Distinguished Speaker and General Meetings

 Distinguished Speaker Series


New time is 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Information follows for January and February Distinguished Speaker Meetings

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Meeting 7 PM
Speaker 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Wilson Auditorium
2471 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena

Speaker:  Rudy Salinas, Program Director, Housing Works California

Subject:   Home is Where the Journey Begins

Housing should not depend on compliance with services.  The “Home First” philosophy of Housing Works California is that having stable housing is the foundation for recovery from mental illness, substance misuse, and chronic health conditions.

Program Director Rudy Salinas will explain how Housing Works engages homeless people, and puts them in affordable housing units.  Housing Works then provides comprehensive support services to help them comply with a standard lease agreement. Then the motto is, “Whatever it takes, for however long it takes.”   He will have stories of people he has worked with and how housing became the stepping-stone to recovery.

Housing Works has an office in Pasadena and has helped people from our area.

Since many people who refuse treatment subsequently become homeless, this is a unique approach that we all might learn from.


Distinguished Speaker Meeting
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wilson Auditorium
2471 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena

Meeting: 7:00 PM Business meeting
Speaker 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Speaker:    Dr. Patricia O’Neill
Subject:     Demystifying the Symptoms of Psychosis

Mental illness is only one of several components of psychosis, according to Dr. Patricia O’Neill, a psychologist.  She feels that if we understand psychosis better, we will be less distressed by it and will be better able to cope with it.


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