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Joint-Statement Regarding Thousand Oaks Shooting Incident

November 8, 2018

We are deeply saddened by the recent event that took place at a Thousand Oaks dance hall last night in which 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside the establishment. NAMI Ventura County and NAMI California supports all of our communities and are available to help in any way we can with more »

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Meant to help with mental illness, money from tax on millionaires piles up

October 19, 2018

While the Hepatitis A outbreak ravaged the homeless community in San Diego last year, county officials kept more than $170 million in mental health funding in the bank. County officials now say they are spending down those reserves. (San Diego Union-Tribune file photo) Jeff McDonaldContact Reporter While the hepatitis A virus ran unchecked through the more »

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Discovering my Superpower

October 16, 2018

This piece features NAMI Ambassador A.J. Mendez, author, advocate and former WWE wrestler. Hear her advice to Latino families and how she believes her bipolar disorder is her superpower. Through her candid and courageous story of lived experience, this mental health champion shares her journey of resiliency and recovery.

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Grading the States: An Analysis of Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Laws

September 25, 2018

Grading the States: An Analysis of U.S. Psychiatric Treatment Lawsexamines the laws that provide for involuntary treatment for psychiatric illness in each state. To do so, we asked a crucial question: Does the state law allow an individual in need of involuntary evaluation or treatment to receive timely care, for sufficient duration, in a manner that more »

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Drug Cocktails Still Common, Despite Treatment Guidelines

September 20, 2018

(Sept. 18, 2018) New research published this month in Psychiatric Services suggests that although there has been an overall decline in antipsychotic polypharmacy, the practice may still be common. Mixing of multiple antipsychotic medications into a drug cocktail is only supposed to be utilized for patients with schizophrenia who are treatment-resistant after multiple different trials more »

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