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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, March 28, 7:30 pm


   Locating decent housing for a loved one is among the greatest frustrations families face.   Join us for a panel discussion with these individuals in the field.

Megan Liu is the second generation in her family to manage licensed board and care facilities for people living with mental illness in the East Bay.  She has a wealth of information to share on  elements of quality licensed adult (18-59) residential housing, and the trends that are responsible for the closure of decent housing for people living with mental illness.

Sharron Leyden, LCSW, Director of Coordinated Entry Systems, Berkeley Food and Housing Project. Sharron  has overseen the well regarded licensed board and care, Russell Street Residence, and the adjacent independent living home.  She will talk about elements of successful adult residential facilities for those living with serious mental illness.  She will also address the new funding available in Alameda County for housing under the Whole Person Care project.

Plus, some words about the  Independent Living Association - this is a newly formed county project, originating in San Diego, to address and deal positively with unlicensed room and board facilities. 

 Join us for an interactive evening of discussion about an issue that affects us all.   



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, and we’ll get more comprehensive information to you as a regular feature of our bimonthly newsletter.

• 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.


 UCB study

Do you or a family member or friend have bipolar disorder? We invite you to participate in an online research study that aims to better understand how seeking and receiving emotional support from close others may impact well-being. From time to time, everyone turns to a friend or family member to assist them in dealing with their emotions, and we would like to know more about this experience.

This is NOT an intervention study that has direct personal health benefits; we hope that it will improve understanding of peoples’ emotional support needs and how to meet them that could be used to enhance relationships and therapies in the future.

What is involved in being a participant?

You will be asked to recall and describe a recent experience when you received emotional support from another person, and to answer questions about your experience. This research project will be completed remotely on Qualtrics.com, and will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete. You must be 18 years of age or over to participate in this project. There is no compensation for participation.

The information you provide will be treated confidentially in accordance with ethical standards for conducting research. Participation is entirely voluntary and data are collected anonymously. Your decision whether or not to participate in this project, and your involvement will in no way affect your relationship with your loved one’s clinician or their treatment.

How to participate?

This research is being conducted by a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Dr. Sheri Johnson.

If you are interested in participating, you can click here (or go to https://goo.gl/Lv5VDn) at any time, which will take you to the project’s informed consent page, where you’ll find more specific information.​

If you have any further questions or would like more information, please contact us at berkeley.ier@gmail.com

LAUREL Program
University of California - Berkeley

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 Voices, Visions and Different Realities Group for Family Members meets bi-weekly on Thursday evenings at NAMI EastBay office; contact Ed (edherzog@comcast.net) or Carla (carla295@sbcglobal.net) for more information.  

  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, 




                                                  HOUSING ISSUES
There are two groups now with focused energies around housing issues -issues which impact our loved ones in the community. We invite those of you are interested to let us know so we can alert you to upcoming meetings and projects:


1- Supportive Housing Collaborative (SHC) - this group is a mix of family members, providers, housing administrators and people interested in development. Interest has been determined to lie with projects with options for both rental and ownership, number of units to fall under 40, population to be mixed, with a continuum of care orientation. A small study committee will be meeting with experts in the field around current projects, funding issues, advisability of having non-profit status, etc. The role of SHC may ultimately be as much advocacy as anything else. Next meeting TBA.


2- Community Living Facility Networking. This group is being chaired by Robert Ratner, Housing Services Director. Interest is in facilities which are shared living arrangements such as licensed board and cares, single room occupancy or residential hotels, room board houses, halfway houses, and recovery residences. Goals are to develop and maintain a resource list, identify issues related to existing facilities and developing action plans to address such issues, promote quality standards and support the work of quality operators. To be added to the email list, contact Housing Services Office at 510-891-8928 or everyonehome@acbhcs.org. Meetings are quarterly. 







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

 Wednesday, March 14 - support group for families of adults, 7:00 - link to What We Offer

Tuesday, March 20 - support group for families of youth and young adults, 7:00 - link to What We Offer

Wednersday, March 28 - general educational meeing with discussion on Housing Options with experienced panel of providers.  Discussant list is being updated.  See current information under What's New.


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