FALL 2011 B U I L D I N G S U C C E S S T O G E T H E R
MOMENTUM FOR MENTAL HEALTH
ANNUAL CAMPAIGN 2012 - HELP WELLNESS PREVAIL
IN THIS ISSUE LITTERAL HOUSE REMODELING PROJECT
• CEO Message: Media, Friend or Foe?
• 14th Annual Shining Stars Rising
Above Stigma Benefit
• Meet the Doctor: Dr. Krista Fielding
• Volunteer Corner: Bentley, one of our
PAGE FIVE Progress So Far...
• Staff Profile: Anthony Miller Remodeling of Litteral House will cost $350,000. The project is divided into three
• Meet a Board Member: Gary Ortega phases. We have received generous funds from foundations, corporations and
individuals such as Michelson Family Foundation, Heffernan Group, Wells Fargo
PAGE SIX Foundation and Union Bank. We have made great progress raising 90% of Phase
• Annual Campaign 2012 (cont’d from I of our project. We hope to raise funds to complete Phase I and for the next two
• Shining Stars Rising Above Stigma phases by Spring 2012.
2011 (cont’d from page 3)
• Shining Stars Benefit Sponsors When the Litteral House remodeling project is complete the home will reflect its
beautiful Victorian state and continue to be a positive environment where our
PAGE SEVEN clients can recover.
• Litteral House, Dr. Emmett Litteral
(correction) This year, we hope you will consider making a year-end gift that will help those
• Informative Websites
affected by mental illness now and in the future by contributing to remodeling our
crisis residential property, Litteral House.
• Momentum Wish List
• Mark Your Calendar Be part of the effort to help well- The year-end giving season provides
ness prevail by making a dona- many opportunities to make a differ-
tion – small or large. Your act of ence in our community by supporting
Email: info@momentumMH.org giving will help change the future good works through a charitable gift.
for someone with a mental illness. As you consider your giving choices,
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than” that has to fight for equal oppor- Mental illness is itself a communication
CEO Message tunity and acceptance. problem. Sometimes it is used as a la-
bel for people who think, perceive, and
believe differently from what someone
“ The time has come for the
mental health community to
else thinks they should. This can lead
to dire consequences.
— Paul Taylor, President and CEO, Mo-
The time has come for the mental
health community to befriend media.
mentum for Mental Health We must not demonize and withdraw,
but rather understand and embrace the
During these times there has been a many ways to communicate.
Media, Friend or Foe? challenging and changing relationship
Paul Taylor, President and CEO with media. Just like we kept a low pro-
Momentum for Mental Health file years ago, we certainly did not seek
and preferred to avoid any media atten-
Many recognize that stigma towards tion. I submit because we mistakenly
people with mental health issues exists believed hiding was best for our inter-
and acts as a strong barrier to seeking ests, we neglected the opportunity to
help. It also contributes to the fact that actively participate and shape the media Momentum is moving forward using
even though one in four people will face view of mentally ill people and the effi- media to carry our message, believing
mental health challenges, having them cacy of treatment. The vacuum our lack it will assist clients and our entire com-
is still too often considered a mark of of action created gave media free rein munity. We are developing an interac-
shame and something to hide. When I to create and propagate myths based tive web site, producing quarterly news-
began this work many years ago provid- on misinformation, fears and prurient letters, issuing press releases, and more
ers more often than not reflected this interests. As a result, too many believe recently are experimenting with blog-
stigma by maintaining very low profiles. people with mental illness cannot re- ging and a Facebook page. We were
Our programs, while based on commu- cover, work, be good neighbors or con- delighted to honor two people from the
nity integration models, ironically were, tribute much to society not to mention media at the 14th Annual Shining Stars
and still are, only welcome in certain have a greater propensity for violence. Rising Above Stigma event.
