Panel Discussion

Our Perspective in January 2022 

Wednesday, January 26, 7:30 pm

We are all unwilling participants in this era of the historic pandemic, so let’s take stock. As we go into January of the new year, it’s time to share our perspec- tive of where we families with individuals with mental illness have been, where we’re going, and what lies ahead.

Our roundtable discussion will include Rebecca Woolis, family therapist and author of When Someone You Love Has a Mental IllnessBeverly Bergman, Family Caregiver Advocacy Specialist; Patty Espeseth, Chief Administrative Officer of the Alameda Health System and support group leader; Katy Polony, Family Advocate for In-Home Outreach Team and Co-Founder of Families Advocating for the Seriously Mentally Ill (FASMI); Kate Kosmos, School Psychologist in the Oakland public schools; and Liz Rebensdorf, support group leader and President of NAMI East Bay.

Speaker Meeting starts at 7:30 pm
The presentation will be Zoom/online:link will be posted here.

Note: The meeting will be available in written form in the newsletter, and video-recorded and accessible via the What’s New link on our website.

Listening Group on Mental Health Concerns

Wednesday,December 8, 3-4:30

Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) invites you to attend an upcoming Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) listening session on December 8, 3 to 4:30 pm, to better understand the mental health needs of our communities here in Alameda County. We have scheduled this listening session specifically for the members of NAMI East Bay.

As part of ACBH’s planning process for the next MHSA Plan Update for FY 22/23, ACBH is cohost- ing this listening session to provide education on the MHSA and receive community input on the mental health issues in our county. MHSA is the result of 2004’s Proposition 63, where a one-percent tax is levied on incomes over $1 million, with resultant funds directed towards mental illness issues.

To join this discussion, go to You can also dial in using your phone: United States +1 (571) 317-3122, Access Code 990615501.

The listening sessions will be facilitated virtually by Tracy Hazelton, MHSA Division Director for ACBH, and co-hosted with NAMI East Bay Affiliate President Liz Rebensdorf.

Thank you for considering attending. Should you have any questions or if you’d like to provide addi- tional feedback, please feel free to email the MHSA mailbox at