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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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  • 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
  • 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.
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