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This website is designed to serve as a resource to our growing and diverse Provider Community. It is one of the many ways in which Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services strives to support the community’s informed access to care. We hope you find this information helpful as you participate in serving our community.


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  • LMH Loan Repayment program - Application cycle open Aug 1- Oct 9, 2018
    A message brought to you by the BHCS Workforce Development unit
    The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is now accepting applications from Aug.1 - Oct. 9, 2018, for the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program (LMH). If you are a health professional working in an underserved area of Alameda County, have outstanding educational debt, and meet other important application criteria, you may be eligible to apply for up to $15,000 of loan repayment! HPEF will also host technical assistance calls to ask questions and assist with applications. Please see the attached documents for complete information and TA call schedule.
  • Sandra Smith Clinical Manager of Oakland Community Support Services Announcement
    A message brought to you by Henning Schulz, Division Director Adult CM Services

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sandra “Sandi” Smith to the position of Clinical Manager of Oakland Adult Community Support Center. Sandi has over 18 years’ experience providing a diversity of consumer services in Alameda County. In 2000 she was hired by Alameda County Social Services Agency as a Child Welfare Worker and in 2005 Sandi accepted a position with Behavioral Health Care Services as a children’s clinician. In 2010 Sandi was promoted to supervisor at the Forensics team at Santa Rita Jail before transferring to Alameda Adult Community Support Center. In 2015 she assumed responsibility for supervising staff at both Eden and Alameda Community Support Centers and in 2017 she became the Interim Clinical Manager of both clinics. Sandi is a native of California, born and raised in Alameda County. She is a proud graduate of Berkeley Unified School District and the California State University System where she graduated with a master’s degree in Social work from San Francisco State in 1994. Her desire to work in the public sector spans back to childhood when she informed her mother that one day she will be working at 401 Broadway “helping people.” Please join me in giving Sandi a warm congratulations and well wishes on her new position!

