Supervisor Linda Parks and NAMI’s Dennis Perry will discuss the status of their start-up efforts to bring a drought tolerant and native plant nursery to Ventura County that would employ people with mental illness. If feasible, the nursery would be a satellite of a similar nursery called Growing Grounds Farm in San Luis Obispo County which is operated by the non-profit Transitions Mental Health Association (TMHA). The San Luis Obispo nursery has close to 100,000 drought tolerant and native plants for sale that have been grown by people with mental illness, as part of TMHA’s job-training program. Serving several hundred people a year at their San Luis Obispo location, the successful program offers paid part-time jobs in the nursery business to this under-served population. It also engages over one hundred volunteers who assist the nursery. People suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, major depression and other mental illnesses receive compassionate and proactive treatment, horticultural therapy, and job training while working at the nursery. Opening a satellite nursery in Ventura County would fill a gap in wellness and recovery programs in our county, furthering independence and job placement for individuals in the program.
A Family Support Group is held at the church prior to the General Meeting,
from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm