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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.













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  • SPACE AVAILABLE: Clinical Techniques and Best Practices in using a Telehealth Platform
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

    ACBH Staff and CBO Providers, there is still plenty of space left to register for next week’s training:

    Thursday, December 9, 2021; 9am-4:00pm (Registration at 8:45am)

    LOCATION: Online, Zoom

    AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) clinical staff and contracted CBO providers are welcome. Capacity is limited. Open until filled.

    TRAINER: Cinthya Chin Herrera, PsyD, is the Director of Clinical & Community Training for Westcoast Children's Clinic.

    DESCRIPTION: See flyer

    CE CREDIT: 6 CE credits available

    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information
  • ACBH-Information Systems Notification
    Date and Time: 12/01/2021 @ 3:00 PM
    Incident Information Harassment Prevention Training assignment email sent in error

    Due to technical issues with the Alameda County Learning Management System (LMS), you may have received an email that Harassment Prevention for California Employees has been assigned to you.

    This email was sent in error. The County Training and Education Center (TEC) is aware of the problems and is working to find solutions.

    Although we were not responsible for this issue, we do apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have cause you.
    Support For additional assistance, please contact the IS Support Desk at his@acgov.org or 510-567-8181
  • Upcoming Trainings - December 2021 & January 2022
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

    Check out what trainings are on board for December 2021 and January 2022!

    To register for of the trainings, please go to the individual listing on the ACBH Training Calendar.
  • Toxic Stress, Vicarious Trauma, and Self Care
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

    January 7, 2022 1:00 – 3:00 PM

    Description: Understand the neurobiology of vicarious traumatization, toxic stress and the impact of long-term exposure to stress over time. The workshop also explores evidence-based strategies for recovery from toxic stress including how to leverage the brain’s ability to heal. Learn about micro-routines, how to add protective factors into our environment and how to develop a self-care plan that will really work to avoid burn-out.

    CE Credit: CE credits are not available for this training.

    Trainer: S. Brooke Briggance, Program Director of Cypress Resilience Project, a program of Public Health Institute.

    Please see attached flyer for details and REGISTRATION information
  • Clinical Supervision Skills Training
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Mind Matters

    December 16 & 17, 2021 9:00am - 4:00 pm (must attend both days)

    Description: The course is designed for clinicians to learn various facets of clinical supervision. The topics include complex responsibilities, evaluation of intern competence, working with interns with personal and/or professional challenges.

    CE Credit: 12 CE credits available only for County and ACBH contracted Provider staff. See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

    Trainers: Alice LoCicero, Psy.D. and Robert Deady, Psy.D.

    Please see attached flyer for details and REGISTRATION information
  • Cultural Tool Box - An Indigenous Perspective on Deep Healing
    A training brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services

    November 18, 2021 10:30am - 12:30 pm

    Description: The Cultural Toolbox: Will be taking a deep dive into community-defined healing practices and strategies for mental health and addiction recovery. This session is a follow-up to one conducted in 2020 and designed to deepen knowledge and its practical application.

    Trainer: Anton Treuer

    Please see attached flyer for details.
  • Transgender Day Of Remembrance
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services

    Friday, November 19th from 12-1:00 PM

    Please join ACBHCS Pride Coalition, in lifting up the names, stories and voices of our transgender siblings. This open space will offer an opportunity to share stories and remember those from our Transgender communities.

    View flyer for registration and details.
  • CalAIM Overview
    A message brought to you by James Wagner, ACBH Deputy Director of Clinical Operations

    Alameda County Behavioral Health is pleased to invite all contract providers to hear an overview on California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021; 1pm-2pm via zoom.

    Please see attached announcement for details.

    Please share to your staff who may be interested to attend.
  • The Mental Health Technology Conference
    A message brought to you by Behavioral Health Care Services, Mental Health Services Act

    Wednesday, November 10th 2021 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm

    You are invited to learn about and preview new technologies in mental health at the Mental Health Technology Conference

    See flyer for details and REGISTER HERE.
  • Linguistically Responsive & Trauma Informed Principles and Interventions for Spanish Speaking Clients *Presented in Spanish*
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

    Wednesday, December 15th, 2021; 10am-1:00pm (Registration at 9:45am)

    LOCATION: Online - Zoom

    AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) clinical staff and contracted CBO providers are welcome. Capacity is limited. Open until filled.

    TRAINER: Jeanette Lopez-Urbina, LCSW; see flyer for details

    DESCRIPTION: *TRAINING WILL BE PRESENTED IN SPANISH* Working with Spanish Speaking clients in service delivery can present unique challenges, including addressing complex challenges related to immigration trauma that many families have experienced. Youth and families served by community-based agencies usually seek out services to address a multitude of needs, such as symptoms and behaviors stemming from trauma, but also other psychological and socio-political challenges. Therefore, providers that serve this population often feel “stretched” in trying to meet the needs of the families as well as work towards engaging families in a way that feels linguistically and culturally appropriate. Therefore, this training will support bilingual Spanish-speaking providers in practicing their bilingualism when providing services to this population, especially in the area of trauma informed principles, as well as support in building on their culturally responsive interventions.

