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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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  • Deadline Extension for the 2016/17 Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) Cycle and the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program

    Announcement: There is a deadline extension for the 2016/17 Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) Cycle and the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program (LMH). The NEW deadline date is November 18, 2016.

    Both MHLAP and LMH are currently accepting applications. Many county or CBO employees may also qualify for LMH and are encouraged to apply.

    All potential applicants, please submit your application on the https://calreach.oshpd.ca.gov website. A login is required; then scroll down to select the MHLAP application. As part of the application, be sure to upload the employer verification form and proof of loan from your lender institution. For resources on how to apply and eligibility criteria, please visit www.healthprofessions.ca.gov/.

    Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) Staff is hosting Technical Assistance Calls (TAC). MHLAP and LMH applicants are encouraged to call in with their questions about the application.

    Dates and times are as follows: To participate in the Technical Assistance Call, dial 1-866-434-5269, and enter the participant code: 439482
    Technical Assistance Call Schedule
    Date Time
    Friday, September 23, 2016 7:45AM
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5:00PM
    Friday, September 30, 2016 12:00PM
    Wednesday, October 05, 2016 5:00PM
    Friday, October 07, 2016 12:00PM
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 7:45AM
    Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:00PM
    Friday, October 14, 2016 12:00PM
  • BHCS GRADUATE INTERN STIPEND APPLICATION FY 2016-17 FRIENDLY REMINDER
    There are only two (2) weeks left to apply for the graduate intern stipend program, so get your applications in today!!

    The application deadline for the graduate intern stipend is Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

    Please find the application here: http://www.acbhcs.org/internships/grad_intern_stipend.htm

    If you have any questions on the application process or eligibility requirements, please contact Ebony Jacob, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Workforce, Education and Training Internship Coordinator at: ejacob@acbhcs.org or (510) 567-8093.
  • Special Training Announcement: We are pleased to announce the following free training focused on tobacco use interventions. Pre-Registration required and open until filled:

    Tobacco Use Intervention Workshop: Cessation Group - Facilitator Workshop - Using a Curriculum Designed for AOD Clients Who Want to Quit Smoking
    Tuesday, October 25 & Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 9:00am – 3:30pm both days;
    Trainer: Cathy McDonald, M.D., MPH and Guest Trainer: Gloria Soliz, Tobacco Cessation Specialist and Master Cessation Group Trainer
    Location: Thunder Road – Adolescent Treatment Center, 390 40th St. @ Shafter, Oakland, CA 94609
    A TWO day workshop focused on learning and practicing how to lead a tobacco cessation group using a curriculum especially designed for clients with substance-use disorder; Open to all interested persons. See flyer for more information;
    To inquire about attending and registering, contact Judy Gerard, ATOD Network at (510) 653-5040 x349 or email atodnetjudy@aol.com

    We also still have space available for these training activities, please refer to the specific registration instructions for each one:

    1. Brief Tobacco Cessation Interventions; Thursday, September 29, 2016; 8:30am - 12:30pm; see flyer for more information; To inquire about attending and registering, contact Judy Gerard, (510) 653-5040 x349 or email atodnetjudy@aol.com
    2. Introducción a Terapia Cognitiva Conductual (Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy); Please note: This training will be conducted in Spanish only; Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com; For Registration Assistance: contact TrainingUnit@acbhcs.org or (510) 567-8113; For information, contact Paul Takayanagi, ptaka@acbhcs.org or (510) 639-1373.
  • Update Announcement: September ANSA trainings are cancelled.
    Please continue to register for October and November ANSA General Trainings and Train-the Trainer Certifications


    Registration for ANSA General Training and Train-the-Trainer Certification is now open on the County’s Learning Management System.

    Effective December 5, 2016, all Adult and Older Adult System of Care Level -1 Outpatient Programs (Service Team, Full Service Partnerships, Assertive Community Treatment) and selected (Sub-Acute, Day Treatment, Residential Treatment and Vocational) will begin administering the ANSA 25+ tool.

