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NAMI WESTSIDE LA

Come for the help, stay for the hope.

aka NAMI WLA   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.namila.org

Mission

NAMI WESTSIDE LA'S MISSION IS TO SUPPORT, EDUCATE, PROVIDE ADVOCACY, AND RESEARCH TO PROMOTE RECOVERY AND WELLNESS AROUND ISSUES OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND TO ELIMINATE STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION PERSONS WITH A PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS. NAMI WLA STRIVES TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THOSE LIVING WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS, AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS--ALL WHO SHARE NAMI'S VISION AND MISSION.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Erin Raftery Ryan

Program Director

Elizabeth Stephens

Main address

921 Westwood Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90024 USA

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EIN

26-2118750

NTEE code info

(Community Mental Health Center) (F32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The current health crisis has exacerbated the ongoing mental health crisis. It has never been more important for us to help families with the myriad of mental health issues than right now. So many people just do not know what to do or cannot understand and adequately cope with the job insecurities, the quarantine effects, and the inability to socialize that the pandemic has brought them. We are striving to educate and provide education and informational assistance about mental health issues to families in Los Angeles, one of the hardest hit areas of California and truly the nation. Homelessness, addiction, abuse and basic emotional instability have all increased over the past year. NAMI Westside LA provides information, online classes and online support groups to families and citizens throughout the West Los Angeles area.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family to Family Educational Class

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Family relationships
Health

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Preteens, Ethnic and racial groups, Gender and sexual identity

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our NAMI Signature Programs of NAMI On Campus and Ending the Silence Aim to address this metric.

Number of children who have a sense of their own feelings and an ability to express empathy for others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Preteens, Ethnic and racial groups, Gender and sexual identity

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our NAMI Signature Programs of NAMI On Campus and Ending the Silence Aim to address this metric.

Number of clients who report a greater sense of purpose and improved overall wellness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Caregivers, People with psychosocial disabilities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our NAMI Signature Programs of Family to Family and Peer to Peer aim to accomplish this metric.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our NAMI Signature Programs of Family to Family and Peer to Peer aim to accomplish this metric.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

NAMI WLA provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Westside Los Angeles chapter is one of a number of affiliates of both the NAMI California and the NAMI National organizations in Los Angeles county. We provide services for the Westside Los Angeles community. NAMI WLA provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. To meet that goal, NAMI WLA is building a movement. We seek to broaden public awareness and inclusion in every part of our alliance. We seek to increase our visibility and impact; strengthen our voice as a unified organization of lived experiences and maximize our outreach to and engagement with all communities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NAMI WESTSIDE LA

Board of directors
as of 03/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Adaline Fagen

NAMI Westside LA

Term: 2021 - 2024


Board co-chair

Dorit Haroni

NAMI Westside LA

Term: 2021 - 2024

Lanetta Wahlgren

Sarah Haufrect

Lauren Reynaldo

Dr. Karen Wilson

Sheila Carter

Sam Griffel

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/17/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.