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  • 2017 African American Mental Health Conference
    Empowering Black Families and Communities Through Resiliency, Restoration and Reconnection
    The BHCS Office of Ethnic Services would like to inform you about a conference packed with many dynamic speakers and workshops focusing on specific models of services, preventing mass incarceration, transforming the foster care system, law enforcement and mental health partnership and many other important workshops to improve and empower Black families and communities.

    Keynote Speakers:
     • Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D. Author, Scholar and Cultural Critic
     • Joy DeGruy, Ph.D. Researcher, Educator, Author, Professor

    February 9, 2017: Los Angeles Airport Sheraton Gateway 611 W. Century Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045
    Registration Deadline: Jan. 16, 2017
    For more information, please contact: AAMHConf@dmh.lacounty.gov
    If you need additional assistance or have any questions, please contact La Sonne Jackson at: (213) 738-4852.
    View flyer and registration form
  • Tobacco Recovery Mini-grants
    BHCS is pleased to be offering eight Tobacco Recovery mini-grants to BHCS contracted providers in order to assist providers in helping consumers quit or cut down on smoking. This year, BHCS is especially encouraging agencies that have not yet implemented widespread Tobacco Policies and/or comprehensive tobacco treatment interventions to apply so these programs can assist their consumers to quit smoking. In that vein, BHCS intends to award six mini-grants to agencies that have not been recipients of Tobacco Treatment Intervention mini-grants in the past. Two mini-grants will go to agencies that have been prior recipients of these awards. BHCS reserves the right to change this ratio based on the makeup of the agencies that apply for the mini-grants. Grant applications are due on Nov. 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
    If you have questions or would like more information about these mini-grants, contact Julie Mills at 510-639-1325 or jmills@acbhcs.org.
    View Announcement
    Tobacco Recovery Mini-grant Application
  • SAVE THE DATE
    Behavioral Health Care Service’s Everyone Counts Campaign and Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS) announce an upcoming learning opportunity for Alameda County Mental Health contracted providers:
    Working with API Communities – Core Mental Health Concepts and Interventions for Chinese Americans

    Monday, November 14th, 9:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at 1900 Embarcadero, Brooklyn Basin Conference Room.

    This training opportunity, presented by Dr. Lawrence Yang, is offered as part of BHCS’ ongoing campaign to reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with mental health challenges. It will address the intersection between Chinese American core cultural orientation and mental health challenges. Providers will learn about outcomes and from the Campaign’s 2014 and 2015 Chinese American stigma reduction support groups and will hear about ways to adapt the curriculum for use with other API communities.
    A registration invitation for this event will be distributed the week of October 24th. Please "stay tuned" for that invitation!
  • New Resources Available for Providers Working with Consumers with Eating Disorders
    We are pleased to announce that BHCS is strengthening its capacity to serve consumers diagnosed with Eating Disorders (ED). Our goal is to build internal ED assessment and treatment capacity within BHCS and its contracted providers and to increase the level of care options available for consumers. As of May 1, 2014 the following consultation services are available to all county clinicians, including county funded CBO clinicians and Level III Network providers. This consultation service will be available until April 30, 2015. We strongly encourage clinicians with an interest in ED treatment &/or who are currently serving clients diagnosed with ED to utilize these consultation and training services.
    More Information
  • Message from Michael Lisman
    I have been offered and accepted the position of Deputy Director for Behavioral Health Services in Monterey County. My last day with Alameda County will be on September 16th, 2016 and I will be starting my new position on September 19th, 2016.

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

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

    With fond regards,
    Michael Lisman
  • Reactivation of Alameda County Disaster Relief Fund – Orlando Shootings
    The Board of Supervisors is reactivating the Alameda County Disaster Relief Fund to enable our County employees and people in the community to voluntarily make cash and/or online donations to benefit the victims of the shootings in Orlando, Florida on June 12.
    We will ask the Board to grant formal approval on June 28.   
    For more information: http://acgov.org/government/news/disaster.htm
  • Eden Night Live
    If you’re looking for fun and excitement as well as a way to support your local artisans and entrepreneurs look no further than EDEN NIGHT LIVE!!

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

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

    Look forward to seeing you there!
  • BHCS Children’s System of Care Hires Early Childhood (Birth - 8) Division Director
    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Margie Gutierrez-Padilla to the position of Early Childhood (Birth - 8) Division Director.

    Margie Gutierrez-Padilla has worked with children, youth and families in both outpatient and inpatient mental health programs in the Bay Area for the past 30 years. While providing services and programs to all children she has a deep commitment to the Latino community in providing services to Latino immigrant children and families, training for providers, and community outreach services.

