Paula Lucchesi, a proud member of NAMI Marin, passed away this month. Her volunteer efforts were greatly appreciated. Paula was the coordinator of the uniquely Marin, FamFest – a monthly dinner at local restaurants for clients, family, friends, and support staff. She chaired the Annual Picnic for NAMI Marin last year, and coordinated the Holiday Dinner for clients for the last few years, always putting together creative gifts for the attendees.
The largest study ever of schizophrenia patients finds that perhaps more than 100 genes are associated with the condition. Genetics has long been assumed to play a role.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Finally tonight: understanding the connections between human genetics and schizophrenia.
The “Dimes for Donations” program allows customers to make a charitable contribution each time a plastic bag is refused in favor of their own bag.
NAMI Marin has been working on gathering support for Congressman Tim Murphy’s bill, HR 3717, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. The comprehensive legislation fixes many of the broken elements of the mental health system.
As relatives and friends of those living with mental illness, we have the opportunity to influence the success or failure in Marin of a law designed to offer community-based assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) to a small population of individuals who meet strict legal criteria and who – as a result of their mental illness – are unable to access community mental health services voluntarily.