  • NOMINATIONS for Mental Health Advisory Board Community Awards
    A message brought to you by Office Of Ethnic Services
    2018 Mental Health Advisory Board Community Service Awards
    Nominations are accepted until Monday, August 6, at 5PM.
    Please help recognize the many individuals and organizations in Alameda County who have made a difference in the lives of residents impacted by mental illness. Nominate them for the 2018 Mental Health Advisory Board Community Service Awards.
    Quick and Easy Online Link: Nominate your candidate quickly and easily using this online link: https://slinder.typeform.com/to/TY4O2n
  • 4th Latino Empowerment Event
    A message brought to you by Office Of Ethnic Services
    The Office of Ethnic Services would like to inform you about the 4th Latino Empowerment Event Presented by The POCC Pool of Consumer Champions and The Latino Committee.
    Stories of Hope & Recovery
    Food, Music, Raffles & Prizes
    Thursday September 13 2018
    9-3
    Veterans Memorial Building
    22737 Mian st. Hayward, Ca
    View Flyer
  • Treatment and Beyond; Improving Retention and Treatment Outcomes
    A message brought to you by Office Of Ethnic Services
    Training presented by ONTRACK Program Resources, with funding from DHCS & hosted by Alameda County BHCS, Office of Ethnic Services Friday, July 27, 2018. This comprehensive training will focus on several issues related to work with African Americans from the perspective of SUD treatment, referral and service coordination. An enhanced focus will be paid to topics of case management, transition planning and retention as a means of enhancing engagement and positive treatment outcomes. Special attention will be paid to influences attributed to race and ethnicity specific to African Americans and to some extent Latino populations.
    View flyer
  • Nominations - Mental Health Advisory Board 2018 Community Service Awards
    A message brought to you by Alameda County Mental Health Advisory Board
    Please click on the link for nomination information for the 2018 Mental Health Advisory Board Community Service Awards. Nominations are due by Monday, July 23, 2018. Honorees will be presented with their awards on Thursday, September 13, 2018.
  • 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.
  • SUD DMC-ODS Transition Page is Now Live
    The SUD DMC-ODS Transition page is now live. Please visit this page for guidance, memos and forms related to transitioning to the DMC-ODS.
  • API Mental Health Empowerment Conference: Call for Workshops
    A message brought to you by API Conference Program Committee
    ACBHCS is bringing the 2nd 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.
    We invite you to forward this call for workshops to API providers you may think interested. For Submission Guidelines, view here.
    The workshop proposal should relate to the theme, “Unified In Resilience,” showcasing research, practices, and stories that enable APIs to draw resilience from our diverse communities to address mental health concerns.
  • The African American Family Support Group: You Are Not Alone
    A message brought to you by The Office of Ethnic Services
    The Office of Ethnic Services would like to pass along The African American Family Support Group's "You Are Not Alone" Free Workshop.
    A FREE workshop for families whose members are struggling with mental illness or substance abuse. You will hear from experts on treating these conditions & learn about useful resources in Alameda County.
    Saturday June 23, 2018 930-230
    Allen Temple Baptist Church
    View Flyer
  • Alameda County BHCS Provider Network Eating Disorder Specialist Recruitment
    Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services has an immediate need for qualified individual mental health providers/practitioners to become part of our fee-for-service Provider Network to provide outpatient eating disorder treatment to Alameda County youth and adults who are eligible for mental health benefits under Alameda County’s Mental Health Plan (MHP).
    Please help us circulate the announcement.
  • Training: Suicide Assessment & Intervention - 6/22 Dublin
    Friday, June 22, 2018. 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (Dublin)
    Location: Dublin Civic Center, Regional Meeting Room, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA
    Description: This workshop will encourage participates to explore their own feelings towards suicide and suicidal clients. It will address common myths and perceptions, and will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner’s model: “The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide”. The workshop uses a combination of teaching methods including didactic work, lecture, and discussion.
    Audience: Alameda County BHCS staff and contracted CBO provider staff; especially Mental Health professionals or others who would be in a position to work with clients/consumers experiencing a suicidal crisis.
    To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    View Flyer for more information
  • Training: Motivational Interviewing 6/25/18
    A Free Training brought to you by the ACBHCS Training Unit and A Better Way
    Monday, June 25, 2018 9:15am-4:30pm (Registration at 9:00am)
    6 CEs available for Masters and Doctorate level professionals
    Location: A Better Way-Fruitvale, 3001 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601
    Description: : A daylong experience of interactive learning, with a nuanced look at client reluctance, and the etiology of this reluctance; identifying the difference between sustain talk and discord; evoking/enhancing change talk; the identification of client values to increase motivation; assessing readiness; and walking a client through a change plan. The attendees will be provided workshop time to put these new skills into practice with fellow attendees under the trainer’s guidance and direction.
    Trainer: Sarah Solis, LCSW (see flyer for detailed description)
    Audience: Alameda County BHCS and contracted CBO staff
    To REGISTER: go to https://abetterwayinc.wufoo.com/forms/q1a58ivx1bbr0o1/
    Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to each training date
    View Flyer for more information
  • Training: Law & Ethics 6/8/18
    Friday, June 8, 2018, 9am-4:30pm
    ; 9am-4:30pm (Registration at 8:45am)
    A Free Training brought to you by the ACBHCS Training Unit and A Better Way
    6 CEs available for Masters and Doctorate level professionals
    Location: 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 100, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, CA 94606
    Description: Professional social work/mental health ethics codes, case law, and regulations are ever changing. With the busy schedules most MHPS have, it can be difficult to keep up with these changes. As a result, licensing boards have been requiring regular updates for practicing professionals, and malpractice insurers are encouraging their insured members to regularly engage in continuing education on the topic. The purpose of this course is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory organizations, assist social work/mental health professionals in maintaining competence in this vital area, and in better managing the risks of social work/mental health practice. It will do so by providing a review of key ethical and legal concepts, and delineating recent ethical, regulatory and other legal changes that affect professional practice. The course will be taught at an intermediate level, and is appropriate for currently licensed professionals.
    Trainer: Daniel O. Taube, PhD., J.D. (see flyer for detailed description)
    ACBHCS and contracted CBO social work/mental health professionals
    To REGISTER: go to https://abetterwayinc.wufoo.com/forms/q1lio6sr0fuqwzv/
    Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to each training date
    View Flyer for more information
  • Thursday, June 28, 2018, 9:30am-12:30pm ; 9:15am-4:30pm (Registration at 9:00am)
    Trauma-Informed Treatment for Adults, Children, & Teens)
    A Free Training brought to you by the ACBHCS Training Unit and A Better Way:
    3 CEs Credits available for Masters and Doctorate level professionals
    Location: ACBHCS, 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 400, Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA
    Description: This advanced course will utilize a trauma informed, developmentally sensitive lens in order to inform clinical problem solving. The training will include: applying the principle of dosing in clinical problem solving; the effect of trauma on brain development and how this informs the behaviors that interfere with a client’s functioning; discussing sensitized stress response network and how it affects clients and staff. The training will review the latest research in the area of trauma-informed care.
    Trainer: Cherise Northcutt, Ph.D. (see flyer for detailed description)
    Audience: Alameda County BHCS and contracted CBO clinical staff
    To REGISTER: go to https://abetterwayinc.wufoo.com/forms/q1mq7kja1pdfjuj/
    Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to each training date
    View Flyer for more information
  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018; 9:15am-4:30pm (Registration at 9:00am)
    Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
    A Free Training brought to you by the ACBHCS Training Unit and A Better Way:
    6 CEs available for Masters and Doctorate level professionals
    Location: A Better Way-Fruitvale, 3001 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601
    SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. Learn to implement SBIRT and reinforce and expand Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills. The morning will focus on MI skill building to really use MI as a natural and integral part of practice. The afternoon will focus on SBIRT, a model for conducting an assessment and delivering an early intervention, based on MI, to treat people with/or at risk of developing a substance use disorder.
    Trainer: Jennifer Baity, LCSW, LAADC, (see flyer for detailed description)
    Audience: Alameda County BHCS and contracted CBO staff
    To REGISTER: go to https://abetterwayinc.wufoo.com/forms/q101gbm01ftrby1//
    Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to each training date
    View Flyer for more information
  • Monday, June 18, 2018, in Fremont or
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in San Leandro (Choose ONLY one)

    A Free Training brought to you by the ACBHCS Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies
    Preventing, De-Escalating, and Managing Aggressive Behavior in Behavioral Health Settings
    Time: 9:30 am-4:30 pm (sign-in begins at 9:00 am, training begins promptly at 9:30 am)
    Locations (Choose ONLY one):
    • June 18, 2018: Fremont Family Resource Ctr. 39155 Liberty St., Bldg. EFGH, H-800, Pacific Room, Fremont, CA
    • June 19, 2018: Creekside Plaza, 500 Davis St., Suite 120, Conf Rooms A & B, San Leandro, CA