    Margie has been instrumental in the development of an early childhood mental health system to meet the needs of socio-culturally diverse children and families in Alameda County for the past 16 years, and has had the privilege of working with many families and providers in the development of that system. Margie has developed strong partnerships in Alameda County, and through those collaborative partnerships has enhanced early childhood practices, policies and workforce development. She has been actively working to link the early childhood system to the overall child/youth system of care.

    Upon first coming to work with BHCS, Margie developed and administered the Early Childhood Consultation & Treatment Program, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. The Early Childhood Consultation and Treatment Program provides early childhood mental health services to children ages birth-6 and their families in the home, child care program and in the office.

    Most recently, Margie served as the Project Director for Early Connections, a six year funded early childhood initiative. Margie provided leadership for this initiative that was successful in partnering with families and family-run organizations to support family-driven practices and policies.

    I am excited about the opportunity to work with Margie Gutierrez-Padilla to continue the excellent work she has done to date in the area of Birth to 8 services and programs.

    Jeff Rackmil LCSW,
    Director, Children’s System of Care
  • Alameda County 7th Annual Probation Provider Resource Fair
    Thursday, September 1, 2016
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Juvenile Justice Center - Gymnasium
    2500 Fairmont Drive, San Leandro
    The annual JJC Resource Fair is a collaboration between the Alameda County Probation Department, Behavioral Health
    Care Services, Health Care Services Agency, Alameda County Office of Education, and the Public Health Department.
    View Flyer
  • POCC Latino Power Event
    Please plan to attend the POCC Latino Power Event on September 9, 2016.
    Date: Friday September 9, 2016
    Time: 9am—3pm location: Veteran’s Memorial Building
    22737 Main Street Hayward, California 94542
    Information: Mario Cuestas 510-415-4341 or Irma Hernandez 510-415-5072
    View Flyer
  • August 23, 2016: Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP), Application Information Workshops
    Alameda County BHCS Workforce, Education and Training (WET) unit is pleased to announce that two (2) MHLAP application workshops will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, to provide information to applicants about Alameda County’s eligibility criteria, MHLAP application process, and to answer your questions. To attend a workshop, please RSVP to Stephanie Cardenas: scardenas@acbhcs.org
    Location: 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101 “Brooklyn Basin” room, Oakland 94606.
    Times (attend one): 10am – 11am, OR 11am -12pm
    View Flyer
    2016-17 Alameda County MHLAP Eligibility Criteria
  • Mural Unveiling Event Hosted By Bonita House On 7-8-16
    The mural is by Community Rejuvenation Project, and honors the following people:
    Tom Bates (Mayor of Berkeley and former California State Assembly Member)
    Jay Mahler (Consumer Activist)
    Sally Zinman (Consumer activist)
    John George (former Alameda County Supervisor)
    Dr. Isaac Slaughter (founder of West Oakland Mental Health)
    View Flyer

    Please join us!
  • Summer Fun Extravaganza
    Announcement of a fundraiser for a unique totally client-run community engagement program called Community Connections
    View Flyer
  • 5th Annual POCC Conference
    Please plan to attend the 5th Annual POCC Conference on June 23 & 24, 2016 at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel at 1 Heggenberger Rd.
    POCC membership meeting Thursday June 23 8:30-11:30
    Lunch , Keynote and award ceremony June 23 12:00-4:30
    Workshops , Keynote Friday, June 24 8:30-4:30
    Register on eventbrite the link is located on www.pocc.org or call Mary Hogden at 639-1338 and leave message, phone number, size t-shirt, Meal selection veg, chicken or meat lasagna and I will register you.
    Call for Workshop Presentations May 1 deadline so if you would like to facilitate a workshop please submit an application which is attached.
    POCC Award Nominations – Please get your nominations in so we can honor our unsung heroes at this year awards banquet.
    CEU’s will be provided for some of the workshops through our ACBHCS training department

