National Alliance on Mental Illness Temecula Valley hosts speaker on mental health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness hosted family advocate Rick Algarin of Riverside University Health System’s Behavioral Health as their monthly speaker, Wednesday, July 19, as a group of people gathered to discuss “Conservatorship, Mental Health and Incarceration.”

The Mental Health Forum is held every third Wednesday by NAMI Temecula Valley, which has been around since 2002 hosting various support groups, programs and educational opportunities.

Algarin’s presentation included helpful tutorials, scripts and resources; as well as showing a collection of videos from 60 seconds and TEDx Talks. Algarin discussed his personal experiences as well the work he and his staff have done with the families of mentally ill patients who have been arrested or are otherwise in the judicial system.

“We are here to help you through different systems,” Algarin said, focusing on his goal of educating listeners helping them to understand the processes and begin to work together.

Another focus of his lecture was the affects of the government closing mental asylums in the 1960s, which led to more unmedicated, untreated and misdiagnosed people in prisons than in hospitals. Referring to prisons as the new asylums in the United States, Algarin noted that a treatment plan needs to be made for those who are mentally ill, rather waiting until they are sent to jail.

More information can be found on NAMI Temecula Valley’s website at or by calling (951) 672-2089.

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