    Description: The course emphasis is placed on exercising self-control and systematically utilizing least-restrictive measures versus attempts to externally control others. Setting limits is viewed as informative and helpful to the other party rather than punitive or judgmental.
    Trainer: Ian Brennan
    Audience: all BHCS and contracted CBO staff are welcome, including clinical and non-clinical.
    To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to each training date
    View Flyer for more information
  • Please plan to attend the BHCS Pool of Consumer Champions 7th Annual Award
    A message brought to you by Office of Consumer Empowerment
    Please plan to attend the BHCS Pool of Consumer Champions 7th Annual Award Banquet and Conference on Thursday June 28 & 29, 2018 at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel at 1 Hegenberger Rd. There will be a POCC membership meeting in the morning of the 28th. Providers and family members please plan to attend at 12:00 P.M. to enjoy a buffet lunch, a keynote from Sharon Wise a national consumer leader, awards ceremony followed by a dance with live music from 4:00-6:00 P.M. On Friday there will be a day of workshops. Please register on eventbrite at www.pocc.org.
    View Flyer
  • CLAS Training: Afghan Community
    A message brought to you by The Office Of Ethnic Services
    This is a workshop focused on the psychological problems of the Afghan population residing in Alameda County. The training is designed to help clinicians and professional entities working with the Afghan population to understand the various mental health challenges the Afghan refugees are experiencing. Lunch is provided
    View Flyer
  • Clutching Our Pearls: LGBTQQI2-S Youth Shaping the Future
    A message brought to you by The Office Of Ethnic Services
    Annual Pride Coalition Event 2018
    Clutching Our Pearls: LGBTQI2-S Youth Shaping the Future
    Ed Roberts Campus | 3075 Adeline Street | Berkeley, CA 94703
    Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
    View Flyer
  • Assistant Director Hired for Child & Young Adult System of Care
    A message brought to you by Jeff Rackmil: Director CYASOC
    I am delighted to announce the hiring of Damon Eaves as the new Assistant Director for the CYASOC.
    Damon Eaves is currently the Behavioral Health Clinical Manager of Oakland & Alameda Children’s Services. He has served in this capacity since 2011 after initially joining Alameda County as a Supervisor at Criminal Justice Mental Health at Santa Rita Jail.
    From 1998 to 2010 Damon served in several clinical capacities with the City and County of San Francisco
    Damon received his MSW from New York University and currently resides in West Oakland with his sons.
  • SAVE THE DATE
    Training: Managing Aggressive Behavior, June 18 or June 19
    A Free Training brought to you by the ACBHCS Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies
    Preventing, De-Escalating, and Managing Aggressive Behavior in Behavioral Health Settings
    Monday, June 18, 2018, in Fremont or
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in San Leandro (Choose ONLY one)

    Time: 9:30 am–4:30 pm (sign-in begins at 9:00 am, training begins promptly at 9:30 am)
    Locations (Choose ONLY one):
    • June 18, 2018: Fremont Family Resource Ctr. 39155 Liberty St., Bldg. EFGH, H-800, Pacific Room, Fremont, CA
    • June 19, 2018: Creekside Plaza, 500 Davis St., Suite 120 Conf Rooms A & B, San Leandro, CA
    Description: The course emphasis is placed on exercising self-control and systematically utilizing least-restrictive measures versus attempts to externally control others. Setting limits is viewed as informative and helpful to the other party rather than punitive or judgmental.
    Trainer: Ian Brennan
    Audience: all BHCS and contracted CBO staff are welcome, including clinical and non-clinical.
    Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to each training date
    View Flyer for more information
  • Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) Summit / Workshop Final Report
    On September 15, 2017, a team of stakeholders from mental health, substance abuse, law enforcement, pretrial services, courts, jails, community corrections, housing, health, social services, peers, family members, and many others developed a map that illustrates how people with behavioral health needs come in contact with and flow through the criminal justice system. At the workshop, facilitators and participants identified opportunities for linkage to services and for prevention of further penetration into the criminal justice system.
    Please see the attached report.
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Awareness Event
    A message brought to you by First5 California & ACBHS Office of Family Empowerment
    First 5 California partners with Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services to bring the First 5 Express Exhibit aimed at motivating families with young children to Talk, Read, and Sing together to the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Event at Kennedy Park in Hayward, CA 10AM-2PM on Thursday, May 10TH 2018. This is a Spanish/English Bilingual traveling family Exhibit to offer FREE parenting resources and educational children’s activities promoting healthy social and emotional development in young children through talking, reading, and singing to local residents.
    View Flyer
    View Flyer (Spanish)
  • Monday, June 18, 2018; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; A Free Training brought to you by the ACBHCS Training Unit and A Better Way:
    Preventing Vicarious Trauma (6 CE credits available)
    Location: A Better Way, Inc. 3001 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601
    Description: Behavioral Health Care Staff are vulnerable to secondary traumatic stress (STS) through their exposure to trauma and violence in the clients they work with. The group will discuss the symptoms and effects of STS as well as personal experiences of secondary trauma. Strategies for managing secondary trauma and addressing issues of grief and loss experienced in social services will be reviewed. The emotional rollercoaster of working in a high stress profession will also be discussed along with the impact on our personal lives. The importance of self-care will be reviewed with strategies shared for managing stress, self-care planning, and improving our personal well-being,
    Presenter: Beverly Kyer, Beverly has been a public speaker, educator and an author for more than 39 years with specialties in post traumatic stress disorder; the trauma impact on brain development, behavior and learning in children, and adults, and compassion fatigue, aka secondary or vicarious trauma.
    Audience: all BHCS and contracted CBO staff are welcome.
    go to https://abetterwayinc.wufoo.com/forms/q1hy9ha50fs1qew/; Pre-registration is required;
    View Flyer for more information
  • Culturally Responsive MH Services for Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
    A message brought to you by MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) Department
    View Flyer
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018; 9:00AM - 1:00PM (Lunch served following training, provided by CHCN)
    Transforming Trauma: How to do this Work and Sustain
    A message brought to you by the BHCS Training Unit & the Community Health Center Network (CHCN)
    Location: The California Endowment, 2000 Franklin St. Oakland, CA 94612
    Description: This training is intended to raise awareness of trauma, vicarious trauma, and systematic oppression. This event will be a foundational training and will address how we're being impacted by current and past overwhelm, crises, toll, or trauma and establish concrete means for how to keep on keeping on both individually and collectively.
    Speaker: Laura van Dernoot Lipsky: Founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others. Laura has worked directly with trauma survivors for over 25 years.
    Audience: All classifications of BHCS and contracted CBO staff are welcome
    To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to each training date
    View Flyer for more information
  • Monday, MAY 21, 2018; 9:15 am - 4:30 pm
    Concepts of DBT and CBT as Applied to Collectivistic Culture of Farsi Speaking Populations **Please note: This course will be presented in Farsi**
    Location: A Better Way-Fruitvale Office, 3001 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94601
    Description: This course will support participants to share and receive reflective and analytic viewpoints around the concept of DBT and CBT as applied to collectivistic culture of Farsi speaking population. The major angle of such discussion will focus on exploring the translation of the culture in various interventions such as mindfulness, self-care, and thought records used in both DBT and CBT approaches.
    Trainer: Pouneh Azadi
    Who should attend: Alameda County BHCS Provider Staff and contracted CBO provider staff
    To REGISTER: please go to https://abetterwayinc.wufoo.com/forms/q5kushs1upfmue/
    Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to each training date
    View Flyer for more information
     