    The Pool of Consumer Champions is proud to introduce its new website at www.POCC.org. On the website look for the eventbrite link where you can register for the 5th annual POCC conference on June 23 & 24 at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel.
  • Save The Date 5th Annual POCC Conference
    June 23 & 24, 2016
    View Flyer
  • Special Training Announcement: We have extended the invitation for our upcoming training on Motivational Interviewing to ALL managers and supervisors within BHCS: Motivational Interviewing for Behavioral Health Managers & Supervisors: This dynamic 2-day workshop will introduce supervisory managers in BH settings to the theory, principles, and skills of Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is a person centered and goal directed evidence-based practice and guiding style of therapeutic communication developed to help people motivate themselves to change challenging behavior. Pre-registration required. LIMITED ENROLLMENT, and the training is now open for all until filled. See flyer for more details and registration information.
  • Annual Reports: Fiscal Year 2015-2016 InSyst Data Input Reminder
    The final deadline for data input or correction in the InSyst system for services provided to clients in the 15-16 fiscal year is Friday, July 29, at 6:00 PM. We require that all units of service be accurately entered into the system by this date to be considered for reimbursement for the 15-16 fiscal year. No corrections or additional input for this fiscal year (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016) can be entered into InSyst after July 29th. BHCS Information Systems will begin distribution of the annual reports the week of August 15, 2016. If you do not receive reports by the end of that week, please call the BHCS Help Desk at (510) 567-8181.
  • Nominations for ACMHB 2016 Community Service Awards
    Deadline extended to Tuesday, May 31, 5:00 p.m. Nominate agencies and individuals for the 2016 Alameda County Mental Health Board Community Service Awards!
    Nomination Form
  • Special Training Announcement: We still have space for the following two important training events:
    1. SKILL-BUILDING WORKSHOP in The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria: Using the Criteria in a Managed Care Environment; Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:00 am-4:00 pm; Elihu M. Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, Room 1, Oakland; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    2. THE IMPACT OF INTERSECTIONS: Understanding and learning from our diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit(LGBTIQQ2S) communities; Thursday, June 9, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
  • Nominations for ACMHB 2016 Community Service Awards
    Deadline extended to Tuesday, May 31, 5:00 p.m. Nominate agencies and individuals for the 2016 Alameda County Mental Health Board Community Service Awards!
    Nomination Form
  • Special Training Announcement: We still have space for the following four training events:
    1. SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) with Motivational Interviewing Skill Building; CHOOSE ONLY ONE day to attend for either Wednesday, May 18 or Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Oakland location; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    2. SKILL-BUILDING WORKSHOP in The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria: Using the Criteria in a Managed Care Environment; Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:00 am-4:00 pm Downtown Oakland location; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    3. THE IMPACT OF INTERSECTIONS: Understanding and learning from our diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit(LGBTIQQ2S) communities; Thursday, June 9, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Berkeley location; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    4. ROUNDTABLE WORKSHOP: Tobacco Intervention Tools & Models to Improve Your Tobacco Policy and Cessation Efforts; Tuesday, June 14, 2016; 9:00am - 12:00noon; Oakland location; see flyer for more information; to register for this workshop only, contact: Judy Gerard, call 510-653-6475 or Email: atodnetjudy@aol.com.
  • Special Training Announcement: “Ethical and Legal Review and Update for Behavioral Health Care Services”,
    Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 9:00am – 4:00 pm (registration 8:30 – 9:00am); downtown Oakland location;
    Trainer: Daniel O. Taube, JD/PhD; Participants will receive update and review of ethical and legal issues related to behavioral health.
    6 CE credits for MFTs, LPCCs and/or LCSWs; RN and CAADAC and for Psychologists. No Fee and Pre-Registration is mandatory. Open until filled.
    View Flyer.
    For Online Registration, please go to this address: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
  • 5th Annual POCC Conference
    Please plan to attend the 5th Annual POCC Conference on June 23 & 24, 2016 at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel at 1 Heggenberger Rd.
    POCC membership meeting Thursday June 23 8:30-11:30
    Lunch , Keynote and award ceremony June 23 12:00-4:30
    Workshops , Keynote Friday, June 24 8:30-4:30
    Register on eventbrite the link is located on www.pocc.org or call Mary Hogden at 639-1338 and leave message, phone number, size t-shirt, Meal selection veg, chicken or meat lasagna and I will register you.
    Call for Workshop Presentations May 1 deadline so if you would like to facilitate a workshop please submit an application which is attached.
    POCC Award Nominations – Please get your nominations in so we can honor our unsung heroes at this year awards banquet.
    CEU’s will be provided for some of the workshops through our ACBHCS training department

    The Pool of Consumer Champions is proud to introduce its new website at www.POCC.org. On the website look for the eventbrite link where you can register for the 5th annual POCC conference on June 23 & 24 at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel.
  • Asian Pacific Islander Mental Health Awareness Day
    Friday, May 13, 2016
    Veterans' Memorial Building
    22737 Main Street
    Hayward, CA 94541
    View Memo
  • Announcing a special and free training event in June in honor of Gay Pride Month 2016 and sponsored by the Office of Multi-Cultural Services and the Pride Coalition of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) and The City of Berkeley Mental Health Division: THE IMPACT OF INTERSECTIONS: Understanding and learning from our diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit(LGBTIQQ2S) communities; Thursday, June 9, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Keynote Speaker: Dr. Andrew Jolivétte, Professor and chair of the American Indian Studies, Department at San Francisco State University and a Panel of Persons with “Voices of Lived Experience”.
    View Flyer; For Online Registration, please go to this address: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
  • Dear Colleagues,
    As of Monday, April 4th, Michael Huff will transition from the Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Team to Management Support Services-Project Unit where he will work as a Project Program Specialist assigned to system-wide projects across our department. As a system, we appreciate the work completed by Mr. Huff in his role supporting these departmental efforts, and look forward to ongoing collaboration as he transitions to a new role within our system. Mr. Huff’s former responsibilities with Tom Trabin and his team will be assumed by Ms. Carol Burton. These responsibilities include serving as the Coordinator of AB109-related programs and as Point Person for coordinating Drug Court, DUI Programs, and PC1000 Programs.

