NAMI California is pleased to announce that the 2022 Annual Conference will be in-person at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on Aug 25 & 26. This year’s theme is “Moving Forward with Hope and Resiliency,” and we are excited to collaborate and connect on the future of mental health in person for the first time in 2 years. The conference will feature workshops, discussions, and leaders sharing their experiences and recommendations about how we can move forward to mental health parity. Stay tuned as we announce speakers and workshop topics in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Dr. Devika Bhushan, MD, FAAP, Acting California Surgeon General
Dr. Devika Bhushan is an equity-focused pediatrician and public health practitioner with expertise in adversity and resilience, toxic stress, trauma-informed systems, mental health, gender equity, and structural and social determinants of health. She currently serves as California’s Acting Surgeon General—focusing on three key priorities: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), early childhood development and health equity. Previously, Dr. Bhushan served as the inaugural Chief Health Officer of the Office of the California Surgeon General where she supported the launch of the ACEs Aware Initiative, an unprecedented state initiative which offers Medi-Cal providers training, screening tools, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs. She lives in San Francisco with her long-time partner and their son.
Michael Jann & Michele Jourdan: Bug Therapy
Michael is an Emmy-nominated late-night comedy writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Michele, after a career in high-tech, became a personal trainer, a gold-medal winning body-builder, and actually married a dumbbell (Mike). Michele’s the smart one. Mike’s the pretty one. And, now, they’ve made an animated short film — about mental health:
Bug Therapy: It’s a story about a mosquito who faints at the sight of blood.
BUG THERAPY is the story of Citronella (Meghan Trainor) trying to get up the courage to enter group therapy for the first time. The group is run by a Pill Bug therapist named “Dr. Pill” (Dr. Phil). Jay Leno, Sterling K Brown, and Tom Green are bugs with mental-health issues. The message is simple: Everyone struggles with something, and there’s no shame in asking for help.
To see the trailer, check out: www.bugtherapy.film
Superstars are Just Like Everyone Else When It Comes to Mental Health
Professional Athletes and entertainers face some of the most intense professional pressures: constantly competing for a job, performing in front of millions of people, and only appreciated if they’re successful. But inside they’re just like us, and hurt just like us. We all face certain pressures: what are the tangible realities of balancing mental wellness in the spotlight while also having a family and personal responsibilities. How does that apply to all of us, every day, at all ages?
Moderator: Jimmy Spencer
Jimmy Spencer has created a career in professional sports and currently serves as General Manager of UNINTERRUPTED. He has invited some of his personal friends including professional athletes, gamers, musicians, and other high-profile people to address these life-changing issues.
As a sports media executive, Jimmy has built lasting and deep relationships among the world’s most influential athletes and influencers within sports culture. While his success and expertise is in storytelling and content, he has carved out a unique path in the mental health space. Jimmy has struggled through intense anxiety since childhood, and that struggle has manifested itself through panic attacks, claustrophobia, OCD, dizziness and other physical symptoms that have interrupted his professional and personal life. Finally recognizing the seriousness of the issues that anxiety was inflicting, he found healing in the form of a specific treatment and now seeks to bring that methodology to all communities. Jimmy speaks to mental health in tangible ways with practical solutions and practices.
Jimmy speaks to how it plays out in both professional and personal relationships and how if not solved for, it can get in the way of workplace culture as well as individual and team productivity. He believes all people are born inherently good and every person has a purpose, yet traumas big or small can often leave scars that show up in negative beliefs and cycles of behavior that impede our ability to succeed. Change is possible.
Jimmy is also the co-founder of the Cheatcode Foundation, a unique organization that partners with athletes, musicians and artists to heal their traumas and in turn bring that healing into the communities and spaces which lack the resources to afford or access mental wellness care.
Percy Miller aka Master P is an entrepreneurial businessman, philanthropist, music mogul, producer and entertainer. He is the founder of one of the most successful brands of music companies in the world, No Limit Records. Miller is Founder and CEO of P. Miller Enterprises, establishing himself as a savvy businessman with a range of investments and interests beyond entertainment.
Percy Miller is a serial entrepreneur and believes ownership is the way to success. He created numerous products and brands such as Uncle P rice, pancake mix and syrup; Soldier Bread and Snacks; Rap Snacks Icon Noodles; Master Crunch Cereal; LA Great Beverages; Moneyatti clothing and shoes; Master Clean Life household cleaning products; television shows and movies. In addition, he has played for two NBA teams: Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors. He encourages others to own and have control over their careers and, ultimately, their livelihoods.
His most important endeavor is philanthropy; he founded the Team Hope Foundation, servicing at-risk youth and senior citizens in communities across the US.
