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Prop 63 - MHSA Innovations Technology RFP available now - Bids Due Nov 3

Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (HCSA)–Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) department released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for up to $3M for the design, development, piloting and testing of 15-20 or more mobile and desktop software applications and tools that promote health and wellness for consumers of mental health and substance-use disorder services and their family members. Click here
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Office of Ethnic Services Presents: Kevin Berthia: The Impact of Listening

An Announcement brought to you by The Office of Ethnic Services
Join us for our Suicide Prevention/Awareness Month event as we listen to Kevin Berthia’s story on how the act of listening helped to save his life. Kevin will share how not talking about his depression landed him on the edge of the Golden Gate Bridge.
September 14th, 2017 2000 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 400, Oakland, CA 94606, Gail Steele Room 2:00 – 4:00 pm
This event is FREE, but space is limited! Pre-registration required. Go to: For registration assistance, contact the BHCS Training Unit:
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Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) Graduate Intern Stipend Program Application Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the 2017-18 application cycle for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Graduate Intern Stipend Program is open. The application is available at:

The application deadline is: FRIDAY, October 6, 2017. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

If you have any questions on the application process, eligibility or requirements, please contact Ebony Jacob, ACBHCS Workforce, Education and Training Internship Coordinator at: or (510) 567-8093.

2017/18 MHLAP Application Cycle & Tech Assist Trainings - OCT 16 DEADLINE

    An Announcement brought to you by the Workforce, Education, and Training Unit

    The state’s Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) and Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Programs (LMH) are now open for application. Application Deadline is October 16, 2017. Please see attached documents for detailed information, where to apply, Alameda County eligibility criteria, FAQs and a Technical Assistance Call schedule.

    For general inquiries about the programs please contact:

    Health Professions Education Foundation
    Ph: (916) 326-3640 Email:

    All who are eligible are encouraged to apply!

    Program Information and TA Call Schedule

    Alameda County Eligibility Criteria


Hepatitis A outbreaks in San Diego & Santa Cruz

    An Announcement brought to you by The BHCS Office of the Medical Director

    Dear ACBHCS Colleagues and Partners,

    The following information regarding outbreaks of Hepatitis A has been passed to the BHCS Office of the Medical Director from our Department of Public Health. While this outbreak has not currently impacted Alameda County, the possibility of spread among vulnerable populations is real and we wanted to encourage vigilance among our providers. Please read below and see the attached advisory.

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Alameda County BHCS Seeks Community Input for MHSA Three Year Plan

    An Announcement brought to you by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services:

    Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
    Invites you to attend community input meetings to:
    Listen to your ideas about how to improve the County’s mental health services
    Share information about the Mental Health Services Act.

    All Community Input Meetings are from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.

    See flyer for details

DHCS State FY 16-17 county Monitoring Report- SUD Programs

    An Announcement brought to you by Tiffany Lynch - Quality Assurance:

    ACBHCS has received the DHCS May 1, 2017 State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2016–2017 – County Monitoring Report with Audit results.

    Please Click Here for Report Content

Updated Mental Health Assessment Forms

The Office of Justice Programs Provides Resources for serving the LGBT Population

An Announcement brought to you by Tiffany Lynch, Quality Assurance

The Quality Assurance Office is sharing the following via the Office of Justice Programs in honor of LGBT Pride Month:

FAQs, Lock-Out Grid, and Recoupment Memo for Mental Health Services

The Quality Assurance Office is issuing this memo for IMMEDIATE ACTION re:

     ? ACBHCS Medi-Cal Lock-out Restrictions:
     ? DHCS/ACBHCS Reasons for Recoupment
     ? SMHS FAQ?s on the Provider Website

Please Click Here for Full Content and Resources: Memo

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SO/GI) Data Collection Intake and Assessment Process

During late 2014, the BHCS Director approved integrating the collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SO/GI) data into the intake process for BHCS. The collection of SO/GI data accomplishes two main purposes. The first is to allow for an analysis of the BHCS system of care to determine if the LGBTQQI2-S populations are being adequately served (vs. underserved). Secondly, it allows the clinician performing the assessment to address any critical cultural components in the provision of the client?s behavioral health care services. For example, are the planned behavioral health services addressing a youth?s depression and suicidality in light of the rejecting behaviors they are receiving from their primary caretakers, school peers, and/or faith community? Please see Full Memo for greater content and resources.

