In Loving Memory of Jim Preis

CMHACY Family,

Numerous people have been passing around this article regarding Jim Preis which includes some information about his struggle with cancer. Many of you may have already seen the article.

For those of you that don’t know Jim the accomplishments he achieved on behalf of people, young and old, that face mental health challenges, is far too long to list. Suffice it to say that he was an extraordinary advocate that made profound statewide changes in our mental health systems, and the way these systems funded services.

If you haven’t read the article about Jim, please take the time to do so.

For all of the CMHACY family who knew Jim, were fortunate to train with him, speak with him, consult with him, and share a meal with him…. Jim passed on Friday 12th in the afternoon, surrounded by his family. As one of the original “advocates” of the children’s mental health movement in California, he will be missed. We will all need to take on a piece of his work….

Marty Giffin Ph.D.
Executive Director, CMHACY


For those wanting to attend the memorial services:

“Debbie, Annie, John, and Allison invite you to join them in remembering Jim Preis on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at Spoke Bicycle Cafe. The memorial service will be held 3-4 pm, followed by refreshments and fellowship 4-6 pm.

The family invites anyone who would like to speak about Jim, do a reading, or perform a musical piece in his honor to participate. If you know now you would like to be part of the program, please email Robin Scherr There will also be an opportunity to share impromptu sentiments.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Mental Health Advocacy Services in Jim’s honor:


Location: Spoke Bicycle Cafe (3050 N. Coolidge Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039)
Bicycles: Location is in Frogtown and on the Los Angeles River bike path. Secured bicycle parking is available.

Cars: Public parking is available two blocks away along the bike path at Marsh Park (2945 Marsh St, Los Angeles, CA 90039). There will be courtesy valet as well.

Condolence Cards: If you wish to send your condolences, the family’s address is 461 W. Avenue 44, Los Angeles, California 90065.

Service is open to the public. Flip flops optional!”