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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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  • Reminder: Help-a-Family Donation Drive & Holiday Potluck
    A message brought to you by ACBH Events Committee
    We're still accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys, toiletries, gift cards, and anything else that would be helpful for a family in need this holiday season! The deadline for donations is Friday, December 13th.
    Please see flyer for donation drop-off locations/contacts and information on the upcoming Holiday Potluck.
  • Uber Lyft Transportation Reimbursement
    A message brought to you by the Auditor Agency
    To: County Department Finance Officers and Contacts
    This memo is to clarify reimbursable transportation expenses while conducting County business, specifically when employees who are eligible to receive mileage reimbursements elect to use a transportation network company (TNC), such as Uber or Lyft.
    Please see memo for more information.
  • ACBH Help-a-Family Donation Drive & Annual Holiday Potluck
    A message brought to you by ACBH Events Committee
    Starting now through December 13th we will be accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys, toiletries, gift cards and anything else that would be helpful for a family in need this holiday season!
    Then join us on Wednesday, December 11th at 1900 Embarcadero from 12:30-2:30pm for our Holiday Potluck!
    Please see flyer for donation drop-off locations/contacts.
  • 37th Behavioral Health Court Graduation
    A message brought to you by Adult and Older Adult System of Care
    You are invited to attend the 37th Behavioral Health Court Graduation on Thursday, December 5th at 2pm in Department 104 of the Wiley Manuel Courthouse, 661 Washington Street, Oakland CA 94607.
    All are welcome to attend! There will be a cake in recognition of service from BHC’s Public Defender, Peter VanOosting, as this is his last graduation before he transitions to a new court room. Also, December 4th is Judge Brosnahan’s birthday! Come help us celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments and our collaborative court partners.
    Please see flyer for more information.
  • ACBH REMINDER - KnowBe4 Training 2019 Social Engineering Red Flags
    A message brought to you by Karyn Tribble, PsyD, LCSW, Director, ACBH
    This is a courtesy reminder to ensure that you/your staff have completed the “2019 Social Engineering Red Flags” training module as requested by the County.
    Please see memo attached.
  • Trauma Informed Systems 101
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
    Thursday, December 5, 2019; 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Location: Oakland Community Support Services, 7200 Bancroft Ave, Oakland, CA 94606, Suite 125-A, Oak Room
    DESCRIPTION: The TIS 101 is a foundational 3.5 hour training to understand how trauma and stress impacts bodies and brains, communities, organizations and systems. See flyer for more details
    AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff are encouraged to attend.
    See FLYER for details and Registration information
    For additional trainings, go to the following links:
    County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
    Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
  • 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!
  • Healing from 400 Years of Enslavement (1619 - 2019)
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services in Collaboration with the African American Steering Committee
    2019 Annual African American Conference
    The Souls of Black Folks: Reclaiming Our Humanity from Racialized Trauma “Healing from 400 Years of Enslavement” (1619-2019)
    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Hardy
    Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 8:30am – 5:00pm
    Location: Hilton Oakland Airport, 1 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland, CA
    See FLYER for details and Registration information.
  • ACBH Understanding DSM-5: History, Cultural Factors, & Diagnoses
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies
    Wednesday, December 4th 2019; 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Registration begins at 8:30 AM, training starts promptly at 9:00)
    LOCATION: ACBH, 2000 Embarcadero, 4th floor, Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA
    AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health, Mental Health Staff and providers from contracted community based organizations (CBOs)
    TRAINER: Stan Taubman, Ph.D., LCSW
    DESCRIPTION: This workshop focuses on improving participants' ability to (a) describe the history of diagnostic classification and reasons for changes over the decades, (b) use the many culture relevant features of the DSM-5 manual and avoid ethnic disparities in diagnosis, and (c) distinguish between syndromes that commonly are mistaken for one another. Note: see flyer for more details and suggested reading.
    See FLYER for details and Registration information
    For additional trainings, go to the following links:
    County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
    Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
  • 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
  • New Staff Appointed to the Role of Critical Care Manager for the CYASOC
    A message brought to you by Damon Eaves, Assistant Director of the Child & Young Adult System of Care
    The Child and Young Adult System of Care is pleased to welcome Christine Mukai, as the new Critical Care Manager. Beginning in 2002, Christine has worked in ACBH through outpatient services, case management, and school based services before transitioning to the CANS Coordinator in August of 2018. Christine graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree and received her MSW from NYU and most recently received her MBA with a focus on Healthcare Management. We are very excited to have Christine. Please join us in welcoming her to her new role beginning November 18, 2019.
  • Understanding Mental Health Through Indigenous Eyes, Friday, November 22nd 2019, 9:00am - 4:30pm
    A free training brought to you by ACBH Office of Ethnic Services and ONTRACK Program Resources
    Training: Understanding Mental Health Through Indigenous Eyes, Friday, November 22nd 2019, 9:00am - 4:30pm (Registration at 8:30am, Training promptly at 9:00am)
    Location: 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland Ca 94606
    Description: Participants will increase their capacity to recognize: Under-representation and misdiagnosis of Native Americans in Behavioral Health, take a close look at how personal and organization culture drives interactions, and impact their treatment outcomes.
    View flyer for more details.
  • Reminder: Halloween Potluck & Costume Contest is Thursday, October 31st
    A message brought to you by ACBH Events Committee
    Our annual ACBH Halloween Potluck and Costume Contest is this Thursday, October 31st from 12-2pm in the Gail Steele Meeting Room! Come dressed in your Halloween costumes and enter the Best Individual or Best Group Costume Contest.
    If your last name starts with:
    A-N: Bring something savory
    O-Z: Bring something sweet
    Please see flyer for more details.
  • How to Heal Trauma With These 3 Steps
    A message brought to you by Pathways to Wellness in collaboration with the Office of Ethnic Services
    This workshop is intended to increase working knowledge of systemic/generational trauma, provide steps for healing trauma and how to work with clients of color using the identified steps.
    Date: Friday, October 25, 2019, 9:00am - 3:00pm
    Location: Executive Inn & Suites Hotel, 1755 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94606
    See flyer for more information.
  • Trauma Informed Systems 101 Trainings - Save the Dates
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
    Save the Dates:
    (Registration will open four weeks prior to training date and will be announced at www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/)
    2019
    • Thursday, November 7, 2019, 1:00-4:30 PM, Dublin
    • Friday, November 15, 2019, 9:00 AM-1:30 PM, Hayward
    • Thursday, December 5, 2019, 1:00-4:30 PM, Oakland

    2020
    • Thursday, January 9, 2020, 1:00-4:30 PM, Oakland
    • Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 12:30-4:30 PM, Hayward

