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;   

Calling All Family Support Group/Family Discussion Group Members for Holiday Celebration

On Thursday evening, December 20 at 6:00 pm in the large conference room at the Mental Wellness Center, our two weekly groups will meet jointly to celebrate the holidays with a light buffet and refreshments provided compliments of NAMI.  If you are a regular or occasional member of either or both of these groups, please join us for the fun.  For more information contact Ramona Winner, or Tom Franklin,

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