April Newsletter
Important Items
One Last Chance to Make a Difference!
Tax Day on April 15 is approaching fast! Spread the word around your local area to make NAMI California part of its new years resolution. The California income tax return form includes the option to voluntarily contribute a designated amount of their tax return to a notable cause throughout the state. Check the box on "National Alliance on Mental Illness California Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund" to better help law enforcement in their area respond to crisis situations! This training is a direct improvement to your community and those around them.

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NAMI California Conference 2019 Agenda is Now Available!
NAMI California Conference 2019 — “Celebrating 40 Years of NAMI California Voices” — is just over a month away and we've prepared an agenda for all attendees!

Click here to download the conference agenda.

Find a workshop or session you like? There's still time to sign up and enjoy our exciting event!
Register in advance and save $20!
Looking for a group rate?

We'd be happy to give a discount rate for a party of  four or more  registrants!

Download  the group rate form and mail it to Operations Manager Eugenia Cervantes at our NAMI California office

Visit the  NAMI California Conference 2019 website  for more information
Upcoming Events!
Children's Spring Advocacy Day
Date/Time: April 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: California State Capitol
1315 10th St. Sacramento, CA 95814

Please join NAMI California, CALACAP and Children Now for a day of advocacy for children's mental health at the state capitol. This is a chance to join other enthusiastic people to discuss important issues with legislators and their staff. It is also a great opportunity to combine your voice with the voices of people from other organizations to support common legislative goals. Lunch will be provided and the event is free to attend.
Join Us This May At A Baseball Game!
Each Mind Matters, NAMI California, Mental Health America and Extraordinary Lives Foundation will be hitting the road in May and stopping by Major League ballparks to bring mental health awareness events during games for Mental Health Matters Month.

Below are the list of games and a link to purchase tickets:

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Mental Health Matters Day
Date/Time:   May 22, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location:   East Side of Capitol Building, Sacramento

Join us as we celebrate Mental Health Month. This is a free event! Prepare for outdoor seating, bring folding chairs and blankets!
Bebe Moore Campbell Capitol Advocacy Day
Date/Time:  June 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location:  California State Capitol
1315 10th St. Sacramento, CA 95814

NAMI California will host their annual National Minority Mental Health Awareness event to share information regarding mental health needs among diverse populations. Individuals will have the opportunity to meet with elected officials and staff in Sacramento. Scholarship opportunities will also be available so please stay tuned!
Monthly Highlights
Capitol Advocacy Day
Over 50 attendees joined us for our Capitol Advocacy Day on April 10 at the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento. The event was organized to help raise awareness on mental illness among decision makers for NAMI California members' priority issues, such as access to treatment, housing, crisis services, criminal justice, and family involvement. Eight groups broke out to discuss Assembly Bill 680 – funding for crisis intervention training – and Senate Bill 539 – creating a workforce education and training (WET) trust fund. The two-hour group slots also allowed these individuals to share their stories and advocate for the priorities of the families NAMI California serves.

Click here to view our full photo gallery from the event!
NAMI California Helps Host Solano County’s Mental Health 101 Training
Members from our Merced, Solano, and Yolo County affiliates joined together over the weekend for NAMI Solano County’s Mental Health 101 Presenter and Cultural Competency Training. This two day training prepared members to go out into diverse communities equipped to provide education about mental health and stigma reduction (through the power of sharing their stories of lived experience as peers, and supporters of loved ones with mental health experiences).

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