THE FAMILY ADVOCATE PROGRAM
The Family Advocate Program provides support for family members, significant others, or caregivers of ADULTS with a serious mental illness. The primary function is to assist family members in coping with the illness of their loved one through information, education, and support. Additionally, they also provide information and assistance to family members in their interaction with service providers and the mental health system. Family Advocate staff are themselves family members and are sensitive to the concerns of other family members.
Family Advocate, Mid-County
(Includes Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta,
Nuevo, Perris, San Jacinto, Sun City, Temecula)
Office: (951) 943-1130
Family Advocate, Desert
(Includes Banning, Beaumont, Blythe,
Cathedral City, Coachella, Indio, Palm Springs, Palm Desert)
Office: (760) 863-8516
|Family Advocate, Western
(Includes Corona, Moreno Valley, Norco, Riverside)
Office: (951) 358-7655
||Family Advocate Administration
Claudia Espinoza, Mental Health Peer Policy & Planning Specialist
Office: (951) 955-1745
Fax: (951) 955-7206
Family Advocate Liaison for Mental Health, Detention Services, Public Guardian, Long Term Care and Veterans
Office #: (951) 955-4126
Cell #: (951) 288-5431
Fax #: (951) 358-4990
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS
The Riverside County DMH recognizes that family members and other individuals in the community provide a significant amount of support to individuals with serious mental illness. This often places an enormous burden on caregivers. However, when caregivers are provided with support, information, and education they are better able to cope in their role as caregiver.
If you are a caregiver and are in need of support and information, the DMH believes you will benefit from the services provided by these groups. Caregivers facilitate many of these groups.
Support Groups by Region: Desert Mid-County Western
WHAT IS NAMI?
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, support and research. NAMI is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community for hope for all those in need.
NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM
NAMI Family-to-Family is a 12-week course to help family members and caregivers understand and support their ill relative while maintaining their own well-being. This course is taught by trained volunteer family members who know what it's like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness.
Participants gain a greater understanding of mental illness, they coped much better, worried less, and felt newly empowered to advocate for better treatment and services for their relative.
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program - Fall 2013
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a 9-week course intended for those with a diagnosis, this class teaches the recovery concept. Recovery is taught along with understanding regarding brain disorder, mindfulness exercises, and support for one another. The course is taught by mentors who have gone through the course.
NAMI CONNECTION RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP
NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.
DEPRESSION BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE (DBSA)
DBSA support groups provide the kind of sharing and caring that is crucial for a lifetime of wellness. DBSA groups:
• Give you the opportunity to reach out to others and benefit from the experience of those who have "been there."
• Motivate you to follow your treatment plan.
• Help you understand that a mood disorder does not define who you are.
• Help you rediscover strengths and humor you may have thought you had lost.
• Provide a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding, and self-discovery.