NAMI Tri-Valley
Monthly General Meetings: 2017

All meetings in 2017 are held at the Livermore Public Library on the first Monday of each month except for January, 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 2017

January, 2017

February 6, 2017
NAMI Tri-Valley and Family Education & Resource Center present:
Kate Jones, RN, MS
Division Director, Crisis Services
Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

March 6, 2017
Beverly Bergman

Family Caregiver Advocacy Specialist
Beverly Bergman is a 19-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 7 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
20 years of experience in advocacy and has been a Patients' Rights Advocate for over 13 years. Currently there are 10 advocates in Alameda County and 3 advocates in San Mateo.

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April 3, 2017
“Suicide Prevention and the Role of Social Media and Cyber Bullying on Depression and Suicide”
Lynn Gardner, MBA, MS Counseling
Youth & Family Services, Horizons Family Counseling

Lynn Gardner will present:
• Helping Teens and Parents learn about suicide prevention.
• Understanding the role social media and cyber bullying has on depression and suicide.
• What’s happening in Livermore and in the Tri-Valley
• Suggestions for parents and friends to fight this epidemic

Horizons Family Counseling, a division of the Livermore Police Department, addresses the mental health needs and strengthens the relationships of youth and families in the Livermore and Tri-Valley area by providing effective, strength-based, counseling programs and services.  Horizons partners with the City, community organizations, police, and school districts to provide innovative and exceptional service to help create solutions to the challenging problems facing families today.

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.

May 1, 2017
Kara Carnahan
Director of Health and Wellness, Abode Services
Kara will present on Abode service's "front door" programs including HOPE Project outreach services, In-Home Outreach Team (IHOT), Sunrise Village Shelter, Rapid Re-housing, and Project Independence.
Kara works for Abode Services and has been with the agency for 11 years.  Kara is currently the Director of Health and Wellness and oversees mental health contracts in Alameda County and Santa Clara County, various street outreach teams locally, several Permanent Support Housing programs for people experiencing chronic homelessness and other health challenges, and 2 transitional housing program for Transition Age Youth coming out of the foster care system.   Kara has spent the last 23 years working in the non-profit sector, serving people with developmental disabilities, and those facing housing challenges due to mental health disabilities, substance use, and system involvement.

Lora Ashworth

Program Manager for Home Stretch
, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

Lora Ashworth will be talking about Homestretch, Alameda County's Coordinated Entry for Permanent Supportive Housing. Lora works for Alameda County’s Health Care Services Agency and is the Program Manager for Home Stretch, a county-wide registry that connects individuals and families whose head of household is homeless and disabled with permanent supportive housing. Previously, she worked in the non-profit sector providing mental health, street outreach, and supportive housing services to people experiencing homelessness.

June 5, 2017
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, 2017

August 7, 2017
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.

September, 2017

October 2, 2017
Daniel Kostalnick, M.D.

November 6, 2017
Neisha Becton, MA
CEO, Pathways to Wellness

December, 2017

NAMI Tri-Valley, a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit, is an affiliate of NAMI California and NAMI National
Updated 2017