NAMI California Monthly Newsletter
October 2016
HalloweenAdvocacyNAMI's Success in Advocating to Reduce Stigma!

A number of articles have recently been published shedding light on grassroots advocacy changing discriminatory Halloween attractions. NAMI California has gathered circulating articles and placed those links below. NAMI California would to thank all of the advocates who shared their voice and helped raise awareness. 

To view the full  New York Times article click here
Halloween attractions use mental illness to scare us. Here's why advocates say it must stop.
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force 

The White House recently  announced that the federal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force released its final report. In the final report , the Task Force included a series of actions and recommendations to help ensure better implementation of parity; help consumers, providers, and plans understand how parity works; and ensure appropriate oversight and enforcement of parity protections. These steps are based on input the Task Force received through a series of listening sessions held between March and October, and through the more than 1,100 public comments the Task Force received from individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, families, their providers, advocates, and other stakeholders. 

To view the full report click here.
To view the Consumer Guide click here
Start Strong, Start Smart

Do you want to learn how to enable your child with ADHD make a successful start in middle school? 

Dr. Wasserman from Stanford University offers practical tools and tips to in this video, "Starting Strong, Starting Smart", to help your child learn basic executive functioning tools to succeed in school. 

Click here to view the full video.
Nominations for NAMI California Board of Directors

NAMI California is accepting nominations for our Board of Directors. Board candidates will be voted on by members at the Annual Conference and serve three-year terms. We are seeking qualified candidates who have experience as an individual or family member living with mental illness, knowledge of mental health policy, insight into nonprofit organizational structure, and/or legal, financial or fundraising experience. Board candidates must share a commitment to help all those affected by mental illness and a passion for NAMI California's mission. Please complete and return this form by November 30, 2016

MHSOACSeatsTwo MHSOAC Committees Accepting Applications Apply Today!

The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission is now accepting applications for two of its committees:
Client and Family Leadership Committee (CFLC) 
Cultural and Linguistic Competence Committee (CLCC)   
The deadline for Submission of Application is  11/14/2016

To download the application click  here

For more information on MHSOAC Committees please click here
AffiliateNAMI News and Information for Affiliates

Community Collaboration Linking Resources
NAMI El Dorado member Jeanne Nelson pointed to the new and innovative kiosks to be found around South Lake Tahoe, crammed full of information about mental health. Each kiosk highlights local mental health services and educational materials printed in both English and Spanish. Click  here to read the full article. 

NAMI El Dorado Website
Update on NAMI CA Peer and Family Trainings

NAMI California would like to thank all affiliates for their patience this fiscal year with the training schedule for family and peer program trainings. NAMI CA is in process of negotiating bridge funding with the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), while we await the Request for Proposal for the next 3 years of funding to be released. The bridge funding, while at a significant reduction of the previous contract amounts, will allow NAMI CA to coordinate some trainings. We anticipate these trainings taking place in the first quarter of 2017, and will provide more information on requesting trainings in the coming weeks. 

Thank you again for your patience and understanding. 

NAMI California is preparing our 2017 training schedule for the NAMI on Campus High School program. Please complete the following survey to let us know if your affiliate is interested in bringing a NCHS training to your community. 
Please note- we will be compiling a list of affiliates and will determine training locations based on readiness, school district support, student interest, and schedules.
NAMI on Campus High School Clubs are student-led clubs that raise mental health awareness and reduce stigma on their campuses and in their community through fun activities and education. Students will gain leadership experience, participate in NAMI, promote mental health and wellness, learn to plan exciting activities/events and much more. A critical component of the program is having strong school district support and engagement.
The program operates in the following way:

1. NAMI CA conducts a full-day training for student club leaders, their advisors and affiliates (The training day is required before clubs may form.)

2. The student clubs then officially launch their clubs on their high school campuses, with support from their local affiliates.

3. NAMI CA collects data from advisors, provides technical assistance and support to the affiliates, schools and clubs.
If you have any questions, please contact Erik Villalobos, Education Coordinator at

If you feel that there is a high interest for this program in your area please contact Erik Villalobos, Education Coordinator at .   
Reporting Trainings to NAMI California and NAMI National
It is very important for all affiliates to report any NAMI Signature Program trainings that they will be conducting to NAMI California and to NAMI National. All trainings should be reported to NAMI National via the Extranet at least 6 weeks prior to the training and to NAMI California at least 1 month before the training.
To report to NAMI California, please submit the NAMI CA Training Notification Form  via email to  or by fax at (916) 567-1757.
For instructions on how to report to National through the Extranet, please click here .

Please join NAMI National for their upcoming orientation webinar explaining the new 4-hour seminar option for the NAMI Provider Education Program on Tuesday, November 1st
Who can attend
This orientation is only open to certified teachers and state trainers for the NAMI Provider Education. People who are not certified teachers or trainers are not eligible to participate in the orientation webinar.
What attendees need
Participants in the orientation webinar must have their own copy of the new teacher manual for the seminar so that they can take notes during the webinar. Program Directors must contact Teri Brister ( ) and request a PDF of the manual for printing. The manual is not available on the extranet or in the NAMI Store. You must be a trained Provider Education Teacher and have taught 1 classes in order to be eligible.
Date & Time
* Tuesday, November 1
* 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. PT
How to join
NAMI will be using Adobe Connect software, which requires both a computer and a telephone line. To join the meeting click on, or copy/paste into your browser, this link:
You will be prompted to enter your phone number and the computer will call you directly. NAMI asks that you join the meeting 10 minutes early if this is your first time using Adobe Connect.
*  Orientation to the new 4-hour seminar based on the NAMI Provider Education curriculum
*  Q & A 
Teri Brister, Director of Knowledge Integration, NAMI Basics and NAMI Provider Education
Listen later
NAMI will record this webinar and share the link in a follow-up email for those who are unable to join. Thank you and NAMI looks forward to connecting with you soon!

This is a reminder for the NAMI Peer-to-Peer conference call for program mentors that will occur Thursday, November 3rd at 9:00am Pacific Time.
This call provides an opportunity for you to connect with other mentors from across the country and brainstorm solutions to the issues that arise during your support groups. Together we celebrate successes and overcome challenges!
Call: (888) 858-6021
Conference Code: 429 444 2760
To avoid background noise during the call, you can mute your phone by pressing *6, you can unmute at any time by pressing #6
If there are questions or topics you would like addressed during the call, please e-mail them to Sarah O'Brien in advance at . This call will be recorded for those unable to join. 
Thank you to those who joined NAMI National for the IOOV October Webinar!

During the webinar NAMI reviewed the challenges most commonly faced by new presenters and the group shared suggestions on how to best combat those challenges.  

For those who were unable to join, you can watch the webinar recording at the link below: 
Conference Materials

Did you miss a previous NAMI California Conference or are you interested in seeing a speaker or workshop again?  You can purchase CD's/MP3's or download the PowerPoint presentations using the links below. 
(Audio Recordings) 
(PowerPoint Presentations)
Send Program  Inquiries  To:
NAMI California Office:  (916) 567-0163 

We welcome your submissions for the NAMI California monthly newsletter. We look for articles from our affiliates and members across the state that highlight the best of what's happening in California.  Please keep the length of your submission to 250 words or less, and include a contact name, email and phone number in case we need to reach you for more information. We love photos, so please send a picture if you have one. We regret that we cannot publish all submissions, and we reserve the right to edit all content.
Email your submissions to Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!
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