothly. Call 1-877 466-8028 and request speaking with an injectables case management team member.
You can buy the long-lasting injectable through other pharmacies and have it administered by a professional.
This is a great convenience since many family members were having to pick up the medication and bring it to a medical technician outside of the pharmacy setting to receiving the injection. Now, it's one stop shopping.
THANK YOU LAW ENFORCEMENT IN EL DORADO COUNTY
Congratulations to Sgt. Troy Morton of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Dept. and Dwane Tadlock with the Placerville Police Dept., CIT officers of the year!
This award is provided by NAMI El Dorado County and the El Dorado County Mental Health Commission and will be presented May 9th at the BOS, and to the Placerville City Council also this month.
Law Enforcement - continues to help our community
Law enforcement resources continuously help our loved ones.
NAMI Families and Friends in El Dorado County continue to
sing high praise for law enforcement's participation in CIT training and the leadership team's focus on ensuring officers are trained in Crisis Intervention Training.
Did you know the volume of 5150's continue to trend down in this community? This certainly may be attributed to increased CIT training across law enforcement.
Thank you for all you do for NAMI Families and the community.
The Placerville Police Department is on Facebook
A warm welcome to the new Placerville Chief of Police, Captain James Ortega.
El Dorado County Sheriff's department is on Facebook :
Awesome CIT-trained Deputies - thank you!
South Lake Tahoe police is on
A special thank you to Chief Uhler for his support in ensuring his officer's completed CIT Awareness training and planning more in-depth CIT training in 2017. A special thank you to the CIT team within the Sheriff's department AND the CIT lead within the CHP. What you are each doing is making a huge positive difference in our community.
CHP - South Lake Tahoe is on
Thank you Officer Ruthie Loehr for participating at the Mental Health Commission meeting, proactively participating in community events and breaking down stigma.
Are you Prepared for a Crisis?
NAMI El Dorado County is very grateful for our trained officers and deputies who recognize and respond to the human being behind the brain disorder in a way that lessens the possibility of violence and trauma.
What to say when calling 9-1-1
for a Mental Health Emergency
- I'm calling about a Mental Health Emergency and request a CIT Officer.
- My name is __________________________________________________
- I'm calling from __________________(your location) because my (family member/friend) is _____________________________________________.
- Describe in detail what is going on right now.
- Advise law enforcement is there is information on file about the person in crisis. (see the Family Information Form link below)
- Ask if it's possible to arrive without lights or sirens
The 9-1-1 dispatacher will ask the following: (be clear and brief)
- Are there any acts or threats of violence?
- Are there any weapons involved?
- Where is the person experiencing the emergency located?
- Has there been a suicide attempt or has the person made threats of suicide?
Additional information to provide:
- Mental health diagnosis and mental healthcare provider.
- Intoxicated or overdosed?
- Current medications
- Gravely disabled and unable to care for themselves.
Always provide a completed
(also known as the Historical Information Form). If the deputy or officer that arrives is not aware of how this form is used then ask for a law enforcement supervisor.
The crisis intervention (CIT) team program
with the Sheriff's Dept. is active on both slopes.
Crisis in South Lake Tahoe call (530) 544-2219
Crisis on the Western Slope call (530) 622-3345
If your instincts tell you a situation is dangerous, it probably is.
Call 911 immediately.
Make sure you communicate that "this is a MENTAL HEALTH emergency involving mental illness and we are seeking involuntary psychiatric hospitalization and not arrest.
Brain Research and Scientific Discoveries
and attend their monthly "Meet the Scientists" webinars at no cost:
9-May-2017 9:00 a.m. webinar by BBRFoundation.org:
Borderline Personality Disorder
Brad Reich, M.D. of McLean Hospital / Harvard University discusses latest research findings about BPD.
13-June-2017 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. webinar by BBRFoundation.org:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., of Standford University School of Medicine discusses her latest research findings about OCD.
The ADDICTED BRAIN
adapts in a way that actually makes the sought-after substance or activity less pleasurable. In nature, rewards usually come only with time and effort.
drugs and behaviors provide a shortcut, flooding the
with dopamine and other neurotransmitters.
Check out Brain&Behavior Foundation's TOP 10 Advancements & Breakthroughs by Foundation Grantees in 2016: click here
Brain Activity Patterns Could Help Identify Best Treatment for Patients with Major Depression:
That's because THC occupies the same receptors on neurons as a natural brain chemical called anandamide. In essence, THC is acting as an impostor of this
The brain's electrical pathways and the insulation process aren't complete until the mid-20s for females and late 20's for males. This means teen/young-adult brains are vulnerable to outside influences. In addition, teen brains are more "plastic." They adapt and learn faster than adult brains - suggesting that teens/young-adults are more vulnerable to developing an addiction.