    DESCRIPTION: The TIS 101 is a basic 3.5 hour training to understand how trauma and stress impacts developing bodies and brains, communities, organizations and systems. (See flyer for more details)
    AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
    See flyer for more information.
    For additional trainings, go to the following links:
    County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
    Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
  • New Berkeley Wellness Center Opening
    A message brought to you by Katherine Jones
    We are very pleased to announce the opening of the new Berkeley Wellness Center on November 4, 2019. The new Wellness Center, which will replace the Creative Wellness Center, is located at 1909 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704.
    The Center will be open Monday thru Friday from 8:30am – 5pm.
    See memo for more information.
  • Filipino Am History Month event - Oct 23, 2-3:30, 2000 Embarcadero
    A message brought to you by The ACBH Filipino Mental Health Initiative Events Work Group
    In partnership with ACBH’s Office of Ethnic Services, please join the Filipino Mental Health Initiative in celebrating October as Filipino American History Month.
    You are invited to ACBH’s Filipino American History Month’s Merienda* Hour
    *Merienda in the Philippines is traditionally a late afternoon “tea-time” where the community comes together to chat and share food.
    Learn about Filipino mental health, prevention services, and cultural artifacts.
    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2-3:30pm
    2000 Embarcadero, 4th Floor, Gail Steele Room
    See flyer for more information.
  • How to Heal Trauma With These 3 Steps
    A message brought to you by: Pathways to Wellness in collaboration with the Office of Ethnic Services
    Friday, October 25th, 2019, 9am-3pm
    Location: Executive Inn & Suites Hotel 1755 Embarcadero Oakland, CA 94606
    Please see flyer for more details.
  • BRIEF TOBACCO CESSATION INTERVENTION TRAINING
    A message brought to you by Lifelong Medical Care Tobacco Treatment Program and ACBH Training Unit
    Monday, November 4, 2019; 8:30AM-12:30PM
    LOCATION: BHCS 2000 Embarcadero, 4th Floor, Oakland, CA, Gail Steele Room
    TRAINER: Cathy McDonald, M.D.
    DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn the basics of Tobacco 101 and how to apply one-on-one cessation counseling techniques to motivate and support tobacco cessation among high-risk populations.
    AUDIENCE: Alameda County BHCS and contracted CBO provider Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services staff.
    See FLYER for details
    To REGISTER: please email ahay@lifelongmedical.org
    For additional trainings, go to the following links:
    County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
    Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
  • Join us as we continue to honor our Latinx communities
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
    Closing out Latino Heritage Month with a powerful training: “Asset-based Approaches to Working with Latinx Communities: Creating Shared Language and Understanding on the Road to Racial & Social Equity”
    Date: October 17th, 2019, 9am-3pm
    Location: 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, CA 94606
    See FLYER for details.
  • Every Friday in October- Wear Pink
    A message brought to you by ACBH Staff
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
    Help us raise awareness and show support to our co-workers, family and friends by wearing Pink every Friday for the month of October.
    Please see flyer for more details.
  • ACBH Annual Halloween Potluck & Costume Contest
    A message brought to you by ACBH Events Committee
    Get your costumes ready! Our annual ACBH Halloween Potluck & Costume
    Contest is Thursday, October 31st from 12-2pm in the Gail Steele Meeting Room at 2000 Embarcadero.
    If your last name starts with:
    A-N, bring something SAVORY
    O-Z, bring something SWEET
    Please see flyer for more details.
  • Potential Planned Power Outages this week
    A message brought to you by IS System Support
    Due to the Potential Planned Power Outages this week, the ACBH Support Desk staff may not be available by telephone.
    If you call and don’t receive an answer, please send an email to his@acgov.org.
    Please don’t submit more than one email for any request.
    We will respond to your emails as soon as possible.
  • New Program Specialist for Facility Development
    A message brought to you by Barbara Becker, Facility Development Manager
    I am delighted to announce that Marlisa Davis will join the Facility Development Unit of ACBH Finance as our new Program Specialist. Please join me in welcoming her effective October 21, 2019. Marlisa brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and creativity that will be valuable to our Unit and the Department.
    Marlisa has worked for the County since 1994 and held positions as a Mental Health Specialist II working in PES at John George Psychiatric Pavilion, as a Mental Health Specialist ll/lll Case Manager at Oakland Community Support Center, as an Assistant Public Guardian-Conservator at the Social Services Agency, and as a Field Manager for the Social Services Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. For the past several years Marlisa has worked here at ACBH as a Program Specialist working on a number of projects in Mental Health and SUD.
    Marlisa has broad facility knowledge and experience, having worked in engineering during her time in the Navy. She earned a BA from San Francisco State and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.
    Marlisa will oversee a variety of projects in Facility Development, working directly with me and our ASM Herenna Strong.
    Please stop by to welcome Marlisa. Her office is located in room 455 in the north wing of the 4th floor at 2000 Embarcadero.
  • Join us as we continue to honor our Latinx communities
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
    Closing out Latino Heritage Month with a powerful training: “Asset-based Approaches to Working with Latinx Communities: Creating Shared Language and Understanding on the Road to Racial & Social Equity”
    Date: October 17th, 2019, 9am-3pm
    Location: 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, CA 94606
    See FLYER for details.
  • Trauma Informed Systems 101 - Dublin
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
    Thursday, November 7, 2019; 1:00pm - 4:30pm (Registration: 12:30 pm)
    LOCATION: Dublin Public Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568, Community Room
    DESCRIPTION: The TIS 101 is a basic 3.5 hour training to understand how trauma and stress impacts developing bodies and brains, communities, organizations and systems. (See flyer for more details)
    AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
    See FLYER for details and Registration information
    For additional trainings, go to the following links:
    County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
    Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
  • Training: 3.5-Hour Suicide Assessment and Intervention
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
    Tuesday, November 5, 2019; 9:00am - 12:30pm (registration 8:30)
    Location: ACBH, 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101/Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, 94606
    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.
    Audience: ACBH 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
    See FLYER for details and Registration information
    For additional trainings, go to the following links:
    County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
    Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
  • Trauma Informed Systems 101 - Fremont
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019; 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    LOCATION: Family Resource Center 39155 Liberty Street Building H800, Pacific Room, Fremont, CA
    DESCRIPTION: The TIS 101 is a basic 3.5 hour training to understand how trauma and stress impacts developing bodies and brains, communities, organizations and systems. (See flyer for more details)
    AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
    See FLYER for details and Registration information
    For additional trainings, go to the following links:
    County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
    Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
  • Filipino Am History Month event - Oct 23, 2-3:30, 2000 Embarcadero
    A message brought to you by The ACBH Filipino Mental Health Initiative Events Work Group
    In partnership with ACBH’s Office of Ethnic Services, please join the Filipino Mental Health Initiative in celebrating October as Filipino American History Month.
    You are invited to ACBH’s Filipino American History Month’s Merienda* Hour
    *Merienda in the Philippines is traditionally a late afternoon “tea-time” where the community comes together to chat and share food.
    Learn about Filipino mental health, prevention services, and cultural artifacts.
    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2-3:30pm
    2000 Embarcadero, 4th Floor, Gail Steele Room
    See flyer for more information.
  • GRADUATE INTERN STIPEND PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT – Only 2 weeks left!
    A message brought to you by MHSA
    Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) is pleased to announce that the FY2019-20 application cycle for the Graduate Intern Stipend Program (GISP) is now open!
    PLEASE INSTRUCT STUDENTS TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION ONLINE—THEN PRINT, SIGN, AND MAIL BY OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019
    We are looking for student applicants who meet eligibility requirements and are from diverse backgrounds to help increase the cultural responsiveness of our system, bridge gaps in skill sets, and improve language capacity. Please inform your 2019-20 school year students about this great opportunity to enhance their internship experience.
    Each stipend is worth up to $6,000 for a maximum of 720 internship hours. The amount will be pro-rated, if the student works less than 720 hours.
    THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019.
    For questions, please contact ebony.jacob@acgov.org or 510-567-8093.
    The application, instructions and eligibility requirements are posted here.
  • Trauma Informed Systems 101
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
    Wednesday, October 2, 2019; 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    LOCATION: Creekside Plaza, Public Health, 1100 San Leandro Blvd, Redwood Room, San Leandro, CA
    AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
    See FLYER for details and Registration information
    SAVE THE DATES:
    Trauma Informed Systems 101
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019; 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Location: Family Resource Center 39155 Liberty Street Building H800, Pacific Room, Fremont, CA
    Thursday, November 7th, 2019 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Location: Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA
  • Join us as we continue to honor our Latinx communities
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
    Alameda County Behavioral Health offers a FREE Training Opportunity: “Asset-based Approaches to Working with Latinx Communities: Creating Shared Language and Understanding on the Road to Racial & Social Equity”.
    View flyer for more information.
  • Community and Staff Q&A with Dr. Karyn Tribble
    A message brought to you by Alameda County Behavioral Health
    You are invited to attend a Community and Staff Welcome Reception for Dr. Karyn Tribble. This event is open to the public.
    Please see flyer for more information.
  • New Staff Appointed to the MHSA Division
    A message brought to you by Tracy Hazelton, Division Director for the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
    The MHSA Division is pleased to announce the appointment of two new staff positions, the MHSA Innovations Coordinator and the MHSA Management Analyst.
    Ms. Mary Skinner has been appointed to the position of MHSA Innovations Coordinator. She’s been filling this role as a TAP for the past 18 months, so we’re excited to have her fill this role permanently. Mary will oversee all aspects of the MHSA Innovation component including community planning, project development, monitoring and technical assistance. Mary brings a great deal of experience and a good sense of humor to the MHSA team.
    Ms. Carly Rachocki is our other new MHSA staff member. Carly has been appointed to the position of MHSA Management Analyst, which is a new position for the Division. Carly will oversee and help to generate outcomes data and evaluations for MHSA funded programs, with an initial focus on the Full Service Partnerships (FSPs) and the Ethnic and Linguistic Prevention and Early Intervention programs. Carly is new to working for Alameda County, so please give her a warm welcome when you see her.
  • ACBH Announcement - New Hire For Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor!
    A message brought to you by Jennifer Mullane, Assistant Director Adult/Older Adult System of Care
    I'm happy to announce that Penny Bernhisel, LCSW, has been promoted to a Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor. Her official start date is Monday, September 23, 2019. In her new role she will oversee Behavioral Health Court (BHC), the Court Advocacy Project (CAP), Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) and the Community Conservatorship (CC) program.
    Penny has over 13 years of management experience, with 10 years in the field of community mental health. She has a specialty in both Psychosocial Rehabilitation (CPRP) and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team management. Last, Penny is a subject matter expert for the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the area of law and ethics and has taught classes at CSU East Bay’s MSW program. Anyone who has worked with Penny would agree that she is tenacious, enthusiastic and deeply driven to help our clients.
    Please join me in welcoming Penny into her new position!
  • ACBH Announcement - New Hire For Mental Health Specialist II Position!
    A message brought to you by Jennifer Mullane, Assistant Director Adult/Older Adult System of Care
    I am pleased to announce that Charleen Stearns has been offered the permanent Mental Health Specialist II position for ACBH Behavioral Health Court! Charleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. While in graduate school, she became certified in the state of a California as a Sexual Assault Counselor, providing immediate support to survivors in the hospital. Charleen also interned with Orange County Superior Courts as a Victim Advocate which quickly established her passion for working in the courts.
    A Bay Area native, Charleen came back to Alameda County after graduate school where she was employed as a Support Counselor and Lead Peer Counselor at the BACS Wellness Center in Fremont and a Peer Specialist with the TrACT program through EBCRP. Afterwards, she transitioned into a provisional Mental Health Specialist II position with Alameda County. For 2 ½ years Charleen has served in this position, briefly working at Santa Rita Jail in their mental health housing unit and in last two-years with Behavioral Health Court (BHC). She is a certified Forensic Peer Specialist with a passion for reducing recidivism, a dedication for providing mental health services to the forensic population, and connecting clients to their “right-matched” level of care.
    Please join me in welcoming Charleen into her new role!
  • 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.
  • Rudy Arrieta's Retirement Party
    A message brought to you by Quality Management
    Please join us in celebrating Rudy Arrieta's retirement!
    Date: Wednesday, September 18, 12:00-1:30 pm
    Location: Gail Steele Conference Room, 2000 Embarcadero Cove, 4th Floor
    Please see flyer for details for this Potluck Lunch.
  • Critical Care Manager (Provisional Appointment) Child and Young Adult SOC
    A message brought to you by Lisa Carlisle, Director, Child and Young Adult SOC
    The Child and Young Adult System of Care has a Provisional Appointment opportunity for a Critical Care Manager. The CYASOC Critical Care Manager is responsible for the coordination and oversight of all CYASOC critical care programs and services serving the Birth – 24 years of age populations within the CYASOC.
    Please see the attached documents and follow the instructions for applying. Interested applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in order to apply. Interested applicants may contact the CYASOC Assistant Director, Damon Eaves at Damon.Eaves@acgov.org
    View CCM Job Description.
    View CCM Announcement for more information.
  • Annual HIPAA Training On Hold
    A message brought to you by Office of the Director
    We are experiencing technical difficulties and the Alameda County Learning Center is working with the vendor to correct the problem. We will notify you once the system is up and running and will extend the completion deadline. We appreciate your dedication to completing this training in a timely manner and thank you for your patience.
    Please contact Kristin Boer at (510) 567-8083 or Kristin.Boer@acgov.org if you have any questions.
  • African American Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Program
    A message brought to you by Pathways to Wellness in collaboration with the Office of Ethnic Services
    Description: The African-American community's view of behavioral health -- how these ideas were formed and what can be done to decrease the stigma.
    Date: Friday, September 20, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Location: Executive Inn & Suites Hotel, 1755 Embarcadero Oakland, CA 94606
    View flyer 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.
  • YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
    Thursday, September 26, 2019; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration 8:00-8:30 am)
    LOCATION: Fremont Family Resource Center/Pacific Room
    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: Most appropriate for NON-CLINCIAL staff. Anyone serving clients in Alameda County are welcome to attend.
    To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    View FLYER for more information.
  • ADULT Mental Health First Aid Training
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
    Tuesday, September 24, 2019; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration 8:00-8:30 am)
    LOCATION: Fremont Family Resource Center/Pacific Room
    DESCRIPTION: Adult Mental Health First Aid presents an overview of mental health and substance use issues in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use concerns. Participants will be taught a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in both crisis and non-crisis situations connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
    AUDIENCE: Most appropriate for NON-CLINCIAL staff. Anyone serving clients in Alameda County are welcome to attend.
    To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    View FLYER for more information.
  • Suicide Prevention Month - Assessment and Intervention Training, Sept.19
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
    In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, the ACBH Training Unit is hosting the following training:
    Thursday, September 19, 2019; 9am – 4:30pm (registration 8:30 - 9am)
    SUICIDE ASSESSMENT and INTERVENTION TRAINING (6-hour)
    LOCATION: ACBH, 2000 Embarcadero, Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA 94606
    DESCRIPTION: This workshop will encourage participates to explore their own feelings towards suicide and suicidal clients. It will address common myths and perceptions, will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner’s model: “The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide”. This workshop uses a combination of teaching methods including didactic work, lecture, and discussion.
    AUDIENCE: Alameda County BH staff and contracted CBO provider staff; especially those 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.
  • Wellness Tea Garden to Raise Awareness about Suicide Prevention
    A message brought to you by MHSA/PEI Programs Team; The Office of Ethnic Services and The Consumer Empowerment Department
    Date: September 11th, 1-3pm, 2000 Embarcadero, 5th Floor Break Room
    National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8th to September 14th, is an annual campaign to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention and the warning signs of suicide.
    In 2017 in California:
    4,323 people died by suicide
    108, 075 estimated suicide attempts
    18,153 people visited or were admitted to the emergency department for intentional self-harm
    Over 1.1 million adults reported serious thoughts of suicide according to survey data.
    (Source)Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission - Third Draft Suicide Prevention Plan
    Please join us for an Afternoon Wellness Tea Garden to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The Tea Garden will be open from 1:00pm to 3:00pm as a wellness space for fellowship, relaxation and healthy snacking. Pick up suicide prevention materials to distribute to BHCS Providers, Consumers and Family Members and for yourself. Everyone is welcome.
    Please bring your own mug and cup for tea and infused waters.
    Contact Kelly Robinson (Kelly.Robinson@acgov.org) and Cheryl Narvaez (Cheryl.Narvaez@acgov.org) for more information.
  • OCSC Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor
    A message brought to you by Michelle Lewis, Oakland Community Support Center Manager
    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chastity Piedade to the position of Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor with Oakland Community Support Center.