Quality Assurance Technical Assistance Contacts

Please see the attached document for the Quality Assurance Technical Assistance Contacts for all ACBHCS Providers effective 5/4/17
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Building Hope / Construyendo Esperanza

We are happy to announce that Alameda County Early Childhood Consultation and Treatment Program (ECCTP) has a new name? Building Hope / Construyendo Esperanza

We will continue providing early childhood home-based and clinic-based mental health services, as well as mental health consultation in early care and education (child care) programs in Alameda County.

     ? Same Program
     ? Same Great Staff
     ? Same RU
     ? Deb Yates, Supervisor 510.481.4203

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Trauma Informed Care Website

We are pleased to announce that BHCS has re-launched the Alameda County Trauma Informed Care website. Information and resources about Trauma Informed Care are posted in the following sections: Trauma Informed Care, Trauma Informed Agencies, Caregivers & Providers, Trauma Survivors & Family, and Resources.
On the site, you will find answers to questions like ?what is trauma?? and ?what?s the difference between trauma treatment and trauma informed care??
Learn about how trauma impacts mental and physical health, trauma specific interventions, the fundamentals of a trauma informed agency, relevant webinars and trainings, vicarious trauma support, tips for self-care, and recommended learning resources.
To access the website, go to the following link
For more information and questions, please contact Lori DeLay, BHCS Trauma Informed Care Coordinator,

Critical Incident Debriefing Groups For The Oakland Warehouse Fire

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Casa Ubuntu Grand Opening

Casa Ubuntu is a new Wellness Center in Eastmont mall. Grand opening Friday, November 4th.
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Update - BHCS FSP RFP Planning Process

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Voices from the Village

The Prevention Unit invites you to view its recently completed video featuring the work of BHCS? Substance Use Disorder Primary Prevention providers. The Voices from the Village Video and Companion Program Guide was supported with Primary Prevention funds and was executive produced by Kelly Robinson in collaboration with the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture, which served as the project lead. Voices from the Village highlights the ways in which community-based organizations build successful prevention programming around the indigenous protective factors that exist in culture and community.

View the video at the link:

For more information please contact: Kelly Robinson, Program Specialist ? Prevention.; (510) 383-1792.

Early Connections received a Gold ECCO award for Excellence in Community Communication and Outreach (ECCO) awarded by SAMHSA

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North County Crisis Response Program 

BHCS North County Crisis Response Program will move to Eastmont, 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 125A in Oakland CA 94605 on June 12, 2014. The new main telephone number is (510)383-5020 and the Fax number is (510)383-5022. 

New Resources Available for Providers Working with Consumers with Eating Disorders

We are pleased to announce that BHCS is strengthening its capacity to serve consumers diagnosed with Eating Disorders (ED). Our goal is to build internal ED assessment and treatment capacity within BHCS and its contracted providers and to increase the level of care options available for consumers. As of May 1, 2014 the following consultation services are available to all county clinicians, including county funded CBO clinicians and Level III Network providers. This consultation service will be available until April 30, 2015. We strongly encourage clinicians with an interest in ED treatment &/or who are currently serving clients diagnosed with ED to utilize these consultation and training services.
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CHOICES for Community Living ?is a large scale pilot project in Alameda County?s Adult mental health system. Its primary objectives are to promote wellness and recovery for mental health consumer participants and to bring about organizational transformation directly.?

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Transition Age Youth System of Care

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Children's System of Care

The Children?s System of Care (CSOC) 2009-2012 Strategic Plan and EPSDT expansion and augmentation guideline are available.
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BHCS Office of Consumer Relations

One page summary of the BHCS Office of Consumer Relations.
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BHCS Office of Family Relations

One page summary of the BHCS Office of Family Relations.
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BHCS Co-Occurring Conditions Initiative

One page summary of the BHCS Co-Occurring Conditions Initiative.
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ACBHCS - African American Utilization Study Project

ACBHCS Cultural Competency Committee begins a Utilization Study Project to address the behavioral health care needs of the African American community.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to maximize the recovery, resilience and wellness of all eligible Alameda County residents who are developing or experiencing serious mental health, alcohol or drug concerns.

Mandated Services

The level of mandated services is prescribed by AB 1288 and related Realignment legislation. AB 1288 requires the County to fund Mental Health Services up to amounts received via its Realignment allocation, mandated matching funds set according to a base year and any applicable third party revenues that are available. The mandated services that are required to be funded include: psychiatric crisis or emergency care, inpatient care, outpatient/day care, case management, conservatorship, administration and evaluation. Within these seven mandated service areas, there are a variety of specific mandates such as staffing standards, quality assurance standards, and a host of reporting and general practice standards.

Discretionary funding has been used to augment the seven basic departmental services and other program services, such as housing support services and Community-Based Organization stabilization. Continuation of this funding level and service support is at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors.