Russ Sempell, MFT, and Patrice Maniaci, co-founders of NAMI FRONTLINE, will speak on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, about the mental health needs of returning veterans through the organization they founded.
FRONT LINE is NAMI Kern County's creation to offer outreach to the veterans, their families and loved ones of the community, operating as a monthly community collaborative of community resources. The group networks with individuals committed to assisting veterans and their families in the faith community; in housing; in obtaining benefits; in educational training; in accessing medical and behavioral health services, and in other needed resources.
The organization holds quarterly educational and resource conferences open to the community to increase awareness and educate the public on issues faced by the veterans and their families. Its Speakers Bureau includes experts, veterans, and families themselves who are available to speak at service organizations to increase community understanding and awareness. FRONT LINE is also a network of weekly support groups facilitated by NAMI-trained family facilitators for the veterans, their families, and others committed to serve.
Mr. Sempell and Ms. Maniaci will be the keynote speakers of the October General Meeting of NAMI San Gabriel Valley. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the New Wilson Auditorium at Pacific Clinics Training Institute, 2471 East Walnut Street, Pasadena. All are welcome. There is no cost to attend, and there is ample free parking. For further information about this program, contact NAMI SGV at (626) 577-6697.