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  • Announcement - New ACBH Deputy Director/Plan Administrator
    A message brought to you by Karyn Tribble, PsyD, LCSW, Director, ACBH
    ACBH is pleased to announce our new Deputy Director/ Plan Administrator, Imo Momoh, MPA, who will be joining the ACBH Executive Team on Monday, December 16th. Mr. Momoh will work alongside our current Deputy Director/Operational Leader, James Wagner, in order to support the Department and residents of Alameda County.
    Please view the attached announcement for more information.
    Please help welcome Mr. Momoh to ACBH!
  • 2020 Census Informational update from ACBH
    A message brought to you by ACBH Office of the Director
    2020 will be an important year. Census 2020 brings federal funding to our schools, roads, and housing. Behavioral Healthcare Services Agency in partnership with Alameda County is working to ensure that we fully count our community. Nearly 26% of Alameda County residents are considered “Hard-to-Count” and face barriers to Census completion. Sadly, populations known to experience barriers have often been undercounted.
    What is the Census? Every ten years, since 1790, the Census Bureau counts everyone living in the country, to collect basic information including: age, sex, and race, for every adult, child and baby. Census 2020 will not ask about citizenship status or for information like a social security number. Starting in March of 2020, everyone will be asked to complete the 2020 census online, by phone, or by mail. Questionnaire Assistance Centers will be located throughout the community, providing the public with access to computers and support in completing the Census. Responses are confidential, and protected by law.
    Why is the Census important? The Census gives us data about our community, impacts the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding, and determines the number of decision-makers representing us. Alameda County gets billions of dollars from the federal government for essential services -- healthcare, school programs, housing, transportation, social services and more -- based solely on the census count.
    View memo for more information.
    Spanish Census Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=r-Quxx_TKQc
    English Census Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zlxp4aACKI&feature=youtu.be
  • REMINDER and Update: Licensed Mental Health Provider Loan Repayment Program
    A message brought to you by Workforce, Education, and Training unit
    Please read the UPDATED INFORMATION about the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program (LMH). This is a loan repayment program provided by the Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF).
    The DEADLINE to submit applications is October 8, 2019,
    To apply, go to: https://eapp.oshpd.ca.gov/funding/
    Questions? Contact HPEF, 1-800-773-1669
    See HPEF Announcement for more information.
  • Crisis Residential Treatment Programs and CSU Opening
    A message brought to you by Katherine Jones, Director, Adult and Older Adult System of Care
    ACBH is happy to announce the opening of Amber House, the new voluntary crisis stabilization unit (CSU) and voluntary crisis residential treatment (CRT) program on September 9, 2019. Amber House CSU is a 12-bed voluntary-only CSU whose purpose will be to assess individuals who are having a mental health crisis and are in need of assessment, stabilization, and brief treatment. The service is available to individuals for up to 24-hours. Amber House CRT has up to 14-beds for individuals in crisis who do not meet medical necessity criteria for hospitalization and would benefit from treatment and supportive programming. As a part of ACBH’s larger effort to prevent the unnecessary use of our most restrictive levels of care, our crisis residential treatment programs, Woodroe House, Jay Mahler Recovery Center (JMRC), and Amber House have streamlined their referral processes. All programs, will use the same, 2-page referral form for all referrals, included with this memo. As a reminder, crisis residential services are available to only clients who are residents of Alameda County who possess and/or eligible for Medi-Cal.
    View memo for more information.
    View CRT Referral form
    Click here for Crisis Residential Referral and Crisis Stabilization Processes.
  • REMINDER: Licensed Mental Health Provider Loan Repayment Program
    A message brought to you by Workforce, Education, and Training unit
    The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is accepting applications until October 8, 2019, for their Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program. If you are a health professional working in an under-served area of Alameda County, have outstanding educational debt, and meet other criteria related to cultural and linguistic competency, you may be eligible to apply.
    To apply, go to: https://eapp.oshpd.ca.gov/funding/
    Questions? Contact HPEF, 1-800-773-1669
    See Flyer and TA call schedule for more details.