    Please review the FAQ sheet in order to determine what training(s) you should attend and check in with your program manager for further direction.

    ANSA Training Date(s):
    Due to low enrollment we have decided to cancel all September ANSA General Training and ANSA Train-the-Trainer Courses. Please make arrangements to attend another session in either October or November.
     
    Date Day Time Course Instructor Location
    10/5/2016 Wed 9am-4:30pm ANSA General April Fernando, PhD 125 12th Street
    10/6/2016 Thu 9am-4:30pm ANSA Train-the-Trainer April Fernando, PhD 125 12th Street
    10/12/2016 Wed 9am-4:30pm ANSA General John Lyons, PhD 1100 San Leandro Blvd
    10/13/2016 Thu 9am-4:30pm ANSA Train-the-Trainer John Lyons, PhD 1100 San Leandro Blvd
    11/7/2016 Mon 9am-4:30pm ANSA General April Fernando, PhD 1100 San Leandro Blvd
    11/8/2016 Tue 9am-4:30pm ANSA Train-the-Trainer April Fernando, PhD 1900 Embarcadero Cove
    11/21/2016 Mon 9am-4:30pm ANSA General John Lyons, PhD 1100 San Leandro Blvd
    11/22/2016 Tue 9am-4:30pm ANSA Train-the-Trainer John Lyons, PhD 1100 San Leandro Blvd


    LOCATIONS
    AC Public Health 1100 San Leandro Blvd. (in Creekside Plaza), Redwood Room (1st Floor), San Leandro, 94577
    AC Training & Education Center 125 12th Street (4th Floor), Oakland, 94607
    AC BHCS 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 101, Brooklyn Basin Room (1st Floor), Oakland, 94606


    Note: There will be a CANS General and Trainer Certification held on Oct 3-4.

    Training Calendar, FAQs, and tip on how to register are found on the Provider Website: http://www.acbhcs.org/providers/CANS/news.htm

    Please distribute via email the ANSA Training Announcement E-Flyer with your staff. E-Flyer contains links to the training calendar, FAQS, and registration information.

    For more information, please contact Alex Jackson or Cheryl Narvaez
  • Special Training Announcement: We are pleased to announce the following free training activities. Pre-Registration required and open until filled:

    1. Brief Tobacco Cessation Interventions; Thursday, September 29, 2016; 8:30am - 12:30pm; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com; To inquire about attending, contact Judy Gerard, (510) 653-5040 x349 or email atodnetjudy@aol.com

    2. Introducción a Terapia Cognitiva Conductual (Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy); Please note: This training will be conducted in Spanish only; Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com; For Registration Assistance: contact TrainingUnit@acbhcs.org or (510) 567-8113; For information, contact Paul Takayanagi, ptaka@acbhcs.org or (510) 639-1373.
  • Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) Graduate Intern Stipend Program Application Announcement
    We are pleased to announce that the 2016-17 application cycle for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Graduate Intern Stipend Program is open. The application is available at: http://www.acbhcs.org/internships/grad_intern_stipend.htm.

    The application deadline is: WEDNESDAY, October 5, 2016. 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: ejacob@acbhcs.org or (510) 567-8093
  • Special Training Announcement for Administrative Staff: We are pleased to announce the following free training activities specifically developed for administrative staff. Pre-Registration required and open until filled; all sessions at ACBHCS, 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 400, Gail Steele Room:

    1. Youth-Focused Mental Health First Aid (please note, this training is for adults who work WITH youth specifically – for example, teachers, youth program leaders, administrative and managerial staff); Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com; For Registration Assistance: contact TrainingUnit@acbhcs.org or (510) 567-8113; For information, contact Paul Takayanagi, ptaka@acbhcs.org or (510) 639-1373.

    2. Wellness Works: Addressing Workplace Mental Health: Basic Skills for Managers; Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com; For Registration Assistance: contact TrainingUnit@acbhcs.org or (510) 567-8113; For information, contact Paul Takayanagi, ptaka@acbhcs.org or (510) 639-1373.

