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Thanks for Another Month of Great Feedback and Stories!  

Thank you again for another wonderful month in our ongoing 30 second survey! Last month, we talked a little more in depth about emergency care and here is a sampling of what you told us.  
On the subject of what your experience has been in an emergency room setting:
  • Overwhelmingly, people felt that wait times were far too long
  • We also heard that when people were seen, there were often a lack of treatment options available. Many felt the staff were unprepared to effectively treat someone living with a mental illness. 
  • Among many others
On the subject of what could make emergency treatment better, here are some of the top changes you'd like to see:
  • Improved training for hospital medical staff, from doctors to security staff.
  • Better coordination between hospitals and insurance carriers to allow for the most effective treatment.
  • Calmer settings or areas for individuals who may feel overstimulated in a crisis situation
This month's questions take a look at our experiences with your coverage and getting the treatment you or your family member needs. 

teambriMaking a Difference: Team Bri
Triathlon Team Finishes Epic Ironman Race and Raises $34,000 For Crisis Intervention Training Program

Te am-Bri , a Northern California and Lake Tahoe Triathlon team, completed Ironman Lake Tahoe and Iro n man Lake Tahoe 70.3, on September 20, 2015, in its efforts to bring awareness of mental illness and raise funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Calif ornia's (NAMI-CA) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program.  Since Team-Bri started its training and at the Ironman finish line, a total of $34,000, so far, has been raised for the CIT program, which helps train and educate the California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies when they encounter a person with mental illness.

Team-Bri members are Brian Lungren Sr., Alanna Lungren, Danielle Crockett, Flynn Ginty and Britte Ginty, who live and work in Sacramento, San Francisco and Incline Village, Nevada. They range in age from 61 to 30 years and have trained over the last many months for the grueling endurance race which encompasses swimming in Lake Tahoe, biking the mountain roads around Tahoe's North Shore and Truckee; and, running to and from Squaw Valley along the Truckee River.

Brian Lungren Sr finished the Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) in 13 hours and 47 minutes, even though a bear helped itself to Brian's and other Ironman athletes' nutritional bars before the race.  Alanna Lungren, her best friend Danielle Crockett and husband Flynn Ginty, and his sister Britte Ginty, finished the Ironman 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) all under 7 hours and 45 minutes.  Brian Sr. explained that "my son Bri, wife Nancy, daughter Alanna, son PJ all motivated me to train for the Ironman Lake Tahoe race, and when I came through the finish line at 8:31 p.m. on Sunday, September 20th, I was delirious from exhaustion but exhilarated from completing this epic race on behalf of Team-Bri, NAMI-CA and the Crisis Intervention Program.  As Ironman's motto is Anything is Possible, Team-Bri's is Recovery is Possible; and, that's what this effort was all about."

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espNAMI California En Español

Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI es un programa de 6 sesiones gratis diseñado para padres de familia y personas encargadas del cuidado de niños y adolescentes que viven con dificultades emocionales o conductual. Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI les ayuda a los padres de familia y guardianes a entender las enfermedades que están causando dificultades conductuales al igual que el papel importante de la familia en el tratamiento de estos trastornos.
Un participante declaró que "El curso incluye casi todos los aspectos relacionados con recursos para la familia y los niños. Me siento apoyada, fuerte y lista para seguir adelante."
El programa esta enseñada por instructores capacitados que también son padres de familia o guardianes de individuos que han experimentado dificultades emocionales o conductuales antes de la edad de 13 años.   

BoardGet to know your Board of Directors
Jim Randall
Please help welcome James(Jim) Randall as our newest Board Member!

After obtaining a dual degree Masters in Business and Latin American Studies, Jim embarked on a career working in the private sector of technology. While exciting at first, those were the dawning days of the Web, eventually the work became less and less fulfilling.

Jim became a volunteer for NAMI, stuffing envelopes and managing the small library. After years of feeling helpless dealing with an older brother and sister, both of whom had schizophrenia, the volunteer work gave him a sense of redemption and far better satisfaction than his internet job.
Jim took the Family to Family class and though he didn't know it at the time, it would change his life forever. Finally, he realized that his relatives weren't to blame for their illness. All the things they did when he was a teenager and the complete chaos that they caused because of the illness was put into a new perspective.

Since then Jim has dedicated his life to helping people with mental illness, having long since left his technology management career behind. Jim currently works as an Outreach Coordinator for the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, giving community education presentations and he continues to volunteer for NAMI. He says "It's the least I can do."  

staffStaff Corner:  Get to Know Megan

Please help welcome Megan Trader to the NAMI California team!
Megan is a Sacramento transplant, having lived and traveled to various cities stateside and overseas before calling Sacramento home in 2008. Megan is a recent graduate, having earned a BA in Journalism from California State University, Sacramento in 2014, and is now thrilled to be working for NAMI California as the Front Desk Coordinator.
Megan has just attended her first NAMI California Conference in August, and can't wait to become even more involved with promoting mental health awareness and acceptance in her community. Megan studied art and film before pursuing a degree in Journalism and still remains active in her local art scene in Sacramento.
Her passions include writing, painting, working on film projects, and anything else that strikes her fancy. She also enjoys spending time reading, thrift store bargain hunting, running, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her partner, her friends and family, and last but not least, her ridiculous cat named Stella.

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