NAMI Tri-Valley
Monthly General Meetings: 2020

Please Note: NAMI Tri-Valley is providing Zoom video conferencing through 2020.

All meetings
are held on the first Monday of each month except for 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.

For questions or information, please contact Marsha McInnis, Speaker Coordinator, at 925-980-5331 or

Zoom Presentation Schedule for 2020

January 6, 2020
BACS Valley Wellness Center

Mental Health Wellness & Recovery: A Personal Journey of Resiliency & Transformation

February 3, 2020
Update on Crisis Services in Alameda County
Binh Au
Crisis Line Program Director
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

Binh Au will provide an update on the expanding crisis services available to Alameda County residents, including the Mobile Crisis Team, crisis stabilization and residential centers, and Sally's Place, Peer Respite Center. Binh will be available to answer questions regarding suicide prevention as it relates to people's personal stories.

Binh Au is the crisis line program director at Crisis Support Services of Alameda County. He identifies as a family member/caregiver and lives in Oakland CA. Binh likes to dance, ride his bike, cook, and spend time with his family. Learn more about Crisis Support Service of Alameda County and our services at

March 2, 2020
Advocacy Services in Alameda County
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.


May 4, 2020
Pathways to Wellness Medication Clinic Client Care in a COVID-19 World
Neisha Becton, M.A.

CEO, Pathways to Wellness Medication Clinic

Neisha Becton will talk about Pathways to Wellness Medication Clinic including the types of services provided as well as what it is like to run a Medi-Cal clinic.

June 1, 2020
"What is Mental Health Peer Support and
What Does the Research On It Show?

Khatera Tamplen,
Consumer Empowerment Manager, Alameda County Behavioral Health Office of Consumer Empowerment
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July, 2020

August 5, 2020
Special Needs Trusts
Jennifer Thaete, PC
Owner and Certified Specialist in Estate Planning Needs

September, 2020

October 5, 2020
Overview of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
Karyn Tribble, PsyD, LCSW
Director, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

November 2, 2020
Housing Options for Individuals with Mental Health Challenges
Robert Ratner, MD, MPH
Housing Services Director
Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Agency - Behavioral Health

December, 2020

NAMI Tri-Valley, a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit, is an affiliate of NAMI California and NAMI National
Updated 2020