    CE CREDIT: 3 CE credits

    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information
  • Upcoming ACBH Trainings - November & December 2021
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

    Check out the upcoming ACBH trainings for November and December 2021! Please note: some trainings are "Save-the-Date", not open for registration yet. Once they are open, registration info will be posted on the ACBH and Provider site training calendars

    See FLYER for more details.
  • Knowing The Traumatized Afghan Refugee
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services

    Thursday, November 4th 2021 at 12 pm

    You and your guests are cordially invited to attend an educational Afghan community event ‘Knowing the Traumatized Afghan Refugee’.

    See FLYER for more details and REGISTRATION information.
  • Trauma-informed and Trauma-focused Interventions using Telehealth for Adult clients
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies

    November 19, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

    LOCATION: Virtual

    AUDIENCE: Alameda County BHCS and contracted provider clinical staff

    TRAINER: Ritchie Rubio, Ph.D.

    DESCRIPTION: The goal of this training is for participants to distinguish among some of the most commonly used and widely researched trauma-informed and trauma-focused interventions in working with clients who present with acute, chronic, or complex trauma. The training will primarily expand and strengthen the participants’ clinical skills on telehealth adaptations of trauma-focused and trauma-informed interventions in working with clients. The training will also increase the participants’ competencies in integrating telehealth adaptations of some culturally-adapted trauma-focused interventions in their clinical work with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) clients. Finally, the training will culminate in the participants’ development of a tentative plan on how to implement trauma-focused telehealth tools in their individual clinical practice and/or behavioral health programs.

    CE CREDIT: 2.0 CE credits available only for County and ACBH contracted Provider staff. See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
  • CANCELLED 11/4/21 Historical & Intergenerational Trauma Training
    A message brought to you by ACBH Workforce Education & Training

    The training is canceled until further notice.
  • SPACE STILL AVAILABLE: Monday, November 8, 2021; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

    YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training

    LOCATION: Virtual; First Aider Trainees must first complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in the Instructor-led videoconference (10am-5pm)

    DESCRIPTION: Youth Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training that teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors and health and human services workers and any other citizen how to identify, understand and respond to an adolescent (ages 12-18) who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.

    AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health staff and contracted providers who are interested in learning how to recognize signs and assist a young person in mental health or substance use crisis and non-crisis situations. Most appropriate for NON-CLINICIAL staff. No CEs provided.

    View FLYER for more details including REGISTRATION information.
  • Request For Nominations Of Individuals To Serve On The 2022/23 Budget Stakeholder Advisory Committee
    A message brought to you by ACBH Finance Division

    Alameda County Behavioral Health Care (ACBH) is forming the Fiscal Year 2022/23 Budget Stakeholder Advisory Committee (BSAC) to explore opportunities to optimize the behavioral health budget which may include solutions which not only address budgetary shortfalls, but also address projected revenue increases and most importantly reposition ACBH to a more viable system beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Nominations are due Monday, October 18.

    Please see memo for details.
  • Cultivating Ka-NNECTIONS - Filipino Am History Month Training

    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services & Filipino Advocates for Justice

    In honor of Filipino American History Month (October), please join us for a training to learn about the culture, values, and history of Filipinx American communities.

    CULTIVATING KA-NNECTIONS
    The "ka" character" in Philippine script, invokes the ideas of connection and our relations to each other.

    Monday, October 18

    10-11:30 AM via Zoom

    No CEUS available

    Please register for your Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYld-yvrjIiE9HLtXmJSgR63xB0_En8O5h7

    View flyer for full details.

    For more information, please email Cheryl.Narvaez@acgov.org.
  • Upcoming Trainings - Oct & Nov 2021!
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

    Check out what trainings are coming up this October and November! If you'd like to register one, please check the listing on our ACBH Training Calendar.

    View flyer for full details.
  • Motivational Interviewing Practice Workshop - Evoking Change Talk in Clients with Tobacco Dependence
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and LifeLong Medical Care Tobacco Treatment Program, located EBCRP

    Friday, October 22nd, 2021; 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    LOCATION: Virtual

    AUDIENCE: AOD Counselors, mental health and primary care providers, Health Educators, Community Cessation Facilitators, Case Managers, Home Health Care Workers, Nurses and other healthcare providers.

    TRAINER: Denise Jolicoeur, MPH, CH

    DESCRIPTION: Participants will practice MI Skills to help clients increase their expressions of reasons to change and move away from ambivalence about changing. This workshop is designed for the practitioner with prior training in Motivational Interviewing. Participants will be familiar with the Processes, Spirit and Micro-skills of Motivational Interviewing.

