Chronic Grief and Chronic Uncertainty
Guest Speaker: Alexandra Matthews, Ph.D.
“There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.” Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 9th congressional district
At the January 19th, 2015, NAMI Marin General Meeting, the audience heard from Matt Tasley and Harold Grant, peer counselors for the CARE (Community Alternative Response Evaluation) Team and Chris Kughn, Chief of Adult and Older Adult Services for the county’s Mental Health & Substance Use Services (MH&SUS). Together with CARE Team I (Peter Planteen and Kate Calvano), these two units provide intensive outreach and engagement services to a large and diverse group of homeless and at-risk of homelessness individuals who have a serious mental illness, a substance use issue, or both.
NAMI Marin asks when will Marin County’s Mental Health and Substance Use Services stop Opposing LL Here?
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to implement Laura’s Law yesterday. This was the eighth county in California to pass assisted outpatient treatment in order to move away from a “fail first” county mental health system to a “treatment before tragedy” system for people with serious mental illness who have a history of hospitalizations and problems with treatment compliance.
“When is Marin County Mental Health going to wake up and stop opposing LL before another preventable tragedy happens?” asked Rick Roose NAMI Marin Vice President. “The Marin Mental Health Board has already recommended that Marin adopt Laura’s Law, it’s time for the Marin Supervisors to vote to implement it here.”