Learn more at schizophrenia.com and BBRFoundation.org
Study looks at how Legalization of Marijuana affects Teen Usage:
Providers and community members are welcome to participate in virtual webcasts (and replay them whenever convenient.) Simply create a free PsychU.org login to participate and view past research and previously recorded forums.
10-May at 9:00 a.m.:
7-Jun at 9:00 a.m.:
Psycho-education is a core to recovery.
This means psycho-education
and for our loved ones. We are pleased with the response by the community regarding the donation to the
El Dorado County library.
Pick up a copy of our recommended reading
and website list at our NAMI Family Support Group meeting or simply click
El Dorado County library
or your local community college library where you will find many fantastic books featuring mental health and/or substance abuse topics.
and scroll to the bottom of the page where you can learn more about specific illnesses.
In Home Supportive Services
Some of our NAMI families in El Dorado County have reported favorably about the quality of the IHSS program. They are paid by IHSS for basic services that helped their loved one live at home. NAMI families particularly those that have graduated NAMI Family-to-Family are proactive in interviewing IHSS caregiver candidates to help their loved one and work collaboratively on a successful caregiving model. Teamwork is dreamwork. Learn more about this program at:
Disability Benefit Information
Sustainability Outreach Services and Only Kindness Community Resource Center - Rene Evans - Accredited Disability Representative in Placerville - (530) 876-6243 or (530) 344-1864 www.edcrc.org
TheSimpleDollar.com is a comprehensive resource that helps people not only understand, but access social security disability benefits is available.
In the course of their research:
Legal Services of Northern California - at no cost (for eligible persons)
is a non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance to eligible persons.
If you need help with a health care issue, call (888) 354-4474. If you need help with one of the other issues listed above, call (530) 823-7560.
Local Mental Health Events
|The El Dorado Mental Health Commission is part of a system of Boards and Commissions established under the Welfare and Institutions Code. Its purpose is to review and report tp the Board of Supervisors about the County's Mental Health Plans. It is comprised of volunteers from the Community with lived or professional experience in mental health.
The Mental Health Commission is open to the public. It meets the 4th Wednesday of each month. 3 min is allowed for public comment (and the public is invited to provide perspective when prompted by the chair after each agenda item.) Let your voice be heard to help improve county services/supports.
FY 2017-18 Mental Health Services Act PLAN is posted for public comment. Your comments and input is valuable and will assist our EDC Behavior Health Dept. in providing family and client centered programs. To add your comments use the link provided below.
El Dorado County
FY 2017-18 through FY 2019-20
DRAFT Mental Health Service Act Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan
The 30-day comment period for the DRAFT FY 2017-18 MHSA Plan opens April 17, 2017 and closes May 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm. A Public Hearing before the Mental Health Commission will be held after the end of the 30-day comment period.
To view a copy of the DRAFT FY 2017-18 MHSA Plan or learn more about the comment period and hearing date, please visit the MHSA Plans page by
El Dorado County Mental Health Commission:
Next Meeting is 24-May-201
at 5:00 p.m.
Health and Human Services Agency, 3057 Briw Rd., Sierra Room, Placerville, CA - and in
South Lake Tahoe at the Wellness Center 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd (video-teleconference.)
These meetings are
open to the public and are an important interface between the community and our county mental health system. Concerns and stories from the community are welcome during public comment time at the start of each meeting.
While your concerns may not be discussed unless it is already an item on the agenda, your input as part of the public is valued and will be addressed at a later meeting.
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Mental Health Commission?
Let your voice be
heard in El Dorado County: 1 vacancy in WS and 1 in SLT
MHC Agenda and Minutes can be found:
Select "Key Takeaways" from NAMI leader in SLT perspective can be found
Wednesday, 3-May at 6:00 p.m.
4th Annual Community and Behavioral Health Forum
PARENTS, COACHES, EDUCATORS, VOLUNTEERS, CAREGIVERS, EVERYONE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.
Tuesday, 9-May at 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
- Uncover common stressors that are impacting our school/work and personal life
- Address resiliency in our community
- Learn how to take time out to address your own resiliency
- Tools and local resources provided to improve access
Tahoe Art League celebrates "Mental Health Awareness"
May 1-5: see the exhibit at Lake Tahoe Community College
Artist's reception and award's ceremony in the commons area
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 1-May-2017.
NAMI in partnership with the Mental Health Commission hosts
"Board of Supervisor breakfast" in Placerville
9-May at 10:00 a.m.
- 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA
NAMI El Dorado County and the MHC is hosting our annual "Board of Supervisor's Breakfast": 8:30 am on 9-May to honor the Board's work in support of mental health and substance abuse awareness. We will also recognize CIT leaders with our annual CIT award.