  • Thursday, MAY 17, 2018; 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
    ADVANCED TOBACCO COUNSELING AND PHARMACOTHERAPY INTERVENTION
    Location: BHCS, 2000 Embarcadero, 4th floor - Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA 94606
    Description: Learn more in depth tobacco counseling and pharmacotherapy approaches that will enhance your clients' chance of quitting smoking and staying quit. Cases will be discussed.
    Audience and Cost: This FREE conference is designed for Alameda County BHCS and CBO staff working with clients in mental health, SUD and co-occurring agencies in Alameda County.
    Who Should Attend: Clinical staff who are already knowledgeable and practicing basic tobacco cessation techniques and need additional skills for solving more complex tobacco treatment issues.
    Registration and Contact info: Fax registration from flyer to Alize Bell at 510-653-6475 or Email the info from the form to abell@bayareacs.org
    View Flyer
  • Round 5 Innovation Grants RFP
    Presented by MHSA Staff
    This is to inform you of a new contracting opportunity with Alameda County.
    The following link contains more information regarding Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and Refugee/Asylee Innovative Mental Health Pilot Projects, RFP #HCSA-900418.
    Please see all details regarding this opportunity at the link below:
    https://www.acgov.org/gsa_app/gsa/purchasing/bid_content/contractingdetail.jsp?BID_ID=1961
    The primary contact for RFP #HCSA-900418 is:
    Andrea Dodge
    Phone: (510) 667-7414
    Andrea.Dodge@acgov.org
  • New Hire Announcement: Adult/Older Adult Critical Care Manager
    A message brought to you by Adult/Older Adult System of Care
    To All Stakeholders:

    ACBHCS is pleased to announce the hire of Ann Elliot as our new Critical Care Manager. Ann will be responsible for overseeing our acute hospital bed flow, crisis residential bed flow, and sub-acute bed flow (Villa Fairmont). The position also assists programs in identifying and removing barriers to discharge and overseeing that persons with lived experience get the right-matched care in an efficient and effective manner. In her previous roles as a Social Worker at Villa Fairmont and the Program Director of the now defunct Villa Short Stay Program, Ann also interfaced daily with our crisis system of care. Ann will start her new role on April 9th. Please join me in welcoming Ann to our ACBHCS team.
  • ANSA Training Announcement
    A message brought to you by Jennifer Mullane, Asst. Director, Adult and Older Adult System of Care
    We have a very important system wide training for all agencies using the ANSA.
    BHCS is STRONGLY ENCOURAGING every agency to send all of their clinical supervisors and/or clinical directors to one of the two sessions being offered on Wednesday May 2nd at 2000 Embarcadero (Gail Steele room).
    Register by April 15th at www.tcomtraining.com!
    Current training offerings available at https://www.alamedatcom.org/training-calendar.html
    Trouble registering? Instructions on the flyer below and/or contact support@tcomtraining.com with questions.
  • Alameda County Awarded $5,326,702 Triage Grant from MHSOAC
    A message brought to you by James Wagner, Deputy Director
    It was recently announced that Alameda County was one of 15 California Counties to receive funding in the second round of Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) Triage Grants. The $5.3 million allotted to Alameda County will go to increase services for TAY, Adults and Older Adults.
    Please follow the link to view the announcement.
  • NEW Trainings: Suicide Assessment and Intervention, April - June 2018
    A message brought to you by the BHCS Training Unit
    • April 12, April 30, or May 23. 2018 ; (Half-day sessions; Register for ONLY one date)
      Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (all sessions)
      SUICIDE ASSESSMENT and INTERVENTION
      Location: April 12 in Oakland; April 30 in Fremont; May 23 in San Leandro
      Description: This workshop will encourage participates to explore their own feelings towards suicide and suicidal clients. It will address common myths and perceptions, and will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner's model: "The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide". The workshop uses a combination of teaching methods including didactic work, lecture, and discussion.
      Audience: Alameda County BHCS Provider Staff and contracted CBO provider staff; especially Mental Health professionals or others who would be in a position to work with adult or older adult clients experiencing a suicidal crisis.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      View Flyer for more information
       
