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Planning for the Future – When Caregivers are No Longer Present:

Planning for the Future – When Caregivers are No Longer Present: 

Wednesday September 27, 7:30 – 9pm.  Zoom link below

Join us for a casual group discussion about this important and worrisome topic.  There will be no speaker presentation but there will be a structured overview of things to consider.  We’ll be sharing and learning from each other.
Meeting ID: 882 7808 8313

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Meet and Learn about PEERS

Meet and Learn about PEERS

Wednesday, August 23, 7:30 on zoom (link below)

Recording can be found here:
Passcode: *DGcids1

Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS) is a diverse local community organization for people with mental health experiences. Their mission is to promote innovative peer-based wellness strategies. They create culturally-rich, community-based mental health programs that honor diverse experiences and eliminate stigma and discrimination in Alameda County.

Kimberly Marquez-Cortes (Program Manager),  Reza Hasani (Outreach Specialist), and Sarah Marxer (Evaluation and Policy Specialist) will be our guest presenters.  Join us to learn about PEERS and their services

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Speaker Meeting July 26, 2023 7:30 – 9:00 pm


Neuroscience question time with Dan Lurie, PhD.Wednesday, July 26, 7:30-9:00 on zoom

Please join us for an interactive night of learning with Dan Lurie, PhD. Dan is a cognitive and systems neuroscientist who studies how the brain works, and the relationship between the mind and the brain. He’s particularly interested in how we control our thoughts and behavior, and why doing so is difficult for some people. Dan will give a brief presentation reviewing key ideas about how the brain works, but most of the time will be dedicated to answering questions from the audience, so please bring your questions!

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Speaker Meeting June 28, 2023 7:30 – 9:00 pm

“Patients Rights Advocacy”
Wed, June 28, 2023
7:30-9:00 pm

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Join us for a discussion with Francesca Tenenbaum, Director of Patients’ Rights Advocacy and Training,  and Sharnice Jones,  Director of Patients’ Rights Advocates, in Alameda County.

They will be discussing how they provide hearings to patients, their focused monitoring at facilities, investigations of complaints, and facility  response to recommendations.  The family perspective and that of the legally mandated Patients’ Rights Advocates  are not always on the same page, so we want to use this opportunity to see how the two groups can help each other and work together.

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Meeting ID: 897 1776 1376
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Speaker Meeting May 24, 2023 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Coping, Communication, Self Care

Dr. James Branson

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Video Recording of Meeting below

Dr. James Bramson will be the guest speaker at our next 4th Wednesday affiliate event on May 24.   Dr. Bramson is a licensed psychologist and social worker with over 25 years experience as a clinical director,  trainer/supervisor of psychology interns, organizational consultant, neuropsychologist, forensic  psychologist and therapist.  He is the director of the Mindful Alliance Center and co-founded the East Bay Mindfulness Center.  

He will talk with us about communication techniques, limit setting, mindfulness and self care.

Our meeting will be on zoom  Wednesday May 24, 7:30-9:00pm.  Zoom link is

Meeting ID: 829 5585 0470
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Families Advocating for the Seriously Mentally Ill, April 26

FASMI group discussion, April 26 (4th Wednesday) – 7:30-9:00pm,

Recording can be found here: 

Passcode: &9J1P$iQ

Join us for a  lively discussion with members of FASMI (Families Advocating for the Seriously Mentally Ill).  This group is making waves  with their informed advocacy for our loved ones and families.  We will be hearing more about their organization and getting an update on current legislation measures, the challenges underlying the process of working for system change and an inside look at advocacy efforts. 


Meeting ID: 883 9843 5105
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Effective communication and connection strategies Wednesday, March 22, online 6:00-7:30pm

Recording of the Zoom Meeting
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1. *******TIME CHANGE*****
Because our presenter lives on the East Coast, we will be taping her talk at 6:00pm our time.. She has some guided exercises so be sure to join us for a chance for interaction. The presentation will be videotaped and hopefully available for viewing later in the evening on Wednesday, March 22 at the What’s New tab on our website

March 22, 6:00-7:30pm Zoom Presentation:  NOTE TIME CHANGE

 Families are typically the first line of recognition and care for a struggling loved one.
We are called on to be case manager, vocational counselor, therapist and housing specialist.  Yet we have little access to training and support.

Kayla Solomon, LICSW, facilitator of the Allies in Recovery ( support group, and co-host of the podcast Coming up for Air, has worked at the intersection of mental illness and SUD (Substance Use Disorder) for many years as a clinician in private practice.

People struggling with serious mental illness feel alone and unheard.  Families feel helpless and unsupported. Kayla will explain how families can take care of themselves while learning positive engagement with our struggling loved ones. She uses what is called the CRAFT approach, Community Reinforcement and Family Training.

By practicing the communication techniques she describes, we will learn how to acquire and maintain effective communication and connection.  In her presentation we will have real time experience of staying centered and strong as family members and connected as loved ones by using mindfulness and reflective listening. 

    This presentation will be offered on zoom, Wednesday, March 22, 7:30-9:00pm

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Privately Available Independent Services
Discussion group, Wed, Feb 22, 7:30pm on zoom

Here’s the recording of the Feb 22 discussion group ….

Passcode: E5.urhug 

And here’s contact information for the three discussants at the meeting:

  *Ian Morgan, peer specialist: 415-448-6777,
  *Ryan Gardner,  case management,:c/o Peninsula Counseling and Consulting., phone/text 650-644-4454, email –
  *Meredith Taylor, fiduciary: IMT Associates,, 510-352-6000.  -for fiduciary search by area and specialty

Many of our families’ ill  loved ones are not receiving county services, unless in crisis.  Insurance coverage is a primary reason that one is ineligible for such service accessibility.  With that in mind, along with full awareness of frantic families who need help as they plan for the future,  we’re hosting an introduction to and casual conversation with three service providers who provide crucial help for a fee.
     Join us and meet Ryan Gardner, therapist/consultant/case manager; Ian Morgan, peer specialist (pending) and Meredith Taylor, fiduciary with IMT.  They’ll be giving us an introductory overview of services and respond to questions. 
    This may be the first of our explorations into this arena and we’ll be reviewing some of the already-known resources as well.  The discussion will occur on zoom and will be videotaped for sharing afterwards.  Here is the link for Wednesday, Feb 22, 7:30pm

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