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NAMI Glendale stands with Black Americans and other communities of color

jason : June 7, 2020 4:36 pm : Breaking News, NAMIGlendale Blog

NAMI Glendale stands with Black Americans and other communities of color throughout Los Angeles demanding justice

NAMI Glendale stands with Black Americans and other communities of color throughout Los Angeles demanding justice for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

Systemic racism is a source of tremendous mental duress, and NAMI Glendale is saddened, pained, and angered at not only recent examples of excessive policing practices but also the emotional toll they cause for Black men and women and other people of color. Combined with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on all communities of color, as well as longstanding disparities in access to mental health services in these same communities, the need to deconstruct these systems of inequality becomes a moral imperative.

NAMI Glendale recognizes that racism is a public health crisis, and we are committed to combating institutional and structural barriers related to mental health through our organization’s partnerships with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and other local mental health agencies and organizations; advocacy to elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels; and Crisis Intervention Trainings delivered to local law enforcement agencies.

On an individual level, NAMI Glendale invites all Black Americans and other people of color to attend our virtual support groups, where you can find a safe space to discuss your experiences and the emotional burdens they create. We also encourage Black Americans concerned about their own mental health and/or the mental health of someone they love to consult NAMI’s Sharing Hope: An African American Guide to Mental Health, as well as a list of national mental health resources specifically for Black Americans and other people of color found here.

We see you, we support you, we love you, and we will continue to fight for Los Angeles to become the inclusive place we all know it can be.

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Urgent State Action Needed to Preserve Safety Net Services

jason : June 7, 2020 4:15 pm : Breaking News, NAMIGlendale Blog

Due to extensive budget cuts at the State level, funding needed for key behavioral health services has been eliminated.

Due to extensive budget cuts at the State level due to slow economic activity, funding needed for key behavioral health services has been eliminated. These services are more needed than ever due to a significant increase in demand for services due to COVID-19 related emotional stress.

Take urgent state action to recind budget restrictions to key behavioral health social services

A request for action has been made to all counties to reach out to your State Representatives and Governor Newsom’s Administration as soon as possible to highlight the need to preserve California’s safety net by stabilizing County Realignment funding. This is the critical time to contact your legislators to impact state budget decisions with key votes occurring as early as tomorrow.

We ask you to write your State Representatives (Click to search for the name and contact information of your State Representative) to express your interest to see County Realignment funding restored. To help your letter writing, please read the following points to highlight.

  • Counties provide critical human services, public health, behavioral health, and public safety programs on behalf of the state
  • The revenues to deliver these services through 1991 and 2011 Realignment are projected to decline by $3.3 billion combined in 2019-20 and 2020-21
  • An economic decline this rapid and severe was never anticipated
  • State funding is needed to avoid extreme cuts to programs that serve vulnerable populations at the time they are needed the most
  • There can be no economic recovery without a strong safety net

To better understand the potential impact these budget reductions may have on social services, click the links below to read copies of filed coalition letters:

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee will be taking budget actions tomorrow, with the Assembly Budget Committee to follow shortly. Write, call and email your representatives in the California Senate and Assembly, as well as Governor Newsom, urging that funding be provided to preserve the safety net programs that counties administer in partnership with the state. Counties are on the front lines of the COVID-19 public health and emergency response, and also facing an increased demand for safety net services at the same time the revenues available for those services are sharply declining. Reserves are being depleted to protect our residents, but budget decisions must be made now and will impact the very services most in need.

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RIP Marion “Fran” Hovorka

jason : January 17, 2020 11:05 am : NAMIGlendale Blog

It it with a heavy heart and immense sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of Marion “Fran” Hovorka.

It it with a heavy heart and immense sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of Marion “Fran&Rdquo; Hovorka.

Fran was truly an amazing person, someone who gifted the world her warm spirit and light. She provided hope to those struggling with mental health issues by fearlessly sharing her story and offering support. She was a loyal friend, teacher, and peer, and is someone who will never be forgotten.

Click here to view her obituary.

We at NAMI Glendale were blessed to have know her, and her absence will be greatly felt within our affiliate and throughout her NAMI family.

Rest In Peace our dear friend <3

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Two New Support Groups Launching in 2020!

jason : December 17, 2019 1:11 pm : NAMIGlendale Blog

NAMI Glendale is excited to announce the launch of two new Support Groups starting January 7, 2020! 

Family Support Group (in English)

Connection Recovery Support Group (in English)

Both groups will meet on the first Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30PM at the brand-new DMH Northeast Mental Health & Wellness Center in Lincoln Heights, 3303 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031.

Free parking is available onsite in the garage, and those interested in attending can check-in on the 3rd Floor. You can read more about the new Northeast Mental Health &Wellness Center here.