    • June 26, 2018 (Full-day session)
      Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
      SUICIDE ASSESSMENT and INTERVENTION
      Location: HCSA, Creekside Plaza, 100 San Leandro Blvd., San Leandro, 94577 - Redwood Rm
      Description: This workshop will encourage participates to explore their own feelings towards suicide and suicidal clients. It will address common myths and perceptions, and will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner's model: "The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide". The workshop uses a combination of teaching methods including didactic work, lecture, and discussion.
      Audience: Alameda County BHCS Provider Staff and contracted CBO provider staff; especially Mental Health professionals or others who would be in a position to work with adult or older adult clients experiencing a suicidal crisis.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      View Flyer for more information
  • Best Practices in the Engagement and Retention of African Americans in SUD
    A message brought to you by BHCS Office of Ethnic Services
    ONTRACK and The Office of Ethnic Services present: Best Practices in the Engagement and Retention of African Americans in SUD Services This training will describe best practices in the engagement and retention of African Americans in substance use disorders (SUD) services. We welcome to this training: clinicians, social workers, SUD and mental health program managers, executives, and community members who support the SUD prevention and intervention work of local non-profits.
    View Flyer
  • Provider Resource: Chicago Tribune Reports Increase In Suicide For Black Children
    See content
  • Revised OIG and Other Exclusion List Background Checks
    Interim Agency Director, Carol Burton, has approved revisions to the OIC and Other Exclusion List Background Checks- Monitoring, Oversight, and Reporting Policy.
    Please see revised policy.
  • Updates to Clinical Documentation Memo of December 29, 2017
    This BHCS memo supplements the 12/29/17 memo, with clarifications highlighted. For each Clinical Documentation & Protocol change please find below: the category of Clinical Documentation, and the new BHCS process. As well, this memo replaces the Power Point distributed at the ACBHCS Clinical Documentation Updates trainings. The detailed changes are also being incorporated into the upcoming revision of the ACBHCS Clinical Documentation Manual which will be distributed soon. All changes must be implemented by March 1, 2018.
    See Full Memo
  • Free Training with the Providers Clinical Support System
    Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS), a grant project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration launched a new, streamlined website to make educational resources, trainings, and mentoring on substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders easier for health care professionals to access. The model was created to address the opioid epidemic and give clinicians evidence-based resources and trainings they can apply to their clinical practices. Made up of a broad coalition of national health care organizations, PCSS represents over one million health professionals nationwide. Browse free resources and start training today.
  • Alameda County Behavioral Health Interpreter Training
    Training of Interpreters
    This intensive 2-day, 14-hour, workshop is designed to immerse bilingual interpreters in the principles and practices of interpreter communication skills. Participants must be proficiently fluent in at least one language other than English.
    Who should attend this training? Direct service staff, clinicians, administrative support staff, community members, contractors, consumers, case managers and others who use their bilingual skills to interpret for their agencies.
    View flyer
  • Opportunity for Peer Training and Employment
    The California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organization (CAMHPRO) is a non profit statewide consumer run advocacy organization. CAMHPRO received an OSHPD grant to provide trainings and employment to consumers in the mental health system in Alameda County partnering with BACS, La Familia BestNow!, Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery and the Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC) in this project. The program provides.
    1. sixty hour intensive Peer Specialist training
    2. Three day Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) for work
    3. forty-hours advanced skills training in crisis support