    CE CREDIT: 3.5 CE credits available only for County and ACBH contracted Provider staff. See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
  • CHANGES IN FORENSIC OUTPATIENT AND FSP PROGRAM OVERSIGHT
    A message brought to you by Jen Mullane and Kate Jones, Adult & Older Adult System of Care

    This communication is intended to alert you to changes in both forensic outpatient and FSP program oversight within the Adult/Older Adult System of Care. Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) is in the process of aligning forensic outpatient programs under the newly created Forensic, Diversion and Re-Entry System of Care, and is also moving all Full Service Partnership (FSP) programs under new ACBH leadership.

    View memo for full details.
  • COVID-19 Update/CME Educational Series - Impact of Current Surge, Vaccine Update
    A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

    The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a COVID-19 Update on Wednesday, September 22 from 12 – 1pm. This is a CME only event. Only CME credit will be given, but anyone who is interested can attend this meeting.

    The topic will be a COVID-19 Update regarding the delta variant and breakthrough cases. It will be presented by UC Berkeley Professor, Dr. John Swartzberg. Registration is not required.

    Please see link below:
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/907971421

    You can also dial in using your phone.

    United States: +1 (408) 650-3123
    Access Code: 907-971-421
  • African American Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Program
    A message brought to you by African American Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Program

    Friday, October 22, 2021; 9am-2:30pm

    LOCATION: Virtual/Online

    AUDIENCE: Clinical staff who provide services for African American Youth

    TRAINERS: Delane Casiano, MD, Karriem Salaam, MD

    DESCRIPTION: Training to enhance overall professional growth and improve clinical skills to help support mental health in African American youth during the COVID-19 pandemic

    CE CREDIT: 4.5 Hours for County and contracted Provider staff.

    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
  • Annual Compliance Training (Completion Deadline: October 15, 2021)
    A message brought to you by Ravi Mehta, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer

    Dear ACBH Providers:

    The Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (HCSA) is committed to the highest professional, clinical, and business conduct, and takes seriously its responsibility for good stewardship of public resources. As part of our commitment to comply with applicable laws, rules and regulations, the HCSA Office of Compliance Services provides annual compliance training to ensure you are aware of your obligations and responsibilities to a healthy and safe culture of professional and ethical conduct in all our business dealings.

    View memo for full details about the Annual Compliance Training.
  • HOPE Bridging The Gap, A Bay Area Symposium
    A message brought to you by Vanessa Baker, ACBH Division Director, Older Adult Services and The Schreiber Center

    Dear Provider,

    Plan to attend—a virtual symposium addressing the Behavioral Health needs of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disability.

    Bridging the Gap, A Bay Area Symposium presented via Webinar on Thursday, September 23, 2021, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

    Please see the memo for the full event description and access to the symposium registration link.

    Thank you,
    Vanessa Baker
    ACBH Division Director, Older Adult Services and The Schreiber Center.
  • ADULT Mental Health First Aid Training
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    LOCATION: Virtual; First Aider Trainees must first complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in the Instructor-led videoconference (10am-5pm)

    DESCRIPTION: Mental Health First Aid for adults is a skills-based training that teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge in adults ages 18 and over. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental health or substance use challenge.

    AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health staff and contracted providers who are interested in learning how to recognize signs and assist adults in mental health or substance use crisis and non-crisis situations. Most appropriate for NON-CLINICIAL staff. No CEs provided.

    View FLYER for more details including REGISTRATION information.
  • YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

    Monday, November 8, 2021; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    LOCATION: Virtual; First Aider Trainees must first complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in the Instructor-led videoconference (10am-5pm)

    DESCRIPTION: Youth Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training that teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors and health and human services workers and any other citizen how to identify, understand and respond to an adolescent (ages 12-18) who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.

    AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health staff and contracted providers who are interested in learning how to recognize signs and assist a young person in mental health or substance use crisis and non-crisis situations. Most appropriate for NON-CLINICIAL staff. No CEs provided.

    View FLYER for more details including REGISTRATION information.
  • ACBH New Staff Announcement
    A message brought to you by James Wagner, Deputy Director of Clinical Operations

    Please join me in welcoming the newest member of the Alameda County Behavioral Health Executive Leadership Team, Dr. Clyde H. Lewis, Jr. as the new Interim Director of Substance Use Disorder Services!

    See memo for full details.
  • Upcoming Trainings! Sept-Oct 2021
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

    Please see the attached list for ACBH's upcoming trainings in September and October. Trainings listed here are for you to Save-the-Date, as not all are open for registration yet.

    Once trainings are open for registration, they will be posted on the Training Calendars at the following links. Hope to see you at a future training!
  • ACBH 2021-22 GRADUATE INTERN STIPEND PROGRAM (GISP) APPLICATION AVAILABLE
    A message brought to you by MHSA

    Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) is pleased to announce that the FY2021-22 application cycle for the Graduate Intern Stipend Program (GISP) is now open!

