November - December Educational Family Discussion Group Topics

The group meets from 7:00 - 8:30 pm every Tuesday in the NAMI Conference Room on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. Santa Barbara. Each week a different topic is discussed using informational handouts as a discussion guide.  These sessions are free, open to the public and don’t require advanced registration.

Upcoming topics are:

November 6, 2018: Review Latest Mental Health Research Findings
November 13, 2018: Understand Smoking and Mental Health and How to Encourage Loved Ones to Quit
November 20, 2018: No Group
November 27, 2018: How Relatives Experience Mental Illness – F2F Exercise Drawing Boxes

December 4, 2018: Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder: It’s Symptoms and Recovery
December 11: How to Handle Holiday Stress Around Family Mental Health Issues
December 18: No Group
December 20: Special Joint Holiday Celebration with Thurs. Night Support Group, (6:00 pm in the Fellowship Club)
December 25: No Group

For more information contact Tom Franklin,

We Need Your Ideas for Topics/Speakers for Monthly NAMI “Speaker” Meeting

What Topics around mental illness or mental health would you like to know more about?  The whole purpose of our monthly speaker program is to provide interesting and important information about topics of interest to our members.  Please take a few minutes to send us any recommendations you have and we’ll do our best to create a program to address the topic.  Please send your thoughts to:

Mental Wellness Center
617 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

January Speaker Meeting


Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Fellowship Club at the Mental Wellness Center, Santa Barbara.
Free – Open to Public

Please join us for coffee and dessert at 6:30 pm; Program at 7:00

Topic: Mental health coverage for Medi-Cal beneficiaries outside of County Mental Health
Speaker:  Amanda Pyper, Clinical Integration Development Manager & Dr Takashi Wada, Chief Medical Office, CenCal Health

Description:  CenCal Health is the health insurance plan for individuals who have Medi-Cal in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.  CenCal is responsible for all medical and non-specialty mental health services & transportation services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries.   The presentation will provide information on the mental health services covered by CenCal, how to access these services and the collaboration between CenCal and County Mental Health to ensure a continuum of care for mental health services.  Efforts towards whole person care (integration of mental health, medical care and substance abuse services) will be reviewed as well.

For more information: contact Ramona Winner, Family Advocate at 884-8440, ext. 3206;

Mental Wellness Center
617 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101


Winter 2019 NAMI Family to Family Class Set to Begin Wednesday, February 6, 2019

If you or a friend have a family member living with a mental health disorder, the NAMI Family to Family class can be tremendously helpful in understanding mental illness and how to more effectively cope with the impact on the entire family. Family to Family is a 12 class program taught by specially trained and NAMI certified family members who have dealt with issues surrounding mental health disorders in their own families.  Past participants have found the program invaluable in helping them to--- not just understand mental health disorders and how they affect the individual who lives with them and their family--- but also how to best support both the ill individual and themselves.  For more information or to register, contact Family Advocate Ramona Winner:  884-8440, Ext. 3206;