Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. In addition…

General Meeting: Creativity and Mental Illness, Dr. Sheri Johnson – Jan 12, 2016

Dr. Sheri Johnson will describe biographical & experimental studies on mood disorders and creativity. Particularly clear evidence suggests that creativity, of many different forms, is high among family members of those with bipolar disorder and those with minor experiences of manic symptoms. Mechanisms and theories about this link will be described. Dr. Johnson is a…

Webinar on Mental Illness in the Workplace

Supporting those with invisible disabilities Our family, friends, and coworkers Speakers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) October 7th at Noon, 2nd Floor, Room 1 Webinar access available for those who would like to participate remotely Hosted by DIR’s Health and Wellness Program, Disability Advisory Committee, and Human Resources’ Employee Assistance Program The DIR…

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center Services Workshop – Jan 26, 2016, 4-5 pm

Overview and Housing Search & Assistance  Description: This one hour workshop will provide an overview of SVILC’s services to the cross-disability community in Santa Clara County and in-depth housing search assistance including; • Basic overview of tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities • SVILC resources for conducting an effective housing search • Community resources available for housing…

A Helping Hand in Mental Health

New pilot program at El Camino Hospital offers peer support for mental illness – by Kevin Forestieri People hospitalized for a mental illness have a long road ahead of them, with plenty of pitfalls to sidestep as they try to re-integrate themselves back into society. But they don’t have to go it alone.The National Alliance on…

Local Hero Award

Peter Newman, NAMI Santa Clara County’s Board Secretary, was recently recognized as a “Local Hero” in Assembly District 25 (represented by Chansen Chu) in a ceremony on May 28. Peter, a longtime NAMI volunteer and activist, was nominated for this award in recognition of his participation formally and informally in support groups and classes for…

NAMI Santa Clara Peer PALS

NAMI Santa Clara’s Peer PALS poster presentation at the NAMI National Convention generated an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response—so much so that we were hoarse from talking to so many people!  Thanks to John Mitchem for his tireless work for the program; to John Forward for the technical support in preparing the poster; and to PALS Henry…