Weekly News & Events
March 8th, 2018
Today is International Women's Day!
Getting women active in mental health advocacy has rarely been a problem, but there are many mental health issues affecting women that still remain overlooked. Check out Women’s Mental Health: An Intersectional Feminist Social Justice Issue from Each Mind Matters for an expert's analysis on these issues. Plus, here are some other women's mental health resources from Mental Health America and World Health Organization.
Parent & Caregiver Conference in Los Angeles
NAMI Los Angeles County Council is holding their 4th Annual Parent and Caregiver Conference. This is a free event to the public. Topics include:
School-based NAMI mental health programs, compassionate mental health crisis response, communication skills, family member arrest, Individualized Education Program (IEP) information, benefits services – SSI/SSDI, signs and symptoms of mental illness, conservatorship, family support groups and more!
NAMI California Program News
NAMI CA Advocacy Mini-Grant
NAMI California is offering local affiliates the opportunity to build and coordinate a local advocacy program! Selected affiliates will receive a $125, $325, or $600 stipend to build a local advocacy program to support mental health awareness efforts and legislative change. NAMI California will provide technical assistance and support to selected affiliates to assist with advocacy activities.
  • Interested affiliates should review the commitments listed in the document linked below and decide which level of funding is most appropriate for their affiliate. Successful applicants will demonstrate that their affiliate has the capacity and leadership to effectively complete commitments.  
  • Applications are due by March 12, 2018. Affiliates can apply in one of two ways:
  • Complete the application online; OR
  • Complete the application linked below (pages 6-7) and submit to caitlin@namica.org.
  • NAMI CA will notify affiliates within 2 weeks of receiving their application.
  • Awarded applicants must complete their activities by July 31, 2018 and submit NAMI CA Post Event Report documentation by August 15, 2018 (NAMI CA will provide this in worksheet form and will be approximately 1-2 pages per advocacy commitment).
NAMI CA Program Training
Through funding from the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), NAMI CA has several opportunities to partner with affiliates throughout California to offer program trainings before August 2018.
NAMI CA will be awarding $2,000 for each of the following program trainings:
  • 1 Family to Family training
  • 2 Family Support Group trainings
  • 1 Basics training
  • 1 Persona a Persona training
  • 1 Peer to Peer training
  • 1 Conexion training
  • 1 Familia a Familia

MOU applications must be submitted to NAMI CA no later than March 12, 2018 . Affiliates will be notified regarding if their training will receive funding by March 19, 2018.
NEW: Cultural and Linguistic Competence Webinar Training
Looking to engage diverse communities in an empowering and equitable manner? This three-part webinar series aims to equip NAMI members, affiliates, and the community at large with the tools and information needed to engage diverse communities. All webinar training sessions are guided by trained presenters and provide opportunities for live participant interaction.
Webinars may be attended as a three-part series or individually, depending on the needs and interests of your organization.
Cultural Competency Webinar I: Mental Health 101 for Diverse Learners and Communities
·         March 20, 2018 from 5:30PM-7:30PM

Cultural Competency Webinar II: Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Competence
·         May 9, 2018 from 2:00PM-4:00PM
Cultural Competency Webinar III: Principles of Community Engagement
·         March 28, 2018 from 2:00PM-4:00PM
·         April 26, 2018 from 5:30PM-7:30PM
·         June 19, 2018 from 2:00PM-4:00PM
For questions, please contact:
Catherine Chivers
Community Engagement Coordinator
NEW: Cultural Competence and Responsiveness Toolkit Webinar Training!
This webinar trains participants how to effectively engage diverse racial and ethnic communities. Affiliates, partners, and city and county staff are invited to attend this free webinar training on NAMI CA’s Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness Toolkit. All webinar training sessions are guided by trained presenters and provide opportunities for live participant interaction.

Training times and dates:
·       May 18, 2018 from 5:30PM-7:30PM
·       June 14, 2018 from 2:00PM-4:00PM
To register for the webinar, please contact:
Catherine Chivers
Community Engagement Coordinator
Mental Health 101 Presenter Training in Sacramento
NAMI California is recruiting members of underserved and marginalized communities such as the African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino/a/x, LGBTQ+, Native American, immigrant, and refugee communities to be presenters for Mental Health 101. This program is devoted to giving individuals in these marginalized communities an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative presentation, short video, and personal testimonies that represent a variety of cultural, beliefs, and values. The goal of MH 101 is to create a multigeneration of culturally diverse individuals that can help address the stigma associated with mental illness through education, support and advocacy.

Training Times and Dates:
Sat 04/28/18 (8:30 AM – 4:00 PM)  
Sun 04/29/18 (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Location: Lutheran Social Services          
4390 47th Ave, Sacramento, CA, 95824
Web-based Family & Peer Support Specialist Training Program: now recruiting May cohort!
Here at NAMI CA, we understand that an individual with lived experience, or a family member, has a unique role in the life of their loved one and/or others who live with mental illness. Chances are they have witnessed their illness in a way that no one else has, not even their doctors or counselors. Which means that because of their lived experience in dealing with, or finding services for and watching their loved one live with their illness, they become experts regarding those who live with a mental illness. They see what needs to be done and they watch all the factors that come together for good (or bad), and what works (or doesn’t). This type of “lived experience” is what has inspired us to create a web-based Family and Peer Support Specialist Training Program.
The Webinar Training program is devoted to giving peers and family members an opportunity to learn about educational skills such as the Recovery Model, Communication Skills, Trauma Informed Care, among others. All webinar training sessions are guided by trained presenters and provide opportunities for live participant interaction. The goal of this program is to provide individuals with lived experience as a peer or family member, Behavioral Health educational training, one-on-one career counseling, and support to volunteer or work in the Behavioral Health Field. Our next cohort will hold their orientation webinar on May 20 and May 22, with web classes occurring every Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting in June.
If you would like to learn more about the training program and/or have opportunities available for graduates from the program, you can contact F/PSS Program Coordinator Jonathan DuFresne at Jonathan@namica.org or at (916) 567-0163.
The first MHSOAC Suicide Prevention Subcommittee is scheduled to meet:
Friday, March 16, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The McConnell Foundation
800 Shasta View Dr.
Redding, CA 96003
Call-in Number: 866-508-0938
Code: 1765491 (Listen-in Only)
Commission Meeting

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Location TBD

Early Bird Registration for the NAMI CA Annual Statewide Conference ends March 23 !
The 2018 NAMI California Annual Conference will take place June 1 - 2 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey, California. Take advantage of special Early Bird pricing, which ends March 23! Register now!
Personal Stories
NAMI California is looking for personal stories of mental health recovery to share in our Your Stories blog and in our monthly newsletters.
Additionally, we would love to hear from family members. If you would like to share your story as a family member or caregiver of someone with mental illness, please email Communications Coordinator Shireen Dada Whitaker at Shireen@namica.org
Keep us in the loop!
We welcome your submissions for the NAMI California monthly and weekly newsletters! We would like to recognize our affiliates, NAMI members, calls-to-action, and special events across the state that highlight the best of what's happening in California mental health advocacy. 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 NAMI California Communications Coordinator Shireen Dada Whitaker at Shireen@namica.org . Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!
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NAMI California Office: (916) 567-0163  
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