    Ms. Burton’s contact information is: Carolb109@aol.com 1-347-249—7396. Michael’s contact information remains the same, as he will refocus his work through the activities of the Office of Management Services and the Projects Team. We welcome him to our team and his perspective and experience!

    Diana Cunningham, Management Support Services Administrator
  • Alameda County Everyone Counts Campaign - Exercise, Eating Disorders, and Mental Health
    View Flyer
  • Summer Fun Extravaganza
    Announcement of a fundraiser for a unique totally client-run community engagement program called Community Connections
    View Flyer
  • Innovation LGBTQI2S Learning Conference
    Please register for the Round Three Innovation LGBTQI2S Learning Conference will be held Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the Clark Kerr Conference Center at UC Berkeley using this Eventbrite link: http://bit.ly/LGBTQI2S_LearningConference. See attached for INN 3 Conference Details.

    INN 3 Grantees will highlight 13 innovative projects (see below) to better serve the mental health needs of LGBTQI2S clients, consumers, and their family members. Grantees will conduct workshops to share their key project findings and final outcomes (i.e., Program Design, Welcoming Toolkits, Training Curricula). These novel program ideas are intended to be replicable and will be made available to the public later this year. For more information on grant projects, please refer to the INN website.
    Please feel free to share this information with your staff and colleagues.
    View Flyer
  • Black Heritage Month Event and Opportunity for Free training at your agency
    In honor of African American History Month ACBHCS offers two opportunities to participate in our on going efforts to improve outcomes in the African American Community.
    View flier for the Annual Celebratory, Training, and Community Input Event Friday 2/26/2016
    Non-profit organizations and other system partners based in Alameda County have an opportunity to receive free training at their agency and learn more about what is needed to better address the behavioral health needs of Alameda County’s African American Community. We invite you to review the 12 INN Round Two projects that are participating in this phase of our continued learning. Please click the link below for more information http://acinnovations.herokuapp.com/secondRound_2011
  • Announcing a Special and Free Training: Seeking Safety: An evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse: This course is designed to introduce Seeking Safety, an evidence-based treatment 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.
    Three Dates and Two Locations to Choose From :Choose ONLY ONE:
    Thursday, March 3, 2016—Fremont, South Bay;
    Thursday, April 21, 2016—Downtown Oakland
    Wednesday, June 1, 2016—Downtown Oakland
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm for all dates; 6 continuing education credits for selected licenses.
    LIMIT 2 participants per agency or county unit for each date. Pre-registration required. LIMITED ENROLLMENT, open until filled. This training is only open to staff of ACBHCS units and contract providers.
    See flyer for more details and registration information.
  • Vocational Program Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Learning Conference
    BHCS is hosting the second annual Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Learning Conference on Tuesday, March 29 from 9AM- 4PM. Join us to learn more about this evidence-based practice for supported employment from local and national leaders. Dr. Gary Bond from the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center will provide a keynote address about the latest IPS research and Jeff Krolich from the Oregon Center for Excellence will lead a breakout session on how IPS works on Assertive Community Treatment teams. The conference is free, but registration is required and lunch is on your own. 4.5 hours of continuing education credit is available for MFTs, LPCCS and/or LCSWs.
    Click the flyer for more information and register at http://ipsconference.eventbrite.com
  • Special Training Announcement: We still have space for the following two important training events:
    1. SKILL-BUILDING WORKSHOP in The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria: Using the Criteria in a Managed Care Environment; Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:00 am-4:00 pm; Elihu M. Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, Room 1, Oakland; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    2. THE IMPACT OF INTERSECTIONS: Understanding and learning from our diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit(LGBTIQQ2S) communities; Thursday, June 9, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
  • Special Training Announcement: “Ethical and Legal Review and Update for Behavioral Health Care Services”,
    Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 9:00am – 4:00 pm (registration 8:30 – 9:00am); downtown Oakland location;
    Trainer: Daniel O. Taube, JD/PhD; Participants will receive update and review of ethical and legal issues related to behavioral health.
    6 CE credits for MFTs, LPCCs and/or LCSWs; RN and CAADAC and for Psychologists. No Fee and Pre-Registration is mandatory. Open until filled.
    View Flyer.
    For Online Registration, please go to this address: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
  • Special Training Announcement: We still have space for the following four training events:
    1. SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) with Motivational Interviewing Skill Building; CHOOSE ONLY ONE day to attend for either Wednesday, May 18 or Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Oakland location; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    2. SKILL-BUILDING WORKSHOP in The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria: Using the Criteria in a Managed Care Environment; Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:00 am-4:00 pm Downtown Oakland location; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    3. THE IMPACT OF INTERSECTIONS: Understanding and learning from our diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit(LGBTIQQ2S) communities; Thursday, June 9, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Berkeley location; see flyer for more information; to register go to: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
    4. ROUNDTABLE WORKSHOP: Tobacco Intervention Tools & Models to Improve Your Tobacco Policy and Cessation Efforts; Tuesday, June 14, 2016; 9:00am - 12:00noon; Oakland location; see flyer for more information; to register for this workshop only, contact: Judy Gerard, call 510-653-6475 or Email: atodnetjudy@aol.com.
  • Asian Pacific Islander Mental Health Awareness Day
    Friday, May 13, 2016
    Veterans' Memorial Building
    22737 Main Street
    Hayward, CA 94541
    View Memo
  • Announcing a special and free training event in June in honor of Gay Pride Month 2016 and sponsored by the Office of Multi-Cultural Services and the Pride Coalition of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) and The City of Berkeley Mental Health Division: THE IMPACT OF INTERSECTIONS: Understanding and learning from our diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit(LGBTIQQ2S) communities; Thursday, June 9, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Keynote Speaker: Dr. Andrew Jolivétte, Professor and chair of the American Indian Studies, Department at San Francisco State University and a Panel of Persons with “Voices of Lived Experience”.
    View Flyer; For Online Registration, please go to this address: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
  • Announcing a Special and Free Training: Seeking Safety: An evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse: This course is designed to introduce Seeking Safety, an evidence-based treatment 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.
    Three Dates and Two Locations to Choose From :Choose ONLY ONE:
    Thursday, March 3, 2016—Fremont, South Bay;
    Thursday, April 21, 2016—Downtown Oakland
    Wednesday, June 1, 2016—Downtown Oakland
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm for all dates; 6 continuing education credits for selected licenses.
    LIMIT 2 participants per agency or county unit for each date. Pre-registration required. LIMITED ENROLLMENT, open until filled. This training is only open to staff of ACBHCS units and contract providers.
    See flyer for more details and registration information.
  • 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
         • Resources
  • The Innovation Grants Round Three Learning Conference
    Register HERE for The Innovation Grants Round Three Learning Conference on January 22, 2016. Funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63), grantees have developed innovative projects and program designs, and training curricula to improve engagement and services for isolated adults and older adult consumers. Grantees will present workshops on their project findings, final project outcomes and innovative practices. This Innovation Learning Conference is targeted for providers, county and state wide staff, funders, consumers, and family members. For more information on grantees and projects see the Innovation Grants Website.
  • Announcing a Special Training for Clinical Staff who wish to Supervise Associate Social Workers and MFT Interns: Clinical Supervision: The How, What, and Why of it; 2 days, February 3 and 4, 2016; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (both days); location, downtown Oakland. Please note: Participants at this training must have been licensed in CA or another state for at least two years prior to beginning any supervision responsibilities and NOT have taken this 15 hour course before. This training is free and open to clinical staff of ACBHCS units and contract providers. See flyer for more details and registration information.
  • Meet And Greet With BHCS Director, Manuel Jimenez WYou are cordially invited to a meet greet with BHCS Director, Manuel Jimenez.
    See flyer for details
  • Updates from Quality Assurance:
    • The revised Clinical Documentation Standards Manual version 12.03.2014 is now available. This is an essential documentation guide for all Master Contract and County providers who deliver and claim Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health Services. We have highlighted in yellow new documentation information as well as previously included documentation information that has been revised for clarity based upon provider feedback.
    • The 2015 Training Calendar has been posted. Please see our Training Page for details.
    • Beginning December 8, 2014, Donna Fone, MFT, LPCC, is the Interim QA Administrator.
  • 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
  • 2015/16 MHLAP application cycle will be closing November 2nd
    REMINDER: The 2015/16 MHLAP application cycle will be closing November 2nd. Applications are still wanted and OSHPD is providing
    Technical Assistance Calls on:
    October 29: 5:00 PM
    October 30: 7:45 AM
    November 2: 5:00 PM

    To participate in the Technical Assistance Call:
    dial 1-866-434-5269, and enter the participant code: 439482


    Instructions on how to properly submit an application:
    1. Log into CalREACH (https://calreach.oshpd.ca.gov/)
    2. Access My Tasks
    3. Select LoanRepayment-2015- -(last name)
    4. Change Status
    5. Apply Submitted Status

    For questions, contact: Constantino (Tino) Raya at OSHPD. Ph: (916) 326 3655, email: Tino.Raya@oshpd.ca.gov
  • Extension of Application Deadline For the BHCS Graduate Intern Stipend Program
    New Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2015
    Please submit application for BHCS Graduate Intern Stipend by Friday, October 9, 2015.
    Applications will NOT be accepted after this date.