neighborhoods, often with stipulations The data, of course, does not support
and restrictions. As advocates, we have these misguided notions. Communication is an essential ingre-
pushed to pass fair housing, disability dient to sustaining life. Babies will not
rights and insurance reform laws. We We could sit on the sidelines and blame thrive without the communication of
fought for dedicated funding in health the media. The trouble with that is the touch. Let’s work together to change
care budgets, and taxes mandated to be media really is all of us, not someone our own and society’s negative beliefs
spent on mental health care. We are or something else. Somehow success about mental illness and people who are
vigilant to see our modest successes are stories and reporting of non-sensation- “different” in general. Let’s recognize
implemented, sustained and enforced. alistic facts does not sustain attention that media is a very powerful commu-
as much as a good old “man bites dog” nication tool that can be used to enrich
While these battles are far from over story. everyone’s life. Media gives all of us an
and the victories delicious, one must opportunity to participate and advance
also recognize all these actions are the Media and communication are essen- society. The media belongs to us. Let’s
hallmarks of what people do who are tially one and the same. In modern use it wisely.
disenfranchised and with little power. times there are more and more ways
We will know our day has come when to communicate. Communication
support for community mental health is a constant in our lives, like breath-
is “taken for granted” like the public Read Paul’s Blog by going to
ing. Sometimes we know what we are
health issues of clean water and sanita- www.momentumformentalhealth.org
breathing; sometimes we are unaware.
tion, not something separate and “less The same is true with communication.
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14th Annual Shining Stars
Rising Above Stigma
Shining Stars Light The Way
With over 300 people in attendance,
the Grand Mediterranean Ballroom of
the Crowne Plaza Cabãna Hotel in Palo blyman Beall stated, “we are going to ovation to show their appreciation.
Alto was alive with the spirit of hope have a signed law. The law will require
and excitement when Momentum held health insurers to provide care for men- Premier of Agency Video
its 14th Annual Shining Stars Rising tal health and substance abuse treat- Following the personal accounts
Above Stigma Benefit on November 17. ment equal to any physical illness. We by Jessie and Calen, Judge Cordell
will have equal treatment and equal ac- introduced Momentum’s agency video.
It was an opportunity to honor mental cess.” The new video captured Momentum,
health advocates in our community. its mission and the personal stories
Media, local businesses and individuals Moving Address from Keynote of two Momentum clients. It was
in the Bay Area sponsored the benefit Speakers, Jessie Close and Calen Pick overwhelmingly well received at the
with State Assemblyman Jim Beall as Judge Cordell introduced keynote event. Watch the agency video at
Honorary Chair and Judge LaDoris H. speakers Jessie Close and Calen Pick, www.momentumformentalhealth/
Cordell -- the independent auditor of who captivated the audience with their AgencyVideos.
the San Jose Police Department, long- personal accounts of their experiences
time mental health advocate and retired with mental illness. Fund-A-Need Fundraiser
Santa Clara County judge -- as the em- Everyone was in high spirits after an
cee. Calen’s words resonated with the audi- amazing video and moving accounts by
ence with moving statements like, “the the keynote speakers setting the stage
NAMI Santa Clara County Silent truth is beautiful. For such a long time for the Fund-A-Need Fundraiser with
Auction I struggled with the truth, the kind of the proceeds designated to the Client
Prior to the commencement of the din- truth that sinks into your soul letting Needs Fund. This fund benefits those
ner program in the ballroom, guests you know of something larger that gov- who need assistance with basic necessi-
mingled in the adjoining reception erns your existence.” Calen concluded ties that may not be covered by insur-
room during the Registration/Social his portion of the talk with a call to ac- ance. Such necessities include, but are
Hour viewing the offerings generously tion to the audience, “cancel all the apa- not limited to, groceries, dental and
donated by NAMI Santa Clara County thy you can. Hold yourself responsible optometry care, college books/tuition,
supporters to the NAMI Santa Clara for becoming a caring spirit who knows public transportation fees, toiletries,
County Silent Auction. that we need to admire people for their job interview clothing and the like.
