The NAMI Connection Support Group Will NOT be meeting on Nov. 29th due to Thanksgiving.
Please support our YEAR END APPEAL today!
We are hoping to raise $25,000 this holiday season.
This will give us the boost we need to increase our educational programs for 2015.
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness – Orange County
Invites you to attend a FREE Provider Education Course 
 15 CE Credits will be awarded if all 5 classes
 The following professionals may earn CE Credits:
Licensed Clinical Social Workers,  
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, & Registered Nurses. 
The teaching team consists of a Mental Health Professional,
two family members, and two clients with mental health diagnoses.
Participants will gain empathy & insight into the perspectives of clients and
family members who live with mental illness. 
 This five week course begins: 
 Saturday, January 31, 2015 and ends on Saturday, February 28, 2015
Classes are held weekly on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m.  –   4:00  p.m. 
 The class meets:  1/31/15,  2/7/15,  2/14/15,  2/21/15  and 2/28/15 
 University of Southern California 
Orange County Academic Center, School of Social Work 2300 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA  92612
Classroom # C
On 2/21/15 only,  we will meet in Classroom # B. 
 Near the 405 Freeway, MacArthur and Von Karman Avenue.
There is no charge for parking.
Registration is required!  Space is limited, so please register soon. 
You may register online at: or call
Kristen Pankratz, Program Coordinator
at the NAMI-Orange County Office:  (714) 836-4176 or  (714) 544-8488
The County of Orange Health Care Agency is an approved provider of continuing education credits for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider no. PCE389).  Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. CEP 15019 for 15 contact hours.  The Orange County Health Care Agency maintains responsibility for this program and its content. These Continuing Education Hours comply with section §13055 of Chapter 8, Division 4, Title 9 of the California Code of Regulations concerning renewal of an Alcohol or Other Drug (AOD) Counselor Certification. OCHCA is approved by Community Care Licensing as a vendor of RCFE and ARF CE credits
Thank you for your interest in our Provider Education Program!
"Ending the Silence" is a high school education program that educates Freshman about the symptoms and behaviors of the major mental illnesses.  
We are currently recruiting candidates to present the PowerPoint of the symptoms and behaviors of the major mental illnesses and clients to share their stories of hope & recovery in living with a psychiatric diagnoses.
Please contact Kristen Pankratz to apply and interview.
Trained speakers earn $30 for each presentation they conduct.
A Special Needs Trust A Workshop Series
(Specific to Mental Health Areas)
All three dates are segments of “one” workshop
Please do not attend unless you can attend all three dates
Saturday Mornings Workshops
November 8th, 2014, January 10th & 24th, 2015
From 9am until 12pm
Meeting room sponsored by
St. Josephʼs Hospital
Held in their Zoul Auditorium
Brought to you by
Orange County LPS Conservatorship Assistance Group 714-373-0552
Presentations By
Melinda Hunsaker
Melinda Hunsaker is a Managing Partner at McGonigle & Hunsaker, LLP. Her practice includes Medi-Cal Planning, Applications, and Appeals, Estate Planning and Trust Administration, including Special Needs Trusts, Probate, Conservatorships, Guardianships, and other Elder Law related matters. Ms. Hunsaker received her law degree from Western State University, College of Law, graduating cum laude in December of 2005, and was admitted to the California State Bar in May of 2006.Ms. Hunsaker is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Trust & Estates section and the OCBA Elder Law section, as well as a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
Familia a Familia classes now forming.
Classes will also be offered in Korean and Vietnamese soon!

12-Class course for family members who have an adult relative living with mental illness.  Upcoming classes will begin as follows:
City Day Start Date
San Juan Capistrano Thursday evenings Jan. 8 English
Lake Forest Wednesday evenings Jan. 28 English
Click Here for online application



NAMI-OC has been dedicated to continually building our programs, outreach and advocacy efforts and working to discover innovative new ways to serve all persons affected by mental illness. NAMI-OC is YOU ... our members, who are truly responsible for making our growth possible.
If you are not yet a member, we invite you to join. Just download the membership form below and return it to NAMI Orange County. Be sure to complete all of your contact information so we can include you in our community events invitation lists and e-newsletter.


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The Volunteer Orientation days have been cancelled. However, applications are still being accepted. Please email, snail mail, or drop off application at the NAMI-OC Office.