  • Rudy C. Arrieta Retirement Announcement
    A message brought to you by ACBH Executive Team
    Rudy C. Arrieta, Quality Management Director/Compliance Officer at ACBH has announced his retirement from Alameda County. His final date in this position at ACBH will be Friday, September 6, 2019.
    Rudy will return as a consultant to the ACBH Executive Team to assist with succession planning, the transition of our new ACBH QM Director/Compliance Officer, and the new staff/functions of Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, Utilization Management and ACCESS teams. Specifically, he will provide leadership support with implementing the Medi-Cal Managed Care Final Rule requirements and compliance with state/federal audits and reviews.
    Please congratulate him on his retirement.
  • Licensed Mental Health Services Loan Repayment - Application cycle open!
    A message brought to you by the Workforce Development &Training unit
    The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is accepting applications from August 1 - October 8, 2019, for the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program. If you are a health professional working in an under-served area of Alameda County, have outstanding educational debt, and meet other criteria related to cultural and linguistic competency, you may be eligible to apply. Please carefully review the eligibility guidelines for the program to which you are interested in applying.
    To apply, go to: https://eapp.oshpd.ca.gov/funding/
    Questions? Contact HPEF, 1-800-773-1669
    See FLYER for more details.
    See 2019 Application Technical Assistance Schedule
  • TBS Referral Form 2019
    A message brought to you by ACBHCS CYASOC
    Click here for Revised Initial Screening Criteria for TBS Eligibility form.
  • Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) Older Adult Survey Link
    A message brought to you by The Older Adult Division
    The Alameda County Area Agency on Aging is conducting the Older Adults Needs Assessment. The Older Americans Act (OAA) requires the AAA to perform a Needs Assessment to determine the extent of need for supportive services and evaluate the effectiveness of resources in meeting these local needs.
    If you are 55 years or older and live in Alameda County, please consider completing this 10-15 minute survey.
    Below is the Behavioral Health Care Services confidential link to access the Needs Assessment Community Survey on survey monkey:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B_H_C_S
  • 2019 Annual Black History Month Conference Schedule
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
    February 22, 2019, 8:30am-3:00pm
    8:30am-9:30am Light Breakfast and Registration
    9:30am-10:00am Opening Ceremony
    Drumming & Invocation: Tacuma King
    WELO—We Lead Ours—Dwayne Aikens, North
    Oakland Community Charter School
    10:00am-10:30am Welcome and Introductions:
    MC: Javarré Wilson, Office of Ethnic Services
    MC: Barbara White—Diversity & Multicultural Services
    Pastor Horatio Jones, AASCHW, Chair
    10:30am-10:45am Spoken Word Presentation
    Tiphereth Banks, BRL - Kh'jean Anderson, BRL - Autoria “Champ” Johnson, POCC
    10:45am-12:00pm Youth Speak Panel Presentation
    etc...
    View Flyer for more details!
  • Child and Young Adult System of Care Director Appointment
    A message brought to you by James Wagner, ACBH Deputy Director
    I am very pleased to announce that Lisa Carlisle has been selected to become our Children and Young Adult System of Care (CYASOC) Director.
    Please view attached announcement for more details.
  • Finance Director Appointment
    A message brought to you by James Wagner, ACBH Deputy Director
    I am very pleased to announce the promotion of Cecilia Serrano to Finance Director position starting February 24, 2019.
    Please view attached announcement for more details.
  • African American Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Program
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019, 9:00am to 1:00pm
    Location: Executive Inn & Suites Hotel, 1755 Embarcadero Oakland, CA
    The Office of Ethnic Services would like to share the African American Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Program (AATA). The first half-day session will describe the African-American population in Alameda County and our current behavioral health provider network. This workshop will cover issues related to cultural competency and health equity for African-American behavioral health clients.
    See flyer for details.
  • 2019 Annual Black History Month Celebration
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
    February 22, 2019, 8:30am – 3:00pm
    ***Please register on EventBrite***

    Theme: “We Gon’ Be Alright!” (1619-2019): Celebrating our Youth’s Expression, Creativity & Exploring Their Power
    Location: Hayward Veterans Memorial Building, 22737 Main St. Hayward, CA
    Featured Speakers * Youth Panel Discussion * Spoken Word * Entertainment – African Drumming * Mental Health Resources * Youth Organizations * Light Breakfast and Lunch Provided * Educational Benefits * And much more…
    See flyer for details.