strengths, but love them for trying to Judge Cordell drove the call to give by
Welcoming the Guests overcome their weaknesses.” conducting an exciting fundraiser for
Paul Taylor, President and CEO of Momentum’s clients, which netted over
Momentum, welcomed the guests and Calen then passed the microphone over $12,000 in ten minutes.
kicked off the dinner program. Paul to his mother, Jessie Close, who start-
gave a brief overview of Momentum and ed with strong words about herself: “I 2011 Shining Stars Awards
introduced Assemblyman Jim Beall. As- medicated myself with drugs and alco- Judge Cordell introduced Shining Stars
semblyman Beall enthusiastically fired .
hol until I came close to killing myself. Committee Chair and Vice Chair of the
up the crowd with his speech saying, I can mourn now for the out of control Momentum Board of Directors, Barbara
“we’re fighting stigma!” Assemblyman me, the me that tried to kill myself. “ Zenz. The two presented Shining Stars
Beall is leading the charge for change at Jessie’s speech was moving and pro- Award recipients, Gene Burns -- KGO
the state level with Bill AB 423. Assem- vocative. The guests rose to a standing
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try. Dr. Fielding works part time at Mo- the job fun because there is a team in-
Meet the Doctor
mentum and the rest of the time at Stan- volved with every client. They brain-
Dr. Krista Fielding ford. When asked why she joined Mo- storm as to how to help the clients get
mentum, Dr. Fielding replied, “I have the services they need.” Dr. Fielding ex-
always been interested in community plained that the most challenging part
mental health. Working at Momentum of her job is the acuity of her clients.
adds a richness to my work. It is re- She enjoys connecting with clients and
warding for me.” helping with their recovery and journey
Dr. Fielding explains that the clients she
sees at Momentum have acute mental Dr. Fielding noted that some clients are
health needs. She says that she never young and they have lived so much in
knows what the day will bring. She their short lives, facing prolonged abuse
continues by saying not only do the and poverty. Many of them have lim-
people that she works with have severe ited nurturing connections to adults.
mental illness, they also frequently have She finished by saying that her work
Dr. Krista Fielding joined Momentum primary care issues. Dr. Fielding states can be powerful but it is only a drop in
in the Full Service Partnership Program that what she likes about Momentum the bucket in terms of the services cli-
at the Alameda site in May 2011 after is the team environment: working with ents need. Dr Fielding feels that she
spending 16 years at Stanford, both in case managers, therapists, and the ad- can be one stable relationship for them,
undergraduate studies and medical ministrative staff in problem solving and that can make a difference in their
training, specializing in Adult Psychia- mode to help the clients. “It makes lives.
try and Child and Adolescent Psychia-
VOLUNTEER CORNER: BENTLEY, ONE OF OUR NEWST VOLUNTEERS
The Internet and social media are instrumental in connecting nonprofit agencies with individuals interested in volunteering.
Sites such as www.volunteermatch.org, www.volunteers.aarp.org and www.energizeinc.org serve as virtual marketplaces where
agencies post current volunteer opportunities and people search for those that match their skills, interests and availability.
Volunteer opportunities listed on the web are not just limited to people but to the increasingly popular use of therapy animals,
particularly in health care settings. A Facebook search reveals numerous pages devoted to therapy dogs, for example.
The therapeutic benefit of dogs in healthcare settings has been widely documented. Just a few minutes with a trained therapy
dog has been shown to reduce anxiety and blood pressure in hospital patients and even decrease the levels of stress hormones
epinephrine and norepinephrine. The benefit to clients in mental health care settings has also been documented:
“It has been found that animals can have a ‘de-arousing effect’ on humans and that they provide people with stress-reducing
or stress-buffering social support. Social support has a positive effect on the ability to cope with the normal stressors of life;
therefore, the effect of animals on humans may be not only physical in nature, but it may also promote mental well-being.”
