News: Mental Health Training for Emergency Dispatchers

September 12, 2019

We received good news today 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 more »

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Presidential Candidates on Mental Health

September 3, 2019

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a proud member of Mental Health For US, a nonpartisan, educational coalition elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations around the country. The coalition released candidate responses to their survey, which included 11 questions on mental health, drug overdose, criminal justice reform, and equal access to more »

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Tribute: Mental Health Champion Rusty Selix

August 28, 2019

The mental health community lost a strong ally and champion, with the passing of Rusty Selix this week. Selix will be remembered for his innovative advocacy efforts to support better mental health services for Californians, as the former head of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA), and with his work for other more »

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Study: NAMI Homefront Program Benefits Military and Veteran Families

August 24, 2019

Good news about the NAMI Homefront program: a new study shows that it produces significant benefits for both in-person and online participants. The study published in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association, found that participants in both formats experienced improvements in empowerment, coping, psychological distress, family functioning, the experience of caregiving, and more »

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Help us out by participating in our Stakeholders Survey!

April 17, 2019

NAMI California commits to seek, receive, and actively consider stakeholder recommendations while continuously improving a consistent feedback mechanism. We are committed to effective stakeholder engagement and rely on our continued work with stakeholders to help us further our mission to effectively advocate for lives of quality and respect, without discrimination and stigma, for families and more »

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Spring Capitol Advocacy Day!

April 11, 2019

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 more »

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NAMI California helps host Solano County’s Mental Health 101 training

April 3, 2019

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 more »

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NAMI California represented at Youth Mental Health Day

March 28, 2019

The California HOSA (Cal-HOSA) Youth Speaking Up for Youth Mental Health Day provided an opportunity for students, educators, community leaders, mental health providers, and policy experts to hear from youths about the adverse challenges facing them. The Sacramento Convention Center saw hundreds shuffle in and out of its doors all day Wednesday, with at least more »

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