NAMI California Response: Santa Clarita School Shooting

November 14, 2019

We are deeply saddened to hear about news of a school shooting in Santa Clarita. Whenever we hear about another tragedy involving gun violence, we grieve along with our fellow citizens and community members impacted by it. NAMI California supports all of our communities. There is help and hope for those impacted. Our San Fernando Valley more »

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California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM): Behavioral Health Proposals

November 13, 2019

NAMI California is proud to be collaborating with other state health leaders for California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM), a multi-year initiative for California’s Medi-Cal program, sponsored by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). With the state’s current Section 1115 and 1915(b) waivers expiring in 2020, DHCS developed the CalAIM initiative to set more »

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2019 NAMI CA MHSA County Programs Report Published

October 31, 2019

By Marcel Harris, NAMI California Advocacy Manager I’m excited to share that our 2019 NAMI CA MHSA County Programs Report is published. NAMI California is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with local County Behavioral Health Directors and MHSA staff on this year’s report, “Collaboration Improving Lives & Giving Hope,” which outlines the various community-based more »

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New Wildfire Information and Resources Page

October 30, 2019

We hope you are safe from the recent wildfires in California. Our thoughts are with those who are impacted. It is heartbreaking to see so many of our communities suffering.  We would like to thank our first responders for always getting so many to safety. We also want to stress the importance of attending to more »

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Action Alert: Ask your Senators to Make 988 a Reality

October 29, 2019

One call can save a life. But, when a person is in a mental health crisis and has to look-up or remember a 10-digit number, precious minutes can be lost. We need a readily accessible crisis response system as an essential component of our nation’s strategy for mental health intervention and suicide prevention. The National Suicide more »

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Action Alert: Short Survey on the LPS Act

October 16, 2019

We hope you will give a few minutes of your time to help us protect our families and communities impacted by mental illness in California.  The issue: An investigation of the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act, which provides the guidelines for handling involuntary civil commitment of individuals with a mental illness in California. The LPS Act was more »

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5 Things You Can Do For World Mental Health Day (or Any Day)

October 10, 2019

1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. Here are 5 things you can do today to make a difference. Check in on someone you know who has struggled with mental health in the past. Reaching out to ask how someone is doing can be a small act with big impact. Educate yourself more »

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NAMI CA Interview: Kimberly Warmsley

October 4, 2019

Kimberly Warmsley, a private practice therapeutic provider whose specialty is “creating new ways of healing individuals suffering from emotional distress,” is a speaker on trauma healing at our 2019 Northern California Multicultural Symposium: “Team NAMI: Raising Voices” on Saturday, October 12. Of our work together, she says, “NAMI has been always been influential in my more »

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News: Mental Health Training for Emergency Dispatchers

September 12, 2019

We received good news that promises to protect individuals who experience a mental health crisis and our communities. Recently, we sponsored a bill (AB 680 from Assemblymember Kansen Chu) to increase training requirements for emergency dispatchers. The goal: to make sure that those answering and responding to our emergency calls know more about crisis intervention more »

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