    For more information and application, please visit: http://www.acbhcs.org/internships/grad_intern_stipend.htm
  • This is a friendly reminder that the 2015/2016 Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) Cycle will be closing September 30, 2015.

    In addition the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program (LMH) will also be closing on the same date.

    Please go to www.calreach.oshpd.ca.gov. to complete your application. For resources on how to apply, please visit www.healthprofessions.ca.gov/.

    HPEF Staff will be hosting additional Technical Assistance Calls (TAC)
    MHLAP and LMH applicants are encouraged to call in with your questions about the application.
    To participate in the Technical Assistance Call, dial 1-866-434-5269, and enter the participant code: 439482
    Dates and times are as followed:
    September 16 - 5:00 PM
    September 18: 7:45 AM
    September 23 - 5:00 PM
    September 25 - 7:45 AM
    September 28 - 5:00 PM
    September 29 - 7:45 AM
    September 30 - 5:00 PM
  • Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) Graduate Intern Stipend Program Application Announcement
    We are pleased to announce that the 2015-16 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, October 2, 2015. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

    If you have any questions on the application process or requirements, please contact Ebony Jacob, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Workforce, Education and Training Internship Coordinator at: ejacob@acbhcs.org or (510) 567-8093.
  • Announcing a special and free training: Brief Tobacco Cessation Interventions; Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 8:30am - 12:30pm; 3.5 CEU’s for LCSW, MFT, LPCC, CAADAC and RNs; See flyer for location and other information; to register, contact: contact Judy Gerard, (510) 653-5040 x349 or email atodnetjudy@aol.com.
  • LMHSPEP loan repayment program
    The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is excited to announce that the LMHSPEP loan repayment program will be open from August 3rd through September 30th 2015. Recipients of the LMHSPEP award can receive up to $15,000 in exchange for a two year service obligation in a qualified facility. Eligible professions for LMHSPEP include: Registered or Licensed Psychologists, Registered or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Postdoctoral Psychological Assistants, Registered or Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Postdoctoral Psychological Trainees, Marriage and Family Therapist Interns. For more information about this of great opportunity, see flyer.
  • BHCS Children’s System of Care Hires New Assistant Director
    I am pleased to announce that Ellen Muir has been appointed to the position of Assistant Director for Alameda County BHCS Children’s System of Care (CSOC) with a start date of July 20, 2015 in this new positon. Ms. Muir has been practicing in the mental health field for over 26 years. Prior to joining Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, she worked as a Victim Witness Consultant in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and as a Child Welfare Worker with Alameda County Child and Family Services/SSA. Since joining Behavioral Health Care Services as a clinician, Ms. Muir has been promoted into a number of management roles including Manager of the ACCESS Children’s Unit and Chief of Children’s Specialized Services. In the last eight years as the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Coordinator, EPSDT services were expanded by 25 million dollars during her tenure resulting in additional services to underserved populations.

    Ms. Muir’s expertise includes; organizational planning, experience in detailed contract budget analysis, program development, quality improvement initiative leadership, smart leveraging and data driven decision making . She is founding partner of the School Based Behavioral Health Initiative, building collaborative partnerships with school districts resulting in behavioral health services in 168 schools county-wide. She is currently working on a project to pilot behavioral health provider/primary care provider collaboration training and communication protocols for nurses, pediatricians and mental health clinicians who serve children and youth.

    Ms. Muir is a trained Organizational Relationship Systems Coach. Ms. Muir earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at West Virginia University and her MSW from the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California.

    I look forward to working in partnership with Ellen on behalf of all the children and families we serve in Alameda County.

