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NAMI Tri-Valley
General Meetings: 2021

Please Note: NAMI Tri-Valley is providing Zoom video conferencing in 2021. Zoom links will be posted on-line.
Zoom General Meetings are now recorded and posted on YouTube.

All meetings are held on the first Monday of each month in 2021 except for January, July, September and December. The meetings run from 7:
00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guest speakers are invited to present in his/her area of mental health expertise to the general public. There is no cost and is open to the public.

For questions or information, please contact Marsha McInnis, Speaker Coordinator, at 925-980-5331 or

Zoom Presentation Schedule for 2021

February 1, 2021
Ask the Doc
Daniel Kostalnick, M.D.

Are you curious about a certain medication? Do you want to know more about the brain or about a certain mental illness? How Is COVID-19 affecting mental health?
Come prepared to ask psychiatrist Daniel J. Kostalnick, MD your questions. Please note that Dr. Kostalnick’s information is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose.

Dr. Kostalnick is a highly regarded Board Certified Psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with extensive training and expertise in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. His practice is in Pleasanton and he treats children, adolescents, and adult patients and families.

March 1, 2021
Advocacy Services in Alameda County
Beverly Bergman

Family Caregiver Advocacy Specialist
Beverly Bergman is a 22-year staff member of the Mental Health Association in Alameda County. Her expertise as benefits advocate for
years successfully helped over 500 people receive SSI/SSDI. The past 9 years, Beverly has advocated for family/caregivers by providing support, advice, education, advocacy, information and referrals. Beverly guides families through dispute resolutions and assists with filing complaints. Other services include help with completing forms, explanation how the Alameda County mental health system works and strategies when the system doesn’t work. Beverly has a family member with a mental illness and understands first hand the challenges in obtaining help for a loved one while maintaining the health of the family/caregiver.

Francesca Tannenbaum

Patients' Rights Director for Alameda and San Mateo Counties
Francesca Tenenbaum is Director of Patients' Rights Advocates Programs for Alameda County and San Mateo County. She has
23 years of experience in advocacy and has been a Patients' Rights Advocate for over 15 years. Currently there are 10 advocates in Alameda County and 3 advocates in San Mateo.

April 5, 2021
The Importance of Family Members in Mental Health Care: Advocating for Your Loved Ones
Rosa Warder, MS, MFA

Family Relations Manager,
Office of Family Empowerment,
Alameda County Behavioral Health Services

Learn about Alameda County’s Office of Family Empowerment and its role in advocating for families in mental health.

Rosa Warder MS, MFA became a family member when one of her son’s developed a thought disorder at the age of 12.  She went on to develop the Family Partnership Program in Alameda County Behavioral Health’s Child and Adolescent Services in 1999, then developed the Office of Family Empowerment in 2008. She continues to advocate for family voice by working with providers, elected officials, and future clinicians.

May 3, 2021
Karyn Tribble, PsyD, LCSW
Director, Alameda County Behavioral Health Services

Meet Karyn Tribble, PsyD, LCSW, our newest Director of Alameda County Behavioral Health, (ACBHC), an agency that helps residents of Alameda and on Medi-Cal with mental health and/or substance use disorders. Dr. Tribble has over 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field and is an experienced and dynamic administrator. She currently serves as the Alameda County Director of Behavioral Health Care Services and is the responsible for the oversight and provision of related services to the culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse residents of Alameda County.

June 7, 2021
An Overview of the Adult Forensic Mental Health at Santa Rita Jail
Ellen Dunn, LMFT
Clinical Manager,Alameda County Behavioral Health Services

Adult Forensic Mental Health provides mental health assessments, individual therapy, crisis intervention and medication support at Santa Rita Jail. Court ordered mental health evaluations are also performed by this program.

July, 2021

August 2, 2021
Trauma and the Impact on Mental Health in Children & Teens
Lynn Gardner, MBA, MS, Counseling
Youth and Family Services Program Manager
Horizons Family Counseling, a division of the Livermore Police Department

September, 2021

October 4, 2021
Special Needs Trusts and ABLE
Account with a Focus on Quality of Life
Stephen Dale, Esq., LL.M., Dale Law Firm
Stephen Dale will discuss how Special Needs Trusts can be established to protect and assist the disabled while protecting their financial interests and eligibility. You will learn what to do to prepare for writing a Special Needs Trust (SNT). He will go through a simple 4-step process that will ensure
you have a document that addresses all the issues and decisions that must be made in providing
for your loved one with a disability. Mr. Dale will also discuss how ABLE accounts can be used in conjunction with a SNT or independently.

Stephen W. Dale received his JD from Armstrong Law School and his LL.M. in Taxation from
Golden Gate University in 2001. The Dale Law Firm was established in 1992 in order to provide quality estate planning to clients by working cooperatively with the clients’ tax, financial and insurance professionals.


November 1, 2021
Axis Community Health

December, 2021

NAMI Tri-Valley, a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit, is an affiliate of NAMI California and NAMI National
Updated 2021