Resources for Service Providers
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.
- FRIENDLY REMINDER ----There are only two (2) weeks left to apply for the graduate intern stipend program, so get your applications in today!!
The application deadline for the graduate internship stipend is Friday, September 26, 2014. Applications will not be accepted after this date.
We are pleased to announce that the 2014-15 application for the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Graduate Intern Stipend Program is now posted on the following link:
- Clinical Documentation Standards Training- December 3rd, 2014
The Quality Assurance Office encourages Clinical Managers for all BHCS Clinics/Programs to participate in this “Train the Trainer” Training.
This is a clinical training with the following learning objectives:
- Increase their knowledge of clinical documentation standards as set forth by ACBHCS, the California Department of Health Care Services and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Services.
- Improve their ability to utilize the most appropriate CPT procedure codes for psychological services provided to Medi-Cal and Medicare beneficiaries.
- Learn how to develop and implement client plans utilizing appropriate goals, objectives and interventions.
For information on training criteria and registration, see the training announcement.
For more information on the trainings offered by QA, please visit our Training Page.
- Announcing a free and special 2 part training: Motivational Interviewing as a Tobacco Cessation Intervention; Part One – Basic Skills: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8:30am - 12:30pm; Part Two – Enhanced Skills: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 8:30am – 12:30pm;
Location: 2000 Embarcadero Cove, Gail Steele Room, Oakland; presented by Cathy McDonald MD, MPH, ATOD Project Director; 3.5 CE credits per session for LCSW, MFT, LPCC, CAADAC and RNs. View Flyer for more information and registration information.
- We are pleased to announce that the 2014-15 application for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Graduate Intern Stipend Program is now available at: http://www.acbhcs.org/internships/grad_intern_stipend.htm.
The application deadline is: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014. Applications will not be accepted after this date.
If you have any questions on the application process or requirements, please contact Sanjida Mazid, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Workforce, Education and Training Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 567-8071.
- 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.
- Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Learning Conference
Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services presents: Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Learning Conference – Monday, November 3, 2014
- Welcome Jeff Rackmil as the Children’s System of Care Director
ACBHCS Leadership is pleased to announce that Jeff Rackmil, LCSW has been hired as the new Children’s System of Care Director. For the past year, Jeff has been working for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency in the position of Juvenile Justice Health Services Director. Prior to his current position, Jeff spent 15 years working in ACBHCS as the System of Care Coordinator and as the Assistant Director for the Children’s System of Care. Jeff brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of children’s services to this position, in addition to his collaborative partnership and management skills.
Jeff will start as the Children’s Director on September 29, 2014.
Please join us as we welcome Jeff to his new position and his return to ACBHCS.
- Welcome to James Wagner, new ACBHCS Adult System of Care Director
On Monday, August 4, James Wagner will join ACBHCS as the new Adult System of Care Director. James is both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and has many years of social service and mental health experience. Prior to joining ACBHCS, James worked at San Mateo County based non-profit Caminar, where he was the Regional Executive Director for Solano County’s adult services. James held this position for the last five years, serving on Caminar’s Executive Management Team and providing overall management and leadership for 75 staff that provided a full spectrum of services to adult clients. James is particularly proud that he expanded programs and significantly increased program revenues during his tenure. Prior to working with Caminar, James worked at a number of Bay Area non-profits in a variety of leadership, management and direct service roles, including as a contractor with San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Based on James’ broad experience working with adult clients, he takes pride in his understanding of the needs of individuals who seek public mental health services.
James is a long term resident of the East Bay and lives in Oakland with his partner and their beloved dogs.
BHCS is excited to have James join our Executive Team. Please help us welcome him.
- Medi-Cal Coverage for Consumers with Mild-to-Moderate Conditions
- New Resources Available for Providers Working with Consumers with Eating Disorders
We are pleased to announce that BHCS is strengthening its capacity to serve consumers diagnosed with Eating Disorders (ED). Our goal is to build internal ED assessment and treatment capacity within BHCS and its contracted providers and to increase the level of care options available for consumers. As of May 1, 2014 the following consultation services are available to all county clinicians, including county funded CBO clinicians and Level III Network providers. This consultation service will be available until April 30, 2015. We strongly encourage clinicians with an interest in ED treatment &/or who are currently serving clients diagnosed with ED to utilize these consultation and training services.
- Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services FY 14/15 Strategic Update
Presentation from April 16 & 17 All Provider Meetings.