    Jeff Rackmil
    Alameda County BHCS CSOC Director
  • GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE TO MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS/CO-OCCURRING PROGRAMS FOR TOBACCO TREATMENT INTERVENTIONS FOR FY 15-16
    Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) is pleased to announce that one-year awards in the amount of five thousand dollars ($5000) will be available to fund Special Tobacco Interventions projects with Mental Health Services Act Mini-Grants. A project contributes to learning in one or more of the following three ways:
    • Introduces new mental health practices/approaches including prevention and early intervention that have never been done before, or
    • Makes a change to an existing mental health practice/approach, including adaptation for a new setting or community, or
    • Introduces a new application to the mental health system of a promising community-driven practice/approach

    MHSA Mini-Grant funding will be used to fund up to five Mental Health Programs and/or SUD/Co-Occurring Programs to promote more aggressive tobacco treatment interventions for consumers. Awards will be given to selected agencies to implement tobacco policies, promote tobacco cessation/treatment activities and systematic interventions with consumers . Application due July 31, 2015.
    To apply, applicants must submit a detailed plan (including a budget) of how they would promote more integrative and/or innovative tobacco interventions with consumers and planning guidelines to develop your plan and creative ideas. Applicants will be notified of their selection by September 15, 2015.
  • 2015/2016 Mental Health Loan Assumption Program
    The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is pleased to announce that the 2015/2016 Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) Cycle will open on August 3. Applications will be accepted from August 3 - September 30, 2015. We encourage all potential applicants to go to https://calreach.oshpd.ca.gov to complete their application. A limited number of awards will be available in Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS), and award recipients may receive up to $10,000 towards the repayment of educational loans. For complete information, click:
    MHLAP 2015-16 Announcement
    2015-16 Alameda County MHLAP Eligibility Criteria
    For questions about MHLAP’s application process and requirements, please contact the Health Professions Education Foundation directly at (916) 326-3655. For questions on ACBHCS eligible contracted, community-based mental health agencies and/or the county’s “hard to fill/retain” eligibility criteria, contact Sanjida Mazid, ACBHCS Workforce Education and Training Manager, at smazid@acbhcs.org or by phone at 510-567-8071.
  • From the Director of ACBHCS- Manuel J. Jimenez, Jr., MA, MFT:
    Effective 7/1/15 Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services will adopt new policy and procedure requiring prior authorization by ACCESS for all psychological testing, and limiting the number of hours and time frame approved to complete the testing.
    Please see Provider Announcement published 6/10/15 for Memo and Protocol: http://tinyurl.com/o8zdq8t
  • Community Connections Program Invites You To Step Into Summer Extravaganza
    Community Connections, a totally client-run program sponsored by Eden Adult Community Support Center, assists clients in connecting with each other in a deeper supportive way and in living fuller lives in the wider community. We offer two components. One is called Thursday Program which meets once a week and focuses on eating together, natural and peer professional personal support, empowerment, development of leadership skills, education and fun. The other component is called Circle of Friends, a group of mental health clients who get together weekly to build and sustain friendships and to get out into the wider community to feel “normal” (clients word) and have lots of fun like hanging out in coffee shops, going bowling and to concerts and community events, taking a trip to a casino, picnics and much more. We fund most of what we do ourselves and have a fundraiser every year to support our program and to help out our peers who can’t afford to join us in the fun without assistance. The money made in this Extravaganza helps open the world to us. Thanks for helping us out!
    View Announcement
  • ShareCare Provider Kickoff Presentation – September 10, 2015: Information about the ShareCare Implementation Project was shared with Providers. Please refer to ShareCare_Provider_Kickoff_2015-09-04-15.PDF file regarding the presentation.
  • 4th annual Pool Of Consumer Champions Conference
    The 4th annual POCC Conference with the theme of “Recovery is Real: Transforming our Lives, Communities and System” on June 25 & 26, 2015 will be held at the Hilton Hotel Oakland Airport, 1 Hegenberger Road, Oakland. This event is free but pre-registration required. If you would like to attend please RSVP by contacting Mary Hogden at mhogden@acbhcs.org or Pfranklin@acbhcs.org; Or call and leave a message at 510-639-1391.
    See program for more information. Up to 6 Continuing Education Credits offered for selected activities for LCSWs, LPCCs, MFTs, RNs and CFAAP.
  • New Resources Available for Providers Working with Consumers with Eating Disorders
    We are pleased to announce that BHCS is strengthening its capacity to serve consumers diagnosed with Eating Disorders (ED). Our goal is to build internal ED assessment and treatment capacity within BHCS and its contracted providers and to increase the level of care options available for consumers. As of May 1, 2014 the following consultation services are available to all county clinicians, including county funded CBO clinicians and Level III Network providers. This consultation service will be available until April 30, 2015. We strongly encourage clinicians with an interest in ED treatment &/or who are currently serving clients diagnosed with ED to utilize these consultation and training services.
    More Information
  • Clinical Documentation Standards Manual
    The Clinical Documentation Standards manual version 12.03.2014 is now available. This is an essential documentation guide for all Master Contract and County providers who deliver and claim Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health Services. We have highlighted in yellow new documentation information as well as previously included documentation information that has been revised for clarity based upon provider feedback
  • 4th annual POCC Conference
    Please save the date for the 4th annual POCC Conference with the theme of “Recovery is Real: Transforming our Lives, Communities and System” on June 25 & 26, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel Oakland Airport. We are now accepting Call for Presentation applications through April 1. If you would like to attend please RSVP by contacting Mary Hogden at mhogden@acbhcs.org or Pfranklin@acbhcs.org Call and leave a message at 510-639-1338.

