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General Membership & Speaker Meetings

Six times each year, we present bi-monthly speaker meetings. Your local NAMI selects a community leader, doctor, Santa Cruz County Mental Health Administrator or other community mental health leader and they provide   a program on a wide variety of topics. These meetings are a great way to get out and meet others with similar family situations looking for information and support regarding mental health issues. You do not need to be a NAMI member to attend these free speaker meetings. These meetings are held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at either Live Oak Senior Center or Simpkins Swim Center. Flyers and emails are sent to those on our mailing list.

General Membership and Speaker Meeting:

CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS: Addictions and Mental Health Issues

Date: Wednesday May 15, 2013
Time: 6:30pm Social Networking, 7:00pm Presentations, Q&A
Location: Live Oak Senior Center, 1777 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz

Please join NAMI for an evening of discussion, support & refreshments!

This is your opportunity to hear about topics such as:
Local treatment resources for co-occuring disorders, current information on treatments, the psychology of addictions, advances in psycho-pharmacology for addictions.

How does treatment work? What about methadone?
What are the challenges of recovery? Why are people resistant to recovery?
What are the bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects?
How do I maintain a relationship while setting limits?
What's my role when someone doesn't want to deal with their addictions?
How do I walk that line between enabling or drawing that line that could make things worse?

Our panel includes:
Bill Manov, PhD, Chief of Santa Cruz County Alcohol and Drug Programs
for 25 years. Certified Drug Counselor, with Doctorate in clinical psychology. Past experience includes work in LA in children's day treatment mental health clinic, & residential treatment for individuals living with mental illness.

Cecilia Krebs, RN, Community Clinic Program Director of Janus of Santa Cruz
which includes Detox, Residential, Outpatient, Relapse Preventions, and Medication Assistance treatment programs. Cecilia is a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse with 20 years experience working in chemical dependency and expertise in treatment of opiate addictions. She was inspired to become a psychiatric nurse by her brother's schizophrenia.

Eli Chance MSW, Coordinator of the Avenues Program, Community Connections, Santa Cruz County Mental Health
. For over 10 years Eli has worked with youth, families and adults throughout Santa Cruz County. The last five years he has worked extensively with adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders

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