Speak up for those who cannot! Care and treatment first
Speak up for those who cannot!
Join us in advocating for persons with serious mental illness
Care and treatment first
Not incarceration, not homelessness, not abandonment!

Two tragic FASMI deaths in recent months

In recent months, two FASMI members lost their young adult daughters, both homeless, when they were hit by vehicles and killed while sleeping near the road.  In the most recent incident, Madelyn Delaney, daughter of Jennifer Williams, was killed by a hit-and-run truck driver in Modesto.  Watch the TV news story on Modesto’s ABC 10 news and see the LA Times article from Dec. 2nd.

Next zoom meeting:  December 10, 2022

Drawing by Katy Polony
Families and friends fighting for our loved ones with serious mental illness

We are a coalition of family members, caregivers and supporters of persons who have severe neurobiological disorders such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder.

We come from Alameda County and around the Bay Area to advocate for changes to public health funding, laws, policies and practices that fail to adequately help those with these debilitating mental illnesses.

Until recently, too much focus has been on short-term crisis stabilization and there has been no reliable continuum of care for all levels of need. This must be replaced with a commitment to a cohesive system of timely, accessible, quality treatment and dependable case management. Inpatient and outpatient care must be integrated into a continuum that provides both medical care and the social supports needed to enable those with severe mental illness to live their best lives.

We believe that providing these services is less costly in the long run, but more importantly, it will reduce the human suffering caused by inadequate treatment and care.

Let's make this senseless system make sense.

Learn more!

Serious Mental Illness & Our Stories

Learn about serious mental illness in the spectrum of "mental health".
Read & share some stories
of our lived experience.

Mental Health
Law & Decision-Makers

Learn about the related laws & policies, who decides, and what affects legislation & policy

Advocacy Tools

Learn advocacy skills
and ways you can participate.
[coming soon!]

GLOSSARY

Decipher the alphabet soup of acronyms and abbreviations
[coming soon!]

READING LIST

Books, articles, studies, stories

Data & Helpful Information

Review information about current funding, available facilities, recent studies, etc.
[coming soon!]