    Chastity earned a bachelor's degree in Metropolitan Studies from New York University before going into non-profit work with New York City Teaching Fellows. A bay area native, she returned to California to complete her Master of Social Work at San Jose State. Chastity has experience in a variety of mental health settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and community-based treatment. She leaned into her clinical practice as a forensic mental health clinician while serving the South Bay Conditional Release Program (CONREP) for eleven years. In addition, Chastity has both supervisory and administrative experience in her previous role as the Assistant Community Program Director of South Bay CONREP before she joined OCSC as a Behavioral Health Clinician in 2018. Most recently, Chastity worked as Interim Behavioral Health Care Supervisor for OCSC.

    Chastity brings her experience and dedication to serving our consumers with severe mental illness towards improved quality of life. Please join me in welcoming Chastity in her new leadership role.
  • Save the Date: Behavioral Health Court Graduation
    A message brought to you by Behavioral Health Court
    This August, Behavioral Health Court is celebrating 10-years! We have an upcoming graduation (our 35th!) on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration.
    See Flyer for more information.
  • 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.
  • Individual Placement and Support Newsletter 9/2019
    A message brought to you by BHCS Vocational Department
    Helping people find meaningful employment is an essential part of recovery services, and employment is a core social determinant of health. Explore how Alameda County and Community Based Organizations are helping people with mental health diagnoses achieve their vocational and educational goals through the evidence based practice of IPS-Individual Placement and Support!
    Read the IPS Essentials Newsletter to learn about our employer partners, upcoming events, performance outcomes and success stories.
  • Rudy Arrieta's Retirement Party
    A message brought to you by Quality Management
    Please join us in celebrating Rudy Arrieta's retirement!
    Date: Wednesday, September 18, 12:00-1:30 pm
    Location: Gail Steele Conference Room, 2000 Embarcadero Cove, 4th Floor
    Please see flyer for details for this Potluck Lunch.
  • Interim Finance Officer for Data and Cost Reporting Unit
    A message brought to you by Cecilia Serrano, Finance Director
    With Kirby Smith’s departure, Mandy Chau has been reassigned as the Interim Financial Services Officer for the Data and Cost Reporting Unit effective Monday, 8/26/19.
    Mandy will assume responsibility for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder cost reports with the Providers, conduct cost report audits and appeals with the State, and manage the cost report settlements with the Providers.
    Please welcome Mandy in her new role!
  • GRADUATE INTERN STIPEND PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT
    A message brought to you by MHSA
    Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) is pleased to announce that the FY2019-20 application cycle for the Graduate Intern Stipend Program (GISP) is now open!
    PLEASE INSTRUCT STUDENTS TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION ONLINE—THEN PRINT, SIGN, AND MAIL BY OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019
    We are looking for student applicants who meet eligibility requirements and are from diverse backgrounds to help increase the cultural responsiveness of our system, bridge gaps in skill sets, and improve language capacity. Please inform your 2019-20 school year students about this great opportunity to enhance their internship experience.
    Each stipend is worth up to $6,000 for a maximum of 720 internship hours. The amount will be pro-rated, if the student works less than 720 hours.
    THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019.
    For questions, please contact ebony.jacob@acgov.org or 510-567-8093.
    The application, instructions and eligibility requirements are posted here.
  • Crisis Residential Treatment Programs and CSU Opening
    A message brought to you by Kate Jones, Director, Adult and Older Adult System of Care
    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. These changes will go into effect on September 5, 2019. While we invite you to begin using the new referral form immediately, after September 5, old versions of the referral form will not be accepted. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or feedback. We look forward to the ongoing collaboration with our ACBH partners.
    See memo for more information.
    View Referral Form.
  • 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.
  • InSyst will be unavailable on 08/28/2019 from Noon to 2:00 PM
    A message brought to you by ACBH Information Systems
    ATTENTION ALL INSYST USERS:
    InSyst will be unavailable on Wednesday, 08/28/2019 from Noon to 2:00 PM due to a software update.
    Please plan your work accordingly.
  • Filipino Am History Month event - Oct 23, 2-3:30, 2000 Embarcadero
    A message brought to you by The ACBH Filipino Mental Health Initiative Events Work Group
    In partnership with ACBH’s Office of Ethnic Services, please join the Filipino Mental Health Initiative Events Work Group in celebrating October as Filipino American History Month.
    You are invited to ACBH’s Filipino American History Month’s Merienda* Hour
    *Merienda in the Philippines is traditionally a late afternoon “tea-time” where the community comes together to chat and share food.
    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2-3:30pm
    2000 Embarcadero, 4th Floor, Gail Steele Room
    See flyer for more information.
  • The Stories We Tell at Work: Building Sustainability for Providers
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice
    Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019; 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
    LOCATION: 500 Davis St., Suite 120, Conf Rooms A & B, San Leandro, CA
    TRAINER: Mike Mertz
    DESCRIPTION: This training is designed to assist professionals working with youth, families, and adult clients/consumers to connect to stories of themselves within the work that are fulfilling and sustaining. Because this work requires us to spend time in situations that tend to deplete us or contribute to ‘burnout’, it is vital that we are able to engage with versions of ourselves that demonstrate the ways that we stay connected to what we value.
    AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information
  • CANS/ANSA Data Training
    A message brought to you by CANS and ANSA Coordinator
    Learn how to use the CANS/ANSA data from Objective Arts.
    Please join us for the Objective Arts Key Reports Data Training.
    Offered on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 1 pm to 4 pm at 500 Davis Street, San Leandro
    OR
    Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 9 am- 12 pm at 1266 14th street, Oakland
    See FLYER for more details.
  • Conscious Nonviolent Parenting: Strengthening Empathy and Resiliency in a Complex Culturally Pluralistic Society - with Heightened Focus on African Ancestored Families (2-day training)
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies
    DATE: September 12 & 13, 2019; 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (registration begins at 8:30)
    LOCATION: 500 Davis St., Suite 120, Conf. Rooms A & B, San Leandro, CA
    TRAINER: Yasmin Sayyed, Ed.D.
    DESCRIPTION: This two-day training addresses conscious parenting--parenting with psychosocial and emotional awareness-- within specific populations marginalized by co-occurring interpersonal and socio-historic trauma, and highlights the hope for building on strengths, and deconstructing damaging familial patterns. See flyer for more details.
    AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
    See FLYER for more details.
    For additional trainings, go to the following links:
    County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
    Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
  • A lunch-time healing space to reflect and offer support to colleagues
    A message brought to you by The Office of Ethnic Services
    The Office of Ethnic Services invites you to a lunch-time healing space to reflect and offer support to colleagues as we work through these shocking and atrocious attacks on our communities.
    Date: Friday August 16, 2019, 12:00—2:00pm
    Location: 2000 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 305: 3rd Floor, Joaquin Miller Room
    See FLYER for more details.
  • 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
  • Oakland Pride: Join Alameda County Behavioral Health Parade Contingent
    A message brought to you by The Office of Ethnic Services
    September 8, 2019, is Oakland Pride and Alameda County Behavioral Health will be one of the many parade contingents this year. Please join us and let's show off our pride, and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQQI2S and non gender conforming community.
    View flyer for more information on how to sign up.
  • New Guidance Clinical Manager
    A message brought to you by Child and Young Adult System of Care (CYASOC)
    The Child and Young Adult System of Care would like to welcome Kimberle Konover as the new Clinical Manager of the Guidance Clinic at the Juvenile Justice Center. Kimberle has been working in ACBH for over 6 years and has spent many years as a clinician at the Guidance Clinic before transitioning into the Critical Care Manager for the CYASOC. Most recently, she served as the Interim Manager on the Crisis Services team in the Adult System. Kimberle begins her role on Monday August 12, 2019. Please join me in welcoming Kimberle to her new role.
    Thank You,
    Lisa Carlisle, Director, CYASOC
  • Eating Disorder Case Consultations
    A message brought to you by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
    All Alameda County Behavioral Health clinicians and contracted providers have access to group and individual consultation for support around working with clients experiencing eating disorders or eating problems.
    See the attached flyer for information on how to access this ongoing consultation.
    If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jennifer Ling, jennifer.ling@acgov.org.
  • ACBH Training Cancellation
    A message brought to you by Quality Assurance
    Due to scheduling conflicts we are cancelling the following training below: Clinical Documentation Standards Training “Train the Trainer” for Master Contract Providers
    August 21st, 2019
    2000 Embarcadero Cove, 3rd Floor, Joaquin Miller Room, Oakland CA 94606
    9:00am-4:30pm
    Please check our Quality Assurance Training Page for a future date:
    http://www.acbhcs.org/providers/QA/Training.htm
  • Preventing Vicarious Trauma - A grounding, experiential workshop
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way, Inc.
    Friday, August 23, 2019; 2:00pm-5:00pm (Registration at 1:45pm)
    LOCATION: 3001 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601
    FACILITATOR: Zakiya Harris
    DESCRIPTION: This experiential workshop will provide tools to assist you in addressing your signs of distress and burnout, enhance your sense of well-being and ability to care for yourself, and build healthy responses to trauma. (See flyer for extended description)
    AUDIENCE: All Alameda County BHCS and contracted CBO staff
    See FLYER for details and Registration information
    For additional trainings, go to the following links:
    County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
    Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
  • Out of Class Opportunity, Clinical Program Specialist
    A message brought to you by Jen Mullane, Assist., Dir., AOASOC
    The Adult/Older Adult System of Care is pleased to announce an out of class opportunity for a Clinical Program Specialist. It is anticipated that this temporary out of class assignment will be for approximately 12 months starting on September 9, 2019, but may end sooner, as needed.
    Under direction, this position will provide program planning, technical assistance, review and evaluation functions to direct client service delivery programs where such services are provided by community-based organizations (CBO's), contract service providers and/or County staff in a wide variety of service areas, will act as County liaison with service providers and funding sources and ensure that program regulations and procedures are followed and will complete related work as required.
    View flyer for more information.
  • Oakland Pride: Join Alameda County Behavioral Health Parade Contingent
    A message brought to you by The Office of Ethnic Services
    September 8, 2019, is Oakland Pride and Alameda County Behavioral Health will be one of the many parade contingents this year. Please join us and let's show off our pride, and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQQI2S and non gender conforming community.
    View flyer for more information on how to sign up.
  • New Administrative Assistant for AOASOC
  • A message brought to you by Jen Mullane, Assist., Dir., AOASOC
    I am pleased to announce Lauren Allison as the new AOASOC Administrative Assistant! She will start in her new role on Monday, July 29, 2019. Lauren is transferring to us from the Office of the Agency Director and brings over 10 years of professional experience in business and education, within both the public and private sectors. Most recently she’s worked for Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and previously at Alameda County Social Services Agency.
    Lauren was proudly born and raised in Oakland, CA. She says that her upbringing has guided her desire to do impactful work, fueled her passion for supporting equity for underserved communities, and empowered her fight to break glass ceilings.
    In her spare time you’d find Lauren reading, writing, listening to music, or trying a new restaurant. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and embarking upon new adventures with the love of her life and their spoiled dog.
  • Virginia Ragasa's Retirement Announcement
    A message brought to you by Provider Relations
    Join us for a retirement lunch honoring Virginia Ragasa!
    Date: Friday, August 16th, 2019, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Location: Dragon Rouge Restaurant, 2337 Blanding Ave., Alameda, CA, 94501
    View updated flyer for more information.
  • The Stories We Tell at Work: Building Sustainability for Providers
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice
    Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019; 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
    LOCATION: 500 Davis St., Suite 120, Conf Rooms A & B, San Leandro, CA
    TRAINER: Mike Mertz
    DESCRIPTION: This training is designed to assist professionals working with youth, families, and adult clients/consumers to connect to stories of themselves within the work that are fulfilling and sustaining. Because this work requires us to spend time in situations that tend to deplete us or contribute to ‘burnout’, it is vital that we are able to engage with versions of ourselves that demonstrate the ways that we stay connected to what we value.
    AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information
  • Trauma Informed Systems 101
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
    DATE: Thursday, August 15, 2019; 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    LOCATION: 1900 Embarcadero, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, 94606
    TRAINER: Paula Gonzalez, MSW
    DESCRIPTION: The TIS 101 is a basic 3.5 hour training to understand how trauma and stress impacts developing bodies and brains, communities, organizations and systems. (See flyer for more details)
    AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
    View flyer for more information.
  • African American Initiative Update - What have we been doing?
    A message brought to you by ACBH Office of the Director
    Alameda County Behavioral Health Office of the Director would like to re-energize our efforts to truly address consumer needs within our systems of care. We are actively pursuing the opportunity to create systematic change in how we examine and address disparities within the African American communities we serve.
    We are excited to share what we have discovered and what we plan to do with this knowledge. We look forward to introducing this initiative and more that will focus on the needs of ALL of our consumers.
    Please take a moment and read our brief informational update for more information.
  • ACBH Training Cancellation
    A message brought to you by Quality Assurance
    Due to scheduling conflicts we are cancelling the following training below:
    Clinical Quality Review Team (CQRT) Mental Health Training
    July 10th, 2019
    2000 Embarcadero Cove, 3rd Floor, Joaquin Miller Room
    Oakland CA 94606
    9:00am-1:00pm
    Please check our Quality Assurance Training Page for the rescheduled date:
    http://www.acbhcs.org/providers/QA/Training.htm
  • The Geriatric Assessment & Response Team Headquarters Have Moved!
    A message brought to you by Older Adult Division
    Alameda County Behavioral Health's Geriatric Assessment & Response Team Headquarters (aka: GART) are now located at Eastmont Town Center!
    Our New Address is: 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 125A
    Our New Phone number is: 510-383-5020
    The Geriatric Assessment & Response Team (GART) is an Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services field-based support team that provides brief, voluntary behavioral health treatment to older adults.
    View brochure for more information.
  • Schreiber Center Program has Moved!
    A message brought to you by Adult/Older Adult Division
    Alameda County Behavioral Health's Schreiber Center Program Offices are now located at Eastmont Town Center!
    Our New Address is: 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 125A
    Our New Phone number is: 510-383-5020
    The Schreiber Center is a specialty mental health clinic developed in collaboration with Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, the Regional Center of the East Bay, and Alameda County Public Health Department. The Center is dedicated to serving the mental health care needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
    http://www.acphd.org/schreiber-center
    Schreiber Center FAQ's
  • Virginia Ragasa's Retirement Announcement
    A message brought to you by Provider Relations
    Join us for a retirement lunch honoring Virginia Ragasa!
    Date: Friday, August 16th, 2019, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Location: Dragon Rouge Restaurant, 2337 Blanding Ave., Alameda, CA, 94501
    View flyer for more information.
  • New EPSDT Coordinator for the CYASOC
    A message brought to you by Child and Young Adult System of Care
    Please join me in welcoming our newest employee to the Child and Young Adult System of Care, Dr. Clyde H. Lewis, Jr. Dr. Lewis is our new Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic & Treatment (EPSDT) Coordinator and officially began his role on June 17, 2019. Dr. Lewis will be supporting the CYASOC with managing the EPSDT contracted programs and services, the School Based Behavioral Health programs as well as helping to keep the CYASOC on track with our State and Federal guidelines.
    Lisa Carlisle,
    Director, CYASOC
    View memo for more information.
  • ACBH Announcement - TAY Program Specialist
    A message brought to you by Sun Hyung Lee, Interim TAY Division Director
    The CYASOC Transition Age Youth Division is pleased to welcome Jennifer Ling, LCSW, as our new TAY Program Specialist. In her new role, Jennifer will serve as the Operational Lead for TAY Prevention Programs and the TAY County-Wide Meetings as well as provide program/technical support, development, and collaboration on other TAY services.