- Provides a broad overview of the external environment
- Describes new expectations and directions for ACBHCS
- Shares ACBHCS FY 14/15 priorities
- Discusses provider impact
- Alameda County BHCS and BEST Now partners with Mental Health Association San Francisco
Awarded Peer Personnel Preparation RFP
Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and BEST Now, our County’s primary peer specialist training program, an organization of Alameda Network of Mental Health Clients, have partnered with primary bidder: Mental Health Association, San Francisco (MHASF), in their application for the “Peer Personnel Preparation RFP,” a grant designed by the Office of Statewide Health and Planning Development (OSHPD). We are proud to announce that MHASF was one of four awardees of this contract. This contract was designed to develop career pathways for peer positions through training, education, and placement in the public mental health system. Our hope is that this contract will increase the number of mental health consumers hired in Alameda County while strengthening our peer specialist program, BEST Now. Additionally, the RFP will strengthen our collaborative relationships and networking capacity with other counties and programs. Our fellow public grant partners with MHASF include: San Francisco and Marin County, and the City of Berkeley. For more information about the project please contact Khatera Aslami, Office of Consumer Empowerment or Andree Reyes, Workforce Education & Training Unit.
- Appointment of Director, Behavioral Health Care Services
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Manuel Jimenez, MA, MFT to the position of Director, Behavioral Health Care Services, effective May 12, 2014. Mr. Jimenez has over sixteen years of experience as a mental health professional and has been a leader in public service for many years.
His prior experience includes working for various California counties including San Joaquin, Madera, and Solano County. Most recently he served as the Mental Health Director and Alcohol and Drug Administrator for Merced County. Mr. Jimenez’ experience also includes implementing Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) programs and managing mental health services such as outpatient clinics, crisis response, mobile crisis, and older adult services.
Mr. Jimenez actively participates in the mental health community and has served on several boards and committees at the state and local level including the Governing Board of the California Mental Health Directors Association, the Statewide Mental Health & Spirituality Initiative Committee, the Council on Mentally Ill Offenders, California, the Latino Support Network of South Lake Tahoe and First 5 Commission of Merced County. In this time of transformation, Mr. Jimenez’ leadership and direction in Health Care Reform, with the backing of a strong/competent executive team, will steer the department forward toward a changed healthcare landscape under the Affordable Care Act in identifying ways to provide meaningful services to underserved persons and families in need.
Please join me in welcoming Mr. Jimenez to his new role.
- BHCS Children’s System of Care February 2014 Newsletter
Please find attached the latest edition of the BHCS Children’s System of Care February 2014 Newsletter. As always, I hope that you find the information useful and informative. Please feel free to contact me with article submissions for future editions of our newsletter. I can be reached via email at Lcarlisle@acbhcs.org
Lisa Carlisle, MA, M.Ed, Newsletter Editor
- 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 email@example.com with the subject header “Online Registration”.
--The BHCS Training Unit
- The Quality Assurance Office has launched a new Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services (SUDS) Webpage to provide updates, training information, and resources for SUDS Providers.
Visit the page
New Claims Correction Form
Please note that all materials pertaining to the new Claims Correction Form (CCF) are now available on the forms page of the provider website. Please look for the section labeled CCF. Note: the form is no longer available in the Insyst section of the forms page.
Trauma Informed Care Website
BHCS is proud to announce its Trauma Informed Care website. The website is a product of a yearlong trauma initiative to increase awareness of what works to support people who have experienced trauma and to increase the number and variety of trauma informed resources available to our providers community
The website can be found at www.alamedacountytraumainformedcare.org and is organized into five main categories including:
• Trauma Informed Care
• Trauma Informed Agencies
• Caregivers & Providers
• Trauma Survivors and Family
Alameda County Juvenile Competency Protocol
BHCS Children’s System of Care is proud to introduce the Alameda County Juvenile Competency Protocol. This Protocol is a collaborative effort between the following Alameda County Departments: Juvenile Court, Probation, Public Defender’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Social Services, and Behavioral Health Care Services. This Protocol of the Juvenile Court of Alameda County, provides an overview of procedures for determining a minor’s mental ability to participate in juvenile proceedings, the evaluation of a minor, the competency hearing process, the attempt to obtain/restore competency, judicial review, and the steps to take when the minor is either found to be competent or not competent. This Protocol shall not be used to determine a minor’s mental state at the time of the alleged offense(s) for which the minor is accused. The interdepartmental workgroup has worked tirelessly since August 2011 putting this Protocol together and we are pleased to share it with everyone.
Juvenile Competency Protocol
Juvenile Competency Evaluator Letter
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
Introducing the BHCS Finance Provider Relations Medi-Cal Benefits Help Desk
Alameda County SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES FINDER database launched.
This database, which will be updated annually, lists school based services provided and funded by HCSA Departments.
Managing Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Assistance Handbook