2016 General Meeting Topics
NOTE: Location and time for the meetings.
7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Conference Room 1B
Sacramento County Division of Mental Health Building
(the building with the clock tower)
3331 Power Inn Road, Sacramento, CA 95826
Light Refreshments are served at the meetings. Attendees are welcome to bring a dish of finger food (doesn't require fork or utensils to eat) to contribute to the potluck. Brining a dish of food to share is not required.
We've have some great informative and inspiring speakers at NAMI Sacramento General Meetings. Here is a summary of meeting topics for the coming year:
January 11 General Meeting Guest Speaker
The guest speaker for the January general meeting will be John Buck, who will be talking about the Proxy Parent Foundation which safeguards public benefits for disabled persons through the PLAN of California Master Pooled Trust and provides “family like” Personal Support Services for people with mental illness and other brain disorders.
February General Meeting
Officer Michelle Lazark with the City of Sacramento's Police Department will discuss their Crisis Intervention Unit.
March General Meeting
AnnMarie McKnight with Crossroads Diversified will be the March guest speaker. She will discuss Crossroads' programs that prepare displaced and/or disabled individuals for competitive employment by providing comprehensive support and employment services.
April General Meeting
A representative from The Yoga Seed Collective will discuss alternative survival skills for people coping with mental health issues and the stress surrounding caring for someone. The Collective also has a program where trauma informed yoga programming is used in mental health hospitals.
May General Meeting
Two representatives from Heritage Oaks Hospital will discuss how and when treatment is provided and by which staff members. They will also talk about working with family members when they have someone hospitalized at Heritage Oaks; when can information be released, how to pass on helpful information to the staff regarding a loved one, etc.
June General Meeting
Guest Speaker - Duane Wright with the TLCS Mental Health Crisis Respite Center.
Staffed 24/7, the Respite Center offers a stay of up to 23 hours for any individual who is at least 18 years of age experiencing a mental health crisis but is not in immediate danger to self or others. There is no medical staff at the Center and participation is completely voluntary. The primary goal of the Respite C enter is to offer a stable and supportive environment so that the individual is able to leave with a plan to help get stabilized.
August General Meeting
The guest speaker will be Andrea Crook, Client Advocate Liaison with the
Sacramento County Department of Behavioral Health. She will share on how you can create your own Wellness Recovery Action Plan.
This plan is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals. It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and my health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.