(Research and Reflection: Animal-Assisted Therapy in Mental Health Settings journal article by Debra Phillips Parshall, Coun-
seling and Values, Vol. 48, 2003)
Bentley (pictured) is a gentle 125-pound Bullmastiff and one of the newest Momentum volunteers.
A certified therapy dog, he and his human companion visit our Transitional Age Youth program on
Thursday afternoons. Another certified therapy dog, Latife, recognizes his therapy jacket and accord-
ing to his human becomes excited when he knows he’s going to “work.”
If you know anyone who has a certified therapy dog and is available to volunteer during the week,
please ask him/her to call Momentum’s volunteer office at 408.254.6828.
B U I L D I N G S U C C E S S T O G E T H E R 5
MEET A BOARD MEMBER
Anthony Miller Gary Ortega
Personal: Gary is an alumnus of San Jose State
University. He worked in the Carpenters/Mill-
men trade for 10 years, and then changed his
career path to Silicon Valley where he worked
at AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) for 28
years as financial and customer marketing ana-
lyst. He has been married for 41 years and has
two grown daughters and eight grandchildren.
Momentum Role: Gary is eagerly looking forward
to actively working with his fellow board members
Genuine and humble are the words that in providing Momentum with exposure that will help continue to broaden its path
describe Momentum’s staff member of success.
Anthony Miller. The assistant manag- Philosophy: “Be true to yourself. If you lead with integrity, you can only move
er/ clinician at SART since May of this forward.”
year, Miller is appreciative and grateful Inspiration: “My wife Gloria is the heart and soul of our family dynamics.
for every working moment. “I have a Through thick or thin, she has persevered. She always has a smile on her face
job that makes the world a better place.” but her strength is solid as a rock. I have been fortunate to have her by my
side since high school.”
Miller received his Masters of Science in Interests: “Sports and music. I have played many sports in my lifetime and
Clinical Psychology from Notre Dame the structure and discipline sports provides are the very tools needed for your
de Namur University in Belmont. “I daily life. It really illustrates the power of collaboration over the power of I.
didn’t always have parental guidance Music touches all souls. Whether through memories, current events, or
so I made a conscious decision to go inspiration, it provides a historical marker to your life. Music reaches
to school for a better life,” says Miller. out to all generations, rich or poor. It’s rooted in the fabric of our lives.”
Prior to coming to Momentum, he Greatest Accomplishment: Gary was a member of the committee that or-
worked as a program manager for Pa- ganized his recent junior high reunion. The school was opened from 1925
role Service Center, a 60-bed facility for through 1971. “To see a gathering of people that in most cases hadn’t seen
parolees. each other since junior high, was extraordinary. That was a great collabora-
Miller lives with his wife, daughter, Greatest Influence: “That comes from all walks of life. The Bible, my wife,
and brother in San Mateo. “My family family and friends, my ministers, my teachers, my co-workers. Someone in
is my support system,” he says. Miller need of help. They have all played a part of who I am. They all provided life’s
and his family live in a house built by lessons.”
his grandparents where he was raised. Little known fact: Gary is an ordained minister.
The home was passed on to the fam-
ily. Miller secured the home because he
finds importance in “keeping the fam- tionships. He uses Facebook and Twitter to get feedback for his articles as well as to
ily tradition alive.” keep in touch with his family and friends. He says, “It’s rewarding to have the self
confidence to do what I do and to be able to write from my heart.”
When asked about his hobbies, Miller
states he works out four times a week, Miller sees the possibilities of a future with Momentum. He states, “Everybody that
usually after work, for the mental re- I meet here is positive and supportive.” In addition to working with staff, he enjoys
lease. With a minor in Art he also finds working with clients. “When clients say they are doing great, it makes me feel good
it relaxing to paint with his daughter. that I had a positive impact on their lives.” Miller finds that by being a good listener
In his spare time, he writes articles for and participating with clients, they help each other. “The greatest power is to em-
examiner.com, with a focus on rela- power others.”