    The application, instructions, and eligibility requirements are posted HERE.

    PLEASE INSTRUCT STUDENTS TO COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE APPLICATION ONLINE ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021.

    View full memo for more details.
  • ACBH-IS Service Alert Notification – Planned Public Website Maintenance
    Date and Time: 09/01/2021 12:30PM
    Incident Information ACBH Public website will be down for maintenance/offline for up to 4 hours

    Users Affected ACBH Public website users
    Systems Impacted ACBH Public website
    Outage Type Planned Maintenance
    Start Time Wednesday, 09/01/2021 @ 4 pm
    End Time Wednesday, 09/01/2021 @ 8:00 pm
    Status Planned
    Next Notification None
    Workaround There is no workaround
    Details Due to system upgrade and maintenance the ACBH public website (http://www.acbhcs.org/) will be down on 9/1/2021 from 4pm until 8pm.

    This is necessary for general maintenance. This maintenance will not affect access to the ACBH network, email, drives, data files, or other systems and applications. These services will remain available and operational.

    We will send an announcement if the website becomes available sooner than planned.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Oakland Pride 2021 Update: Cancelled!
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services and Oakland Pride

    It is with great regret that Oakland Pride has to cancel our in-person Parade and Festival this year...BUT, we will be doing an online Digital Pride!

    We are saddened that this decision had to be made, we feel it's the best choice considering the obstacles we faced planning a safe event while in the middle of a pandemic.

    Our number one concern in producing Oakland Pride, is SAFETY. We want our event to be a safe place for all...and this year we can't guarantee that if we gathered in person. The only thing Oakland Pride wants to SPREAD in the LGBTQ+ community is LOVE!
  • Behavioral Health Clinicians II or Equivalent: Opportunity for Overtime
    A message brought to you by Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH)

    Help support the mental health of adults incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

    Overtime is available with Adult Forensic Behavioral Health for the classification of Behavioral Health Clinician II. Behavioral Health Clinicians will receive overtime pay PLUS an additional 15% footnote.

    Overtime is available for all shifts, including overnight shifts (11:30pm - 7:00am), upon request. Please note, overnight shifts are strictly voluntary.

    Please Note: Overtime must be approved by your immediate supervisor and not interfere with regular job duties. Staff selected for overtime must also pass a comprehensive background check conducted by Alameda County Sherriff.

    Job duties: Duties include individual mental health services, screening and assessment, and crisis intervention

    Please see attached flyer for more information.
  • ACBH-IS completed urgent Insyst maintenance

    Incident Information Planned Insyst Maintenance - COMPLETED

    Users Affected Insyst Users - only
    Systems Impacted InSyst billing system
    Outage Type Scheduled Urgent Maintenance
    Start Time 08/27/2021 @ 12:00 Noon
    End Time 08/29/2021 @ 8:00 PM
    Status Completed
    Next Notification This is the final update
    Workaround N/A
    Details ACBH-Information Systems completed urgent maintenance and Insyst is available again.

  • ACBH-IS Service Alert Notification
    Date and Time: 08/19/2021 3:30PM
    Incident Information Insyst Billing System planned maintenance beginning Friday 08/27/2021 @ 12 Noon

    Users Affected InSyst Users - Only
    Systems Impacted Insyst Billing System
    Outage Type Planned Maintenance - Required
    Start Time Friday, 08/27/2021 @ 12 noon
    End Time Sunday, 08/29/2021 @ 8:00 pm
    Status Planned
    Next Notification None
    Workaround
    • Clinician’s Gateway will still be available so delivery of services will continue
    • Interim processes are in place in CG so clinicians will still be able to create draft notes on new clients
    • See your Admin Support staff for the appropriate forms to use for the time Insyst is unavailable. Forms are on the Providers website.
    • Hold the Client Registrations and admissions for new clients, and service entry into Insyst until Monday, August 30, 2021.
    Details Due to system upgrade and maintenance Insyst will NOT be available from 12 noon on Friday, 08/27, to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, 08/29.

    This is necessary for urgent maintenance. This maintenance will not affect access to the ACBH network, email, drives, data files, or other systems and applications. These services will remain available and operational.

    We will send an announcement if the system becomes available sooner than planned.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.
    Support For additional assistance, please contact the IS Support Desk at his@acgov.org or 510-567-8181
  • ACBH-IS Service Alert Notification
    Date and Time: 08/19/2021 3:30PM
    Incident Information Intermittent Network Interruptions due to planned maintenance

    Users Affected All Users
    Systems Impacted InSyst, Clinician’s Gateway, Shared Drives, Citrix Desktop/Apps
    Outage Type Planned Maintenance
    Start Time Wednesday, 08/25/2021 @ 5:00 pm
    End Time Wednesday, 08/25/2021 @ 7:00 pm
    Status Planned
    Next Notification None
    Workaround N/A
    Details Due to system maintenance you may experience brief network interruptions from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday 08/25.