    Flyer
    Call for Presentations Flyer
    Call for Presentations
  • Special Event Announcement:

    “HAVING OUR SAY”, BECAUSE…BLACK MINDS MATTER 2! ADDRESSING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS AN UPDATE TO THE ACBHCS “AFRICAN AMERICAN UTILIZATION STUDY REPORT" presented by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Office of Multi-Cultural Services and The POCC African American Empowerment Committee; Friday, February 27, 2015, 9:00am - 4:00pm; Family Bible Fellowship Church; 37620 Filbert Street, Newark, California 94560. Contact Gigi Crowder to RSVP or if you need any accommodations at 510-777-2118 or email: gcrowder@acbhcs.org or Paulette Franklin at 510-639-1391. See flyer for more details.

  • 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.
  • 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
    View Flyer
  • Community Functioning Evaluation (CFE)
    New Community Functioning Evaluation (CFE) School Age Youth Version can now be downloaded from the Providers website.

  • 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
  • SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: ACBHCS is sponsoring a two day conference focused on spirituality and recovery: The Spirituality Factor: Weaving Spirituality & Behavioral Health Using Evidence & Practice; Thursday and Friday, October 9 & 10, 2014; 8:30am-4:30pm both days; Allen Temple Family Life Center, Oakland, California; see flyer for more information and registration information; Open Until Filled:
    View Flyer
  • 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.
  • BHCS MediCal Unit Will No Longer Accept The Void and Replace Form
    Effective July 1st, BHCS MediCal Unit will no longer accept the Void and Replace form (previously known as DCS) as a means of correcting claim line information. Please read the attached announcement for further information.
    Read Announcement
  • QA Update: Beneficiary Death Reporting
    The Quality Assurance Office has updated the death reporting form and it is expected that all client deaths be reported to QA within 14 days of agency notification. Please open the form and fill it in electronically, print, and send to QA.
    For questions, please contact ACBHCS QA Office via QAOffice@acbhcs.org

  • Program Change Request Form
    Please use this to request changes in programs, such as change of program name, location, program merge and addition of services
    Download Form
  • Court Dependents, Sharing Confidential Mental Health Information
    A joint training provided by BHCS, SSA and East Bay Children’s Law Office (EBCLO).
    The power point was created to accompany a presentation and is not intended for use independently as the information was explained verbally and some of the content is not complete without the accompanying verbal presentation.
    View training material
  • Governor Brown Appoints Khatera Aslami to the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
    Khatera Aslami-Tamplen, 34, of Fairfield, has been appointed to the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Aslami-Tamplen has been consumer relations manager at Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services since 2012. She was executive director at Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services from 2007 to 2012 and served in multiple positions at the Telecare Corporation Villa Fairmont Mental Health Rehabilitation Center from 2002 to 2007, including director of rehabilitation. Aslami-Tamplen is a member of the Client and Family Leadership Committee of the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and a founding member of the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Aslami-Tamplen is a Democrat.

    BHCS is proud of Khatera’s new and expanded role. She will provide an experienced consumer voice to the MHSA OAC and share her many talents, expertise and lived experience as a new member.
  • ACBHCS Vocational Program Summer Newsletter
    ACBHCS Vocational Program presents our latest biannual newsletter. It includes information about our inclusion into the Johnson & Johnson- Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program, collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation, an employer spotlight, client success stories, and review of outcomes.
  • Alameda County SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES FINDER database launched.
    This database, which will be updated annually, lists school based services provided and funded by HCSA Departments.
    Access database

  • Children’s System of Care Newsletter
    The Children’s System of Care brings to you our latest Newsletter. If there are any questions about any of the items in the Newsletter or general questions about how to submit material, please contact Lisa Carlisle via email at Lcarlisle@acbhcs.org.
    View Current Newletter
    View Previous Newletters
  • Trauma Informed Care Website
    Do you know someone that has made an extraordinary difference in the lives of those people with “mental illness”? The Alameda County Mental Health Board is seeking nominations for the 13th Annual Community Service Awards. Please contact Barry Hall at 510-567-8174 or bhall@acbhcs.org for more information.
    Deadline for awards nominations is Monday, April 1, 2013!!!
     
  • Welcoming Toolkit Update!
    After receiving useful feedback from providers, ACBHCS is re-introducing the Welcoming Toolkit in a more printer-friendly, checklist format. Please click here to view and print the revised version.