    Jennifer has worked in child and youth services for over ten years. Jennifer is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a Masters in Social Welfare. She started her social work career in child welfare with Alameda County’s Social Services Agency, where she experienced the unique resilience and challenges experienced by youth in the foster care system. After becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she joined ACBH’s Children’s Specialized Services, where she worked with youth who experienced challenges that interfered with their success in school. She most recently transitioned from managing child and TAY mental health contracts at the ACBH Network Office.
  • Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator Appointment
    A message brought to you by James Wagner, ACBH Deputy Director
    I am very pleased to announce the promotion of Nathan Hobbs to Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator starting June 30th, 2019.
    Nathan joined ACBH in 2013 as a Clinical Program Specialist with the Children and Young Adult System of Care. In 2017, he served as the Interim Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator.
    View announcement for more information.
  • Registration for The Project Essentials Class
    A message brought to you by Alameda County Training & Education Center
    This one-day work session will help participants learn key tactics to consistently complete projects successfully by implementing a disciplined process to execute projects and to master informal authority. The skills of “informal authority” are more important than ever before, so team members are inspired to contribute to project success!
    There is still room for attendance at the upcoming Project Essentials Class.
    View flyer for more information.
  • ACBH Finance Announcement
    A message brought to you by Cecilia Serrano, Interim Finance Director
    I am very pleased to announce the promotion of:
    • Rickie Michelle Lopez, Director of the Network Office. Rickie brings in a wealth of knowledge and has over fifteen years of experience supervising teams in a private sector in the areas of Operations, Human Resources, and Administration. In this position, Rickie will be managing and directing the Network Office in procurement and administration of the mental health and substance use disorder contracts including contract development, negotiations, renewals, budget planning, development, and forecasting

    • Lisa Moore, Director of Provider Relations. Lisa is currently supervising the Provider Relations Mental Health/SUD Billing and MHP Claims Processing Units and has been with Alameda County for almost 20 years. Her previous work experience includes the areas of finance, budgeting, grants and accounting. In her new role, Lisa will be expanding her area of responsibility by managing and directing the Provider Relations Department which is comprised of the Client Benefits/Eligibility, Substitute Payee, Mental Health and SUD Billing and MHP Claims Processing units that help support the overall fiscal success of our department.

    And joining the Finance team:
    • Sarah Linder, Administrative Specialist II. Sarah will be providing administrative support to the Finance Director in the board letter and budget modification process, invoice processing for payments, scheduling of meetings, and general administration.