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Annual page 1 Campaign 2012 Stars
Shiningpage 3 Rising Above Stigma 2011
please think about the work done here at Momentum and Radio Talk Radio Host, Patty Fisher -- Director of Policy and
the importance of quality mental health services to our entire Communications at the Health Trust and El Camino Hospital
community. Mental illness is a matter for all to consider. with their awards in recognition of their contributions to
mental health in the past year. Gene Burns’s pre-recorded
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, acceptance speech was aired at Shining Stars because he was
one in four Americans are affected by one or more mental unable to attend as he was on the air that night.
disorders at any given time. Mental illness does not discrminate.
It knows no age limits, economic status, color or creed. Paul wrapped up the evening thanking the attendees for their
attendance, generosity and support in assisting Momentum
Although there is still much to learn, we do know that quality to eliminate stigma and encouraged people to go forward
treatment can help lead to recovery. We know that people with as ambassadors. Watch the video of the event and Gene’s
a mental illness can and do get better. We know that recovery acceptance speech on our Youtube Channel at www.youtube.
is possible in almost all situations - even when the path to com/momentumforMH.
recovery is difficult to discover and stay on. Momentum is
a nonprofit organization founded to serve individuals with
mental illness in Santa Clara County. We know that treatment
Thank you to Our 2011 Shining Stars
works and we know we can help. Our clients and their families
Rising Above Stigma Benefit Sponsors
demonstrate this every day, but we can do so much more with
Momentum recognizes the importance of having a home while
recovering from a mental illness. Litteral House is a historic
home that provides residence for clients who have recently ex-
perienced a crisis related to their mental illness. It is an alter-
native to having our clients live in an institutional setting and
has been extremely successful in providing an environment
conducive to wellness and recovery from a mental illness. Like
our other properties, Litteral House has substantial need for
remodeling. Because the majority of our funding is restricted
to services, we are not able to allocate the funds necessary for
this project from our current budget.
Please consider a donation to remodel Litteral House. A gift
to help a person have a quality home can make all the differ-
ence in a successful recovery.
To make a donation go to http://www.momentumfor-
Your contribution will play a significant role and assist us to
provide the kind of programs and environment that help in-
dividuals achieve mental and emotional health, discover and
reach their potential, and fully participate in life.
Your support is needed. Thank you.
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Litteral House, Dr. Emmett Litteral (correction) Momentum for Mental Health is a public benefit corpora-
tion that serves transitional-age youth and adults in all
In the Summer 2011 Newsletter we printed an article that stages of life. We provide a broad array of effective
services that promote dignity and respect for people with
stated Litteral House, one of our most successful crisis resi- mental illnesses and contribute to a healthier community.
dential homes, was donated for service to the mental health Momentum is “building success together.”
community by Dr. Emmett B. Litteral. The house, in fact,
Board of Directors
was named after Dr. Litteral in recognition of the many Pat Ortega, Chair, McKenna/Ortega Insurance Agency
contributions he made to the agency for 23 years. Barbara Zenz, Vice Chair, President, The Stephenz Group
Larry Burns, Treasurer, Retired Executive
In 1979, the Board of Directors of Rehabilitation Mental Richard J. Foley, Secretary, Co-founder,
Health Services, Inc. (RHMS), adopted a resolution ho
Paul S. Taylor, President, Momentum for Mental Health
noring Emmett B. Litteral, M.D., who had recently retired Fernando Hernandez, Attorney, Hernandez Law Firm
from agency employment, by naming a proposed Transitional Residential Program Jason Noriega, Realtor, Alain Pinel Realtors
after him. Prior to working at RHMS, in his capacity as Assistant Superintendent of Gary Ortega, Retired Financial Marketing Analyst
Agnews State Hospital, Dr. Litteral was very supportive of volunteer groups’ efforts to Joyce Puopolo, Business Development Officer, First
begin a “halfway house” program for clients. He provided neurological and psychiatric Bart Stratton, Owner, Stratton Arts
services to clients, initially on a voluntary basis, and while employed he provided direct
psychiatric services to the agency’s clients for all RMHS programs with the exception Advisory Board
Karen Baker, Community Volunteer
of SART. He helped the Agency garner local and national recognition for providing in-
James T. Beall, Jr., California State Assemblyman
novative, community-based psychiatric residential treatment programs as alternatives Dana Rogers-Burns, Realtor, Alain Pinel Realtors
to institutional care. The transitional residential program was the first residential psy- Brian Cardozo, San Jose Harley-Davidson/Buell
chiatric treatment program provided by the agency and fourth of its kind in the United Toni Casey, President, T. Casey & Associates
States. The nationally recognized success of the program was to a significant degree Rob Elder, Writer
Stuart Ferguson, Community Volunteer
attributable to the contributions of Dr. Litteral.
