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Empowerment Magazine W I N T E R 2 0 11Inside this issue: Top Three Ways to Promote Wellness 3 Finding Happiness and Contentment during the Holidays 4, 5 Q & A on Co-Occurring Disorders 6, 7, 20 Reaching Across Stockton 8, 9 How to Pick a Counselor or Therapist 10 We Advocate For You! 11 New Direction 12 Sacramento Launches Mental Health Promotion Project to Reduce Stigma and 14 Discrimination Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder 15 Interview with Dianne Ross, RN, Founder and CEO of AHMI 16, 17 What You Can Do To Speed Up Your Disability Application 18 Minestrone Soup and Mary Jo’s Revised French Chocolate Cake 19 Resource Page 23 Special Thanks to Marilyn Washington Gail Erlandson, MA Hisham Soliman, MD,MPH Terry Zick, M.A. Rosario M. Ramirez, (Social Security Thomas Hushen Melanie Martinez Administration) Barbara N. Dawson Anne Adams Tammy Dyer. M.S.W. Cynthia Wakefield Chelsea Bagias, Psy.D. Ron Risley, M.D. The Infinite Life Project Cindy Tuttle C.O.R.E. Medical Clinic Inc. Chris Woodyard Dianne Ross, RN David Kiesz Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Mary Jo Health Services (DBHS) Office of Patients Rights Randall Stenson M.D. Pat Hubbert Phommasone Griffith Kunde Kyubwa Kim Navarez, M.F.T.I Eric Zuniga Teens for Teens by Teens We continue to thank the Wellness Recovery Center North (WRC) for allowing us to use the facility!