Crisis Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Crisis Text Line

Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

NAMI HelpLine

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. PT for free mental health info, referrals and support.

Find a Local NAMI

July 8, 1 to 3:30 pm PT

Welcome Remarks

Jessica Cruz. NAMI California CEO

Keynote Address

“Why We Should Bring Conversations about Race and Racism to the Table” with Dr. Jei Africa, PsyD, Practicing Clinician, Director at Behavioral Health and Recovery Services at County of Marin, Department of Health and Human Services; NAMI California Board Secretary

Q&A With Keynote Speaker

Facilitator: Brianna Vargas, MS, Director of Community Engagement, NAMI CA


Smudging for Healing, Mirna Xiuhyolotl Juarez, Owner of Fireheart Botanicals; Member of StockSolid and InnerG

Closing Remarks

Ragini Lal, Community Engagement Manager, NAMI CA

July 9, 1 to 3:30 pm PT

Welcome Remarks

Steven Kite, Chief Operating Officer, NAMI California

Keynote Address

“Behavioral Health and Law Enforcement: Developing an Understanding” with Tiffany Ross, LCSW, Behavioral Health Services Supervisor; Community Behavioral Health Assessment Team – CBAT Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Program Coordinator; Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health

Q&A with Keynote Speaker

Facilitator: Ragini Lal, Community Engagement Manager, NAMI CA

Breakout Session 1 – Call to Action: Building

Initiatives to Reduce Mental Health Disparities Among Diverse Communities in the Criminal Justice System

Facilitators: Dr. Ania Townsell, Psy.D., Psychology Postdoctoral Resident, Kaiser Permanente & Ragini Lal

Breakout Session 2 – Call to Action: Creating

Innovative Strategies to Mitigate the Mental Health Crisis Among Immigrant Populations (Including Refugees, Asylum Seekers)

Facilitators: Maria Alaniz, MPH, Project Manager, UCD Center for Reducing Health Disparities & Brianna Vargas, MS

Closing Remarks

Ragini Lal, Community Engagement Manager, NAMI CA

July 10, 1 to 3:30 pm PT

Welcome Remarks

Angela Brand, VP of Strategic Development, NAMI CA

Panel: Collaborative Community-Based Innovations


  1. Luther Richert
    Chief Services Officer of L.A.’s South County for Mental Health America of Los Angeles
  2. NamQuyên (Q) Lê & JR Kuo
    National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)
  3. Dr. Rhonda Brinkley-Kennedy, PsyD
    CEO & Founder of South Central Training Consortium, Inc.

Q&A with Panel

Facilitator: Tory Martinez, Community Engagement Manager, NAMI CA

Activity: Self-Care- Building Daily Habits

JR Kuo, CEO of CoffeeWithJR, Program Director at NAAPIMHA

Closing Remarks

Brianna Vargas, MS, Director of Community Engagement, NAMI CA


Registration is free for any or all of the three days!


Previous Multicultural Symposiums

Recap of our October 2019 Multicultural Symposium

Read reports from our previous Multicultural Symposiums


Jei Africa

Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Marin County and NAMI California Board Secretary

Jei Africa, PsyD, MSCP, CATC-V, Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) at the County of Marin, is an innovative thought-leader and clinician who is passionate about integrating effective culturally responsive practices into the core functioning of County health services. Dr. Africa has 2 decades of counseling, teaching, consulting, and private practice expertise in the areas of behavioral health, trauma, health equity and diversity. His prior roles include: Director of the Office of Diversity and Equity with the San Mateo County Health System, Clinical Director at Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse, and Manager of Youth Treatment Services at Asian American Recovery Services.

JR Kuo

Owner of CoffeeWithJRJ

R Kuo is the CEO of CoffeeWithJR, a mental health training services organization, and a professional speaker, trainer, and coach. He is also the Program Director of NAAPIMHA. He is specialized in mental health, diversity and inclusion, and business development. JR has over 10 years of experience in public speaker, and has trained students, faculties, and staff at over 40 universities and conferences across the United States, including Harvard University, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and Denver, teaching leadership, cultural competency, and mental health. He is also a Mental Health First Aid instructor. In additional to professional speaker, JR has 10 years of experience managing and running nonprofit organizations and small businesses. He also provides corporate training that focuses on leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and mental health in the workplace.

More coming soon!