Mary Hiland, PhD, Hiland & Associates
Mike Honda, Congressman, 15th Congressional
District of CA
Tim Hopkins, Esq., Attorney, Groom & Cave, LLC
INFORMATIVE WEBSITES Mitch Juricich, Tournament Event Enterprises
Don Knight, Realtor, Alain Pinel Realtors
Elena Morera, Human Resources Consultant
Massy Safai, MD, UCSF
Gilbert Sangari, Editor & Publisher, San Jose Magazine
Howard Smith, President & CEO, ePrise Solutions
Mental Health America (formerly The Bazelon Center for Mental
Sophia Vinogradov, MD, UCSF
the National Mental Health Health Law at www.bazelon.org
Association) at www.nmha.org Lynne Waldera, PhD, Founder & CEO, InMomentum, Inc.
National Institute of Mental Health
National Alliance on Mental at www.nimh.nih.gov Momentum Executive Team
Illness at www.nami.org Paul S. Taylor, CPRP, President and CEO
Substance Abuse and Mental Melinda Golden, Chief Financial Officer
National Alliance on Health Services Administration at Leslie Barry Connors, CFRE, Director of Development &
Mental Illness — Santa Clara www.samhsa.gov Communications
County Chapter at Dan Correa, MHRS, Director of Residential Programs
www.namisantaclara.org Strength of Us at Richard Jennings, JD, Director of Human Resources
www.strengthofus.org Jerry McCann, CPRP, Director of Community Services
Mental Health Association in Jim Millsap, CPRP, Executive Director of La Selva Group
California at www.mhac.org Depression and Bipolar Support
Alliance at Michael Quach, MD, Medical Director
BringChange2Mind at www.dbsalliance.org
Please send address corrections or editorial comments to
Leslie Barry Connors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Momentum for Mental Health
438 North White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
408.254.6828 phone, 408.259.2273 fax
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Momentum Wish List MARK YOUR CALENDAR
The following is a list of items that • Projector
Momentum is seeking to help meet the needs • Umbrellas
of our clients: DECEMBER
• iPods or MP3 players
• Nintendo Wii • Sewing machine SEASONAL DEPRESSION AWARENESS MONTH
• X Box with games (Rated E for everyone) • Math or English text books December 14-16, 2011
• Weight scale w/height adjustment, new or • GED, PSAT or SAT prep books Immersion Training
used 2001 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
• Musical instruments (guitars, bongos,
For donation information, please call us at
tambourines, shakers, keyboards, small 408.254.6828. Momentum for Mental Health MARCH
drum kit, etc.) is incorporated under the IRS Code as a not-
• Potted plants for garden project for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. March 14-16, 2012
• Piano tuning service Immersion Training
2001 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
• Art supplies (beads, paint, paper, canvas, We appreciate your support and assistance to
help individuals achieve mental and emotion-
al health, discover and reach their potential, JUNE
• Computers and laptops, new or nearly new and fully participate in life.
• Bus tokens June 4, 2012
• Flatscreen TV, new or used
• Gift cards
• Personal hygiene products
• Backpacks, new or nearly new www.momentumformentalhealth.org/eventcalendar
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