    Fact sheet
    Alameda County Accelerated Peer Specialist Program (ACAPS) Participant Application
  • Passing of Leslie Preston, La Clinica de La Raza
    Please see the attached memo regarding the passing of Leslie Preston, Director of Behavioral Health, La Clinica de La Raza.
  • Alameda County IPS Collaborative Employment Celebration
    Please join us to celebrate the employment successes of people in our IPS supported employment programs and the Pool of Consumer Champions over the past year. The event includes people sharing their back to work stories, lunch, raffle prizes, and FUN.
    The Employment Celebration will be on Wednesday, February 28 from 11am- 1pm at the California Endowment, 2000 Franklin St, downtown Oakland. Please see the flyer for additional details.
  • Alameda County Medi-Cal Beneficiary Data (FY 16-17)
    Please find attached here Alameda County Medi-Cal Beneficiary Data by Zip Code.
  • Improving Care for Homeless Patients at Risk for Suicide
    SPRC is hosting a Zero Suicide webinar on improving care for homeless patients at risk for suicide. Presenters will share the innovative ways they have improved patient engagement and optimized safe care transitions for homeless individuals through their organizational policies and practices.
    Click Here For More Information
  • Peer Recovery Support Specialist Credentials- Test Exemption Offer
    NCC AP Offers a Limited Time National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist Test-Exemption Offer.
    Click Here For More Information
  • Provider Resource: LGBTQ Youth
    Creating Home: Queer Identities, Families, and Spaces 2018 Films & Curriculum Now Available For Free!
    Click Here For More Information
  • Forensic Peer Support and Train the Trainer training
    The Office of Consumer Empowerment Pool of Consumer Champions is hosting Forensic Peer Specialist on April 4,5,6, 2018 and Train the Trainer training on April 9,10, 11, 2018 This training is for individuals that have lived experience and would like to work within the criminal justice system. Specific location, parking and training times will be sent upon notification of acceptance for the training.
    View Flyer
    Application
  • Alameda Clinic Closing—
    January 22, 2018

    Over the past several years the number of consumers receiving services at the Alameda Community Support Center (CSC) has declined as has the number of beneficiaries in the city. Currently a majority of the clients served at Alameda CSC live outside the city of Alameda. As a result BHCS has decided to close the Alameda CSC at the end of fiscal year 17/18. The last day for client services at the clinic will be June 1, 2018. The children currently receiving services at the Alameda CSC will now receive their services at the Oakland CSC. BHCS is partnering with adult consumers to identify their needs and preferences and connect them to regionally convenient services. Vocational staff will follow consumers receiving vocational services to continue job search efforts. The adult clinicians will be relocating to the Eden CSC and some clients will likely transition with them. Our clerical staff is going to the Conditional Release Program (CONREP) on the Fairmont campus. We believe this restructuring will bring our services more in alignment with the location of our beneficiaries. If you have any questions please contact me.

    Henning Schulz, MA, MFT
    Division Director, Adult Case Management, ACBHCS
    2000 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 400
    Oakland, CA 94606
    Office (510)383-8539
    henning.schulz@acbhcs.org
  • Tobacco Guidelines for SUD Providers
    SUD contracted providers offer and provide treatment plan focused counseling sessions that are associated to client challenges and action steps designed to support recovery from SUD and relapse prevention. Clients whose recovery outcome may benefit by including tobacco use as a challenge (problem) in their treatment plan may receive tobacco related services from the DMC and/or SUD contracted provider. Group services may be provided when a client’s SUD symptoms and recovery potential are negatively impacted by Tobacco/Nicotine use. See Full Memo for Documentation Requirements.
  • Adolescent Suicide Prevention: Recognizing Teens at Risk and Responding Effectively
    The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is hosting a workshop on adolescent suicide prevention that will highlight techniques for early detection and intervention among young people at risk. The event will take place on January 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. To watch the livestream or video archive, click here.
  • Corrective Action Plan Drug Medi-Cal: BHCS Procedures
    BHCS is required to monitor and attest that DMC providers have implemented all DHCS approved Corrective Action Plans (CAP). The county monitoring efforts are intended to assist providers in the write-up of their CAP, assure implementation of the DHCS approved corrective actions, and to improve quality of service for clients. QA-BHCS staff provide technical assistance (TA) for both PSPP DMC DHCS Utilization Reviews and DMC TA DHCS Monitoring visits. See Full Memo
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
    See flyer
  • Revised Medi-Cal Included Diagnoses Lists and Crosswalk--Inpatient
    On October 13, 2017, DHCS reissued the Inpatient Medi-Cal Included (aka “Covered”) Diagnoses List—correcting errors in the previous Information Notice 17-004. Please find the resultant update to the ACBHCS Inpatient Medi-Cal Included Diagnoses (Numeric & Alpha) Lists with Cross-walk. Please be sure to use these ACBHCS Included Diagnoses Lists (more inclusive) for all Inpatient MH Services rather than the list issued by DHCS.
    This list replaces all previously published Medi-Cal Included Inpatient Dx Lists and Crosswalks posted by ACBHCS.
    See Full Memo
  • Finding Black Psychology-Toward a New Mental Health Paradigm, A Tribute to Dr. Joseph L. White
    An Announcement brought to you by The Office of Ethnic Services
    Join the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services’(ACBHCS) Office of Ethnic Services, African American Empowerment Committee of the Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC), and African American Steering Committee for Health and Wellness (AASCHW) as we celebrate Black History Month! FINDING BLACK PSYCHOLOGY—TOWARD A NEW MENTAL HEALTH PARADIGM: A TRIBUTE TO DR. JOSEPH L. WHITE
    View Flyer
  • MHSA Three Year Plan FY 17/18-19/20
    Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services invites you to review and comment on the FY17-20 MHSA THREE YEAR PLAN.
    Please email any comments on the FY17-20 MHSA THREE YEAR PLAN to MHSA@acbhcs.org.
    All comments must be submitted by 2/16/18.
  • Human Trafficking: Commercially Sexually & Trafficked Youth
    An Announcement brought to you by The Office of Ethnic Services
    Human Trafficking: Commercially Sexually & Trafficked Youth-Identification & Response Training. This training will focus on the power of (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth).
    This training is intended for administrators, counselors, program managers, program staff, and therapists.
    View Flyer

  • Policy, Procedure & Protocol Changes for Clinical Documentation Standards
    An Announcement brought to you by Tiffany Lynch - Quality Assurance Office:
    New Clinical Documentation Standards being implemented, effective March 1st, 2018 as a result of the DHCS Info Notice 17-040 and recommendations approved by the Quality Improvement Committee. Please see this memo for full details.