    3. Adult-Focused Mental Health First Aid; Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com; For Registration Assistance: contact TrainingUnit@acbhcs.org or (510) 567-8113; For information, contact Paul Takayanagi, ptaka@acbhcs.org or (510) 639-1373.
  • Michael Lisman Going Away Potluck Party
    Dear all!

    Please mark your calendar for Michael Lisman’s Going Away Potluck Party on Wednesday, Sept. 14th from 3pm-5pm at Gail Steele Room. See you there!

    Agnes F. Catolos
    View Flyer
  • LMHSPEP Loan Repayment Program
    The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is excited to announce that the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program (LMHSPEP) loan repayment application cycle is open from August 1st through October 14th 2016. Eligible professions for LMHSPEP include:
    • Registered or Licensed Psychologists
    • Postdoctoral Psychological Assistants
    • Postdoctoral Psychological Trainees
    • Registered or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
    • Registered or Licensed Clinical Social Workers

    An awardee may receive up to $15,000 to repay educational loans over a 24-month period in exchange for a 24-month commitment to practicing and providing direct care in a publicly funded or public mental health facility, a non-profit mental health facility, or a mental health professions shortage area.

    We encourage all potential applicants to go to www.calreach.oshpd.ca.gov to complete their application. For resources on how to apply, please visit www.healthprofessions.ca.gov/.

    HPEF Staff will be hosting Technical Assistance Calls (TAC)
    Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) and Licensed Mental Health (LMH) applicants are encouraged to call in with their questions about the application.

    To participate in the Technical Assistance Call, dial 1-866-434-5269, and enter the participant code: 439482
    Dates and times are as followed:
    Technical Assistance Call (TAC) Schedule
    Date Time
    Tuesday, August 09, 2016 12:00PM
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 7:45AM
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 7:45AM
    Wednesday, September 07, 2016 12:00PM
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016 5:00PM
    Friday, September 16, 2016 7:45AM
    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 5:00PM
    Friday, September 23, 2016 7:45AM
    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5:00PM
    Friday, September 30, 2016 12:00PM
    Wednesday, October 05, 2016 5:00PM
    Friday, October 07, 2016 12:00PM
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 7:45AM
    Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:00PM
  • Message from Michael Lisman
    I have been offered and accepted the position of Deputy Director for Behavioral Health Services in Monterey County. My last day with Alameda County will be on September 16th, 2016 and I will be starting my new position on September 19th, 2016.

    I start this new challenge with a great sense of anticipation and enthusiasm to share so many of the incredible innovations that we have created in Alameda County. I make this announcement with an even greater sense of sadness because I will deeply miss the friendship and comradery that we have shared in working side by side to improve systems and services for the sake of Alameda County residents. James Wagner will continue to provide direct support to the Adult Community Support Centers and Service Teams.

    I have a deep and abiding respect and appreciation for each one of you for your dedication, kindness and love. I wish you all continued success in helping individuals and families realize their hopes and dreams.

    With fond regards,
    Michael Lisman
  • Special Training Announcement: We are pleased to announce the following free training activities. Pre-Registration required and open until filled:
    1. From Policy to Implementation: The CLAS Standards in Action; CHOOSE ONLY ONE day to attend for either Tuesday, September 13, OR Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm; Berkeley location (at Ashby BART Station); see flyer for more information; to register contact: Deante Young @ Dyoung@acbhcs.org; or call 510- 777-2112 if you have questions or need special accommodations
    2. Managing Differential Diagnoses: Delirium, Dementia and Mental Health Issues; Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:00-4:00 pm; Oakland location; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com; For Registration Assistance: contact TrainingUnit@acbhcs.org or (510) 567-8113; For information, contact Paul Takayanagi, ptaka@acbhcs.org or (510) 639-1373.
    3. CBT for Psychosis: An Individualized, Recovery Oriented Approach; CHOOSE ONLY ONE day to attend for either Thursday, September 22, OR Friday, September 23, 2016 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Berkeley location; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com; For Registration Assistance: contact TrainingUnit@acbhcs.org or (510) 567-8113; For information, contact Paul Takayanagi, ptaka@acbhcs.org or (510) 639-1373.
  • 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.
  • State Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) Now Accepting Applications - Deadline October 14, 2016
    The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is pleased to announce that the 2016/2017 Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) Cycle will open on August 1. We encourage all potential applicants to go to https://calreach.oshpd.ca.gov to complete their application. A limited number of awards will be available in Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS), and award recipients may receive up to $10,000 towards the repayment of educational loans.
     
