Advocating for Better Crisis Care – As a result of several serious incidents (including two fatal incidents) at the local 16 bed acute-care locked crisis facility, NAMI Santa Cruz members created an Investigative Task Force on Crisis Care. The resulting Task Force Report and subsequent collaboration and improvements will be presented.
Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children and Youth with Mental Health Challenges – Parents and caregivers are the best resource to identify strengths and needs of California’s families impacted by mental illness. This workshop will provide some analyses of the perceptions of parents and caregivers that have been gathered through surveys and focus groups. The presenters will provide areas of focus for outreach, training, and advocacy based on the information gathered at both the state and local level.
Mindful Advocacy: How Parents and Caregivers Can Find Answers, Get Services, and Help Set a Collaborative Mental Health Agenda – Our “Mindful Advocacy” workshop will help parents and caregivers, educators, clinicians, advocates, and other “trusted adults” in a child’s life to: 1) find answers; 2) get services and supports; and 3) team up around a collaborative mental health agenda in the state of California.
Using Laughter Therapy to Reclaim One’s Self – Teena Miller developed her program titled A.S.T.E.P. A session of A.S.T.E.P uses laughter yoga exercises coupled with laughter wellness deep-breathing to tone the cardiovascular system by exercising the lungs and releasing muscle tension. It also helps consumers to find stressful events less disturbing and easier to manage. Teena brings A.S.T.E.P. to a minimum of 15 different clients throughout the Bay area in 5 different counties.
Special Needs Planning: From Estate Plans and Special Needs Trusts to Personal Support Services – Learn how a Special Needs Estate Plan can protect a disabled loved one’s “means tested” public benefits, such as Social Security Insurance (SSI) or Medi-Cal, and also provide personal support. Advance planning can ensure support both now and after you are gone.
Law Enforcement Building Relationships with Communities, Consumers, and Families – The Los Angeles Police Department, Mental Evaluation Unit/ System wide Mental Assessment Response Team recognized a need for additional support and assistance for the various community stakeholders and implemented the Senior Lead Officer (SLO) unit acting as a liaison between officers, consumers, and countywide resources to managing mental health related issues or concerns.
* Tactical De-Escalation – The goal of this training is to provide a framework for the Police response to high-risk incidents involving people in mental health crisis and/or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The focus is on suspects armed with edged weapons, impact weapons, or those who are unarmed but non-compliant. (CEU Approved – 1 hour)
Strategies for Improving Health and Behavioral Health Care for Prison and Jail Inmates Returning to the Community – New strategies are needed to address the health and behavioral needs of prison and jail inmates who are re-entering the community after being incarcerated. The Affordable Care Act has extended Medi-Cal to many in the justice-involved population who were previously uninsured. This panel will explore best practices and policies that can improve coordination, health care outcomes, and reduce recidivism.
Beyond Safe Spaces: Addressing LGBTQ Trauma and Providing Solutions – The presentation will provide understanding of societal and cultural factors that allow trauma to persist in the LGBTQ community and provide recommendations for addressing those factors. We will elaborate on culturally specific definitions regarding LGBTQ identities and gender-identity, and attempt to breakdown the roles that stigma and prejudice play in preventing individuals from receiving or seeking services.
Combat to Community: Veterans and Mental Health – Participants will learn about commonly shared attitudes and values that characterize military service; how all aspects of military experience, service related injuries, and mental health issues effect veterans’ lives; how veteran status can inform interactions and services; and potential resources.
