NAMI Long Beach Area

You Are Not Alone

Lakewood, CA   |  https://www.namilongbeach.org/

Mission

Our goal is your mental health. NAMI Long Beach (NAMI LB) is the Long Beach, California affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to educating, advocating, supporting, and building better lives for the millions of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI Long Beach is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by mental illness, and their families, by providing mental health education, support and advocacy. NAMI Long Beach collaborates with community partners to raise awareness and understanding of the challenges of living with mental illness, to dispel the stigma that keeps many from seeking help, and the hope of recovery through treatment and support.

Ruling year info

1986

President

Ms. Carolyn Hong

Main address

5230 Clark Ave, Ste 24

Lakewood, CA 90712 USA

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EIN

33-0141550

NTEE code info

Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the CDC (2018), 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year. 1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness. 1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. The Covid-19 epidemic has worsened the suffering of people in our community. We are seeing larger than ever numbers of people who are requesting our services. NAMI Long Beach Area wishes to address the dire, increasing need for support services, education, and referral that families and persons who face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental health condition have. We wish to assist them navigate the myriad of conflicting and sometimes overwhelming information about mental illness, and assist them in their journey to create a social network and personal self-care that will increase the likelihood of recovery, resiliency, and wellness.

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?

NAMI Family Support Group

For families and caregivers of individuals with mental illness, the multi-week program is an open forum to share experiences and challenges and help one another through shared experiences. Facilitated by trained NAMI Long Beach members.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers
Age groups
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

NAMI Long Beach Area is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by mental illness, and their families, by providing mental health education, support and advocacy.

To achieve our mission, we aim to accomplish the following goals:

1. We strive to reach even more members of our community who have mild to severe mental illness and their families so that we can help them to develop coping mechanisms for daily struggles, thereby fostering mental health recovery and resiliency. Our goal is to deliver hope through the great transformative power that positive socialization can bring to persons who are experiencing a mental health issue.

2. Through proven, evidenced-based training programs, our goal is to expertly educate people who have mental illness, their families, caregivers, and the community at large in order to improve resources, services, and referral processes by reducing misinformation and self- and community-imposed stigma.

3. We wish to increase our online and in-person support group and educational offerings to ensure every member of our community gets the help they need.

4. We desire to be a strong community presence regarding mental health - one that promotes healthy, clear, and inclusive conversation in our community to remove stigmas that are often associated with mental illness.

5. NAMI Long Beach Area wishes to expand its work with community-based organizations, families, caregivers, health organizations, business, law enforcement, legal advocacy, schools, and youth organizations. We wish to strengthen our relationship with other NAMI affiliates that are based in the Los Angeles County area, as well as with other mental health organizations, in order to widen our community outreach through common vision and alliance.

6. We wish to increase our advocacy efforts for more research leading to eradication of mental illness and find ways to promote local, statewide, and nationwide social policy to include expanded services and improved treatments leading to an improved system of mental health services.

Our key strategies to accomplish our goals are as follows:
1. Implement a more robust volunteer program that will enable us to increase our ability to administer our programming, provide greater community outreach and communication, and advocacy efforts within our community.

2. Ensure that a larger percentage of our volunteers can assist in outreach efforts to traditionally underserved areas of our community so that they can become aware of, and participate in, our support and educational services. Perform greater outreach to community-based and faith-based organizations.

3. Increase our ability to teach more courses and provide more support groups during the calendar year. This is primarily achieved by increasing the number of teachers, producers, and facilitators needed for our core ("signature") programming, new educational programming offerings, and programming which compliments our signature programming.
3a. Ensuring new teacher, producer, and facilitator training for our core programming services, in both English and Spanish formats.
3b. Introducing new educational programming developed specifically to help support loved ones of active duty military members and veterans.
3c. Ensuring new teacher, producer, and facilitator training for our Mental Health First Aid and Question-Persuade-Refer trainings.

