New NAMI Cope Mental Health Program to Support California Police Officers

February 1, 2020

We are excited to share news that we’re working with the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) on a training program to provide police officers with mental health support. NAMI COPE is a resilience-building peer support program designed specifically for law enforcement, modeled on the NAMI Connection support group, a more »

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NAMI California Response to Governor Newsom’s 2020-2021 Budget

January 14, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom has released his most ambitious budget to date, showing that he and his Administration aim to make sweeping improvements to behavioral health across the state.  “We are happy to see a solid priority on mental health that focuses on a multi-pronged approach to solving a complex issue,” says CEO Jessica Cruz. “It more »

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Response to News: State Funding for Homelessness

January 8, 2020

With funding for mental health and homelessness being evaluated by lawmakers, NAMI California is urging Governor Gavin Newsom to consider the voices of those most impacted by the crisis. Statement from NAMI California CEO Jessica Cruz, in response to the news reports of the Governor’s proposal to allocate state funds and review Prop 63 (the more »

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Special Holiday Schedule

December 20, 2019

The NAMI California office will be closed December 23 to January 6. Find emergency numbers and more help from our resources page.

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3-Digit Suicide and Crisis Line Proposal Approved by the FCC

December 16, 2019

The FCC unanimously approved the proposal for new 3-digit number as Suicide Prevention Hotline. This is a great first step — and now Congress must act to help make 9-8-8 a reality. Here’s how you can help make a difference: Contact your Senators, urging them to support this. Contact your your U.S. Representative, urging them more »

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Community Opportunity: Hearing in Sacramento Dec. 9

December 3, 2019

NAMI California is looking for interested individuals to join us in attending an informational hearing on the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) on Monday, December 9 at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Conversations are ongoing around the use of MHSA funds, as we’ve seen with the multitude of legislative proposals attempting to amend more »

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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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