  • Winter 2017 Alameda County IPS Collaborative Newsletter
    I'm excited to share our latest newsletter, which highlights our ten BHCS Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment programs. This issue includes client success stories from FACT, BOSS and Telecare STRIDES; team spotlights from BACS, Telecare CHANGES, Abode, and Fred Finch Youth Center; an employer feature; and other exciting tidbits.
    View Newsletter
  • A resource recommended by Quality Assurance
    The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions is pleased to announce new and revised webpages on Trauma, Suicide Prevention, and Intimate Partner Violence.
    Each page is full of updated content and many of the best nationwide resources on these topics, tailored to behavioral health and primary care organizations.
    Trauma Page
    Suicide Prevention Page
    Intimate Partner Violence Page
  • Promotion Announcement: Crisis Services Behavioral Health Manager
    A message brought to you by Kate Jones, Adult/Older Adult System of Care Director
    I am pleased to announce the promotion of Stephanie Lewis to the position of Crisis Services Behavioral Health Clinical Manager. Stephanie is the current supervisor of the Crisis Response Program. Stephanie has over 15 years of experience working in field-based crisis intervention services through Berkeley Mental Health and ACBHCS. In her new role, Stephanie will assist in planning and overseeing the expansion of field-based crisis intervention services and the systemic changes that will support the expansion.
    Please join me in giving Stephanie a warm congratulations and well wishes on her new role!
  • New DHCS Notices Re: SUD Services
    DHCS recently shared the following:
    • 42 CFR Part 2- Judicial Districts in California. Alameda County is in the Northern District of California. The provider must provide contact information in case of a complaint or breach of confidentiality to the beneficiary / client.
    • Fair Hearing Rights – the notice provides the new DHCS address and contact information that must be provided to the beneficiary when or if there is a change in benefit. Dated 11/13/2017
  • Appointment of Assistance Finance Director

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Cecilia Serrano to the position of Assistant Finance Director effective Dec. 3, 2017. Cecilia currently serves as the Financial Services Officer in the Budget and Special Claiming Unit and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new role. As the Assistant Finance Director, Cecilia will be providing support for meetings, program planning as well as Budget Modification review and approval. Please join me in welcoming Cecilia and offering her support as she assumes this new role.
  • BHCS Culturally Responsive MH Serv for Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
    Registration is now open for the BHCS Culturally Responsive MH Services for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Training, presented by the Pacific Center for Human Growth.
    The 12/6 training will focus on issues related to Children, Youth and Young Adults.
    View Flyer
  • ICC/IHBS Services for Full Scope Medi-Cal Beneficiaries REVISED 10/27/2017
    Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) and Intensive Home Services (IHBS) for all eligible Full Scope Medi-Cal beneficiaries began on July 1, 2017. The attached Cover Page and Referral Form contains information on how to access these services for those children and youth who meet criteria for these services.

    ICC-IHBS Referral Cover Page
    BHCS ICC Referral Form
  • New Document on Mental Health and Wellness through Civic Participation
    New Document on Mental Health and Wellness through Civic Participation
    Mental Health and Wellness Through Civic Participation outlines the steps to getting involved in government as one aspect of participation in community life that fosters community inclusion.
    Click here to access the document.
  • Top 10 Tips to Quit Smoking Flyers
    With the Great American Smokeout coming up on November 16th, now is a good time to order our popular Top 10 Tips to Quit Smoking flyer, availalble free of charge and shipping from the California Smokers' Helpline.
    This 2-sided flyer features qutting tips from Helpline counselors--in English on one side and Spanish on the other.
    Order Here
    You can also share our Top 10 Tips video on your own website or social media sites. Just click on the share icon in the bottom right corner of the video.
    Quit attempts are vitally important to population-based cessation as most tobacco users must try repeatedly to quit before they succeed. Fortunately, 70% of smokers say they want to quit. And, asking and advising a patient to quit can actually double the chance that he or she will try.
    So, encourage your patients and clients to make a quit attempt and provide them with our Top 10 Tips to Help Smokers Quit flyer. For smokers who need additional support, refer them to 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) or to our online registration form for free help and a plan to quit.
  • Updated Lockout Situation Grid
    QA has revised the ACBHCS Lockout Situation Grid - please review and implement as appropriate.
    Click here for the updated grid.
  • Clinical Psychriatric Pharmacist Scope of Pracitce
    This policy and procedure is intended to formally recognize the role of clinical psychiatric pharmacists (pharmacist) in the provision of medication management services within Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) and to fully utilize their skill set to support the health, wellness and recovery of clients, and to maximize the effectiveness of the medical-clinical team.
    Click Here for Full Policy
  • DHCS State FY 16-17 county Monitoring Report- SUD Programs

    An Announcement brought to you by 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

  • 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

  • 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
    View Document
  • BMH relocation
    Greetings, please print, forward and distribute widely within your organization the flyer announcing the new (temporary) location for BMH Adult Services, now on Alcatraz Ave beginning Tuesday May 2. Thank you for your continued collaboration and cooperation, from all of us at BMH.
    Sincerely,

