Legal-name: NAMI Long Beach Area
Address: 5230 Clark Ave, Ste 2
Officer: Belinda Rabano, President
ContactName: Paula Gibb
Title: Director, Grants Committee
GrantPurpose: The grant will enable NAMI Long Beach Area to transition our in-person support groups, educational classes, and other programming — which deliver critical coping strategies and techniques for maintaining wellness and resiliency to members of our community (in particular, low-income, historically underserved community members) living with mental health conditions – to an online format by paying for remote conferencing software, conferencing technical support personnel, stipends for group facilitators, and the purchase of tablets and/or chrome-books to lend to individuals lacking access to required technology.
Periodoftime: One year
Audienceserved: We serve the region of Greater Long Beach and its surrounding communities. Attendees of our peer support groups and educational courses reflect the diversity of our local area, and includes persons who are low-income, unemployed, homeless, and food insecure; persons from historically under-served communities, such as the Cambodian and Filipino communities; LatinX communities; persons who identify as LBGBT+; persons who experience mental and physical disability; veterans; and the elderly. We serve those who are coping with moderate to very severe mental health conditions, and many cases with dual diagnosis, and caregivers and family members who support them, all of whom rely on our support groups and educational services to continue to cope with their mental health condition with the objectives of resiliency and recovery. Our education classes and support groups are provided in English and Spanish. We have also established a strong community outreach program, raising awareness of mental health conditions. We provide a range of awareness and training programs for schools, students, medical professionals and community organizations on how to identify and provide appropriate support to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
Demoofaudience: Persons aged 13+, all ethnicities, persons from all income levels are welcome to our programs and services. The West and Central Long Beach area includes 90,000 residents of Latino, Filipino, African-American, and Cambodian descent. We offer services in Spanish and English at this time, and are working towards additional languages in our programming such as Tagalog and Cambodian.
Numberofserved: We expect to serve 110-165 persons per week. This includes individuals who may be new to our programming (in response to the COVID-19 situation), those who may be attending our programming on a short-term basis (3-12mos), as well as those who have been using our services on a longer-term basis (1-5+ years).
District: Established in 1985, NAMI Long Beach has deep roots in the Greater Long Beach area. Our Board Members are residents of Long Beach and neighboring cities. They are deeply committed to the NAMI mission – and are all individuals living with a mental health condition, a caregiver/family member, or both. All Long Beach Districts benefit from the continuity of NAMI Long Beach’s critical support group and educational services — which support persons experiencing mental illness and their families in the Long Beach Area — by helping them to find coping mechanisms for their daily struggles.
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : With the COVID-19 crisis, we are seeing an expanded group of people who are now suffering from heightened anxiety, depression, stress and other forms of disabling mental health conditions. We believe in the ensuing months this situation will become more extreme, with more people seeking help who have never considered themselves at risk of mental health conditions.
On Monday March 30, our board approved the movement of in-person support groups and classes to an online/video conferencing format. We have been reviewing the costs associated with the move to the new format, and we are in discussions with consumers of our services to determine the most ideal way to offer these services. We have delivered two trial video conferences in the past week to assess the process and collect additional information which will assist us to provide consistent and professional delivery of our services.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? By transitioning our current in-person support groups to an online, virtual conference format, NAMI Long Beach Area would be able to continue to provide critical support to members of our community who are living with a moderate to severe mental health condition, in many cases dealing with dual diagnosis and also coping with subsistence level incomes, unemployment, homelessness, and food insecurity. Many of our patrons are from communities that are historically under-served and/or stigmatized outside as well as inside their own communities. Our support groups provide a forum for learning coping strategies and techniques to maintain wellness and resiliency, skills which are particularly needed during the COVID-19 crisis.
Many in the communities we serve live at or near the official poverty level. Many of our people rely on free services and support groups to cope with their mental illness and for a social safety net that enables them to function in society. Many suffering from mental illness do not have social support beyond the interactions from support groups provided by public mental health providers, from privately funded charities and faith-based charities, who offer free in-person support groups and educational sessions.
During such concerning times as the present situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe our support groups and educational programs, which are delivered by experienced facilitators with many years of experience and knowledge, are absolutely necessary for persons that suffer from mental illness to continue in recovery and maintain the necessary socialization rather than become isolated and further at-risk.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : NAMI Long Beach will assist persons in our community who are suffering from the following mental health conditions. Many not only have to deal with their illness in isolation due to the emergency orders for self-isolation, but also have to deal with what uncertainties about the COVID-19 virus will bring.
• Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
• Anxiety disorders
• Bipolar Disorder
• Borderline personality disorder
• Dissociative disorders
• Eating disorders
• Obsessive-compulsive disorders
• Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Schizoaffective Disorder
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: We have not received any disaster recovery services to date.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for? (: We have applied for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan which is administered by the SBA on behalf of the U.S. Treasury Department.