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      Our educational meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every other month at 7:30 PM, except when it conflicts with major holidays.   Enter through the Stannage door and join us in the multipurpose room at the end of the hallway.   There is always a brief business meeting prior to the presentation.   Light refreshments will be served.  Attendees are invited to visit our office upstairs where there are 1-pamphlets and brochures to take, 2-books, videos and DVDs to check out and 3-NARSAD cards to buy.  Meeting is free and open to all.






          The Family Education and Resource Center (FERC) is an innovative family/caregiver program in Alameda County.  Since opening its doors in September 2009, the center has served 10,586 families who have a loved one with a serious mental health challenge.  At our next speaker meeting, Director Annie Kim and Lead Family Advocate Bettye Foster will share som e of what they have learned in the past five years: advocating for your role and inclusion with providers, what families should know during a crisis, and the often overlooked importance of practicing self-care.  Conceived and put into being by Alameda County family groups with funds from the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63), FERC is unique in the nation.



Dr.  Robert Dolgoff in conversation with NAMI EastBay President

(This video presentation, shown on July 27, 2011, is available for viewing on

         Dr. Robert Dolgoff is the Medical Director of Alta Bates Sutter Medical Center Mental Health Services (aka Herrick Psychiatric Department).  He has been in this position for some time and is a highly respected and experienced psychiatrist in the local mental health community.  As part of an ongoing educational video series produced at Herrick, the opportunity recently arose for Liz Rebensdorf, President of NAMI EastBay, to sit down with Dr. Dolgoff and talk about mental illness.  What resulted is an informative  and generally comprehensive Mental Illness 101 overview  - with the addition of Liz's questions posed to Dr. Dolgoff on behalf of family concerns raised in support groups, phone calls and Family to Family classes.

Thanks to Cynthia Kane-Hyman, producer, and Barry Swank, cinematographer, for putting this together at Herrick.



         Note: Since 1994, Tom Thomas has been taking excellent notes on the presentations, which have been published in our newsletter. The last 18 years of notes on speaker presentations covering a wide variety of topics can be accessed via - go to "Speaker Notes for NAMI-East Bay".

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