  • Focus Group on Behavioral Health Services
    A message brought to you by James Wagner
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 2:00-3:30pm
    Thursday, February 14, 2019, 3:00-4:30pm

    Focus Group on Behavioral Health Services for African American Clients.
    View flyer for more information and locations.
  • Save the Date - March 27, 2019 - Diana Cruz's Retirement Celebration
    A message brought to you by Diana Cruz's Retirement Committee
    You’re invited to Diana Cruz’s Retirement Celebration!
    Date: March 27, 2019 (Wed)
    Time: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Location: DRAGON ROUGE, 2337 Blanding Ave., Alameda, CA, 94501
    View flyer for details.
  • Preventing, De-Escalating, & Managing Aggressive Behavior in Behavioral Health Settings
    A free training brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies
    Friday, February 22, 2019, 9:00 am–4:00 pm (Dublin) OR
    Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Oakland)

    AUDIENCE: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff
    DESCRIPTION: The training emphasis is placed on exercising self-control and systematically utilizing least-restrictive measures versus attempts to externally control others.
    TRAINER: Ian Brennan
    See flyer for details and Registration information
  • 2019 Black History Month Celebration
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
    February 22, 2019, 8:30am – 3:00pm
    Theme: “We Gon’ Be Alright!” (1619-2019): Celebrating our Youth’s Expression, Creativity & Exploring Their Power
    Location: Hayward Veterans Memorial Building, 22737 Main St. Hayward, CA
    Featured Speakers * Youth Panel Discussion * Spoken Word * Entertainment – African Drumming * Mental Health Resources * Youth Organizations * Light Breakfast and Lunch Provided * Educational Benefits * And much more…
    See flyer for details.
  • Caught in the Crossfire of Cultures” Part I: Refugees Struggle / Home Away From Home
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
    February 15th, 11:00am-4:00pm
    Description: This Five-Part training series is designed to help clinicians and professionals working with the Afghan immigrant population in Alameda County to understand and better accommodate the various mental health challenges the Afghan refugees are experiencing.
    *Attending all five parts is encouraged for the most benefit, but not required.
    View flyer for details.
  • IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: Dr. Ken Hardy/ Implicit Bias Training - January 23
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
    Dear Training Participant,
    This message is to update you about an IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE for the training: Dismantling Implicit Bias: and Healing Racial Trauma (instructor, Ken Hardy).
    Due to unforeseen circumstances, the trainer is unable to teach on January 17 as planned. The NEW DATE for this training is January 23, 2019, from 9:00am – 2:30pm.
    YOUR REGISTRATION: Since you are currently enrolled for January 17, your enrollment be moved over to the new date.
    If you are receiving this message there is no need to re-enroll.
    View complete email
  • Assignment to Level of Care by ACCESS
    A message brought to you by Kate Jones, Director, Adult and Older Adult System of Care
    To All Stakeholders: Starting January 2, 2019 Alameda County Behavioral Health ACCESS program will begin conducting all assessments and assignments for adult and older adult levels of care/services. Crisis Response Program (CRP) will cease taking referrals December 31, 2018 and will transition all bridge case management and medication service clients to correct levels of care. CRP is transitioning to provide field-based mobile crisis intervention teams throughout the county. A detailed email about system changes will be published shortly. With the introduction of the urgent care medication services and ACCESS assigning levels of care for all adults, persons served will be helped more quickly and should result in greater connection to the right-matched services. Due to this change in the system, providers need to contact ACCESS for all service referrals starting January 2, 2019.
    View Flyer
  • Urgent Care Medication Services - Revised
    A message brought to you by Kate Jones, RN, MS Director, Adult and Older Adult System of Care
    Dear Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Stakeholders: We are pleased to announce a new urgent care pilot that will focus on providing short-term medications for same-day needs. We are introducing this pilot program with the intention of expanding the pilot to other county-operated locations this Spring.
