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Check out these photos from NAMI Contra Costa’s Community Healing Event for African Americans on Feb. 28. The Black History Month celebration, titled “A Time to Heal: From Pain to Purpose,” was sponsored by Black Minds Matter 2, NAMI California, and the African American Steering Committee for Health and Wellness....

Join NAMI CA’s Online Focus Group for Diverse Communities Wednesday April 17, 2019 from 5:30-6:30PM Your feedback will be incorporated into the Annual State of the Community Report on Diverse Communities in order to reach and improve the experiences of underserved and marginalized diverse communities. Come gather, through an online webinar, with...

NAMI California hosted its Southern California Regional Multicultural Symposium on Thursday, March 7 at the California Endowment Center in Los Angeles. Over 90 attendees participated in a dialogue between community members and mental health care providers at various levels to discuss how to best serve diverse communities.

Left to right: Harriette Stevens, CALBHBC Board Member & NAMI Member/Facilitator, Amanda Levy, Director of Government Affairs with California Psychological Association, Agnes Lee, Special Assistant to the Speaker, Marcel Harris, NAMI California Advocacy Manager On March 4, the Connected Coalition conducted the Behavioral Health Wellness Fair at the Sacramento State...

California District 15 Senator Jim Beall recognized Women’s history Month this Monday by honoring NAMI Santa Clara County President Kathy Forward and five others at a “Women of the Year” event. Forward was congratulated as a Lifetime Achievement honoree and was given a plaque by Beall. “I am very honored...

The Cultural & Linguistic Responsiveness (CLR) Toolkit was created by NAMI California in partnership with the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) and Pacific Clinics with funding from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CALMHSA) with feedback from the CA Reducing Disparities Project. The goal of this toolkit is to...

It’s a historic time for NAMI California and we need your support now more than ever! This year, you have the opportunity to donate in support of NAMI California’s efforts through your state tax return. This is an incredibly powerful opportunity for our state to take a giant leap towards...

NAMI California hosted a Regional Advocacy Meeting in San Francisco on Friday, Feb 8, that hosted a panel discussion on mental health policy in the Bay Area. Speakers included State Senator Jim Beall, San Francisco District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, San Jose District 1 City Councilmember Teresa Keng and Marin...

  The Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission has awarded NAMI California funding to support engagement and program development. Your affiliate organization could be eligible to receive training support up to $1,500 by applying today. This would help affiliates across the state to conduct local trainings that reach diverse communities....

Programs Manager Zuleima Flores-Abid (left) and Data Coordinator Jonathan DuFresne On January 22, NAMI California’s Programs Manager Zuleima Flores-Abid and Data Coordinator Jonathan DuFresne had the opportunity to attend and present a NAMI On Campus High School (NCHS) Club workshop at the 2019 California Student Mental Wellness Conference in Sacramento....

County 1991 Realignment Mental Health Growth Restoration ($84 million GF): The Governor proposes to increase General Fund support for the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program by $241.7 million and discontinue the redirection of counties’ 1991 Realignment Mental Health Growth and county indigent health revenues. As a result, counties could receive...

My son, Joe, now 56 years old, had such promise as a youth. When he was in elementary school, he made up board games that were very complex but also intrigued all the neighborhood children. He also organized dog shows, a summer weekly newspaper and an elaborate annual Halloween haunted...

The lack of mental health crisis services across the U.S. has resulted in law enforcement officers serving as first responders to most crises. A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative, community-based approach to improve the outcomes of these encounters.


NAMI California’s three-part Cultural and Linguistic Competence Online Curriculum was created with support from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) to enhance NAMI affiliate and community partners’ capacity to better serve and meaningfully engage diverse racial/ethnic communities. Diversity encompasses understanding, respecting, embracing, preserving, and celebrating experiences and perspectives that...

Our latest episode of Represent Recovery has been published. This is the story of Juanita Pena of Napa. Pena works with Napa Citizens for Mental Health, who runs NAMI’s signature programs under NAMI Solano. Her 35-year-old daughter was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder at the age of 14 and currently lives...

Meet TRACE, an LA-based musician, whose powerful history with anxiety has driven her music and her passion to creating conversation about mental health awareness. TRACE invites you to MEET ANXIETY. With her new song + video out now, she captures the range of feelings anxiety can bring to our society. Her story...


  If you have bought the materials with the pilot, please read below: Following the NAMI P2P training pilots this summer and fall, we’ve made some adjustments to both NAMI P2P Trainer Manuals and NAMI P2P Training Materials required for the in-person P2P training. If you have a training coming...

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military service members and veterans.

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military service members and veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions. The program is designed to...

The Family/Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) Webinar Training Program is devoted to providing individuals who have lived experience with a mental health condition (as a peer, family member, or sometimes both) a pathway to employment/volunteer work within the behavioral health field. Find out more about our program and future sessions.

This Cyber Monday, do your regular Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-2676057 and AmazonSmile donates to NAMI California!

Hello NAMI California members, families, friends and loved ones. We will be out of the office starting today (Nov. 21) at noon through Sunday, Nov. 25 to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families. We will be resuming work on Monday, Nov. 26 during our normal office hours. If you have any...

Dear NAMI friends, family and loved ones, We are deeply saddened by the recent event that took place at a Thousand Oaks dance hall last night in which 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside the establishment. NAMI Ventura County and NAMI California supports all of our...

Did you know your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to NAMI California when you do your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-2676057.

Our latest episode of Represent Recovery is on Jean Marie Harris, President of NAMI Antelope Valley. Represent Recovery is a monthly spotlight on individuals who have or had experience dealing with mental illness – whether it be themselves, a loved one, family member or friend. This is Harris’ story.