    This is necessary for urgent maintenance.

    We will send an announcement if the planned maintenance is completed sooner than planned.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Structural Competence In The Clinical Setting - September 24, 2021
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services and Pathways to Wellness

    Date: Friday, Sept 24, 2021 9:00am-1:30pm

    Description: Cultural competence as a concept is ubiquitous and well known. However, cultural competence falls short in developing a truly transformative care delivery system that is responsive to those seeking care. Instead, this training seeks to help learners go upstream. By going upstream, we consider a structural model, striving for structural competence and how to apply this methodology in a clinical setting.

    Click here to view flyer.
  • AC Loan Repayment Program for BH Clinicians, APPLY thru Aug 31.
    A message brought to you by ACBH Workforce Development

    The Alameda County Loan Repayment Program (ACLRP) is NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS until 5pm on August 31, 2021 for the 2021/22 award cycle. Eligible award recipients may receive up to $10,000 towards the repayment of existing educational loans as they work in their behavioral health career!
    See full program announcement here.

  • ACBH Pride Coalition Invites You To Oakland Pride 2021
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services

    Date: Sunday, September 12th

    Location: The assembly area is located on 14th Street between Broadway and Clay Streets in Oakland.

    Time: The assembly area will be open starting at 9am and the parade will begin promptly at 10:30am.

    Join us for:

    • Float and Parade Route
    • Food & Beverages
    • Rainbow and Fairy Princess
    • Resource Booth
    • Wellness Resources
    • Educational Material Giveaway


    Click here to view flyer for details.
  • The Cultural Toolbox: An Indigenous Perspective on Deep Healing
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services

    Date: November 18th, 2021 10:30 am—12:30 pm

    Description: The Cultural Toolbox: An Indigenous Perspective on Deep Healing will be taking a deep dive into community-defined healing practices and strategies for mental health and addiction recovery. This session is a follow-up to one conducted in 2020 and designed to deepen knowledge and its practical application.

    Click here to view flyer.
  • June 2021 CA Health Equity Summit Videos
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services

    Enjoy the Summit again…..

    The recordings from the 2021 Virtual California Health Equity Summit: Healing Communities Beyond 2020: Our Health, Our Culture, Our Climate. #ElevatingVoices are now available for viewing. You can access the recordings by clicking on the below links or the links in the attached program.

    Please note that Stacey Abrams recorded session will be only available for viewing for 30 days (Sept 5th) and the remaining sessions till October 11th for viewing. The recordings cannot be downloaded.

    Click here to access recordings
  • Provision of Mental Health Services with Latinx Populations: An Intersectional Approach
    A message brought to you by ACBH and Office of Ethnic Services

    Date: September 17, 2021 11:00 am—1:00 pm

    Description: This is a two-hour workshop addressing the inequities and barriers to care, and their solutions, for Latinx individuals and communities.

    Click here to view flyer.
  • Clinical Documentation Standards Training Program for Mental Health Master Contract Providers and County Clinics and Programs
    A message brought to you by ACBH Quality Assurance (QA) and ACBH Training Unit

    This training program will be offered via three recorded, self-paced modules* or three live-virtual sessions hosted by Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) Quality Assurance.

    DATES:

    Live-Virtual Training Sessions:

    • Module 1: Assessments- August 16th 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Module 2: Treatment Plan- August 18th 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Module 3: Procedure Code & Progress Notes- August 20th, 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

    Release Date for Recorded Modules- August 9th, 2021

    LOCATION: Live-Virtual OR Pre-Recorded

    AUDIENCE: Clinical staff from ACBH Contracted Agencies and County Clinics and Programs rendering Specialty Mental Health Services. Please choose to either participate in the self-paced option or live-virtual sessions. All three modules must be completed to receive CE credits*.

    TRAINERS: Amy Saucier, LMFT, ACBH Clinical Review Specialist Supervisor; Danielle Pence LMFT, LPCC, ACBH Clinical Review Specialist; Cameron Duvall, LMFT, ACBH Clinical Review Specialist

    DESCRIPTION: The 3-part training is a review of ACBH & Medi-Cal documentation requirements for specialty mental health services including counseling & coordination of care services and the CQRT.

    CE CREDIT: 6 CE credits available only for County and ACBH contracted Provider staff.

    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information

    *At this time, Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists are only available for the live-virtual sessions.
  • Sept 2021 Registration Open - Suicide Assessment & Intervention For YOUTH & ADULTS
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

    September is National Suicide Prevention Month. In recognition, ACBH is offering two Suicide Assessment & Intervention Trainings; one for Adult populations and one for Youth. Please see posting information and flyers below for details.

    ADULT focused - Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training (6 CEs)
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

    Monday, September 13th, (Part 1) AND Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 (Part 2), 9:00 - 12:30pm (both days). Must attend both days to complete the training.

