Our NAMI affiliate recently formed a North County Steering Committee, a group of interested Santa Maria volunteers and Marian Regional Medical Center and Transitions Mental Health Association staff. The purpose of this Committee is to help re-launch NAMI services in Santa Maria where the NAMI affiliate became defunct several years ago. Our first NAMI program offered in Santa Maria will be a Family to Family Class starting on February 12, 2020. Three Steering Committee members will complete NAMI Family to Family Teacher Training this month and will teach the Spring 2020 class at Marian under the leadership of Tom Franklin, one of our most experienced F2F teachers. Additional Steering Committee members are already becoming active in our Public Policy Committee and CIT training programs for law enforcement. Because of these exciting expansion developments into Northern Santa Barbara County, our affiliate will be changing its name over the next several months from NAMI Southern Santa Barbara County to NAMI Santa Barbara County. Special thanks to Tom Franklin and Anne Greaney, our Family to Family Coordinator for their tireless work to ensure that Santa Maria families will get a first rate Family to Family experience.