    • Applications for the 2016 cycle will open on August 1, 2016 at: https://calreach.oshpd.ca.gov
    • MHLAP application must be submitted via the online application system, CalREACH, by October 14, 2016, 12-midnight. Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted.
    • Please note: Last year’s application will not be accepted. A new application must be submitted each time you apply. For resources on how to apply, please visit www.healthprofessions.ca.gov/
    • Alameda County applicants must meet eligibility criteria and work in a "hard to fill/retain position", as defined by ACBHCS, to meet our critical workforce needs. Please refer to the link below.
       
    View the announcement
    View eligibility criteria
    View FAQs

    For questions about the application process and requirements, contact the Health Professions Education Foundation directly at (916) 326-3655. For questions about ACBHCS eligible contracted community-based mental health agencies and/or the “hard to fill/retain” eligibility criteria, contact Sanjida Mazid, ACBHCS Workforce Development Education and Training Manager, at smazid@acbhcs.org or at 510-567-8071.
  • Reactivation of Alameda County Disaster Relief Fund – Orlando Shootings
    The Board of Supervisors is reactivating the Alameda County Disaster Relief Fund to enable our County employees and people in the community to voluntarily make cash and/or online donations to benefit the victims of the shootings in Orlando, Florida on June 12.
    We will ask the Board to grant formal approval on June 28.   
    For more information: http://acgov.org/government/news/disaster.htm
  • Special ACBHCS Announcement
    In response to the tragedy of a mass shooting in Orlando, FL that has touched the hearts of millions of persons around the world, Pacific Center, one of our “local to the Bay Area” and Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered, Queer, Inquiring and Two-Spirit (LGBTQI2-S) -focused counseling programs has offered an organizational response in support of our local community, and a comprehensive resource guide, including links, to community resources specific to what happened in Orlando. We stand by the Pacific Center and our colleagues worldwide who are responding in similar ways to provide care and concern for all who are touched, whether directly or indirectly, by this tragedy. Please see the attachments to this message by clicking on the following links:
    Pacific Center response link
    LGBTQI2S Health and Wellness Resources link
  • Eden Night Live
    If you’re looking for fun and excitement as well as a way to support your local artisans and entrepreneurs look no further than EDEN NIGHT LIVE!!

    This multi-weekend event is produced by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and supported by several other county agencies and community-based organizations. There is literally something for everyone – food, music, games, arts and crafts as well as shopping! And entrance is FREE!

    Please be sure to share this announcement with your network and plan to come on out a few times. It will be held every Friday and Saturday beginning Friday, July 1st. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

    Look forward to seeing you there!
  • 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
  • Important Announcement – Behavioral Health Care Services Vocational Program is Moving
    The Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare Vocational Program will be re-locating as of 3-18-2015.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    More Information
  • BHCS Children’s System of Care February 2014 Newsletter
    Please find attached the latest edition of the BHCS Children’s System of Care February 2014 Newsletter. As always, I hope that you find the information useful and informative. Please feel free to contact me with article submissions for future editions of our newsletter. I can be reached via email at Lcarlisle@acbhcs.org

    Thank you,
    Lisa Carlisle, MA, M.Ed, Newsletter Editor

    View 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