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Prevention & Early Intervention Plan

Overview 

The role of Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) is two-fold:

  • To take action prior to the development of serious mental health issues; and
  • To catch mental health issues in their earliest stages to prevent long-term suffering.

PEI seeks to reduce risk factors and build protective factors which increase resiliency, interpersonal connections and raise the general level of health and well being for individuals, families and community. The role of PEI is applicable through the lifespan from young childhood to older adulthood.

Local Programs 

The following programs were developed through the PEI Community Planning Process. Each of these programs has been approved by the Ongoing Planning Council, the local stakeholder group responsible for Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Planning, and by the MHSA Oversight and Accountability Commission.

Program Services Description Provider/Contact Information
Mental Health Consultation in Preschools Outreach, on-site mental health consultation, screening and evaluation at preschools. Margie Padilla
Program Supervisor, BHCS Early Childhood System of Care Director
510-383-5128
MPadilla@acbhcs.org
Mental Health Consultation in Schools Outreach, on-site mental health consultation, screening and evaluation at elementary, middle and high schools. Ellen Muir
BHCS EPSDT Coordinator
510-639-1340
EMuir@acbhcs.org
Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) Alameda County Outreach, education and early treatment for TAY experiencing the onset of psychosis and SMI. Michelle Burns NP, MPH
BHCS Transition Age Youth (TAY) Syste of Care Director
510-567-8108
MBurns@acbhcs.org
Stigma & Discrimination Reduction Campaign Outreach, education, training, consumer empowerment, and local media projects to reduce stigma associated with mental illness. PEERS
Lisa Smusz
510-832-7337 x203
lsmusz@peersnet.org
www.peersnet.org
Outreach, Education & Consultation for the Latino Community Outreach and education, mental health consultation, and cultural wellness practices for Latino community. La Clinica de La Raza
Leslie Preston
510-535-6200
lpreston@laclinica.org
Outreach, Education & Consultation for the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Community Outreach and education, mental health consultation, and cultural wellness practices for API community. Asian Community Mental Health Services
Esther Chow
510-869-6071
estherc@acmhs.org

Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA)
Sean Kirkpatrick
510-282-7550
sean.kirkpatrick@chaaweb.org

Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI)
Mona Afary
510-444-1671
ceri2006@yahoo.com

Outreach, Education & Consultation for the South Asian/Afghan Community Outreach and education, mental health consultation, and cultural wellness practices for South Asian & Afghan community. Hume Center
Dr. Raman Kular
510-745-9151 x421
rkular11@gmail.com

Afghan Coalition
Aabedah Safi
510-745-1683
aabedah@yahoo.com
Outreach, Education & Consultation for the Native American Community Outreach and education, mental health consultation, and cultural wellness practices for Native American community Native American Health Center
Tahnee Comacho
510-434-5486
tahneec@nativehealth.org
Integrated Behavioral Health & Primary Care for Latino & Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Older Adults Deploys mental health staff into two primary care clinics serving Latino and API older adults. Trains primary care professionals in mental health screening. Provides mental health services and supports. Lillian Schaechner, LCSW
BHCS Older Adult System of Care Director
510-567-8194
LSchaechner@acbhcs.org
Integrated Behavioral Health & Primary Care for Older Adults in Emergency Rooms Deploys a mental health Geriatric Assessment and Response Team (GART) into Emergency Rooms (ERs). Provides training to ER staff. Provides mental health services and supports. Lillian Schaechner, LCSW
BHCS Older Adult System of Care Director
510-567-8194
LSchaechner@acbhcs.org
GART # 510-891-5650
Integrated Behavioral Health & Primary Care Integration for All Age Groups Build behavioral health capacity in primary care clinics with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) delivering primary care in the County. The project uses the AIMS model, provides training to FQHCs and incentives to encourage those clinics to develop behavioral health positions. Freddie Smith
BHCS Primary Care Integration Coordinator
510-567-8173
fsmith@acbhcs.org
Trauma Informed Care Seeks to reduce the incidence of suicide amongst high-risk groups through school-based suicide prevention workshops, trauma specific counseling and the use of trauma informed care principles. Crisis Support Services
Mercedes Coleman
Director of Community Education
510-420-2473
mcoleman@crisissupport.org
Wellness, Recovery, Resiliency Initiative The Wellness, Recovery and Resiliency Initiative’s (WRRI) aim is to support “systems transformation” by helping behavioral health programs integrate wellness practices into culture and operations. Margaret Walkover
Wellness & Recovery Director
510-567-8129
mwalkover@acbhcs.org
Family Education & Resource Centers Family/caregiver centered program that provides education, advocacy, support and hope to families and caregivers of a loved one with a mental health challenge. Mental Health Association of Alameda County
7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 269
Oakland CA 94605.
888-896-3372
www.askferc.org
ACCESS for Asian/Pacific Islanders & Latinos Improve availability of ACCESS and brief treatment clinic/field based services by increasing bicultural staff in one Asian crisis clinic and one Latino crisis clinic. Includes assessment, brief treatment and referral services. ACCESS 1-800-491-9099
Transition Age Youth Center The TAY Wellness program at Youth Uprising employing innovative approaches to build relationships and offer mental health services packaged as mentoring, arts, recreation, education and simply meeting basic needs. Youth Uprising
8711 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland CA 94605.
510-777-9909
www.youthuprising.org
Behavioral Health Medical Home Integration of primary health care services into Alameda County Mental Health Community Support Centers. Freddie Smith
BHCS Primary Care Integration Coordinator
510-567-8173
fsmith@acbhcs.org
Older Adult Peer Support Peer support services for underserved older adults. Lillian Schaechner, LCSW
BHCS Older Adult System of Care Director
510-567-8194
LSchaechner@acbhcs.org
GART # 510-891-5650
Multi-Jurisdictional Statewide Projects Student Mental Health Trainings and activities aimed at creating a supportive environment for students experiencing mental distress and reducing stigma in the K-12 and Higher Education settings. Tracy Hazelton, MPH
Prevention Coordinator
510-639-1285
thazelton@acbhcs.org
Multi-Jurisdictional Statewide Projects Suicide Prevention Trainings aimed at increasing awareness around suicide prevention for community gatekeepers. Deploys alternative crisis support program (text messaging) to reach youth not served by current models. Tracy Hazelton, MPH
Prevention Coordinator
510-639-1285
thazelton@acbhcs.org
Multi-Jurisdictional Statewide Projects Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Multiple trainings aimed at a diverse group of stakeholders to increase awareness and sensitivity toward consumers and family members. Expanding capacity in existing peer support programs. Tracy Hazelton, MPH
Prevention Coordinator
510-639-1285
thazelton@acbhcs.org

Plan Requirements 

The PEI Community Planning Process required local stakeholders to recognize the following parameters for this funding stream:

  • All ages must be served;
  • At least 51% of the funds must serve children and youth ages 0-25 years;
  • Disparities in access to services for underserved ethnic communities must be addressed;
  • All regions of the county must have access to services;
  • Early intervention should generally be low-intensity and short duration;
  • Early intervention may be somewhat higher in intensity and longer in duration for individuals experiencing first onset of psychosis associated with serious mental illness.

Additional Information 

For more information about PEI in Alameda County, please: