Governor Newsom’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 State Budget – Mental Health Issues

January 15, 2019

Governor Newsom’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 State Budget – Mental Health Issues 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. more »

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Affiliate & Member Corner

August 8, 2018

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 exciting initiatives underway to help more »

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NAMI California Advocates at the Capitol’s Behavioral Health Wellness Fair

March 12, 2018

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” focused on hearing from implemented more »

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The California Standard

January 24, 2018

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 has shown many best practice options, we have yet to see more »

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Gov. Brown Moves To Tackle Housing Challenges

May 24, 2016

  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 constituents face unique barriers accessing more »

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Calling All Youth: Get Involved In Mental Health Month!

May 10, 2016

  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 you’re doing on Facebook, Instagram more »

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Action Alert: People with mental illness don’t deserve to live in poverty

May 6, 2016

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. This drove the 1 million more »

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30 Second Survey: Experiences With Ambulance & Fire Crews

April 28, 2016

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 has your experience been in more »

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Meet Jessica Cruz, NAMI California Executive Director

March 30, 2016

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,” she says. “I love my job. I’m more »

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