    Please join me in congratulating Rickie and Lisa, and welcoming Sarah!
  • Interim Quality Assurance Administrator Announcement for Kim Coady
    A message brought to you by Quality Management
    We are pleased to announce that Kimberly Coady, LCSW, will be serving as Interim Quality Assurance Administrator at Quality Assurance starting on Mon, July 15, 2019. Kim has 19 years of experience in the field of Behavioral Health and brings to the position both strong supervisory and clinical acumen. She served as a Behavioral Health Clinician II for Quality Assurance and most recently as Clinical Program Specialist for the Adult/Older Adult System of Care. Kim is known as an effective problem solver, communicator, and leader. Please join us in welcoming her to her new role!
  • TBS Referral Form 2019
    A message brought to you by ACBHCS CYASOC
    Click here for Revised Initial Screening Criteria for TBS Eligibility form.
  • Criminal Justice Training - A Few Seats Still Available!!!
    A message brought to you by ACBH Office of the Director
    Alameda County Behavioral Health Office of the Director invites all ACBH and contracted CBO staff and mental health plan providers to attend a criminal justice training series to improve services to consumers with criminal justice involvement & their families. Subtopics include: Navigating the Criminal Justice System as a Behavioral Health Professional, Bridging Criminogenics & Behavioral Health, Trauma and the Community Impact of Incarceration, and Applying Restorative Justice to Behavioral Health.
    The training series will take place on Thursday, June 20th and Friday June 21st, 12 – 4 p.m.
    View flyer for more information.
  • Criminal Justice Training - Registration Open!
    A message brought to you by ACBH Office of the Director
    Alameda County Behavioral Health Office of the Director invites all ACBH and contracted CBO staff and mental health plan providers to attend a criminal justice training series to improve services to consumers with criminal justice involvement & their families. Subtopics include: Navigating the Criminal Justice System as a Behavioral Health Professional, Bridging Criminogenics & Behavioral Health, Trauma and the Community Impact of Incarceration, and Applying Restorative Justice to Behavioral Health.
    The training series will take place on Thursday, June 20th and Friday June 21st, 12 – 4 p.m.
    View flyer for more information.
  • World Refugee & Immigrant Day Event - June 22, 2019
    A message brought to you by The MHSA-Prevention & Early Intervention Unit
    The MHSA Prevention & Early Intervention Unit invites you to attend the World Refugee & Immigrant Day Event hosted by the East Bay Refugee & Immigrant Forum.
    Join us for an exciting day to celebrate the unique voices in our community & unite for inclusion.
    Sat, June 22
    11am-4pm
    Think College Now
    2825 International Blvd, Oakland
    FREE and open to all: food, music, dance, arts, children's activities & more
    For more information, please email: sean.kirkpatrick2008@gmail.com
    View front flyer
    View back flyer
  • Last Day for Survey - Communication Assessment, African American Services
    A message brought to you by Carol Burton
    SURVEY CLOSES Tues at 5pm!
    ACBH has a goal to improve services to African American clients who make up approximately 30% of services in our system. There are at least six ACBH projects or plans to serve African American clients. We aim to improve internal communications to improve system-wide services to African American clients.
    Please help us assess what communication is working well and any insight or ideas for this and future client-based initiatives.
    All ACBH staff, please complete this short, anonymous survey.
    Survey link: https://forms.gle/t2uinhA83gt2tLuUA
  • Survey Request - Communication Assessment, African American Services
    A message brought to you by Carol Burton
    ACBH has a goal to improve services to African American clients who make up approximately 30% of services in our system. There are at least six ACBH projects or plans to serve African American clients. We aim to improve internal communications to improve system-wide services to African American clients.
    Please help us assess what communication is working well and any insight or ideas for this and future client-based initiatives.
    Instructions: All ACBH staff, please complete this 5-minute, anonymous survey by 6/4/19.
    Survey link: https://forms.gle/t2uinhA83gt2tLuUA
  • OOD's Climate Change Initiative
    A message brought to you by Dominique Burton, Human Resources
    Project EES: OOD's Climate Change Initiative In Partnership with the Alameda County Training & Education Center
    Register at: http://alameda.netkeepers.com/TPOnline/TPOnline.dll/Home
    View FLYER for more information
  • 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
  • Brief Tobacco Cessation Intervention
    A message brought to you by Alameda County ATOD program
    Tuesday, June 11, 2019; 8:45 AM–12:30 PM (Registration from 8:30-8:45)
    LOCATION: ACBHCS, 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 400 – Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA 94606
    DESCRIPTION: This is a skill-building workshop on how to perform one-on-one tobacco cessation interventions. Participants will learn the basics of Tobacco 101 and how to apply counseling techniques to motivate and support tobacco cessation among high-risk populations.
    AUDIENCE: Clinical Staff of substance abuse, mental health and primary care providers, Health Educators, Community Cessation Facilitators, Case Managers, Home Health Care Workers, Nurses and other healthcare providers.
    View FLYER for more information
  • Steven Bucholtz, MHS II is retiring
    A message brought to you by Steven Bucholtz
    Come celebrate with Steven Bucholtz as he retires and moves on to other work in the mental health field in Alameda County.
    View FLYER for more information
  • Criminal Justice Training
    A message brought to you by ACBH Office of the Director
    Alameda County Behavioral Health Office of the Director invites all ACBH and contracted CBO staff and mental health plan providers to attend a criminal justice training series to improve services to consumers with criminal justice involvement & their families. Subtopics include: Navigating the Criminal Justice System as a Behavioral Health Professional, Bridging Criminogenics & Behavioral Health, Trauma and the Community Impact of Incarceration, and Applying Restorative Justice to Behavioral Health.
    The training series will take place on Thursday, June 20th and Friday June 21st, 12 – 4 p.m.
    View FLYER for more information
  • Training: Impacto del Trauma de la Inmigración en las Familias: Cómo se manifiesta y estrategias para apoyar a niños/as y familias Latinas (the training will be held IN SPANISH)
    (The Traumatic Impact of Immigration on Families: How it is manifested and treatment strategies for Latinx Children and Families)
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and the Child & Young Adult System of Care
    Wednesday, June 26, 2019; 9:30 am – 2:30 pm (sign-in at 9:15 am)
    LOCATION: 500 Davis St, Rooms A & B, San Leandro, CA 94577
    TRAINER: Cecilia Reus, MFT
    DESCRIPTION: see flyer
    AUDIENCE: Spanish speaking Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) staff, its contract providers (community-based organizations), and ACBH Mental Health Plan Network Providers.
    View FLYER for more information
  • Mental Health Matters Awareness Walk- 5/29/19
    A message brought to you by Terri Kennedy, MHSA Division
    Join us for the ACBH 2nd Annual May is Mental Health Matters Month Awareness Walk!
    WEAR LIME GREEN!
    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
    12-1 p.m.
    The start/finish line is at the “Sea life mural” on the painted storage container in the Embarcadero Cove Parking Lot (between 1900 & 2000 building) at 12:00 p.m.
    See the attached flyer and Route Map
    ***Participation in the walk is a voluntary, off-duty, recreational activity and is not part of an employee’s work-related duties. The County is not responsible for loss. Please walk safely and maintain awareness.
  • Traditional Healing Part 2: Understanding Latino Cultural Health Behaviors and the Role of Women
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services & National Latino Behavioral Health Association
    Community Centered Emergency Room Project, a program of Social Model Recovery Systems aims to highlight the connection between culture and health-seeking behaviors while focusing in the role women play in family health decisions making.
    Date: May 21, 2019
    Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm ET
    View FLYER for more information
  • African American Mental Health Training and TA Training
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services & Pathways to Wellness
    Clinical Pearls Regarding Diagnosing and Prescribing for the African American Population for Healthcare Providers who are Prescribers. This session will be structured around Case Based Learning — Psychiatric Disorders and Cardiovascular Disease in the African American Patient.
    View FLYER for more information
  • Fundraiser for Client-Run Community Inclusion Program
    A message brought to you by Eden Community Connections
    Eden Community Connections, a totally client-run community inclusion program is having a fundraiser. Moneys are used to plan events and assist clients in getting out into the wider community to enhance their recovery.
    View FLYER for more information
  • Staff Potluck for MH Month next week!
    A message brought to you by Terri Kennedy, MHSA Division
    Hello ACBH Staff!
    There are only a few more May is Mental Health Matters Months events to go. If you haven't participated yet, be sure to come out for our Potluck!
    Wednesday, May 22nd from 12-1 p.m. in the Gail Steele Room.
    **Our final May events will be the MH Awareness Walk on Wednesday, May 29th & "Go Green when we Get Green" on Friday, May 31st
    Click here for our Calendar of events.
    View FLYER for more information
  • A LATINX COMMUNITY CASE STUDY OF AC's Everyone Counts Campaign
    A message brought to you by PEERS and ACBH’S PEI (Prevention and Early Intervention) Team
    PEERS (Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery) and ACBH’S PEI (Prevention and Early Intervention) Team Presents:
    STIGMA REDUCTION AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY
    A LATINX COMMUNITY CASE STUDY OF ALAMEDA COUNTY’S EVERYONE COUNTS CAMPAIGN
    A TOOL-KIT FOR CREATING CULTURALLY-RESPONSIVE MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTIONS
    May 29, 2019, 1-3pm
    2000 Embarcadero, 4th Floor
    Gail Steele Conference Room
    Dr. Lynn Rivas, Associate Director will share an interactive presentation of PEERS’ Everyone Counts Stigma-Reduction Campaign and the experience of the empowered, peer-led Latinx Action Team.
    View FLYER for more information
  • Training: Introduction to SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment) with MI (Motivational Interviewing) Skill Building
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way
    Friday, June 28, 2019; 9:15am – 4:45pm (Registration: 9:00am)
    LOCATION: ACBH 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 400, Oakland, Gail Steele Room
    TRAINER: Jennifer Baity, LCSW, LAADC
    DESCRIPTION: Learn to implement SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) and reinforce and expand Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills. The morning will focus on MI skill building to really begin 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.
    AUDIENCE: All Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff
    View FLYER for more information
  • DYNAMIC MINDFULNESS – A Foundational Workshop
    A message brought to you by ACBH Children's Specialized Services and ACBH Training Unit
    July 10, 2018, 9:00am – 4:30pm; (ONE DAY only)
    July 10 & 12, 2018, 9:00am – 4:30pm; (TWO DAY-CE Credit)

