Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (PST) – Los Angeles
This is a one-day conference featuring speakers and workshops for parents and caregivers who have a loved one, of any age, with mental illness. Attendees will gain vital knowledge on how to provide stability, and guide their loved one to a healthy and exceptional life.
Registration is $10.00 (which includes lunch and parking) A limited number of scholarships are available.
The conference will offer a variety of workshops and information for both the person with the illness and the family members and caretakers that are part of their life.
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome, Brittney Weissman- NAMI Executive Director
Opening remarks, Linda Lee Patterson- NAMI Leader
9:15 am – 10:30 am Ask the Dr: Leanne Stoneking M.D. – DMH
Dr. Stoneking will provide attendees with information about psychiatric diagnoses, treatment goals, and the importance of ongoing collaboration with the treatment team. Learn more about medications, treatment and diagnosis.
Bring your questions!
Leanne Stoneking, M.D., Department of Mental Health
Leanne M. Stoneking, M.D., is an Adult, Child & Adolescent, and Forensic Board Certified Psychiatrist. She grew up in Santa Ana, California, graduated from Creighton School of Medicine Omaha, NE, and completed her residency/fellowship training at LAC-USC medical center. She currently works for the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health as a child psychiatrist for the juvenile justice program. In addition, she works at Telecare STEPS (Striving Towards Enhanced Partnerships), a 105-member Full Service Partnership (FSP) in Orange County, CA serving adults with mental illness.
10:30 am – 10:45 am Networking
10:45 am-12:00 pm Morning Workshop Sessions
- LPS Conservatorship/Assisted Outpatient Treatment: Lynda Boyd-DMH, Connie Draxler-Office of Public Guardian
Audience members will learn the benefits of and differences between Assisted Outpatient Treatment (Laura’s Law) and LPS (Mental Health Conservatorship). LPS Conservatorship is the involuntary process by which individuals with mental health disorders receive treatment. Laura’s Law provides consistent engagement for individuals with mental illness for whom other community services are not working.
Connie Draxler is the Deputy Director of the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Guardian, the largest and oldest Public Guardian office in the State of California. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the LPS and Probate conservatorship programs. Ms. Draxler has served in this capacity since 2009. Ms. Draxler received her Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach.
Linda Boyd is Program Manager for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s Emergency Outreach Bureau — School Threat Assessment Response Team and Assisted Outreach Treatment (Laura’s Law) programs. Ms. Boyd co-created, developed and implemented the crisis response model which has been replicated throughout the United States and as far away as Australia. This model pairs a law enforcement officer with a mental health clinician in teams that respond to 911 calls involving people with a mental illness. Ms. Boyd conducts regular presentations to train and educate law enforcement agencies throughout the county
- Navigating the System of Care, TAY and Adult: Ed Vidaurri- DMH
Mr. Vidaurri will provide an overview of all the clinical programs and services for transitional youth (TAY) and adults that are available within the Department of Mental Health.
Edward Vidaurri, LCSW, the District Chief for Service Planning Area 4 (SPA 4) for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health since 2005, has worked with children, families and adults for 30 years. As District Chief, he oversees the mental health services provided by DMH in the area which includes Downtown Los Angeles, Skid Row, Hollywood, Koreatown, Pico-Union and more. Mr. Vidaurri has a special interest in developing services for very young children and their families, and for the various ethnic communities that reside in SPA 4. He has worked to develop strong working relationships with the Faith Community as a means to reach out to the community as a whole. He is currently working on the development of two Health Neighborhoods in SPA 4.
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155 North Occidental Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026