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IMPORTANT NOTICE:  NAMI programs should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of mental health professionals. We cannot, and will not, assume
the role of a physician or therapist. NAMI cannot be held responsible for the use of the information we provide. Please always consult a trained mental health professional before making any decision regarding treatment of yourself or others

.A variety of support options exist in Yolo County for families of adults, youth and children with psychiatric disorders.

NAMI-Yolo offers a family support groups in English and Spanish open to those who care for a family member or friend  living with a mental illness and seeking a supportive environment for sharing information, problem-solving strategies and empathy. A trained NAMI-Yolo family member leads these groups. Other organizations also offer support groups that may be helpful to family members

Space is limited.  Please email the support group contact person to confirm meeting time and location.

West Sacramento
When: (new dates) 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Contact: email or phone Sally at (916)752-5865 for meeting time/location/information.

When: 2nd and 4th Sundays, 1:30-3:00 pm
Where:  Woodland Memorial Hospital; 1325 Cottonwood Street, Woodland, MAP
Cafeteria Conference Room ~ enter this private meeting space through the main Cafeteria.
Contact: email:

Not currently meeting but NAMI-Yolo support coordinators will meet with individuals on an as needs basis.   Leave a message on the NAMI-Yolo Helpline at (530) 756-8181 and someone will return your call to arrange a meeting.

Grupo Latino de NAMI-Yolo
NAMI Support Group for Families (Spanish)
Not meeting at present.  Phone 530-756-8181 to be put on a notification list for when the group restarts.

Parents / Caregivers of Transition-Age Youth (Ages 16-25) with psychiatric disabilities. sponsored by the Yolo County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Family Partnership Program
This group no longer meets on a regular basis. **However**,
 if you want to talk one-on-one with someone who can provide information about issues affecting people with mental illness between the ages of 16 and 25,  send an email or phone the NAMI-Yolo Helpline (530-756-8181) and leave a voicemail requesting to talk with someone who specializes in helping families with teens and young adults with mental illness.  If you don't receive a return call, please email us. 

Some of the topics that were covered by this support group included education, job skills, treatment decisions, housing, independent living, SSI benefits, healthy relationships, Medi-Cal vs. private insurance, medication issues, "breaking away," advanced directives.

Adults  NAMI-Yolo Helpline (530) 756-8181
  Information and referral for families of adults with psychiatric disorders.    Leave a message with our answering service along with a phone number where you can be reached.  A NAMI member will get in touch with you with help, information and support
Senior Caregivers The Friendship Line (800) 971-0016

Free telephone counseling, support, reassurance, crisis intervention sponsored by the Institute on Aging and the Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health.

Call-in services  provide free, confidential  telephone discussions for caregivers as well as for seniors in need.

Call-out Service:
  Friendship Line Staff or Trained Volunteers will make phone calls to older adults for emotional support.  These calls can be arranged by phoning Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
  -  Institute on Aging Connect:  415-750-4111
  -  Yolo County Mental Health Services Act: 530.666.8712

Children and Youth Warmline Family Resource Center  Phone (M-F 9am -4pm)
         (530) 406-7221
         (916) 922-9276
         (800) 660-7995