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Advocacy Updates

Become a NAMI Smarts Teacher

NAMI California will conduct its first NAMI Smarts Teacher Training from July 27th – 29th at the Larkspur Landing Hotel in Sacramento, California.
Training attendees will become empowered to teach and deliver the NAMI Smarts curriculum to Affiliates and the individuals and families they serve across the state.

NAMI Smarts is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps individuals and families transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

This curriculum is taught as a series of three 1-2 hour modules or as a single full-day training. Modules are designed to teach individuals how to: tell a compelling and inspiring story that makes an “ask” in 90 seconds; create an effective email, elevator speech, and phone call; and engage successfully in meetings with elected officials. Additional modules discuss mental health parity and protecting choice.

NAMI Smarts is effective with a wide range of participants, including those who are new to advocacy as well as individuals with years of experience. Anyone interested in mental health advocacy can benefit from NAMI Smarts.

As a NAMI Smarts teacher, you will help guide these individuals down the path of effective advocacy.

To participate in the training, you must receive approval of affiliate lead to attend training.
Click here for the application.


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Action Alert: Support



SB 906 requires the Department of Health Care Services to establish a Certified Support Specialist certification program. A peer provider is a person who combines specialized training and their own lived experience with mental illness and/or substance use disorder and recovery, to deliver valuable support services.
NAMI-California is asking members and affiliates to write support letters to their representatives!

Click here to learn more and take action.

Support Letter Template: 7.12.18 SB 906_Floor Vote_Individual_Representative

Take action and voice your support!

For questions, contact


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SB 968 will require the California State Universities (CSU) and the California Community Colleges (CCC) to hire one full time equivalent licensed mental health counselor per 1,500 students.

This bill addresses the mental health crisis facing California’s public higher education system and develops a more consistent system-wide reporting requirement.

NAMI-California is asking members and affiliates to write support letters to their representatives!

Click here to learn more and take action.

Support Letter Template: 7.12.18 SB 968 Support Letter_Indivual_Floor

Take action and voice your support!

For questions, contact

NAMI CAN webinar

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NAMI CA would like to remind you about the upcoming NAMI CAN call scheduled for Friday, July 13th from 2pm-3pm.

This call will focus on budget updates and information will be shared regarding allocations to mental health related services and supports.

Register for upcoming NAMI CAN calls.

1) Click here to register. Budget Call- Friday, July 13th (2pm-3pm)

2) Next NAMI CAN call click here to register. Tuesday, July 31st (4pm-5pm)

3) Tuesday, August 28th from 4pm-5pm. Click here to register.

Upcoming NAMI CA Regional Advocacy Meeting in San Joaquin County

NAMI California’s regional advocacy meetings are in partnership with local affiliates in several different regions.

Regional advocacy meetings are designed to bring together members of the public, community-based organizations (NAMI CA, NAMI Affiliates, and Partners), and county staff to talk about the public planning process.

Materials used and topics discussed will support advocacy endeavors for participating attendees. Below are our upcoming meetings.

Each registration link below also includes an optional questionnaire to help us gather important data and inform materials for the meeting.

For any questions email
San Joaquin County
Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 9am-3pm

San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95207

Community Engagement Updates

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In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, NAMI Ventura County, under the leadership of Executive Director David Deutsch, partnered with Diversity Collective Ventura County to host a Pride event titled “Prism of Thought.” The event included a DJ, an…

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Case Study Questionnaires

We are recruiting for the following:

consumers and/or family members from diverse communities

family members of any community

to respond to short answer questionnaires about experiences in accessing healthcare, cultural stigma, self care.

Please fill out a brief interest form and we will email you the questionnaire. Participants will receive a $10 gift card.

Interest Form

Cultural Competency & Responsiveness Webinar


Looking to engage diverse racial and ethnic communities in an empowering and equitable manner? This webinar aims to equip NAMI members, affiliates, city/county staff, and the community at large with the tools and information needed to engage diverse communities.

All webinar training sessions are guided by trained presenters and provide opportunities for live participant interaction.

Webinars may be attended as a series or individually, depending on the needs and interests of your organization.

Register for the next webinar:

Cultural Competency Webinar II – July 19, 2018 @ 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Click here for registration link

Program Updates


Mental Health 101 Presenter Training in the Bay Area

NAMI California is recruiting members of underserved and marginalized communities such as the African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino/a/x, LGBTQ+, Native American, immigrant, and refugee communities to be presenters for Mental Health 101.

This program is devoted to giving individuals in these marginalized communities an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative presentation, short video, and personal testimonies that represent a variety of cultural, beliefs, and values.

The goal of MH 101 is to create a multigeneration of culturally diverse individuals that can help address the stigma associated with mental illness through education, support and advocacy.

For Training Details and Presenter Qualifications Click Here

Training Times and Dates:

Sat 08/04/2018 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Sun 08/05/18 (9:00 AM –4:00 PM)

Location: Liberty St, Suite #A120
Fremont, CA 94538

Apply Here

Conference Presentation Slides Available

Workshop and plenary presentation slides from the 2018 NAMI California Statewide Conference are available on our conference website. For those of you who attended, or for those of you who couldn’t make it but would like to benefit from the information share, please visit our page with presentation links!



Send Program Inquiries To:

Family Programs: Serena Durand-

Family & Peer Support Training Program: Jonathan DuFresne –

Peer & MH101 Programs: Thao Duong –
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