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NAMI California Conference 2019

The NAMI California Conference 2019 will be held from May 31 to June 1 at Newport Beach!
Super Early Bird registration savings have been extended to Jan. 7.

Advocacy Updates

Hello from the NAMI California Advocacy Team!

Once a month, our team will be sending out this newsletter to keep you informed about all things advocacy.

We hope that this monthly briefing of information will increase transparency about our work in Sacramento, and more effectively support the voices of all Team NAMI members who are doing critical advocacy work around the state.

For suggestions on how we can make this space more useful to YOU, please email us at

In community,Your NAMI-CA Advocacy Team

*Local Advocacy Funding*

With funding awarded from the MHSOAC, NAMI California seeks to support local advocacy development and enhancement through funding opportunities for events, activities, and resource creation.
These funds are designed for affiliates supporting family members and individuals with lived experience who are engaged in influencing policy and funding decisions in their communities.

Last year, this funding helped to develop and sustain advocacy programs across the state. See some of last year’s highlights here.

For more information about this funding opportunity, click here.This year, we are please to announce a significant increase in available funding.
Ready to apply? Click here.

Timeline and Application ProcessApplication Deadline: Wednesday, December 7, 2018 at 5:00pm Award Notifications Sent Out: Thursday, December 20, 2018____ 

Questions? Email Caitlin at

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Teacher Training

Los Angeles | December 7th – 9th

NAMI California is hosting a NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Teacher Training from December 7th – 9th in Los Angeles, 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.

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.

We are able to open the training to 1-2 individuals from each LA-based affiliate. If you are interested in attending or sending someone from your affiliate, please have the attendee fill out the application here.

All attendees must recieve approval of their affilaite leader. 

For more information, visit us at, or email Sashary at

For a PDF copy of the NAMI Smarts Flyer click here


During these newsletters, we will highlight some of the wonderful work being accomplished by affiliates across the state.

On August 14th, NAMI Merced hosted an event in support of its Spanish-speaking residents and members. The event focused on mental health wellness, the impact of trauma, and the importance of developing resiliency in the face of the current immigration landscape.

The event was hosted in coordination with Cultiva La Salud, ACLU Northern California, Valley Watch Network, Sierra Vista Child and Family Services, and the Merced County Department of Behavioral Health.

It included a presentation on the Latino Cultural Wealth Model, information on NAMI programs that are available in Spanish, and tools to support families under threat of deportation. All information was provided in Spanish.

For more local advocacy highlights click here

NAMI CAN! Call Important UpdateNAMI CAN! Calls will now be hosted on the first week of each month. The next CAN! Call will be hosted on December 5th.Click here to register!

Get Involved!Want to get involved in Team NAMI advocacy

Click here to fill out an advocacy interest form.

Upcoming Webinars and Events

NAMI CA Diverse Program Support

  • Persona a Persona Class (10 week class)
  • Familia a Familia Class (12 week class)
  • Conexion Support Group meetings (8 meetings)
  • Mental Health 101 Presentations
  • Family to Family (12 week class)

All applicants are required to attend a mandatory information webinar training in order to be considered for program support. Dates will be sent out soon.
Application deadline is Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.

NAMI CA Families Program Support Opportunities

  • Family to Family Class (10 week class)
  • Basics Class (6 week class)
  • Family Support Group meetings (8 meetings)
  • Homefront Class (6 week class)
  • Mental Health 101 Presentations
  • Professionals Presentations

All applicants are required to attend a mandatory information webinar training in order to be considered for program support. Dates will be sent out soon.
Application deadline is Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.

Stay Connected by Following Our Blog!

Click here to see NAMI-CA Advocacy Blog and Keep Up with Our Activities Around the State

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