    LOCATION: HCSA-Creekside Plaza, 1100 San Leandro Blvd, Redwood Room, San Leandro, CA 94577
    TRAINER: Colleen A. Sanford, LCSW, Dynamic Mindfulness Certified Trainer, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
    DESCRIPTION:
    Day 1: is Dynamic Mindfulness Foundation training is for ALL ACBH and CBO staff who want to learn mindfulness in movement, breathing, and meditation for stress management, self-care, and healing from personal and secondary trauma. (Note: the One-Day session alone, does not qualify for CE credit)
    Day 2: is for ACBH and CBO staff who want to use the methods in their practice with clients/consumers or teach it to others.
    FOR THOSE WANTING CE credit, register for the two-day version. BOTH DAYS must be attended.
    To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    View revised FLYER for more information
  • Next Wednesday - Self Care Check-in for Staff
    A message brought to you by Terri Kennedy, MHSA Division
    ACBH Staff, come join us for a self care chat and check-in to see how you can improve your self care.
    Time: Wednesday, May 15th from 12-1 p.m.
    Location: 2000 Embarcadero Cove, Gail Steele Room
    View FLYER for more information
  • Alameda County Behavioral Health Tobacco Symposium
    A message brought to you by ACBH, Public Health and LifeLong Medical Care
    VAPING NICOTINE
    HOW SAFE IS IT FOR OUR COMMUNITIES?
    TOBACCO SYMPOSIUM
    Monday June 24, 2019
    @ the Oakland Museum
    1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607
    View FLYER for more information
  • ACBH Pool of Consumer Champions Conference
    A message brought to you by ACBH Consumer Empowerment POCC Dept
    Please plan to attend the POCC Conference on Thursday and Friday June 27th & 28th, 2019 at the Hilton Airport Hotel at 1 Hegenberger Rd. in Oakland. The conference is free of charge! This years theme is Celebrating 50 years of Change and Hope for the future of Consumer Empowerment. We are excepting Call for Presentations and Award Nominations. See flyers below for more information. Please register on eventbrite for this exciting conference that brings together Behavioral Health Consumers, Providers and family members. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pocc-8th-annual-conference-tickets-59340630423
    Call for Nominations
    Call for Presentations
    View FLYER for more information
  • Trauma Informed Care: Beyond the Basics
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way
    Thursday, May 23, 2019; 10am–2:15pm
    LOCATION: A Better Way, 3200 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703
    TRAINER: Cherise Northcutt, Ph.D.
    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.
    AUDIENCE: Alameda County BHCS and contracted CBO clinical staff
    See FLYER for details and Registration information.
  • Drumming Circle for Staff Wellness- May 6th!
    A message brought to you by Terri Kennedy, MHSA Division
    ACBH Staff- YOUR Mental Health Matters!
    Join our Drumming for Wellness with Michael Kessler on Monday, May 6th from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Gail Steele Room at 2000 Embarcadero Cove. Participation is a voluntary, off-duty, recreational activity and is not part of an employee’s work-related duties. The County is not responsible for loss.
    View FLYER for more information
  • ACBH Employee Appreciation Event & Service Awards May 9, 2019
    A message brought to you by ACBH Events Committee
    Calling all ACBH Employees! Our Employee Appreciation Event & Service Awards is right around the corner. Join us at the Hayward Veterans' Memorial Building on Thursday, May 9th from 11:30 am-3:00pm. RSVP is required www.evite.me/DsAz8NYF5B. Please note this event is only open to ACBH employees and you must obtain prior approval from your supervisor to attend.
    Please see flyer for event program.
  • Go Green when we Get Green!
    A message brought to you by Terri Kennedy, MHSA Division
    Show your support for May is Mental Health Matters Month by wearing Lime Green every pay day in the month of May!
    Friday 5/3
    Friday 5/17
    Friday 5/31
    Send photos showing your lime green support to: MHSA@acgov.org
    View FLYER for more information
  • ACBH Employee Appreciation & Service Awards Event - Thursday, May 9th
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Events Committee
    Please join us for the ACBH Employee Appreciation Event and Service Awards on Thursday, May 9th at the Hayward Veterans' Memorial Building! Lunch will be provided, RSVP required at www.evite.me/DsAz8NYF5B. Please obtain approval from your supervisor to attend during any time beyond your scheduled lunch hour. More details on this exciting event to follow!
    View FLYER for more information
  • TRAINING: Positive Behavioral Strategies
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit
    May 22, 2019, 9:00am – 1:00pm (registration opens at 8:45am)
    LOCATION: 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland CA 94606
    TRAINER: Nicole W. Nelson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Executive Director of Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice.
    DESCRIPTION: This workshop is a “nuts and bolts” survey of how to leverage the insights of learning theory to create behavior change. The content of the workshop is directly applicable to practice in a variety of settings: direct work with families, milieu treatment in group settings and classrooms and in working with youth in the community. The principles utilized in the training are all fundamental elements of learning theory and include a step wise procedure for identifying and defining critical behaviors.
    REGISTRATION: http://alameda.netkeepers.com/
    View FLYER for more information
  • CANS/ANSA Learner Needs Survey
    A message brought to you by CANS/ANSA Coordinator
    Hello Behavioral Health Providers and Partners,
    Alameda County Behavioral Health is conducting a CANS/ANSA-T/ANSA survey. The Alameda TCOM Collaborative would like to provide on-going training and supports to our CANS/ANSA-T/ANSA users. Please fill out the 10-15 minute survey. We appreciate your time for taking the survey which will help us provide trainings that will be most beneficial for you.
    Link to survey: https://redcap.uchicago.edu/surveys/?s=KHYTL9CRK8
    Thank you very much for your participation.
  • Training on Hearing Voices, Visions, Special Messages and Unusual beliefs
    A message brought to you by BHCS Consumer Empowerment POCC
    Please plan to attend a POCC Healing Trauma and Hearing Voices Network training that will inform mental health consumers, family and providers on the experience of voices, visions, special messages and unusual beliefs on Saturday May 18, 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm at the South Berkeley Senior Center. The trainers are from the Western Mass Recovery Learning Center and are part of the Hearing Voices Network. If you are someone with lived experience the cost is free. There is a small cost for all others.
    View FLYER for more information
  • Administrative Professionals Day - April 24, 2019
    A message brought to you by Carol F. Burton, MSW, Interim ACBH Director
    Please view the memo to thank all of the 100+ administrative professionals in our department and to wish them a Happy Administrative Professionals Day. I encourage you to show your appreciation to all the administrative professionals in your unit.
    View memo for more information.
  • Mental Health Matters Month Event Calendar
    A message brought to you by Terri Kennedy, MHSA Division
    Hello ACBH Staff!
    Please print and post the May is Mental Health Matters Month Event Calendar.
    We encourage all ACBH staff to be a part of these events and/or create their own Mental Health Matters events at their sites!
    What are you doing for May? Show us your lime green spirit at MHSA@acgov.org.
  • New Interim Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor Oakland Community Support
    A message brought to you by Michelle Lewis
    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chastity Piedade to the position of Interim Clinical Supervisor with Oakland Community Support Center. Chastity completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) from San Jose State in 2005. She has experience in a variety of mental health settings, including both acute and long term inpatient settings, as well as outpatient and community based treatment. Chastity leaned into her clinical practice as a forensic mental health clinician while serving the South Bay with Conditional Release Program (CONREP) for eleven years. In addition, Chastity has both supervisory and administrative experience in her previous role as the Assistant Community Program Director of South Bay CONREP before she joined OCSC as a Behavioral Health Clinician II in April 2018. Chastity brings her experience and dedication to serving our consumers with severe mental illness towards improved quality of life.
  • It's that time again! May is Mental Health Matters Month!
    A message brought to you by Terri Kennedy, MHSA Division
    With all of the positive feedback about last year’s tea garden, the MHSA Division is back at it again with our 2nd Tea Garden promoting Staff Wellness! Join us for a break on Wednesday, May 1st for our "May is Mental Health Matters Month" Kick-Off event:
    Self-Serve tea garden (with a few refreshments)
    2000 Embarcadero Cove, in the 5th Floor Breakroom
    Stop by on your break between 1-3 p.m.
    B.Y.O.M (Bring your own mug) if possible! #GoGreen
    View FLYER for more information
  • African American Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Program
    A message brought to you by The Office of Ethnic Services & Pathways to Wellness
    Date: Friday, April 26th, 2019, 9:00am-3:00pm
    Location: Executive Inn & Suites Hotel, 1755 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA
    Description: During this session, the participants will be engaged in lecture as well as case based interactive discussions. The goal is to give non-prescriber's sufficient knowledge and skills so that can better assist in the diagnostic and treatment process for African American clients.
    View FLYER for more information
  • ACBH Pool of Consumer Champions Conference
    A message brought to you by ACBH Consumer Empowerment POCC Dept
    Please plan to attend the POCC Conference on Thursday and Friday June 27th & 28th, 2019 at the Hilton Airport Hotel at 1 Hegenberger Rd. in Oakland. The conference is free of charge! This years theme is Celebrating 50 years of Change and Hope for the future of Consumer Empowerment. We are excepting Call for Presentations and Award Nominations. See flyers below for more information. Please register on eventbrite for this exciting conference that brings together Behavioral Health Consumers, Providers and family members. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pocc-8th-annual-conference-tickets-59340630423
    Call for Nominations
    Call for Presentations
    View FLYER for more information
  • Training: HANDLE Approach to Neurodevelopment; Introductory Course, Levels I&II
    A message brought to you by ACBH Children and Young Adult System of Care
    April 29th & 30th, 2019, 9:00am – 5:00pm each day (TWO DAY Training)
    LOCATION: 2000 Embarcadero Cove, Oakland CA 94606
    TRAINER: Sindy Wilkinson, M.Ed., LMFT is the Director of Enhanced Learning and Growth Center in Walnut Creek and an ACBH Clinician at Eden/Valley Children’s Services
    DESCRIPTION: HANDLE, a Holistic Approach to Neuro Development and Learning Efficiency, addresses the building blocks of neurodevelopmental systems that pave the way for self-regulation, attention and mental health. An individual’s functioning and their ability to have efficient and healthy relationships with self and others can be improved with use of the HANDLE method. (FOR THOSE WANTING CE credit, BOTH DAYS must be attended fully.)
    REGISTRATION: please email Catherine.franck@acgov.org - (include Name, Email, Organization, Job Title, and clinical lic.)
    (Capacity limited; open until filled or two (2) days prior to training date; whichever is first)
    View FLYER for more information
  • Training: Preventing Vicarious Trauma
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019, 9am-4:30pm (Registration at 8:45am)
    LOCATION: 1100 San Leandro Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94577; Redwood Conference Room
    TRAINER: Beverly Kyer
    DESCRIPTION: This highly interactive training is designed to address the self-care needs of those working with children, youth, and adults impacted by traumatic life events. The group will look at several tools and techniques to circumvent the most challenging aspects of their compassion fatigue and to be able to regain a state of neuro-physiological (mind-body) regulation, recovery and resilience.
    AUDIENCE: Direct care staff and management of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO providers
    See FLYER for details and Registration information
  • ACBH presents a FREE CME Program on Naloxone Education
    A message brought to you by Office of the Medical Director
    This Continuing Medical Education (CME) training will equip participants with the knowledge and resources to respond to an opioid overdose, including the administration of naloxone, and to effectively educate at risk consumers on opioid safety. Naloxone will also be distributed to each participant.
    Training Available to the first 50 to RSVP!
    RSVP by 12 pm on 4/19/2019.
    Please RSVP online at: http://tinyurl.com/ACBHNarcanCME
    Please see attached flyer for more details.
  • New TAY Program Services Coordinator, Shannon Singleton-Banks
    A message brought to you by Lisa Carlisle, Director, CYASOC
    The CYASOC would like to announce the appointment of our new TAY Program Services Coordinator, Shannon Singleton-Banks. We are very excited to have her in this new role in our system. Shannon will be supporting the TAY Division by providing coordination on behalf of the TAY population as they intersect with many systems including Housing Services, Vocational Rehabilitation services, Non-Minor Dependents, and our Criminal Justice Mental Health services. Please join me in congratulating Shannon in her new role as the TAY Program Services Coordinator.
  • BHC Graduation Event
    A message brought to you by Adult System of Care
    Honorable Judge Carol Brosnahan & Team invite you to join us in celebrating our Behavioral Health Court (BHC) graduates on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at 2:00pm. Department 104, Wiley Manuel Courthouse, 661 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607. Please join us in a Potluck Celebration. If your last name begins with the following letters: A-G please bring a side dish, H-O please bring a main dish, P-U please bring beverages, V-Z please bring desserts.
    View flyer for more details.
  • Division Director Announcement for Stephanie Lewis
    A message brought to you by Katherine Jones, Director Adult/Older Adult System of Care
    I am excited to announce Stephanie Lewis as the new Division Director of Crisis Services. Stephanie has spent the last several years supervising crisis support services, conducting crisis intervention, and planning and implementing the new crisis system of care for ACBH. Please join me in celebrating her much deserved appointment!
  • “Caught in the Crossfire of Cultures” Part V: Gender Role Issues within the Dynamics of Culture
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
    Friday, June 7th, 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.
  • The Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children & Families
    A training brought to you by ACBH & ACCIPP, FREE CME/CEU's with Breakfast/Lunch
    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019, 9:00am-4:00pm
    Description: This Continuing Medical Education (CME) training will engage participants in a series of activities, and discussions that will increase their awareness and sharpen their skills in working with children with incarcerated parents in a variety of settings.
    Trainer: Ann Adalist-Estrin - Director of National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated
    Free CME's/CEU's. Breakfast begins at 8:30, the training starts at 9, lunch at 12p. Training Includes a Panel of impacted Children and Families among other activities.
    View flyer for more details.
  • Yahru Baruti's Retirement Celebration!
    A message brought to you by ACBH - Guidance Clinic
    Please join us for a Retirement Celebration honoring Yahru Baruti!
    Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (Please note date change.)
    Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location: Annar Afghan Cuisine, 24973 Santa Clara St., Hayward, CA
    View flyer for more details.
  • “Caught in the Crossfire of Cultures” Part V: Gender Role Issues within the Dynamics of Culture
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
    Friday, May 24th, 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.
  • "Caught in the Crossfire of Cultures” Part IV: Mental Health Issues and Relevant Challenges
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
    Friday, May 3rd, 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.
  • "Caught in the Crossfire of Cultures” Part III: Youth and their Identity Crisis
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
    Friday, April 26th, 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.
  • Training: Preventing Vicarious Trauma
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019, 9am-4:30pm (Registration at 8:45am)
    LOCATION: 1100 San Leandro Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94577; Redwood Conference Room
    TRAINER: Beverly Kyer
    DESCRIPTION: This highly interactive training is designed to address the self-care needs of those working with children, youth, and adults impacted by traumatic life events. The group will look at several tools and techniques to circumvent the most challenging aspects of their compassion fatigue and to be able to regain a state of neuro-physiological (mind-body) regulation, recovery and resilience.
    AUDIENCE: Direct care staff and management of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO providers
    See FLYER for details and Registration information
  • Memorial Service for John Knowles EBCRP
    A message brought to you by Henning Schulz, Division Director CM Provider Services ACBH
    As some of you may have heard, we lost a member of our provider community recently. John Knowles, the Director of East Bay Community Recovery Project (EBCRP) has passed away.
    Lifelong/EBCRP will be hosting a Memorial/Celebration of Life event for John on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland on 2619 Broadway in Oakland in the Reception Room. This event is for past and present staff, community providers, etc. There is limited parking around the church, so attendees may want to carpool.

    *There is a separate event for Partners being planned.
  • Training: Clinical Supervision (two day)
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way
    Thursday, April 4th & Friday, April 5th, 2019; 9:00am-4:30pm
    LOCATION: 1900 Embarcadero, Wildcat Canyon Room, Suite 205, Oakland, CA 94606
    TRAINER: Lisa Cohen-Bennett, Ph.D.
    DESCRIPTION: This two day, in-depth training combines lecture, large and small group discussion, role plays and self-reflection. Dr. Bennett will facilitate the 15 hours during which participants will examine the Board of Behavioral Sciences rules and regulations, evaluate on-line and film examples of therapy and supervision, explore their own experiences and discuss what traits make an exceptional clinical supervisor. The second day will involve lecture, large and small group discussion and self-reflection regarding Secondary Trauma. Students will participate in exercises to determine their own obstacles as well as possible supervisees’ experiences with trauma. Diagnoses will be presented from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V. There will be time for case consultation throughout the two days.
    AUDIENCE: Alameda County ACBH and contracted CBO clinical staff
    See flyer for more details
  • Component of Cultural Competency in the Delivery of Mental Health Services
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
    Tuesday, March 26th, 2019, 9:00am-4:30pm
    "What does it mean to be a culturally competent mental healthcare professional?" Despite the development of several models of service delivery to meet the challenges of caring for culturally and ethnically diverse clients, mental healthcare professionals have not come to a consensus on this vexing question. In this workshop, Dr. Campinha-Bacote will address this question by examining one of the 5 components of her practice model of cultural competence, The Process of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Healthcare Services.
    By the completion of this workshop the learner will be able to:
    • Discuss the 5 components of cultural competence
    • Define cultural skill
    • Identify three cultural assessment tools
    • Describe the spiritual, pharmacological, and physical components of a cultural assessment
    • Generate a cultural assessment tool
    Register now at: http://aata.pathwaystowellness.net/register/
    See flyer for more details
  • Save the Date: Health Through Art Installation Kick-Off
    A message brought to you by MHSA
    SAVE THE DATE!
    Please join ACBH and HHREC to celebrate the kick-off of the 2018-2019 Health through Art Roving Art Campaign. View the new art installation and meet the winning Alameda County artists from the 12th Annual Call for Art.
    Thursday, March 21st, 2:30-4pm
    Gail Steele Conference Room