30-May: Mindfulness Workshop
(A Balanced Life)
6 - 7:15pm 2100 Eloise Ave., SLT
31-May: Mental Health Town Hall (TRYP)
5:30pm at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, SLT
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy (Free class in advocacy)
17-June-2017 in South Lake Tahoe
What are you passionate about? Learn the art of advocacy
Learn to share your personal story in 2 min or less to move the hearts and minds of policy makers, insurance company's, county leaders, state leaders or other decision makers.
Registration: Call or text 650-740-5776 with your name and contact info.
Reflections of Life and Loss (South Lake Tahoe)
Second and Fourth Thursdays monthly 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Barton Hospice encourages people who have experienced the loss of a loved one or have endured a significant, life-altering event to attend.
This group helps teach attendees how to cope with certain situations and encourages emotional connections with others. Support and bereavement groups allow people to release emotions they may otherwise keep to themselves. It can improve a participant's mood and decrease psychological distress.
Location: Barton Hospice
2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Suite 600
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Friends for Survival - on the Western Slope
Marshall Medical Center
Meetings are held monthly. For more information, contact Walt or Leona Narr at 530-647-8864.
Survivors of Suicide (SOS) in South Lake Tahoe
Loss Support Group
Meeting is held the 4th Thursday of every month
2092 South Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Contact Alisa@spnawareness.org or 775-783-1510.
Bipolar Insights (Placerville)
Weekly Class * Every Monday at 7 pm
Green Valley Community Church
3500 Missouri Flat Road, Room 304 in Placerville, CA 95667
$5 per person per class
Special Events * Tuesday's
Marshall Medical Building
681 Main Street, 1st Floor Common Room in Placerville, CA 95667
Check the website for dates and events
Bipolar Insights / Mental Health Education Center
Where to Find Help?
Community Health Directory
is available in South Lake Tahoe at any Barton provider and at each of the
Mental Health Kiosks
hrough-out the community or at NAMI Support Group.
Here is the
to the on-line Community Directory.
Notice all the support groups and counseling services - there are many health and wellness programs available.
Barton Health has identified the need for additional mental health services and continues to take action to provide extra support for patients and the South Lake Tahoe community.
Barton provides 3 local psychiatrists:
Dr. Zelan, Dr. Protell, and Dr. Rupp plus Telemedicine and Psychologists and also licensed Social Workers - each focused on improving mental health.
NAMI Families reporting such favorable results!
Have you been wait-listed? We need to close the gap on long wait-lists. Do not delay treatment - hunt for an available provider and ask for available alternatives.
Good news: New mental health providers have arrived in South Lake Tahoe bringing a new continuum of care without a wait-list. Please refer to the community guide for a comprehensive list of providers!
- Matthew Wong Psychologist| M.A., Psy.D PSY#26365 415-806-0275 South Lake Tahoe appointments Mondays and Fridays available for children/teens/adults mild to moderate; broad range of therapies. Psychological testing and intellectual disability assessments. <- very close to getting Medi-Cal approval (and accepts a variety of insurances) -- NAMI Families reporting favorably. Dr. Wong works in collaboration with a team of tele-med psychiatrists.
- A Balanced Life added 2 new therapists specializing in co-occurring addiction/mental-health issues: 530-544-1748
Live Violence Free
- has free weekly group counseling for victims of sexual abuse / violence.
El Dorado County Mental Health - Wellness Centers
and South Lake Tahoe)
Adult Outpatient Services Wellness Centers, 768 Pleasant Valley Rd., Diamond Springs and 1360 Johnson Blvd., South Lake Tahoe,
continue to provide a safe, understanding, and recovery oriented place, Monday through Friday afternoons 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
NOTE: Wellness Centers are migrating towards a Peer-Led support group model; some are co-lead by licensed therapists and many are lead by Peers.
Wellness Centers obtained a grant to fund FEP (First Episode Psychosis Program) - this is available to the public! Not just Medi-Cal only candidates.
(not just Medi-Cal insured individuals.)
Individuals with other types of insurance welcome as this program is funded by a grant.
Call 530-573-7970 El Dorado County Behavioral Health to learn more.
Drop in hours are from 1:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday (open to the public; adults 18 or older), for people to socialize and participate in a wide assortment of fun and therapeutic groups.
Group schedules are available at the Wellness Centers and may include Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Anger Management, Conversation Skills, Healthy Pleasures, Smoking Cessation, Symptoms without Stigma, Mindfulness, Coping Skills, Stress/Anxiety Reduction, Seeking Safety, and others. Some of these groups are available on a referral basis only, while other groups, such as Art, Physical Activity, Mindfulness, Coping Strategies, etc. are open to all. Check current schedule at the Centers.