Make a donation from Your California Income Tax Return to Support Police Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)

CIT training is a nationally recognized 40 hour class designed to help improve law enforcement officers’ response to mental health crises. The program focuses on skills like improved communications and de-escalation techniques to obtain better outcomes (fewer arrests, less use of force, more people receiving treatment). NAMI California’s “Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund” allows you to make a contribution which will support CIT training statewide. While we have a robust CIT training program here in Santa Barbara Co. there are still agencies working in and around our county (CHP, some police depts.) which are training few or none of their officers. For Information or to make a donation, go to the contribution page on your CA Income Tax Return and check the box entitled “National Alliance on Mental Illness California Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund” or to the CA Franchise Tax Board website:

“Family” to be the Focus of May 4 S.B. Cottage Hospital Mental Health Fair

Mark your calendar:  on 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, May 4, Cottage Hospital will host its 15th annual Mental Health Fair at which 20-25 community based non-profit providers of mental health services will participate along with Cottage Hospital staff.  This year’s event will feature speakers on topics around services and supports for the entire family when impacted by mental health disorders.  The Fair is free to the community and no advance registration is required.

NAMI California Announces 2019 Annual Conference in Newport Beach

If you’ve never been to a NAMI meeting outside of Santa Barbara, here’s your chance to do so at a great location for a fairly reasonable cost while getting the latest updates on mental health research, clinical services and everything NAMI. The conference will include a plenary speaker plus hosted sessions and workshops all crammed full of information of interest to anyone living with a brain disorder or the families of those who do. This year’s conference will be at the Newport Beach Marriott on May 31-June 1. The Early Bird rate of $225 is in effect until March 29 with an additional $35 discount for NAMI members. Rooms at the conference hotel are also discounted while supplies last. For more information, go to

2019 National NAMI Convention Returns to the West Coast
The Hyatt Regency Seattle will host this year’s convention on June 19-22. As in previous years the sessions, workshops and plenaries will be chocked full of useful information on all aspects of mental health, with this year’s highlight being a full day workshop on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for psychosis. Discounted airfares on Alaska Airlines are available out of Santa Barbara Airport. At least 4 members of our local Santa Barbara NAMI have already registered, so if you go, you’ll see at least several friendly faces. Early Bird rates, NAMI membership discounts, and $159/night hotel rates (up to 4 people per room) are available until mid-April. For more information go to

Will You Be a “Secret Santa” for a Fellowship Club Recovery Learning Center Member?

Once again NAMI members and supporters have the opportunity to get into the holiday spirit by agreeing to purchase a $20 gift for one or more of our 200+ Fellowship Club members.  Each member has created a holiday “wish list” of items they would like to receive.  All you have to do is contact Nick Pappageorge ( ) to obtain a wish list for one or more members.  Then you purchase the item, wrap it, and deliver it to the reception desk at MWC by December 15.  This is a great program and one which, for some of our members may be one of the few or only gifts they will be receiving.