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CNMHC South Region

Our regional project for Fiscal Year 2010-2011
The South Regional Projects for Fiscal Years 2010-11 have focused on conducting a series of consumer focus groups on client satisfaction with Wellness Centers, Clubhouses and Recovery Learning Centers state wide. Analyzing participants' responses, and developing and disseminating the client satisfaction report. The report-in-progress, documents our 2010-11 qualitative research study involving approximately 275 South region mental health clients, psychiatric survivors, in-patients and ex-patients, who participated in Wellness Centers, Recovery Learning Centers a variety of Clubhouses and drop-in Centers, with in-depth analysis of the responses from a diverse client bace. The report's section, index and bibliography are still in progress.

The Network's South Regional Members have chosen this project as a first step towards bringing c/s/x experiences and perspectives on recovery and wellness to the center of mainstream discourse. This report on emerging themes from the focus groups will be followed by a position paper in which we will present the clients’ message on recovery and wellness, redefine the terms to reflect focus group and member input and provide a prescription for systems transformation.

Stigma and Discrimination Educational Project
The South Regional Projects for Fiscal Year 2009-10 conducted six focus groups of under- and unrepresented populations to define and understand their experiences with stigma and discrimination. These groups may included people of color; gay, lesbian or transgendered people; people with physical disabilities; older people; and transitional youth. A report has been produced describing the feedback with in-depth analysis of the responses from the focus groups.
The California Memorial Project
The California Memorial Project (CMP) is a collaboration of The California Network of Mental Health Clients, the Peer Self-Advocacy Units' of Disability Rights California and People First of California. The mission of our project is to honor and restore dignity to individuals that lived and died in state hospitals and developmental centers.

The project is accomplishing this mission through three main goals:
1) Restore cemeteries or graves where individuals from California State
Institutions are buried
2) Document the history of the client and consumer movement in California
3) Preserve the history of individuals that lived in state institutions through collections of oral histories which tell the stories about living in an institution from a client's perspective Since the first California state institution opened in 1852, individuals including people with mental and developmental disabilities were taken out of the community and committed to these institutions for a variety of reasons, some of which would be considered unacceptable today. Over 45,000 people who died while living at a state institution were buried, often in mass or unmarked graves. In order to restore these cemeteries, the CMP is researching and collecting inventory of the names of individuals who died at State Hospitals and Developmental Centers and locations of where they were buried.

In addition to our main three goals, the CMP coordinates a Remembrance Day to honor and show respect to all people who have lived or died in a California State Institution. Remembrance Day Ceremonies are held
annually throughout California on the third Monday of September.
People First of California
1225 8th Street Suite 360 Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 552-6625
Peer/Self-Advocacy Unit
Disability Rights California
100 Howe Avenue Suite 185N Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 488-7787
The California Network of
Mental Health Clients
2012 19th St. Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 443-3232

Up to 25,000 were buried in anonymous graves at state hospitals.

If you are interested in learning more about the California Memorial Project, participating in a Remembrance Day Ceremony or would like to share your story please contact Alicia Mendoza at (916) 488-7787, or fill out the form below and someone will contact you.
The California Memorial Project events to be held at various sites around California
To remember the people who died while in state institutions Scheduled Participating Sites Include: Agnews Developmental Center Napa State Hospital Porterville Developmental Center Patton State Hospital Sonoma Developmental Center Ukiah Valley Cemetery Stockton Rural Cemetery Parkview Cemetery, Manteca Metropolitan State Hospital

For more information Contact:
Alicia Mendoza, Disability Rights California
CMP Representative at (916) 488-7787