These two new groups at Northeast will not only support our long-running Family Support Group in Spanish, but will also allow us to more fully serve those in Lincoln Heights and its surrounding communities. We also hope that by holding these two groups at the same time and in the same location, it will allow family members and their loved ones to come together and get any support they may need.

For more information on the new groups, please visit

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Scarantino’s Fundraiser for NAMI Glendale on September 24th

tatyana : September 4, 2019 10:18 pm : NAMIGlendale Blog

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Register for the 5th Annual Disability Athletics Faire

tatyana : August 26, 2019 2:50 pm : NAMIGlendale Blog
Register for the 5th Annual Disability Athletics Faire!


Register here:


This event is FREE for people of ALL ages and ALL disabilities.


The activity list is as follows:

  • Yoga
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Martial Arts
  • Kayaking
  • Bocce Ball
  • Golf
  • Skateboarding
  • Rock Wall
  • And more!!!!

Date And Time

Sat, April 4, 2020

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT

Add to Calendar


Mt. San Antonio College

1100 North Grand Avenue

Walnut, CA 91789

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[email protected] Innovation Project Seeks Community Feedback During Aug. 21 Meeting

tatyana : August 14, 2019 9:14 am : NAMIGlendale Blog

[email protected] Innovation Project Seeks Community Feedback During Aug. 21 Meeting

LACDMH logoThe Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is seeking input from the community about technology training needs for the [email protected] Innovation project (formerly known as the Tech Suite). During the meeting, we will provide updates on the project and hold interactive sessions with attendees to better understand how the community engages with technology and how it can be used to support mental wellbeing.

The meeting will take place at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College’s Sage Hall Cafeteria (400 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015) on Wednesday, August 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The first 100 participants who RSVP, attend the full event, and who receive no additional compensation to attend will receive a $25 gift card in appreciation of their time.

For more information about this meeting and to RSVP, please visit this event page. RSVPs will be accepted until Friday, August 16, noon PDT.

To request special accommodations for this meeting, such as interpretation or accessibility services, please contact Katherine Steinberg at [email protected] by Monday, August 12th.

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A Continuing Conversation: The Intersection Of Mental Health And Faith

tatyana : August 12, 2019 11:30 am : NAMIGlendale Blog

A Continuing Conversation: The Intersection Of Mental Health And Faith


A Follow-Up Conversation On The Topics Discussed During The 2019 African-American Mental Health Conference Panel Discussion Entitled “An Exploration Of The Role Of Mental Health In Communities Of Faith”


Everyone is invited!!!!


Saturday 8.31.19 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

H.O.P.E.’s House Christian Ministries

10654 Balboa Boulevard, Granada Hills CA, 91344


Free Registration, Parking, and Lunch


Register on Eventbrite:


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Free Legal Clinic

tatyana : August 12, 2019 11:06 am : NAMIGlendale Blog

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. and Friends In Deed announce a


Do you have questions about:

– A child’s problems in school

– Special education

– Landlord/tenant or other housing problems

– Medi-Cal, SSI or SSDI benefits

– Other public benefits

– Conservatorship, mental health law or family member with mental health disabilities

– Warrants …or another legal problem?

At this clinic, volunteers and attorneys at Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. will provide consultation and information.

Bring any documents relating to your question.

SECOND TUESDAY MORNING OF EACH MONTH Next Clinic: August 13, 2019 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

First United Methodist Church of Pasadena 500 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena 91101

Walk in (no later than 12 noon) or CALL TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY! (213) 389-2077 extension 15 – Ask for Andrea Priority will be given to people with appointments, but drop-ins are welcome. Individuals, families, and local case managers or clinicians are welcome! For more information, call the Church Office at (626) 796-0157

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Peer Resource Center Celebrates May Is Mental Health Month

nlsayre : April 30, 2019 9:44 pm : Breaking News, NAMIGlendale Blog

Los Angeles County Department of Mental HealthThe Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s Peer Resource Center (PRC) — located at 560 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020 — will be holding a series of celebratory and wellbeing events in recognition of May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

The event lineup includes:

  • Wed., May 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – PRC 2nd Anniversary Celebration
  • Fri., May 10, Noon to 3 p.m. – Planting Your Stress Away: Benefits Of Nature In Your Home And Workplace
  • Fri., May 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – PRC Art Gallery Reception: Building A Community Through Art
  • Fri., May 24, Noon to 3 p.m. – Mental Health In Motion: Expression Through Dance And Motion
  • Fri., May 31, Noon to 3 p.m. – Recovering Through Creativity: Building A Community Through Poetry

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, please download the event flyer or contact the PRC at (213) 351-1934.

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