    See flyer for more details
  • Training: Seeking Safety
    A training brought to you by ACBH Training Unit & Seneca Family of Agencies
    DATE: Monday, April 15, 2019; 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
    LOCATION: Creekside Plaza, 1100 San Leandro Blvd, Redwood Conference Room, San Leandro, CA
    TRAINER: Gabriella Grant, MA
    DESCRIPTION: The goal of this presentation is to describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse (clients do not have to have both issues). By the end of the training day, participants can implement Seeking Safety in their setting if they choose to. Seeking Safety teaches present-focused coping skills to help clients attain safety in their lives. It is highly flexible and can be conducted in any setting by a wide range of clinicians and also peers. There are 25 treatment topics, each representing a safe coping skill relevant to both trauma and/or substance abuse, such as “Asking for Help”, “Creating Meaning”, “Compassion”, and “Healing from Anger”.
    AUDIENCE: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff.
    See flyer for details and Registration information
  • Law and Ethics Training (Dublin)
    A Free Training brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way
    March 29, 2019; 9am-4:30pm
    Location: 5325 Broder Blvd., Dublin, CA 94568; Santa Rita Jail, Media Room
    Description: The purpose of this training is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory clinical licensing organizations for mental health professionals in maintaining competence in legal/ethical standards and updates. Participants will receive a review of key ethical and legal concepts, regulatory and other legal changes that affect professional practice. The training will be taught at an intermediate level, and is appropriate for currently licensed professionals, and meets BBS and APA requirements.
    Trainer: Daniel O. Taube, PhD., J.D.
    Audience: ACBH clinical providers and contracted CBO mental health professionals
    REGISTER online at: https://training.abetterwayinc.info/; Registration Code: yeyyje
    Capacity limited, open until filled. Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to training date.
    View flyer for more details.
  • TAY County-Wide Quarterly Provider Meeting Kick-Off!!!
    A message brought to you by ACBH Child and Young Adult System of Care - TAY Division
    Date: Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 - 10AM to 12PM
    Description: Please join the ACBH Child and Young Adult System of Care TAY Division for the re-launch of the TAY County-Wide Provider Meeting. This quarterly gathering shall act as a collaborative movement which provides a platform for TAY providers to: share resources, foster networks & build community, identify key issues affecting TAY who are unserved, underserved and disconnected from resources, and create solutions to expand access to care!
    Location: 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Oakland, CA 94606, Suite 101 - Brooklyn Basin
    View flyer for more details.
  • Clinical Documentation Standards for CG/EHR Users- Line Staff Training
    A message brought to you by the Quality Assurance Office
    Time: 9am-4:30pm (registration begins at 8:30am)
    QA's Clinical Documentation Training for EHR users is our only Line Staff documentation training. This training addresses mental health assessment, client plan development, and service provision documentation requirements in the Electronic Healthcare Records System: Clinician’s Gateway.
    There are seats left for next Friday's Training, register here.
    View flyer for more details.
  • Recognition of Social Work Month – March, 2019
    A message brought to you by Carol F. Burton, Interim Director
    March, 2019, marks the 35th annual celebration of National Professional Social Work Month. This year’s theme is “Elevate Social Work.”
    Please view the memo for a personal thank you from the ACBH Executive Team to the many social workers, clinicians, and other staff members in our department who work tirelessly each day to better the lives of individuals who face mental health challenges.
  • Jeff Rackmil's farewell
    A message brought to you by CYASOC
    Monday, March 25th, 2:30pm-4:00pm
    Jeff decided to have a very simple "farewell" party exclusively for ACBH staff. Cake, coffee, tea and spa water will be served. Everyone who wants to will have the opportunity to tell a story, just say something wonderful or give a fond farewell.
    See attached flyer for more details.
  • Save the Date - May 3, 2019 - Yahru Baruti's Retirement Celebration!
    A message brought to you by Yahru Baruti's Retirement Committee (ACBH - Guidance Clinic)
    Please join us for a Retirement Celebration honoring Yahru Baruti!
    Date: May 3, 2019 (Fri)
    Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location: TBA - Details coming soon!
    See flyer.
  • Alameda County Behavioral Health Interpreter Training
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
    April 11th-12th, 2019, 8:30AM - 4:30PM
    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.
    View flyer for more information.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training (Youth version) – Fremont, CA
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
    Tuesday, April 2, 2019; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    LOCATION: Fremont Resource Center, 39155 Liberty Street, Fremont, CA 94538
    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 connect with appropriate care.
    AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff are welcome. ** PLEASE NOTE: while we welcome mental health professionals, Mental Health First Aid was designed for the general public to receive basic mental health information to enhance the safety net within our communities.
    See flyer for details and Registration
  • Mental Health First Aid Training (Adult version) – Fremont, CA
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
    Tuesday, March 19, 2019; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    LOCATION: Fremont Resource Center, 39155 Liberty Street, Fremont, CA 94538
    DESCRIPTION: Adult Mental Health First Aid presents an overview of mental health and substance use issues in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use concerns. Participants will be taught a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in both crisis and non-crisis situations connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
    AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff are welcome. **PLEASE NOTE: while we welcome mental health professionals, Mental Health First Aid was designed for the general public to receive basic mental health information to enhance the safety net within our communities.
    See flyer for details and Registration
  • "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
    March 1st, 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.
  • Jeff Rackmil's Retirement Dinner Party
    A message brought to you by CYASOC
    Friday, March 29th, 5:30pm-8:30pm
    Location: Marina Community Center in San Leandro
    With a delicious Mediterranean buffet from Bacheesos Restaurant and lots of old and new friends, it promises to be a fantabulous party!
    See attached flyer for more information.
  • Brief Tobacco Cessation Intervention
    A message brought to you by Alameda County ATOD program
    Monday, March 18, 2019; 8:45AM–12:30PM
    LOCATION: ACBHCS, 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 400 – Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA 94606
    DESCRIPTION: This is a skill-building workshop on how to perform one-on-one tobacco cessation interventions. Participants will learn the basics of Tobacco 101 and how to apply counseling techniques to motivate and support tobacco cessation among high-risk populations.
    AUDIENCE: Clinical Staff of substance abuse, mental health and primary care providers, Health Educators, Community Cessation Facilitators, Case Managers, Home Health Care Workers, Nurses and other healthcare providers.
    REGISTER on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brief-tobacco-cessation-interventions-tickets-52847101102
    QUESTIONS? Contact: atod@lifelongmedical.org or call 510-446-7135
    View FLYER for more information.
  • ACGOV Vision 2026 Town Hall
    A message brought to you by Carol Burton, Interim Director
    Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 3:00pm
    The attached flyer provides information on several town hall meetings that will reveal information about ACGOV Vision 2026 and how your work is critical to its success. We will be hosting a live stream watch party on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m. The watch party will take place at 2000 Embarcadero Cove in the Joaquin Miller Room. Everyone is invited to attend. Also, please note the other locations listed on the flyer as well.
    For more information on Vision 2026, please visit https://vision2026.acgov.org/index.page.
  • 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!
  • Melissa Vallas, MD appointed Deputy Medical Director
    A message brought to you by Aaron Chapman, MD - ACBH Medical Director
    I’m very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Melissa Vallas to Deputy Medical Director of Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH). Dr. Vallas’ background experience adds valued depth to the Child and Young Adult Executive Leadership team, supporting our efforts to improve access to services and quality of care for the children and young adults across Alameda County. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Vallas and offering her best wishes in her new leadership role.
    View attachment for more details!
  • Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity ex (SOGIE): Working with Transgender and Non-Binary Populations
    A message brought to you by Prevention and Early Intervention and the Pacific Center
    Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, 9:30am-4:30pm (Registration at 9:00am)
    Location: 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 400, Gail Steele Conference Rm.
    ACBH & The Pacific Center offer this training to address MH Services for LGBTQI2-S populations. This first training in the series will address the experiences of Transgender and Non-Binary Populations. Staff from ACBH and Contracted Providers are welcome.
    View Flyer for more information
  • HANDLE Approach to Neurodevelopment; Introductory Course, Levels I&II
    A training brought to you by ACBH Children and Young Adult System of Care
    Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm
    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm

    LOCATION: 14735 Juniper Street, San Leandro, CA 94579
    TRAINER: Sindy Wilkinson, M.Ed., LMFT is the Director of Enhanced Learning and Growth Center in Walnut Creek and an ACBH Clinician at Eden/Valley Children’s Services
    DESCRIPTION: HANDLE, a Holistic Approach to Neuro Development and Learning Efficiency, addresses the building blocks of neurodevelopmental systems that pave the way for self-regulation, attention and mental health. An individual’s functioning and their ability to have efficient and healthy relationships with self and others can be improved with use of the HANDLE method. (FOR THOSE WANTING CE credit, BOTH DAYS must be attended.)
    REGISTRATION: please register online at http://alameda.netkeepers.com (Capacity limited; registration open until filled or until March 12; whichever is first)
    View Flyer for more information
  • 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.
  • Julie Fung's Retirement Luncheon
    A message brought to you by Julie Fung's Retirement Committee (ACBH-Fiscal)
    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, 12:00pm
    Location: Pier 29 Waterfront Restaurant
    See flyer for 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.
  • Jeff Rackmil is Retiring!
    A message brought to you by Child & Young Adult System of Care
    Friday, March 29, 2019, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Join us in wishing Jeff well as he sets out on this new adventure!
    Location: Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94579
    See flyer for more information.
  • 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.
  • Jackie Mortensen's Retirement Party
    A message brought to you by BHCS Provider Relations
    Please join us for a Retirement Farewell Party honoring Jackie Mortensen!
    Date: Thursday, March 21st
    Time: 3:00 to 5:00 pm
    Location: Brooklyn Basin, 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Ste 101, Oakland, CA, 94606
    View flyer for more information.
  • Juliene Schrick joins ACBH as Program Specialist in the AOASOC
    A message brought to you by Henning Schulz, Division Director Adult CM Services
    Juliene has 19 years of experience providing services to consumers, supervising staff, and managing programs serving adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders. She has worked in inpatient, forensic, outpatient, and residential settings in Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Francisco and Alameda Counties. Juliene has worked in Alameda County since 2013 and is passionate about improving services and systems so individuals and families are able to access the right kind of behavioral health service at the right time to support them in their recovery. We welcome Juliene to ACBH!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Marguerite Wilhite, LCSW appointed Clinical Manager of Oakland Children's Services
    A message brought to you by Damon Eaves, Assistant Director of the Child & Young Adult System of Care
    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Marguerite Wilhite to the position of Clinical Manager of Oakland Children’s Services. Marguerite has over 14 years of experience providing services to ACBH child clients in the Cities of Alameda and Oakland. Marguerite is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a Masters in Social Welfare and began her career in San Francisco with child survivors of abuse. For the past 18 years she has held a private practice specializing in trauma. Marguerite has been a much sought after practitioner in family therapy, trauma therapy and advanced play therapy techniques.
  • Michelle Lewis appointed to Clinical Manager of Oakland Community Support
    A message brought to you by Henning Schulz, Division Director Adult Case Management Services
    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Lewis to the position of Clinical Manager of Oakland Adult Community Support Center. Michelle has over 12 years of experience providing services to our consumers. She started working for ACBH as a Behavioral Health Clinician at Oakland Community Support in 2007 and in 2017 became the Clinical Supervisor. Michelle continued to provide direct services to clients and community partners in her quest to improve the quality of life for individuals served within Alameda County. Please join me in welcoming Michelle in her new leadership role.
  • 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
  • BHCS Finance Announcement - Interim Network Office Director
    A message brought to you by Cecilia Serrano, Interim Finance Director
    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Rickie Lopez to the position of Interim Network Office Director effective January 15, 2019. Rickie will be managing and directing the procurement and administration of the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder contracts including contract development/negotiations/renewals, budget planning and development, etc. Fiona and Rickie will be working closely with the transition in the next few weeks.

