DSH - Napa: Family and Friends Support Group (FFSG)

Who You Are

If someone in your family suffers from a serious mental illness, you may feel alone or isolated in your effort to understand what they’re going through.

You may wonder how other families cope with the devastation caused by mental illness and how they manage to go on with their own lives while still devoting time and help to their ill family member.

You would probably like to replace confusion, frustration and despair with understanding, hope and a sense of real accomplishment.

Changing negative attitudes and responses into positive experiences and genuine hope is also probably something you would like to achieve.

Who We Are

DSH-Napa’s Family & Friends Support Group (FFSG) is a family-run group that provides support, guidance and understanding to its membership on issues related to mental illness.

In addition to supporting each other, the group makes recommendations to DSH-Napa’s Executive Director on ways to improve the quality of care and services at the hospital.

What We Do

The FFSG helps families, friends and patients receiving services in the following ways:

  • Provides understanding, support and guidance to families and friends impacted by mental illness.
  • Works to overcome stigma, guilt, discrimination and misconceptions surrounding mental illness.
  • Disseminates information about services and policies at DSH-Napa.
  • Hosts guest speakers at each meeting to help educate families and friends on important topics related to their relative’s hospitalization.
  • Provides direct communication with the hospital’s administration and staff to help improve care, treatment and services at the hospital.
  • Works with the hospital’s administration to organize special events that bring together families, friends and patients receiving services.

Please Join Us!

Meetings are held at the hospital’s Volunteer Center every 2nd Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Membership with NAMI-CC is not required, but is encouraged as an additional resource and support system.

All family and friends are welcomed and encouraged to participate!

2017 Meeting Calendar:

  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10 – Spring Luncheon (No Meeting)
  • July 8
  • August 12 – Summer Break (No Meeting)
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11 – Thanksgiving Celebration Luncheon (No Meeting)
  • December 9 – Holiday Gift Exchange Luncheon (No Meeting)


Visiting Your Loved Ones Year Round

New Influenza Vaccination/Masking Policy:

The Department of State Hospitals (DSH) has established a new policy for influenza prevention. To protect our patients and staff, all DSH staff and all visitors to DSH hospitals will be required to provide proof of influenza vaccination. Those who are unable to provide proof of influenza vaccination will be required to wear a protective mask, provided by the hospital. The policy will remain in effect from November 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Thank you for your cooperation.

Visiting Days and Hours:

Family members and friends are encouraged to visit. Regular visiting hours are between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. seven days a week and holidays. To arrange for a visit, please contact the social worker or the unit staff in advance. Patients participate in scheduled daily activities, including therapy and educational programs. With advance notice, we can prevent unnecessary delays in your visit and interruptions in your loved one's treatment schedule.

On rare occasions, it may be in the best interest of the patient for the treatment team to limit visiting. Program staff will advise and discuss with the patient's family/friends any such restrictions.

Attorneys and/or their representatives may visit during regular visiting hours (with the exception of weekends and holidays) without an appointment, if they do not require the private attorney room.

Attorneys wishing to conduct a private consultation with a patient must contact the Hospital in advance so that a private room may be reserved.

Gifts & Donations

Gifts and donations, including money, supplies, equipment, or miscellaneous items are received and registered by the Volunteer Center. A receipt for tax purposes is available upon request. Gifts or donations intended for a specific purpose or individual group will be recorded as such, and used only for that purpose. All other gifts and donations will be used for the benefit of individuals, hospital wide, including client activities and special events. If you would like to give a gift/donation, you may contact the Volunteer Services Office at (707) 253-5505.

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