    Dan Ezekiel, LCSW
  • 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

    Our flyer for distribution.
  • CJMH has changed it's name: ADULT FORENSIC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (AFBH)
    View Memo
  • Trauma Informed Care Website
    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
  • Casa Ubuntu Grand Opening
    Casa Ubuntu is a new Wellness Center in Eastmont mall. Grand opening Friday, November 4th.
    View Flyer
  • Update - BHCS FSP RFP Planning Process
    View Memo
  • 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: https://youtu.be/Nd6pm0dOQRo?list=PLHg1Ljgslk9srqBknr7cBgAqvqlndU8R_

    For more information please contact: Kelly Robinson, Program Specialist – Prevention.
    Krobinson@acbhcs.org; (510) 383-1792.
  • Alameda Alliance Formulary Changes for Nicotine Replacement and Chantix Effective January 15, 2016
    More Information
  • Reserved Parking Spaces At 1900 and 2000 Embarcadero
    Please read the attached memo from BHCS Director Manuel J. Jiménez regarding reserved parking spaces at 1900 and 2000 Embarcadero.
    View Memo
  • Addendum to Unaccompanied Children (UAC) letter dated November 12, 2015.
    Additional information provided in italic print and underlined for your reference.
    View Addendum
  • Crisis Planning Report
    The Crisis Planning Report with recommendations as completed by Resource Development Associates a local consulting firm.
    View Report
  • The Quality Assurance Office has revised the call list for Technical Assistance, effective 9/1/15. Please see update here.
  • Sample Medi-Cal Compliant Assessment, Client Plan, and Progress Note Forms
    The Quality Assurance office, in response to providers requests, has developed Sample Medi-Cal Compliant Assessment, Client Plan, and Progress Note Forms.
    See More
  • BHCS FSP/ACT RFP Planning Process
    View memo
  • All potential referrals to Pathways to Wellness must be screened by ACCESS at 800-491-9099
    View Announcement
  • Changes to BACS Wellness and Recovery Centers
    View Memo
  • MHS INSYST CQRT AUTHORIZATIONS
    As per the BHCS Quality Assurance Unit’s Annual Memo dated July 22nd (which can be found on the BHCS Provider website: www.acbhcs.org/providers Quality Assurance – Memos and Notices page) “As of August 1, 2014, treatment plans will only be required on an annual basis.” INSYST has been updated to reflect this change on both the CQRT (UC) Authorization screens and MHS485 “Outpatient Utilization Control” report.

    PLEASE NOTE: When entering an authorization, INSYST will apply the new rule to all authorizations (including treatment plans) for episodes opened before August 1, 2014. Authorizations that should be for six months will display (on the day they are entered) as twelve months extension. The system is running a cleanup process each night (for authorizations entered before 6pm) that will correct the screen for episodes opened before August 1, 2014 and are being approved for ONLY six months in order to bring the chart to an annual cycle. This process will end on February 28, 2015, as INSYST will display the correct annual cycle from going forward.
  • HIPAA Breach Report Policy updated QA’s HIPAA Breach Report Policy updated with 2014 DHCS reporting form and link to hhs.gov, federal reporting form - see QA Manual Page, Section 11-5
  • ACBHCS Vocational Program Summer Newsletter
    ACBHCS Vocational Program presents our latest biannual newsletter.
  • Special Training Announcements: New Online Registration System and Legal Training Announcement
    The BHCS Training Unit is pleased to announce that we are streamlining the registration process for our trainings through a new online registration system available now at the link below. We have collaborated with the Alameda County Training & Education Center on this process and want to thank them for their assistance with helping us to launch this new system! With this system, all BHCS employees at both county units and community-based organizations can access the online registration system and have the ability to self-register for BHCS training events, see a personalized training record and more. If you have attended one of our BHCS training activities in the past or if you are a county unit employee, you may have already received an email about this system and can “log in” (at the link below) with that information to register for a new training. If you have never attended a BHCS training activity before, then to access this system, a user profile and a password must be created at the link below and then you can log in to the system whenever you would like to register for a training in the future:

    To log-in, click on this link: http://alameda.netkeepers.com/TPOnline/TPOnline.dll/Home

    The Training Registration Guide with instructions on how to create a user profile and password and how to register for a training activity is attached at http://www.acbhcs.org/Training/training_reg_guide.htm.

    For questions, please contact trainingunit@acbhcs.org with the subject header “Online Registration”.

    --The BHCS Training Unit

  • Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Geriatric Assessment & Response Team (GART)
    Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Geriatric Assessment & Response Team (GART) has moved to the Gail Steele Wellness and Recovery Center, 409 Jackson St, #200, Hayward, CA 94544, effective 5/1/12. The administrative phone number is (510) 891-5650. QIC code is 50802. Business hours are 8:30-5:00 M-F

  • The Quality Assurance Office is reintroducing the Consumer and Family Assistance Phone Line.
    More Information

  • Introducing the BHCS Finance Provider Relations Medi-Cal Benefits Help Desk
    View Flyer

  • Alameda County SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES FINDER database launched.
    This database, which will be updated annually, lists school based services provided and funded by HCSA Departments.
    Access database

  • Managing Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Assistance Handbook
    View handbook