    LOCATION: Online via Zoom

    AUDIENCE: The training is for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with adults experiencing a suicidal crisis. This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) and contracted Provider Staff. CE credit is only available for County staff and contracted ACBH provider staff.

    TRAINER: Cris Rita, MA, Community Education Coordinator and Instructor at Crisis Support Services of Alameda County.

    DESCRIPTION: The workshop uses a combination of teaching methods, including didactic work, lecture, and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own feelings toward suicide and suicidal clients. The workshop will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner’s model. Participants will learn methods of suicide risk assessment and will be introduced to screening tools that aid in determining risk. Emphasis will be placed on how to talk about and ask about suicide with a client.

    REGISTRATION Limited – open until filled. See FLYER for details.

    YOUTH focused - Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training (6 CEs)
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

    Tuesday, September 21st, (Part 1) AND Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 (Part 2); 9:00am - 12:30pm. Must attend both days to complete the training.

    LOCATION: Online via Zoom

    AUDIENCE: The training is for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with children or adolescents experiencing a suicidal crisis. This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) and Provider Staff (County units and contracted community-based organizations). CE credit is only available for County staff and contracted ACBH provider staff.

    TRAINER: Cris Rita, MA, Community Education Coordinator and Instructor at Crisis Support Services of Alameda County.

    DESCRIPTION: The workshop uses a combination of teaching methods, including didactic work, lecture, and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own feelings toward suicide and suicidal clients. Participants will learn methods of suicide risk assessment and will be introduced to screening tools that aid in determining risk. Emphasis will be placed on how to talk about and ask about suicide with a client.

    REGISTRATION Limited – open until filled. See FLYER for details.
  • Upcoming ACBH Trainings - August & September 2021
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

    Please click on the announcement below to check out what's on board for ACBH-sponsored trainings in August and September 2021! Remember to go to the ACBH Training Calendar to find the flyers and registration links for each one!

    View trainings list here.
  • InSyst Medi-Cal Eligibility Verification Connectivity To State
    A message brought to you by Cecilia Serrano, Finance Director, and Lisa Moore, Billing and Benefits Support Director

    Effective August 1, 2021, InSyst will not have the ability to connect to the State's Medi-Cal Eligibility information and provide Medi-Cal eligibility verification in real time. This is anticipated to be a short-term issue that should resolved within the next few months.

    Please see attached memo for more information and instructions on manually entering InSyst eligibility records.
  • Tobacco Treatment for Priority Populations: HIV/AIDS VIRTUAL Brief Intervention Workshop
    A message brought to you by Alameda County Public Health and Behavioral Health

    Friday August 27th, 2021, 9am-1pm

    LOCATION: Virtual/Online

    AUDIENCE: Clinical staff who provide services for clients with HIV/AIDS.

    TRAINER: Amali Lubega, M.D.

    DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn how tobacco-use impacts the health and survival outcomes of people living with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis. Antiviral medications have greatly prolonged the life expectancy of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, however tobacco use health effects continues to be the leading cause of death among this group, making it imperative to support cessation efforts for this population.

    CE CREDIT: 3.5 CE credits available only for County and contracted Provider staff. See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information
  • Achievements - Greater Bay Area Workforce Collaborative
    A message brought to you by ACBH Workforce Development, Education and Training Unit

    Alameda County Behavioral Health, Workforce Education and Training (ACBH WET) is excited to share about the legacy and stories of partnership that it has been involved in building for the last 12 years with the Greater Bay Area (GBA) Mental Health and Education Workforce Collaborative (the Collaborative).

    The Collaborative was funded by the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) Workforce, Education and Training (WET). Alameda County Behavioral Health was the regional lead and fiscal agent for this funding and had contracted with California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) to lead the Collaborative, managing long-term initiatives, strategies, pipeline development, and training. The Collaborative represented many different counties, agencies, organizations and institutions, all committed to expanding the Greater Bay Area's public mental/behavioral health workforce.

    Click here to view full memo.
  • Cherry Hill OPEN For Intakes
    A message brought to you by Substance Use Continuum of Care

    Dear ACBH Staff & Providers,

    We are pleased to inform you that Cherry Hill Sobering and Detox Center is open for intakes effective today. Thank you for your patience, and please feel free to refer individuals in need of sobering/detox services by contacting Cherry Hill directly at 1-866-866-7496.

    Nathan Hobbs, LCSW
    Director, Substance Use Continuum of Care
  • Alameda County Loan Repayment Program (ACLRP) - Application cycle open July 1, 2021
    A message brought to you by Workforce Development, MHSA

    Alameda County Behavioral Health, in partnership with The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), is excited to announce the upcoming Alameda County Loan Repayment Program that will be open for applications on July 1, 2021! The program will award up to $10,000 towards educational loans to those currently providing behavioral health clinical services within Alameda County. Those who are best suited to meet award qualifications are: clinical service providers that are multilingual, serve ethnically and/or culturally diverse communities, and are currently in hard-to-retain/fill positions.