Known to fans all over the world as “Titan” and “A-Gon,” former Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star and one of the best Mexican baseball players of all time, Adrian Gonzalez will share his story about mental health in his family, culture and the importance of mental health care for young people. Born in the United States but raised in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Gonzalez was the first pick in the 2000 MLB draft by the Florida Marlins. Carrying that burden, along with the pressure of representing Mexico in the World Baseball Classic and Olympic Games, Gonzalez excelled earning multiple, All-Star selections, Gold Gloves and Silver Slugger awards. After his playing career, Gonzalez turned to broadcasting and today is part of the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast team. With his wife, he created the Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez Foundation, which is focused on empowering underprivileged youth in the areas of athletics, education, and health.
Be Well OC: “The Power of One”
Be Well OC began as an idea and a vision. That idea that was sparked 6 years ago was rooted in the belief that collaboration is key to providing the best possible behavioral health care. Through the power of collaboration with diverse community partners coming together, Be Well OC started with a 93-bed Anita Street Campus. Now, plans are coming together for a second, much larger campus.
Hear from panelists that are a part of the cooperative partnership that helps facilitate communication, bridge gaps, and eliminate barriers to behavioral health care.
Marshall Moncrief — CEO Mind OC
Marshall Moncrief is the Chief Executive Officer of Mind OC, a not-for-profit organization created to advance the community-wide mental health collaborative known as Be Well Orange County. Marshall also serves as a commissioner for the Orange County Commission to End Homelessness. He is a licensed psychotherapist and holds an Executive MBA in healthcare management.
Prior to his current role with Mind OC, Marshall served as the executive clinical and administrative leader of mental health and addiction services for the Hoag Health and Providence-St Joseph Health Systems, most recently overseeing hospital and primary care services across LA, Orange County and the High Desert.
A life-long resident of Orange County, Marshall and his family live in Huntington Beach.
Veronica Kelley — Chief of Mental Health & Recovery Services for the Orange County Health Care Agency
Dr. Veronica A. Kelley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California. She currently serves as the Chief of Mental Health & Recovery Services for the Orange County Health Care Agency, overseeing the public behavioral health system. Prior to that, she served for 13 years with San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, the most recent assignment was her appointment as the Behavioral Health Director from 2006-2021. She is the Past President of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association and co-chairs the Substance Abuse, Prevention & Treatment Committee. She is an Associate Member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and holds numerous positions on Statewide committees, including an appointment to the Governors No Place Like Ome Advisory Board, CalAIM committee membership, Incompetent to Stand Trial Work Group and the Behavioral Health Stakeholder Advisory Committee. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda School of Social Work & Social Ecology and a Professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University in the Social Work and Sociology programs.
Michael Hunn — CEO of CalOptima Health
As Chief Executive Officer, Michael Hunn is responsible for the mission of CalOptima Health, its systems and structures as well as overall strategic business, financial and community planning. He works collaboratively with CalOptima Health’s Board of Directors to implement the agency’s strategic vision and ensure its success. He oversees all aspects of the organization and maintains positive working relationships with member, provider and community representatives as well as federal, state and county agencies. Prior to joining CalOptima Health in November 2021, Hunn provided advisory services to a variety of health care clients ranging from health systems and hospitals to health plans and medical groups. He has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience in president or CEO roles for large hospitals and health plans in Southern California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College and a master’s degree in Systematic Theology from Kenrick Glennon Seminary, both in St. Louis, Missouri.
Andrew Do — Member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors in California
Supervisor Andrew Do represents Orange County’s First Supervisorial District, which includes the cities of Cypress, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, La Palma, Seal Beach, Westminster, and the Unincorporated Communities of Midway City and Rossmoor. Supervisor Andrew Do’s service to Orange County began when he joined the Public Defender’s office in 1990. In 1997, he joined the District Attorney’s office and served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Sexual Assault Unit. In 2007, Supervisor Do began his service as a Chief of Staff on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, before being elected County Supervisor in 2015. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Supervisor Do has played a leading role in drafting and implementing policies to safeguard the health of all who live and work in Orange County. Supervisor Do’s work includes many initiatives aimed at protecting county residents and businesses including the countywide language access policy, expanded COVID-19 testing for vulnerable communities, the District 1 Small Business Grant Program, Safe Dine OC grants for Personal Protective Equipment at restaurants, hot meal delivery to seniors, monthly food distribution to thousands of families, the #MaskUpOC educational campaign, and several pop-up food pantries. Supervisor Do has been the leader on the Board of Supervisors on many other issues, including homelessness, affordable housing, mental health, infrastructure, public transportation, and criminal justice reform. Supervisor Do is currently the Chair of CalOptima and sits on the following Orange County committees: Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
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