Former NAMI board member Mark Gale was featured in a recent episode of SoCal Connected by KCET. This documentary – titled “Out of Bounds” – puts viewers in the shoes of football star Antonio Carrion’s mother, who’s fighting for her son’s mental health. Carrion was supposed to be the Nation’s...

In partnership with UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, NAMI California is hosting this FREE webinar at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 9.

NAMI California is proud to announce that we are in support of Proposition 2 and the No Place Like Home Program to help provide housing for individuals with mental illness. We are in support of this proposition which provides critical services to Californians who are experiencing homelessness and living with...

Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills into law that would allow new moms to gain improved access to mental health services. Signed by Brown on Sept. 30, the Maternal Mental Health bill requires doctors working with pregnant women and new moms to screen these patients for postpartum depression and other mental...

NAMI on Campus High School (NCHS) Affiliate Experts Pilot Project As the NAMI on Campus High School (NCHS) Club program has grown over the past several years, NAMI CA has been thrilled to see the levels of local engagement also grow between affiliates and clubs. This year, we have several...

Our thoughts are with Californians impacted by the recent wildfires across the state. NAMI California thanks first responders for getting so many to safety, and we want to stress the importance of attending to both the immediate and long-term mental health needs of all affected community members during this crisis....

What is Behavioral Health Action? Behavioral Health Action (BHA) is a coalition of statewide leadership from California who are working together to tackle the Behavioral Health crisis we face as a state. Rather than continually fighting with each other on key issues, BHA seeks to find solutions that work for...

California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California, Mental Health America of California, SEIU California, and NAMI California released the following joint press release on Friday, May 11, 2018: Sacramento – Only eleven days into the country recognizing the month of May as “Mental...

Thanks to the advocacy of our members and mental health advocates around the country, Netflix will be adding a suicide trigger warning video before each episode of the next season of “13 Reasons Why.” The video will feature resources for youth and parents to address suicide, sexual assault, and other...

On February 28th, individuals participated in a Behavioral Health Wellness Fair at the Capitol in Sacramento. The day consisted of members meeting with elected officials, sharing resources through a wellness fair, and an opportunity to attend an informational hearing led by Senator Pan titled, “Mental Health Delivery: The Global Forefront”...

A California Health Report article by Lisa Renner explores a new study released Thursday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research detailing inadequacies and inconsistencies in older adult mental health here in California. The research found that quality of services for seniors with serious mental illness varies depending on...

By Steven Kite, Chief Operating Officer The mental health care system in California remains fragmented, separated and ineffective. Both on the private and public fronts, care systems struggle to grapple with both the short term and long term needs of individuals living with mental illness and their families. Although research...

Sierra Vista High School’s NAMI on Campus Club is the first student-led NAMI in East San Gabriel Valley and has over 150 student members. This has been one of our most active NCHS clubs since it was piloted during the 2016-17 school year in partnership with NAMI East San Gabriel...

On November 1st, 2017, open enrollment for health insurance began nationwide. The deadline for the national exchange is December 15th, 2017, but fortunately the deadline for our state exchange, Covered California, is January 31st, 2018. This is a crucial time for people with mental health conditions. All health plans offered...

NAMI California joins other mental health leaders in a digital advocacy campaign launched by Our Health California calling for a display of suicide prevention resources on every episode of 13 Reasons Why. The campaign aims to deliver 10,000 petition signatures to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ headquarters at the end of...

  Our hearts and prayers are with all Californians in regions impacted by the California fires. NAMI California thanks first responders for already getting so many to safety, and we want to stress the importance of attending to the mental health needs of affected community members during this time of...

BY KIRSTEN BARLOW AND JESSICA CRUZ Special to The Bee Californians were shocked when The Sacramento Bee uncovered Nevada hospitals busing patients with severe mental illness to languish on Sacramento’s streets. Unfortunately, the Legislature is considering a bill that would make it easier for California hospitals to do the same....

Last night, June 9th, the Legislature and the Governor reached an agreement for the 2016-2017 California State Budget. The final Budget is expected to be passed by the Legislature by the 15th. NAMI California advocated for several items over the last six months. The Budget agreement reflects new and continued...

  Governor Jerry Brown makes a significant commitment to tackling California’s housing challenges in his May Revision of the 2016-17 California State Budget. NAMI California has long recognized that individuals with mental illness are severely impacted by the shortage of affordable and supportive housing in the state and that our...

  NAMI California is calling all California youth ages 14-25 to stand up to stigma and spread awareness of mental illness during Mental Health Month in May! See our tips below for ideas on how you can participate in Mental Health Month in your community. All month long, share photos and posts of what...

Nearly 1.3 million Californians currently receive Supplemental Security Income and the State Supplemental Payment. More than 70% are disabled and unable to work, often due to a serious mental illness. In 2007, the SSP grant was cut to the federal minimum and the cost-of-living adjustment was suspended and subsequently repealed....

In our last 30 Second Survey, we asked about your experiences in a crisis situation with ambulance and fire department crews. Many of you reported positive experiences, but there were several strong exceptions. Most had excellent advice on how crews can improve. Here is a sampling of your responses: What...

Batter up! This sound fills my weekends and my heart with joy as my little ones (and I’m sure many of yours) begin baseball season. As I watch them play and learn how to work together as a team, I’m reminded of the important work of NAMI here in California....

Jessica Cruz When you meet NAMI California Executive Director Jessica Cruz, it quickly becomes clear she’s an enthusiastic champion of NAMI and a tenacious force for mental health. She speaks earnestly about her vision for NAMI California and her compassion for those affected by mental illness. “NAMI is my life,”...

Thank you for your responses to our last 30 Second Survey question, “What  was your experience the first time you accessed mental health services for yourself or a loved one?” Survey responders said their first contact was with a health care provider, counselor, behavioral health center or mental health hospital,...