    View memo
  • Dismantling Implicit Bias: and Healing Racial Trauma - Ken Hardy
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
    January 17, 2019, 9am - 4pm
    Location: 125 Twelfth Street, Suite 400, Oakland Room, Oakland, CA 94607
    Description: This workshop addresses the role that race and implicit bias play in health inequities. What is implicit racial bias and how does it contribute to racial disparities, and why is it important for providers and communities to make them explicit and move beyond them? While mental health professionals are frequently viewed as more open to working with a wide range of demographic groups, research indicates that healthcare professionals exhibit the same levels of implicit racial bias as the general population.
    View Flyer
  • POCC Holiday & Cultural Celebration
    A message brought to you by Mary Hogden / Consumer Empowerment Dept
    Please plan to attend the ACBH Consumer Empowerment Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC) Holiday and Cultural Celebration that includes a nice hot meal, cultural entertainment, music and raffles on Thursday Dec. 20, 2018 , 10:00am to 3:00pm at St. Columba Church 6401 San Pablo Ave. Oakland, CA 94608. Consumers, family members and providers all welcome. We also have a toy drive where we collect donations that go to a homeless women and children's shelter. Please see flyers below. See you there
    View Flyer
    Toys For Tots Flyer
  • FY2018-2019 MHSA Plan Update
    A message brought to you by MHSA Team
    Alameda Behavioral Health Care Services invites you to review and comment on the MHSA Plan Update (FY2018-2019). Please email to MHSA@acgov.org any comments for the MHSA Plan Update (FY2018-2019). All comments will be received from December 6, 2018 until January 7, 2019.
    View MHSA Plan Update
  • RFP 18-03 Training & TA on Accurate Diagnosis and Appropriate Medication Treatment and Healing Practices for African Americans
    BHCS did not receive qualified bids. Pathways to Wellness, an existing African American-led contracted provider for medication services, was asked to deliver the services under this RFP. This augmentation was approved by the Board of Supervisors on November 20, 2018
  • From Color-Blindness to Cultural Humility and Cultural Competence
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
    January 7 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Gail Steele Room 2000 Embarcadero
    A full-day workshop in which participants will explore themes of implicit racial bias and white privilege, particularly as it pertains to the delivery of behavioral health services and supports. This training is intended for administrators, counselors, program managers, program staff, and therapists.
    View Flyer
  • DYNAMIC MINDFULNESS – A Foundational Workshop
    Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm; (Sign in begins at 8:30am and workshop will begin promptly at 9:00am)
    LOCATION: BHCS 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, 94606 TRAINER: Colleen A. Sanford, LCSW, is a Dynamic Mindfulness Certified Trainer, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Colleen has been a BHCS employee since 2000. DESCRIPTION: Dynamic Mindfulness integrates mindful movement, breathing techniques, and meditation for stress management, self-care and healing from personal and secondary trauma. It is an evidence-based practice validated by neuroscience, trauma research, and somatic psychology. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: the target audience for this training is any Alameda County BHCS Staff who are interested in learning how to reduce their own stress and develop a mindfulness practice for themselves. To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    View Flyer for more information
  • Beneficiary Engagement as a Continuous Quality Improvement Strategy
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
    Beneficiary Engagement as a Continuous Quality Improvement Strategy for Improving Services to African Americans Thursday, November 29, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 100 Brooklyn/Basin/Tilden Oakland, CA 94606
    This interactive and experiential training is designed to assist behavioral healthcare providers with developing and providing culturally sophisticated treatment to their African American clients through using beneficiary engagement as a continuous quality improvement (CQI) process.
    See flyer for more info
  • POCC Holiday and Cultural Celebration
    Please plan to attend the BHCS Consumer Empowerment Pool of Consumer Champions Annual Holiday and Cultural Celebration on Dec. 20, 2018 from 10:00-3:00 at St. Columba Catholic Church 6401 San Pablo Ave. Oakland CA 94608, Consumers/Peers, Family and Providers all welcome. The POCC Elders are also gathering toys to be delivered to the women's and children's homeless shelter in Berkeley. Please bring to the cove room 470 or bring to the celebration if you would like or just come out and enjoy the food, music and activities. See you there
    View flyer
    View Toy For Tots flyer
  • Listening to the Silence: Asian American Cultural Competency in Culture
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
    Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sign in begins at 8:45 Training starts promptly at 9:00am
    1900 Embarcadero Cove, Oakland Ca 94606 Suite 101, Brooklyn Basin/Tilden Room
    Description: Asian Americans are one of the most rapidly expanding racial group in the nation over the last decade and constitute nearly 6 percent of the U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012).