4. Seek out a diverse pool of funders and donors. Increase fundraising efforts through corporate sponsorship, individual donations, and grants based on past performance and future goals. Engage our board members in fundraising activities. Contract with an experienced nonprofit management firm to ensure competency and participation in private, county, state, and national health service grant vehicles.

5. Engage a professional organization to increase our social media and online presence to increase two-way communication regarding mental health.

6. Becoming known as a community organization which seeks and provides answers regarding mental health for our community. One strategy is to actively engage knowledgeable speakers for our monthly General Meeting, where members and non-members alike can learn new information and innovations related to mental health.

Fundamentals
• NAMI Long Beach Area remains an autonomous corporation in good standing with all governing federal, state, and local entities. This requires diligent financial reporting, adherence to corporate standards among other requirements. We engage a third-party CPA that has experience with charitable organizations to ensure accounting and filing accuracy.
• We wish to serve. We have a consistent track record of providing the highest caliber programming the NAMI program has to offer.
• We have a very strong Board of Directors who share a clear vision of our extremely critical mission to serve individuals who suffer from mental illness and those family members who support them.
• NAMI Long Beach Area Board of Directors and Staff continually strive to “do the next right thing” by maintaining a fiscally responsible organization which honors the name and tradition we have inherited from all previous stewards of the NAMI mission;
• We have many positive recommendations from our service delivery partners that attest to our ability to collaborate and deliver strong and effective services in the name of NAMI.
• We have created long-lasting and collaborative relationships with our funding partners that help us to reach our communities in an expansive way. We have an active Grants and Funding Committee dedicated to increasing our ability to serve our community in the most economical and budget-conscious manner that we can muster.

Our Growing Services Are Best-in-Class
• We are delivering Good Works to improve our community in the name of NAMI and its undeniably important mission to provide support and education to those who need it the most.
• We are in an expansion modality in every program delivery.
• We serve diverse and under-represented communities by offering and managing and delivering NAMI Signature Programs to Peers and Family Members.
• Our Youth Outreach programming is one of our most vibrant contributions to our community. This includes our outreach and communications to youths in underserved areas -- as well as the adults who interact with them – and we are in a growth phase in this area.
• We believe local service coordination is the best service delivery model: We have growing, collaborative relationships within our service area which only serves to bolster our outstanding reputation. Our reputation for organic inclusivity and collaboration is well-known.

What we have accomplished so far
In November 2020, we secured a grant from Dignity Health to expand our mental health awareness training program for adults working with at-risk youth during 2021. The grant was awarded as part of Dignity Health's Year 2 Cultural Trauma and Mental Health Resiliency Project. Under the program, NAMI Long Beach is providing the three courses to adults who regularly interact with young people, particularly young people of color and at-risk youth: Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) Suicide training. These three courses compliment our signature NAMI programming.

As a direct result of the funding, we hired a full time Outreach Coordinator to achieve the training sessions goals we established as part of our grant program. We are currently in the process of adding three new teachers for the three courses that are part of the grant.

In January 2021, we added the NAMI Homefront educational course to our line of signature offerings, and were able to get three instructors certified. This is a new course for families, caregivers, and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions.

We have enabled a volunteer to become certified as a Spanish program teacher and support group facilitator.

We have doubled the number of peer support group facilitators so as to be able to offer an increased number of Peer-to-Peer educational courses (a peer refers to someone who shares the experience of living with a psychiatric disorder and/or addiction).

What's next:
We are developing a 2021 fundraiser initiative.
We are applying for a Los Angeles County Health Services grant which will enable us to deliver our core NAMI programming services throughout the year.

Financials

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Operations

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NAMI Long Beach Area

Board of directors
as of 10/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Carolyn Hong


Board co-chair

Ms. Marilyn 'Chelle' Thomas

Marilyn Thomas

Carolyn Hong

Bina Del La Torre

Annie Felix

Paula Gibb

Judy Logue

Belinda Rabano

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

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  • 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 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.