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For Immediate Release:
September 22, 2003

Elizabeth Adams


NAMI Latino Leadership Institute

Convenes in Los Angeles

Promoting Effective Behavioral Health Care for Latinos


Arlington, VA – NAMI, the Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness, will host an Instituto de Liderazgo (Leadership Institute) during the 9th Annual Latino Behavioral Health Institute’s (LBHI) Conference, September 23– 25, at the Universal City Hilton and Towers in Los Angeles.

Six leadership development workshops will provide NAMI Latino leaders with information and resources on strategic issues involved in advocating for mental healthcare reforms in their communities. Approximately 50 NAMI Latino leaders from the Los Angeles area and around the country will participate.

"The LBHI conference is an ideal venue to bring NAMI Latino leaders together and to strengthen and promote their leadership roles. It is one of the most prestigious conferences in the nation for the Latino community," said NAMI National Executive Director Richard C. Birkel, Ph.D.

LBHI is dedicated to eliminating discrimination against Latinos in need of behavioral health services, human services and health care. The conference will address issues of children, adults and older adults, and will explore contemporary issue of policy, training, research, clinical practice and education related to Latino mental health, substance abuse, health and human services.

"NAMI and the LBHI must work together to respond to the crisis in our communities. We have many values in common, including a commitment to individual dignity and a focus on family relationships. They are the foundations of our broader communities," said Birkel.

More than 1000 people are expected to attend the LBHI event.

For more information about the conference visit or call 213-538-0225.

View this press release in Spanish.


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As The Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness, NAMI leads a national grassroots effort to transform America’s mental health care system, combat stigma, support research and attain adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation, jobs and family support for millions of Americans living with mental illnesses. NAMI’s on the thousand affiliates are dedicated to public education, advocacy and support and receive generous donations from tens of thousands of individuals as well as grants from government, foundations and corporations. NAMI’s greatest asset, however, is its volunteers – who donate an estimated $135 million worth of their time each year.