    *Please see flyer for more information*
  • Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Empowerment Conference, Nov 29-30
    A message brought to you by ACBHCS Quality Management
    Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services invites you to attend the Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Empowerment Conference (APIMHEC) on November 29 and 30, 2018 at Hilton Oakland Airport. This event will convene providers, consumers, policymakers, and community members interested in improving and reducing disparities in mental health services for Asian and Pacific Islander communities across California. The conference is free and continuing education credits will be offered.
    Please see the attached flyer and our website https://www.apimhec.org/ for more information and registration.
  • Cultural and Clinical Factors Affecting Retention of African-Americans...
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
    Training Description: This workshop will use a mix of didactic, audience response, small group, dyad and personal introspection exercises with the goal of pushing staff and managers of substance abuse treatment programs/systems to identify personal, programmatic, systemic and policy factors that are affecting the effectiveness of services. The workshop presents evidence-based strategies for addressing those challenges. Each learner will craft an action plan for initiating personal, programmatic, systemic and advocacy interventions in their professional setting as appropriate to their role.
    View flyer
  • Wednesday, December 5th, 2018; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration 8:00-8:30 am)
    YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training
    A Free Training brought to you by the BHCS Training Unit
    Location: BHCS Administrative Offices, 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, CA Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid introduces participants who work with youth to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches participants how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Audience: All classifications of BHCS and contracted CBO staff are welcome to attend To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to each training date
    View Flyer
  • FSP Transition Memo I 09/04/2018
    A message brought to you by Kate Jones
    To All BHCS Stakeholders and Staff: Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services would like to update you on the recent Full Service Partnership (FSP) awards and transition process. Please see the attached memo. Thank you!
  • Peer training and employment
    A message brought to you by Mary Hogden/POCC
    Don’t Miss This Opportunity for Peer Training and Employment The California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) is a non profit statewide consumer run advocacy organization. CAMHPRO’s mission is to transform communities and the system for all those affected by mental health issues by championing the work of consumer-run organizations. CAMHPRO strives to empower, support, and ensure the rights of consumers, eliminate stigma, and advance self-determination and choice. CAMHPRO invites applications for Alameda County Accelerated Peer Specialist Program (ACAPS) training.
    Fact sheet
    Participant Application
  • Announcement of Sausal Creek Redesign
    A message brought to you by Aaron Chapman, MD, BHCS Medical Director; and Kate Jones, RN, MS, Director, Older Adult System of Care
    In an effort to meet our DHCS contractual obligations and to reduce wait times for mandated specialty services, the Telecare Sausal Creek facility will be retooled to become a needed provider of specialty medication support. The Sausal Creek Crisis Stabilization Unit will cease operation on July 1, 2018 and after a short period of closure for needed facility improvements, Sausal Creek will re-open as a Level III program. We anticipate a reopening on July 17, 2018.
    Please see attached memo for further information as well as hours of operation.
  • Call For Workshops for the 2nd Annual API MH Empowerment Conference
    A message brought to you by The Office Of Ethnic Services
    The Office of Ethnic Services wants to bring your attention to the 2nd Annual Asian and Pacific Islander Mental Health Empowerment Conference. CALL FOR WORKSHOPS
    Dear Community:
    Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services is bringing the second annual Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Mental Health Empowerment Conference to Oakland on November 29 and 30, 2018! This year’s theme is Unified In Resilience: Drawing Strength from our Communities.
    Please view attached letter.
  • 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 www.AlamedaCountyTraumaInformedCare.org For more information and questions, please contact Lori DeLay, BHCS Trauma Informed Care Coordinator, ldelay@acbhcs.org

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.