November 2022 Speaker Meeting Bay Area Community Services

Bonita House

A sometimes hidden gem among county services are the Wellness Centers or Hubs. Scattered throughout the county are six sites which offer welcoming, accessible, and supportive community spaces for individuals with a wide range of mental health needs. The sites have the goals of building community, encouraging independent skills, and providing support through groups and activities.

     Bay Area Community Services (BACS, offers four hubs: Hedco, Towne House, South County, and Valley. Bonita House ( has two sites: the Berkeley Wellness Center and Casa Ubuntu Creative Wellness Center.

     We are pleased to have the directors of wellness programs from each agency speak with us on Wednesday evening.  LeAnne Rozner from Bonita House is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Clarise Burton is from BACS and she or a representative will be joining us. The speakers will be describing their programs and respond to questions.

Speaker Meeting starts at Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 pm

Recording of Presentation on Wellness Centers:
Passcode: 9#&4!l^B

Our bimonthly newsletters contain much of the information located in the What’s New section.  More detail may be found on the website, along with other writings.  Of greatest value is the comprehensive recording of the previous month’s general meeting presentation.  Fortunately, these summaries are available for the last 22 years – !! – as recorded by Tom Thomas and listed on his website at -under NAMI EastBay In the box on his home page. Enjoy.

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Prevention and Early Intervention in Psychosis: A Window of Opportunity to Change the Course of Serious Mental Illness Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 pm

According to the National Institutes of Health, 100,000 youth and young adults in the U.S. experi- ence a first episode of psychosis each year (NIH, 2013). And yet, it takes 21 months on average before someone can received specialized treatment for early psychosis after they first begin experiencing symp- toms (NIMH, 2019). Coordinated specialty care for early psychosis is a treatment model provided with evidence-based components designed for early detection, individual psychotherapy, strength-based care management, supported employment and education, judicious medication management, and peer and family support.

Adriana Furuzawa, LMFT, is the director of Felton Institute’s Early Psychosis Division and over- sees the implementation of the (re)MIND® programs (formerly PREP – Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis) in five counties in the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast. Felton’s (re)MIND® programs were first implemented in 2007 and are nationally recognized for bridging the gap between science and community-based services. Furuzawa will discuss what is psychosis and why it is important to intervene early, with the right resources, to prevent lifelong challenges and to support individuals and families to reach their life goals and dreams.

Recording of presentation:
Passcode: wVT1VfJ$