NAMI Tri-Valley
Monthly General Meetings: 2019

All meetings in 2018 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 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 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 or information, please contact Marsha McInnis, Speaker Coordinator, at 925-980-5331 or

6:45 - 7:00 = Doors open
00 - 7:15 = Announcements and housekeeping by Speaker Coordinator
15 - 8:30 = Guest speaker's presentation

Refreshments provided

Presentation Schedule for 2019

January 7, 2019
Movie Night: Silver Linings

February 4, 2019
An Overview of the In-Home Outreach Teams (IHOT) and Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program (AOT)
Penny Bernhisel, LCSW, CPRP
AOT Program Manager
Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

Penny Bernhisel is a Program Manager with Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. She is looking forward to meeting with TriValley NAMI and will be speaking about the In-Home Outreach Teams (IHOT) and the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program (AOT). Penny will describe what the IHOT & AOT programs are, the referral process for IHOT, the admission criteria and process for AOT.

March 4, 2019
Beverly Bergman

Family Caregiver Advocacy Specialist
Beverly Bergman is a 21-year staff member of the Mental Health Association in Alameda County. Her expertise as benefits advocate for
years successfully helped over 500 people receive SSI/SSDI. The past 8 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
22 years of experience in advocacy and has been a Patients' Rights Advocate for over 15 years. Currently there are 10 advocates in Alameda County and 3 advocates in San Mateo.

April 1, 2019
Marijuana & Its Impact on the Teen Brain
Lynn Gardner, MBA, MS Counseling
Youth & Family Services, Horizons Family Counseling
Lynn Gardner, MBA, MS Counseling

Youth & Family Services, Horizons Family Counseling

Participants will learn about current research on marijuana and the impact on the teen brain andbody; the impact of acceptance and legalization on teen usage; overall health impacts; brain development from children through adulthood; VAPING and E-cigarettes and other ways to access marijuana. Tobacco companies targeted marketing efforts, School District Rules and Alameda County New Prop 64 Juvenile Marijuana Citation Program.

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. 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 6, 2019
Mental Health Wellness & Recovery: A Personal Journey of Resiliency & Transformation
In honor of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, please join us as we host Bay Area Community Services (BACS) panel of Valley Wellness Center Mental Health Peers.

The presentation will include an overview of BACS Valley Wellness Center Programming, Staff and Peer Panel Introductions, Individual’s Personal Stories and a Question and Answer.

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 3, 2019
Brian Laurence, MFT

July, 2019

August 5, 2019
Family and Consumer Empowerment Programs

Rosa Warder, MS, MFA,

Family Relations Manager,
Office of Family Empowerment,
Alameda County Behavioral Health Services

Khatera Aslami-Tamplen,

Consumer Relations Manager,
Office of Consumer Empowerment,
Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

September, 2019

October 7, 2019
Psychopharmacology Overview and “Ask the Doc"
Daniel Kostalnick, M.D.

Psychiatrist Daniel J. Kostalnick, M.D., presents an overview of
psychopharmacology and Ask the Doc question and answer.
Dr. Kostalnick is a highly regarded Board Certified Psychiatrist by the
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with extensive training and
expertise in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. His practice is in
Pleasanton and he treats children, adolescents, and adult patients and

November 4, 2019
Housing in Alameda County
Robert Ratner, MPH, M.D.
Housing Director,
Alameda County Health Services Agency

December, 2018

NAMI Tri-Valley, a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit, is an affiliate of NAMI California and NAMI National
Updated 2018