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GENERAL MEETINGS  are held on the 4th Wednesdays in January, March, May, July, September, November (sometimes changed in November so as not to conflict with Thanksgiving).  Everyone is welcome to come by and hear a presentation from an expert in the field, a panel, or a video.  Meeting starts at 7:30pm in the Social Hall of the Albany Methodist Church, 980 Stannage - at corner of Marin - Albany


Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 pm

David Kan, MD

  Adult General and Addiction Psychiatry


“With legalization, it is important to discuss the effects of cannabis on mental health”, says David Kan, MD, D.F.A.S.A.M.   Dr. Kan is a clinical psychiatrist specializing in Addiction Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, general Adult Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology. He is on the UCSF Department of Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, and has a private practice located in Walnut Creek. Dr Kan has received multiple awards and honors in the area of Addiction Medicine and Clinical Instruction in psychiatry, and has made extensive contributions with his work in Guidelines for Physicians Working in Opioid Treatment Programs and gives frequent presentations.  To  name a few,  “Smoking Cessation and Chronic Mental Illness”, “Stimulants, Psychosis, and Treatment”, “Cannabis and PTSD”.

Please bring your questions and join us for an interesting evening.





Recruiting for People to Offer Personal Support Services

The Proxy Parent Foundation is a non-profit organzation that offers two integrated services: PLAN and PSS. The Special Needs Trust (PLAN) is open to disabled persons in California. Started by NAMI families some years ago, this is a Master Pooled Trust vehicle, which actually has a bigger presence in Southern California. The second service is Personal Support Services (PSS) for beneficiaries of the trust. PSS individuals deal with persons with mental illness, coordinating public and private social services and medical care while providing family-like attention.

The organization is now increasing its PSS offering in Northern California and is recruiting individuals who would be interested in becoming a PSS provider. They are looking for individuals who have experience—either clinical or personal—in dealing with persons with mental illness, who have empathy, and who intend to live in the area for some time. Criminal and financial background checks are part of the hiring process, and the PSS would be making monthly and quarterly reports to the Proxy Parent Foundation.

This is a part-time commitment and the person could have a day job as well. Hourly payments are $65 to $85, and travel time is compensated at a different rate. Please contact Bruce Lewitt at 888-574- 1258. 



Consumer Activities

Families frequently inquire about community services. Since many of our NAMI folks are not county case-managed, it’s up to families to find out what’s available. Accordingly, here’s a brief note about two resources:

• PEERS (Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services) is a large consumer-run agency located at 333 Hegenberger Road in Oakland. They offer WRAP (Wellness Action Recovery Plan) classes, Final Fridays Free Movies, discussion and Secret Messages groups. Their website is comprehensive: www.peersnet.org.

• BACS (Bay Area Community Services) offers free Wellness Centers across the county. These are drop-in social centers with planned activities. Website is www.bayareacs.org. 


New local support groups
             Family support, run by FERC (Family Education Resource Center), 2nd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00, TowneHouse House Wellness Center, 629 Oakland Avenue, Oakland.


PREP Group for Families of Young Adults

PREP (Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis) announces a new drop-in group for family members of relatives under age 30.  The group is a blend of support and resources and meets at the Towne House, 629 Oakland Ave, Oakland, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:00-7:30pm.  Contact Stella, Coordinator, at 510-590-0570. Go to www.askprep.org for more information or call 1-888-535-7737.



                                              HEARING VOICES NETWORK

     The Hearing Voices Network is comprised of people who see, hear, feel and think things that others may not experience - and  also includes the family members of these individuals.  Website is www.bayareahearingvoices.org.

  The local weekly group for those with these ongoing experienes meets 1st and 3rd Mondays, 6-7:30 pm, Berkeley Drop In Center, 3234 Adeline Ave. Berkeley.  Refer to website for more information.




Mission Statement:    Voices of Mothers is an advocacy effort by families on behalf of our loved ones with serious mental illness. We are fighting for changes  to local, county, state, and federal laws and policies that are failing to provide adequate and timely services and protections to our vulnerable family members.  


1. Grow the family voice in Alameda County by broadening family engagement at all levels.  

2.  Monitor legislation at all levels that impacts mental health policies, campaign in support of laws that improve care for those with serious mental illness, and monitor implementation of mandated programs  

3. Fight to reduce stigmatizing and blaming of families. Document instances of family blaming and misinformation in media and in communications tied to or funded by public fund  

CONTACT INFORMATION:  voicesofthemothersandothers@gmail.com, 










What's New @ Nami - East Bay
Apr 6, 2018

 Wednesday, April 11 -support group for families of adults, 7:00 - link to What We Offer

Tuesday, April 17 - support group for families of youth and young adults, 7:00 - link to What We Offer

Wednesday, May 9 -support group for families of adults, 7:00 - link to What We Offer

Tuesday,May 15- support group for families of youth and young adults, 7:00 - link to What We Offer

Wednesdsay, May 23 - general meeting.  Guest presenter is Dr. David Kan, psychiatrist, who will discuss issues around mental illness and substance abuse/addiction.  See What's New.



NAMI EastBay, 980 Stannage Ave, Albany, CA 94706. (By appointment)
Phone: 510-524-1250 | Email: namieastbay@gmail.com