    For more information and the application process go to calmhsa.org/grants/. For questions please email: aclrp@calmhsa.org and include “Alameda County Loan Repayment” in the subject line.
  • June/July 2021, Upcoming Training Offerings
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

    All ACBH trainings are being provided online until further notice. ACBH sponsored trainings are listed below for JUNE and JULY 2021. We are grateful that we are able to continue to provide quality and engaging trainings during this time of uncertainty. Thank you for your support and continued interest in ACBH trainings.

    View flyer for details on our upcoming trainings.
  • Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training (Adult focused)
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

    Monday, July 19 (Part 1) AND Wednesday, July 21, 2021 (Part 2), 9:00 - 12:30pm (both days). Must attend both days to complete training.

    LOCATION: Online via GotoWebinar

    AUDIENCE: Registration and CE credit is for Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted Provider Staff. This topic is suited for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with adults experiencing a suicidal crisis.

    TRAINER: Cris Rita, MA, Community Education Coordinator and Instructor at Crisis Support Services of Alameda County.

    DESCRIPTION: The workshop uses a combination of teaching methods, including didactic work, lecture, and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own feelings toward suicide and suicidal clients. The workshop will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner’s model. Participants will learn methods of suicide risk assessment and will be introduced to screening tools that aid in determining risk. Emphasis will be placed on how to talk about and ask about suicide with a client.

    See FLYER for additional details and REGISTRATION information.
  • Cultural Responsiveness Practices and The LBGTQ Community
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

    June 24, 2021 10:00 am — 1:15 pm

    Description: The overarching focus for this training is to increase understanding, awareness and consistent utilization of CR practices and procedures in order to improve services and in turn outcomes for LGBTQ communities.

    Trainer: Adele James

    Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yFm5UsHDTs-_HScoVQxzWA

    View flyer for more details.
  • Pride Month Celebration
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

    June 23, 11am–12pm

    Please join Side by Side in a discussion on the history of Pride and what it has to do with the work Our Space does today!

    View flyer for more details.
  • Preventing Vicarious Trauma (NEW DATES, postponed from May)
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies

    Thursday, JULY 8th, AND Friday, JULY 9th, 2021; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    LOCATION: Zoom

    AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health, Mental Health Staff and providers from contracted community-based organizations

    TRAINER: Beverly Kyer, MSW

    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. Direct care staff and management are encouraged/prompted to understand their vulnerabilities and recognize early their own and their colleagues warning signs of secondary and vicarious stress. Management is also provided with strategies to promote a more secondary trauma informed work environment and support the maintenance of professional and personal wellbeing in valued staff. See flyer for additional details.

    CE CREDIT: No CEs are available for this training

    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
  • ACBH Sponsored Vaccine Pods For Youth Ages 12-18
    A message brought to you by Child and Young Adult System of Care

    Please find attached an official ACBH announcement with regard to the youth Covid-19 Vaccine Pods for Alameda County Behavioral Health clients ages 12-18 years of age. Please read carefully and share with your clinical teams so that families may begin to be contacted and registered. Please note that these vaccine pods are for children and youth who are currently receiving behavioral health services through ACBH.

    If there are questions, please send them to our general email box InfoACBH.CYASOC@acgov.org.
  • ACBH Trainings In June 2021
    A message brought to you by ACBH Workforce Education & Training

    All ACBH trainings are being provided online until further notice. We are grateful that we are able to continue to provide quality and engaging trainings during this time of uncertainty. Thank you for your support and continued interest in ACBH trainings.

    See our upcoming ACBH Training Opportunities for June 2021.
  • New Assistant Director For Outpatient Services
    A message brought to you by Juan Taizan, Interim Director, Forensic, Diversion, and Re-entry System of Care

    Please see the attached departmental information notice and org chart from Juan Taizan (Interim Director of the Forensic, Diversion, and Re-entry System of Care), regarding important updates for the Forensic System of Care.
  • Engaging Consumers/Clients and Families in Behavioral Health Treatment
    A message brought to you by the ACBH Workforce Education & Training Unit

    Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021, 9:00 AM – 1:15 PM

    LOCATION: Zoom

    AUDIENCE: Clinical ACBH and contracted Provider staff. CE credit is only provided for County and ACBH contracted Provider staff.

    TRAINERS: Ellen Muir and Betsy Baum Block

    DESCRIPTION: The spread of COVID-19 forced staff to pivot and serve clients differently which may have been frustrating and challenging for consumers/clients and staff alike. At the same time, the pivot to engaging with our clients virtually can be a blessing, an advantage, or a barrier providing services to support our clients and the communities we serve. What if these new tools are gifts for our clients’ progress and make us more accessible? This course is designed to build upon staff’s existing engagement tools to identify how to better engage with clients and consumers remotely or while practicing social distancing as required to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Staff will tap into their many roles and experiences that can be creatively utilized to connect and embed into ongoing practice.

