NAMI Tri-Valley
Monthly General Meetings: 2016

All meetings in 2016 are held at the Livermore Public Library on the first Monday of each month except for July, September and December. The meetings run from 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Guest speakers are invited to present in his/her area of mental health expertise to the general public. There is no cost and is open to the public.

Livermore Public Library, Community Room B
1188 So. Livermore Ave., Livermore

For questions, please email Rosemarie Thorne, Speaker Coordinator.

7:00 - 7:15 = Doors open
7:15 - 7:30 =
Announcements and housekeeping by Speaker Coordinator
7:30 - 8:30 = Guest speaker's presentation
8:30 - 9:00 = Q&A and networking opportunities

Refreshments provided

Presentation Schedule for 2016

February 1, 2016

March 7, 2016
Beverly Bergman

Family Caregiver Advocacy Specialist

Beverly Bergman is an 18-year staff member of the Mental Health Association in Alameda County. Her expertise as benefits advocate for 11 years successfully helped over 500 people receive SSI/SSDI. The past 6 years, Beverly has advocated for family/caregivers by providing support, advice, education, advocacy, information and referrals. Beverly guides families through dispute resolutions and assists with filing complaints. Other services include help with completing forms, explanation how the Alameda County mental health system works and strategies when the system doesn’t work. Beverly has a family member with a mental illness and understands first hand the challenges in obtaining help for a loved one while maintaining the health of the family/caregiver.

Francesca Tannenbaum

Patients' Rights Director for Alameda and San Mateo Counties
Francesca Tenenbaum is Director of Patients' Rights Advocates Programs for Alameda County and San Mateo County. She has 19 years of experience in advocacy and has been a Patients' Rights Advocate for over 12 years. Currently there are 10 advocates in Alameda County and 3 advocates in San Mateo.

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April 4, 2016
Lynn Gardner
, MBA, MS Counseling
Youth & Family Services, Horizons Family Counseling

Video Game Addiction is an excessive or compulsive use of computer games or video games, which interferes with a person's everyday life. Online game addiction has a negative image and is becoming a public concern. Many people categorize addiction with either alcohol or drugs, but addiction can play also a part in a person's behavior. When one is addicted they need more of a substance or behavior to keep them satisfied. This presentation will focus on symptoms, behaviors, and ways to help children, teens, loved ones, friends, peers co-workers or yourself address video game and internet addiction.

Lynn Gardner is the current Program Manager at Horizons Family Counseling. She is also a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Lynn graduated from California State University, Hayward in 2004 with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She also received a certificate in Child & Adolescent Therapy. As Program Manager of Horizons, Lynn is responsible for administrative management of the clinic, interfacing with Alameda County agencies, Probation Department, Delinquency Prevention Network and community based organizations. She designs community based programs, community outreach and project assessment. Additionally, Lynn teaches and mentors staff and volunteers.

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May 2, 2016
Bay Area Communty Services (BACS) Wellness Centers

Bay Area Community Services (BACS) Wellness Centers are community-based wellness hubs that integrate learning, skills-building and community integration work for adults who have severe and persistent mental illness. BACS has four Wellness Center locations: Hayward, Fremont, Oakland, and Pleasanton.

BACS regional Wellness Centers offer a wellness oriented, peer-supported/led service model that combines individualized wellness action planning, core and elective classes that are functional and rehab-oriented, psychiatric support when needed, professional employment services for individuals to attain competitive employment, and more.

The overarching goal of the Wellness Centers is to engage participants in recovery and to build an individualized wellness plan so that they can function at their highest potential and live lives that are healthy, fun, and active by creating natural supports around them.

June 6, 2016
Jennifer Thaete, PC

Jennifer Thaete, a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, is the owner of Law Office of Jennifer Thaete, PC.   She has been practicing in this area of the law for over 1
6 years.

Ms. Thaete will cover the importance of proper estate planning – including the use of Special Needs Trusts to protect your loved ones. She will discuss how to provide for beneficiaries who may be receiving needs based benefits in a way to avoid or minimize the loss of benefits.  She will begin with the importance of estate planning in general and will have a brief over-view of the various types of special needs trusts.

July, 2016

August 1, 2016

“Updates, Vision and Mission of Alameda
County Behavioral Health Care Services”

Manuel Jimenez, MFT

Director, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

Manuel J. Jiménez Jr., MFT has worked in the mental health profession for 25 years. Throughout his career he has assumed a variety of leadership roles in his field as well as in his community. While working for Santa Cruz County Children’s Mental Health, he created innovative programs for SED children.

Mr. Jiménez served as the Ethnic Services Coordinator in El Dorado County where he worked for over 6 years. In 2002, he created a dual diagnosis program called Un Paso Adelante, which served the Latino
community in San Joaquin County. Most recently he worked as a Division Manager of Adult Services for Madera County Behavioral Health Services and served as the Senior Manager of the Adult Mental Health Clinic in Fairfield, for Solano County, where he has also served as the Vallejo Clinic Manager.

He also served as the Mental Health Director and Alcohol & Drug Administrator, and Public Guardian/Conservator for Merced County, as well as a Section Manager for Sonoma County Behavioral Health.
Currently Mr. Jimenez is the Behavioral Health Director for Alameda County

September, 2016

October 3, 2016
Daniel Kostalnick, M.D.

November 2, 2016
Axis Community Health
Alex Garcia, Community Relations Coordinator
Jennifer Penney, Psy.D., Chief of Behavioral Health

Axis Community Health is a community health center that serves over 14,000 people in the Tri-Valley area. But what exactly is a community health center? Alex Garcia and Dr. Jennifer Penney will speak about the wide range of health services that Axis provides, the people they serve, and how to get connected to care. There will be a special emphasis on Behavioral Health services and Covered California enrollment.

Alex Garcia, Community Relations Coordinator – As Community Relations Coordinator for Axis Community Health, Alex works to increase access to healthcare through media and outreach. Before joining Axis, he lived in Santa Cruz, where he worked as a community health educator for a suicide prevention nonprofit – and spent plenty of time on the beach! Alex is a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz, where he completed a dual B.A. in Psychology and Latin American Studies. He moved to the Tri-Valley in early 2015, and is enjoying the process of getting to know this vibrant community.

Jennifer Penney, Psy. D., Chief of Behavioral Health – Dr. Penney is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Axis's Chief of Behavioral Health. She attended the California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University and obtained both her Master's and Doctorate Degrees in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Penney has a warm and interactive approach and works with individuals dealing with a large range of struggles, including depression, anxiety, self-harm, and family
conflict. She is also a certified eating disorder specialist. She utilizes a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and solution focused techniques.

December, 2016

NAMI Tri-Valley, a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit, is an affiliate of NAMI California and NAMI National
Updated 2016