    In addition, I would like to extend a formal appreciation to Fiona for her leadership, hard work, and dedication over the years at the Network Office. Best wishes Fiona!
  • 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
  • Adult and Older Adult System of Care Change Communication
    A message brought to you by: Kate Jones, AOASOC Director
    The ACBH Adult and Older Adult System of Care (AOASOC) is committed to designing a system of care whose foundation is built on the concepts of prevention, early intervention and “right-matched” services. Over the next three-to-five years as we engage in systems change, the AOASOC will focus on five major areas.
    View Flyer for more information
  • Sally’s Place Peer Respite will be open for services on 1/21/19, not 1/14/1
    A message brought to you by: Khatera Aslami
    Due to unforeseen remodeling delays, Sally’s Place Peer Respite will be open for services on 1/21/19, not 1/14/19.
    Please share this updated flyer with your contacts.
  • DYNAMIC MINDFULNESS – A Foundational Workshop
    Brought to you by ACBH Children's Specialized Services and ACBH Training Unit
    Feb 25, 2018, 9:00am – 4:30pm; (ONE DAY only)
    Feb 25 & 26, 2018, 9:00am – 4:30pm; (TWO DAY-CE Credit)

    LOCATION: HCSA-Creekside Plaza, 1100 San Leandro Blvd, Redwood Room, San Leandro, CA 94577
    TRAINER: Colleen A. Sanford, LCSW, Dynamic Mindfulness Certified Trainer, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. DESCRIPTION: Day 1: is Dynamic Mindfulness Foundation training is for ALL ACBH staff who want to learn mindfulness in movement, breathing, and meditation for stress management, self-care, and healing from personal and secondary trauma. (Note: the One-Day session alone, does not qualify for CE credit). Day 2: is for clinicians who want to use the methods in their practice with clients, or teach it to others. FOR THOSE WANTING CE credit, register for the two-day version. BOTH DAYS must be attended.
    To REGISTER: please go tohttp://alameda.netkeepers.com
    View FLYER for more information
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (2-Day), 12 CE Credits
    A Free training brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies
    January 29 & 30, 2019, 9:00am-4:30pm, Oakland
    DESCRIPTION: Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered, disciplined method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. The goal of this training will be to build skills around engagement using the tenants and techniques of Motivational Interviewing. This training is highly interactive and requires participation.
    AUDIENCE: Social Work & Mental Health Providers Contracted with Alameda County Behavioral Health.
    See Flyer for Details and Registration
  • Training: Co-Occurring Disorders (CODs) in Addiction: A 3-part Workshop Series for Alameda County SUD Programs
    A Free workshop series brought to you by the Alameda County Behavioral Health training unit
    Part 1: Friday, February 8, 2019, The Brain in Addiction (View Flyer)
    Part 2: Friday, March 8, 2019, The DSM and Beyond (View Flyer)
    Part 3: Friday, April 12, 2019, Treatment of CODs in Addiction (View Flyer)
    Time: 9:30am - 12:15pm. (Sign-in 9:15 - 9:30am)
    Attendance at all three sessions is not required, however pre-registration is necessary.
    Audience: Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO providers of substance use treatment services.
    Instructor: Rob Lee, M.D. 2.5 CE credit available for Addiction Professionals, RNs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and Psychologists
    See fliers above for details and Registration (you must register for each of the sessions you would like to attend).
  • 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
  • Save The Date - Jeff Rackmil's Retirement!
    A message brought to you by Child & Young Adult System of Care
    Jeff Rackmil is biting the bullet, pulling the plug, retiring!
    Date: Friday, March 29, 2019, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (venue to be determined)
    The fine print: Please respond to Elizabeth.Baumann@acgov.org no later than Wednesday, January 2, 2019! Your “yes” or “no” response does not constitute any kind of commitment on your part. We are merely trying to get an estimate of the numbers we’re talking about. While we want to be sure there is room for everyone, we also don’t want 50 people in a room that will easily take 150! Thank you very much for your response! We wish you a joyful, healthy and happy holiday and a prosperous 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
  • Interim TAY Division Director Announcement
    A message brought to you by Jeff Rackmil
    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sun Hyung Lee, LCSW, MPH, to the position of Interim Transition Age Youth (TAY) Division Director. In this role, Sun will be responsible for the oversight of all services provided to TAY under the Child & Young Adult System of Care (CYASOC). Sun has been with Alameda County for almost a decade, as a Behavioral Health Clinician at Eden and Valley Children’s Services, a Program Contract Manager at the Network Office, and in her current role as a Program Specialist with the CYASOC. She also brings additional years of experience working in schools and CBOs serving children and TAY and coordinating programs in the field of public health. Please join me in congratulating Sun on her new role!
  • Dismantling Implicit Bias: and Healing Racial Trauma - Ken Hardy
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
    January 17, 2019 9:00am-4:00pm
    125 Twelfth St, Ste 400, Oakland Room, Oaklad, CA 94607

    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
  • Training: Mental Health First Aid
    • Wednesday, January 9, 2019; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration at 8:45am)
      ADULT Mental Health First Aid Training
      Location: Creekside Plaza/HCSA offices, 1100 San Leandro Blvd., Redwood Room, San Leandro, CA 94577 DESCRIPTION: Adult Mental Health First Aid presents an overview of mental health and substance use issues in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use concerns. Participants will be taught a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in both crisis and non-crisis situations connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. AUDIENCE: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health 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 for more information
    • Thursday, February 21, 2019; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration at 8:45am)
      YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training
      Location: Creekside Plaza/HCSA offices, 1100 San Leandro Blvd., Redwood Room, San Leandro, CA 94577 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 Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted 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
  • 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.
  • 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
    A message brought to you by BHCS Children's Specialized Services and BHCS Training Unit
    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
  • ACBH Logo and Branding Updates
    A message brought to you by Sarah Linder, BHCS Interim Director's Office
    View memo
  • 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
  • CAP and Behavioral Health Court to move to Adult System of Care
    A message brought to you by AFBH/AOASOC
    We would like to announce that the Court Advocacy Project (CAP) and Behavioral Health Court (BHC) will transfer to the Adult/Older Adult System of Care from Adult Forensic Behavioral Health effective October 15, 2018. We are excited about this move as it will enhance coordination and collaboration with the Adult/Older Adult System Of Care. CAP and BHC will continue to work closely with AFBH and the courts to develop alternatives to jail and connect justice involved individuals to community treatment services.
  • AC3 and AHS Pilot
    A message brought to you by Kate Jones, RN, MS, MSN, Director, Adult/Older Adult SOC, BHCS; and Melissa Vallas, MD, Crisis System Liaison, AC3
    Please click on the link to view a memo to Alameda Case Management/Care Coordination Providers, regarding Alameda County Care Connect and Alameda Health System pilot to engage patients receiving high numbers of crisis services at John George Psychiatric Pavilion.
    View memo
  • POCC Holiday and Cultural Celebration
    A message brought to you by BHCS Consumer Empowerment Dept. Pool of Consumer Champions
    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
  • New Program Announcement
    A message brought to you by ACBHCS Child and Young Adult System of Care
    Two new ACBHCS Child/Youth Full Service Partnership (FSP) WRAP PROGRAMS have been awarded to:
    1. Seneca - Birth to 8yo and;
    2. Fred Finch - 8-18yo.
    Both Programs are based on the Wraparound model of family engagement. To be eligible, Children/Youth must meet SED or Moderate-Severe Criteria, and meet the criteria on the referral form and have Full Scope Medi-Cal, or Indigent or Undocumented. All referrals for the FSP Wrap Programs will be reviewed and authorized by the Alameda County ACCESS Program (510) 346-1083FAX. Questions? Contact ACCESS at 1-(800) 491-9099.
  • PH, Office of HIV Services, RFP for Psychosocial Support and SUD Services
    The Alameda County, Public Health Department, Office of HIV Care has released an RFP for Ryan White Part A Psychosocial Support Services and Substance Abuse Outpatient Care. Services funded through this RFP should begin on March 1, 2019. The RFP can be accessed at the link below and is listed as RFP #RW0918PSSA. https://www.acgov.org/gsa_app/gsa/purchasing/bid_content/contractopportunities.jsp#goods
    If you are interested in applying for these funds please be sure to refer to the Calendar of Events on page 15, which lists key dates, including the upcoming Bidders Conferences.
    Thank you.
  • 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*
  • TAY Division Director Resignation
    A message brought to you by Jeff Rackmil, CYASOC Director
    Alex Jackson, TAY Division Director for the Alameda County BHCS Child and Young Adult System of Care will be resigning from his position as of Friday October 5, 2018. Alex has taken a position in San Francisco and we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor. I want to personally thank Alex on behalf of BHCS for his years of service and dedication to wellness and recovery of our beneficiaries.
  • 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
  • Training: Law & Ethics for County Providers: HIPPA, Minor Consent, and 42 CFR Part 2
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 9:00 am-4:30 pm (Registration at 8:30am, Training promptly at 9:00am)
    A Free Training brought to you by the Alameda County BHCS Training Unit and Public Health Nursing
    6 CEs available for RNs, Addiction Professionals, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and Psychologists LOCATION: The California Endowment, 2000 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94612 DESCRIPTION: Topics will include a review of new legislation affecting healthcare providers and their clients including new rules affecting licensure and training, access to records, gender issues, mandated reporters, drug prescribing, and involuntary treatment. Also, information will be provided on minor consent and the new 42 CFR Part 2 substance use disorder confidentiality regulations. TRAINER: Linda Garrett, JD, Garrett Consulting Group and Risk Management Services. (See flyer for detailed description). AUDIENCE: Alameda County Public Health Nurses and BHCS SUD Providers. To REGISTER: go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com; open until filled. Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to the training date.
    VIEW FLYER for more information.
  • EQRO Site Review: October 30 - November 1, 2018
    A message brought to you by BHCS Quality Management
    The External Quality Review Organization (EQRO) is scheduled to visit BHCS from Tuesday, October 30 � Thursday, November 1, 2018. BHCS Staff and CBO providers will be requested to take part in the completion of required documents and participate in the site review sessions. Quality Management staff will be reaching out to respective individuals by email with further information. Please stay tuned.
  • 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
  • Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) Graduate Intern Stipend Program Application Announcement
    We are pleased to announce that the 2018-19 application cycle for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Graduate Intern Stipend Program is open. The application is available at: http://www.acbhcs.org/graduate-intern-stipend-program/
    The application deadline is: FRIDAY, October 12, 2018. 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 Internship Coordinator at: ebony.jacob@acgov.org or (510) 567-8093.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Provider Resource: LGBTQ Youth
    Creating Home: Queer Identities, Families, and Spaces 2018 Films & Curriculum Now Available For Free!
    Click Here For More Information
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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