Family Empowerment

Office Of Family Empowerment

The Office of Family Empowerment (OFE) was developed to provide technical assistance and family perspectives to Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, including: County-run and Community Based Organizations and treatment facilities.

In collaboration with the System of Care Directors, the office’s charge is to build systems of support for family members that values the diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic and socio-economic communities in Alameda County, including the myriad of changing needs family members may experience across the life-span of their loved-ones, from early childhood through elder adulthood.

The OFE’s goals will be met through voicing family perspectives to ACBHCS’s Administration regarding policy and programmatic issues, recruitment and retention of family members in workgroups and planning councils, providing technical assistance to new and emerging family groups, working closely with existing family groups, and facilitating linkages throughout the County to extend a network of information, education and support for family members.

Beyond the Behavioral Health Care System, the OFE collaborates with schools, child-welfare, faith-based organizations, primary health care providers, juvenile and criminal justice, and the general public about mental health and/or substance abuse issues and their impact on individuals and families.

Family Members Needing Assistance Hospitalizing a Loved One in Crisis, click the link for information about AB1421 – Historical Information for 5150, and AB1194 changes to 5150 process.

National Council for Aging Care’s Guide on Elder Abuse
Please see this Online Guide for resources and assistance. Feel Free to share with consumers and fellow providers.


A Family Member is: A person, who provides primary support for, is a primary caregiver of, or whose daily life is impacted by, being a family member of a person who is living with serious mental health and/or substance abuse concerns. Family members may be the biological parents, foster parents, siblings, spouses, domestic partners, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, or anyone whom the consumer/client defines as “their family members.”