* Outcomes Based Care in Mental Health Treatment: Keeping the Patient Voice at the Center of Care – Research shows that providing clinicians with feedback from clients throughout treatment improves outcomes. A simple model that includes implementation of trans diagnostic tools and development of clinical workflows that use the tool in creating and adjusting treatment can lead to improved patient outcomes and a more efficient allocation of resources. (CEU Approved – 1 hour)
* California Pediatricians’ Perspectives on Behavioral and Mental Health Access for Children and Teens – This workshop will build skills for patients, providers, and advocates to partner with CA pediatricians on improving behavioral and mental health access. Recent legislation regarding pediatric mental health referrals will be highlighted, along with evidence and pediatrician surveys regarding gaps in care. Participants will comment on a proposed improvement action plan. (CEU Approved – 1 hour)
* Treating Depression Using Collaborative Care Models in Primary Care – Collaborative care models in primary care are vital tools for serving minority and indigent populations where rates of mental health disorders are highly prevalent, which place these individuals at higher risk for adverse health outcomes. Using this model, Kaiser Permanente is focused on improving accessibility and addressing mental health stigma within primary care modules. (CEU Approved – 1 hour)
* Pláticas and Atención Plena in Central California Schools: Understanding the Use of Alternative Methods to Help At-Risk Latino Students – Latino values embedded in the family system are at odds with the mainstream culture. Latino youth experience depression, anxiety, and trauma. They are concerned about their families which impacts their mental health and undermines their performance in school. This workshop will present culturally competent interventions such as pláticas and atención plena, and hip-hop therapy. (CEU Approved – 1 hour)
Campus Mental Health and Disability Rights Laws – Students with mental health conditions are protected from discrimination and have the right to reasonable accommodations, just like students with physical and learning disabilities. This workshop will include an overview of disability rights laws and how they apply to students and universities, to inform educators and empower students and families.
Sibling Support and Advocacy – Highlights the experiences of siblings coping with the mental illness of a brother or sister. We can often feel forgotten or invisible inside a family as our sibling’s needs become the priority. We will share our stories, provide resources and coping mechanisms such as self-care for our own mental wellness.
On Campus, We Rise: How Youth Advocates Can Lift Up College Mental Health – Join No Stigma No Barriers (NSNB) for a discussion on: college student mental health; barriers to care, including stigma and a lack of culturally responsive care; advocacy strategies from Youth based on their experiences; and ways to get involved in NSNB activities such as trainings, events, and writing/blogging for change.
Career Summer Institute in Mental Health – Through Partnerships with Mission College, the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department, and Andrew Hill High School’s Medical Magnet Program, this program connects students to mental health organizations and careers. Students engage in experiential learning opportunities such as mental health first aid certification and networking with various mental healthcare professionals.
- Using State and County Data to Inform Advocacy Efforts
- You are not Alone: SSI and IHSS Advocacy Services for Children and Families
- Implementation of the ABLE Act: Opportunities and Challenges
- Speaker- Zach Olmstead, CA Dept Housing & Community Development, (“No Place Like Home Implementation”)
- Speaker- Angela Kimball, NAMI National, (“Channeling Harriet Shetler: How NAMI’s Founders Fuel Today’s Advocacy”)
Consumer & Family Engagement
- Community Paramedics: Collaborative Care for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions
- Environmental Supports to Reduce Impact of Cognitive Dysfunction on Everyday Activities
- Bringing Your Voice into Healthcare and Impacting Programs and Services
- Speaker- Suzanne Robinson, NAMI National (Updates to Family-to-Family in partnership with St. Joseph)
- Panel #1 Family-to-Family NAMI Southern Santa Barbara
- Panel #2 Mental Health 101
- From Arraignment to Trial-Help for Families Navigating the Criminal Justice System
- The Five Pillars of an Effective Law Enforcement Mental Health Strategy
- The Intersection Between Healthcare and Immigration and Its Impact on Immigrants
- Speaker-Stephanie Welch, COMIO (“What Works: Preventing Crisis, Incarceration, and Recidivism”)
- Speaker- Brian Bixler, LAPD (“Policing and Indviduals with Mental Health Conditions: Past, Present and Future”)
Engaging Diverse Communities
- To Tell or Not to Tell: Mental Health Self-Disclosure and Stigma in the LGBTQ+ Community
- Reaching California’s Diverse Communities with Each Mind Matters Tools and Resources
- Healing our Traumas and Transforming our Lives
- Telling Your Story with Impact: How to Effectively Communicate with Funders and Donors about Your Work
- Increasing Membership by Reaching out to Faith Communities
- Not Your Mothers Board Workshop
- Speaker- Adele James, Adele James Consulting (“An Insider’s View on Successful Grant Seeking”)
- Speaker- Leonard Lang, Project Return Peer Support Network (“Phone Home: Using Modern Technology to Facilitate Recovery”)
- Exploring the Mental Health Workforce
- Mental Health in High Schools
- Prevention and Recovery in First Episode Psychosis
- Speaker- Anne Steketee & Madison Spiegel, Chapman University (“Two Perspectives on College Stress: Advocating for Intervention and Empowerment of Students”)
- Speaker- Malkia Chionesu, Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc (“Hip Hop Therapy as a Reform to the Mental Health System”)