    CE CREDIT: 4 CE credits available only for County and ACBH contracted Provider staff. See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
  • Welcome Jameka Polk And Gina Battaglia - New SUD Administrative Assistant And Program Specialist
    A message brought to you by Office of the Director

    Please join us in sending a warm virtual welcome to Jameka Polk and Gina Battaglia to our Department! Attached below are the staff announcements for more information.

    View Jameka Polk memo for more details.

    View Gina Battaglia memo for more details.
  • Working with Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021; 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    LOCATION: Zoom, after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    AUDIENCE: Alameda County ACBH and contracted CBO clinical staff

    TRAINER: Jennifer Baity

    DESCRIPTION: This Training offers a comprehensive overview for counselors and therapists on topics related to assessing and treating people with co-occurring disorders (CODs). Many programs and services are not designed to handle the specific needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders, which can lead to a chronic cycle of program entry, exit and re-entry. Learn which of your clients are at highest risk for COD and how you can utilize evidence-based practices in your practice to help them recover. This training will also cover harm reduction, relapse prevention, mental health and substance abuse. Your case examples will be used to assist you with clients you currently serve.

    CE CREDIT: 6.5 CE credits available

    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
  • DSM-5 Diagnosis for Clinicians Providing Services for Children, Adolescents, and/or Transition Age Youth
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Mind Matters, LLC

    Monday, June 14th, 2021, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

    DESCRIPTION: This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to understand and make mental health diagnoses of children, adolescents, and transition age youth using DSM-5 criterion. Participants will be familiar with diagnoses of children, adolescents, and transition age youth and apply this knowledge for differential diagnosis.

    LOCATION: Online

    AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted provider Clinical staff.

    TRAINER: Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW, see flyer for details

    CE CREDIT: 4 CE credits available only for County and ACBH contracted Provider staff. See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION link
  • DSM-5 Diagnosis for Clinicians Providing Services for Adults and/or Older Adults
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Mind Matters, LLC

    Monday, June 28th, 2021, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

    DESCRIPTION: This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to understand and make mental health diagnoses of adults and older adults using DSM-5 criterion. Participants will be familiar with diagnoses of adults and older adults and apply this knowledge for differential diagnosis.

    LOCATION: Online

    AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted provider Clinical staff.

    TRAINER: Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW, see flyer for details

    CE CREDIT: 4 CE credits available only for County and ACBH contracted Provider staff. See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

    See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION link
  • Tobacco Virtual Symposium "The Stolen Years -Local Program Strategies to Address Tobacco in Behavioral Health"
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Lifelong Medical Care, Tobacco Treatment Program

    Friday, June 11, 2021; 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    LOCATION: Online, a video conference link will be sent upon registration.

    AUDIENCE: All direct service providers at health and behavioral health care agencies interested in current evidence around the benefits of tobacco treatment in mental health and substance use populations.

    DESCRIPTION: see flyer

    CE CREDIT: 2.5 CE credits available only for County and ACBH contracted Provider staff. See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

    See FLYER for details

    REGISTRATION link: The Stolen Years: Strategies to address Tobacco in Behavioral Health Tickets, Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite
  • Cherry Hill Detox Program is Open for Intake
    A message brought to you by ACBH Substance Use Continuum of Care

    Dear ACBH Providers and Staff:

    Effective this morning, Cherry Hill Detox facility is open again for intakes. Please be aware that all incoming clients to Cherry Hill will be tested for COVID at the time of intake to Sobering Center. Clients do not need an advance appointment or proof of negative test as a pre-condition for entering Cherry Hill. For more information, contact Cherry Hill at 1-866-866-7496.

    View flyer here.

    Thank you.
  • POSTPONED - Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training (Adult focused)
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

    Monday, May 24 (Part 1) AND Wednesday, Mary 26, 2021 (Part 2), 9:00 - 12:30pm (both days). Must attend both days to complete training.

    PLEASE NOTE: THIS TRAINING WILL BE RE-ANNOUNCED WHEN NEW DATES ARE AVAILABLE.

    LOCATION: Online via GotoWebinar

    AUDIENCE: Registration and CE credit is for Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) and contracted Provider Staff. This topic is suited for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with adults experiencing a suicidal crisis.

    TRAINER: Cris Rita, MA, Community Education Coordinator and Instructor at Crisis Support Services of Alameda County.

    DESCRIPTION: The workshop uses a combination of teaching methods, including didactic work, lecture, and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own feelings toward suicide and suicidal clients. The workshop will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner’s model. Participants will learn methods of suicide risk assessment and will be introduced to screening tools that aid in determining risk. Emphasis will be placed on how to talk about and ask about suicide with a client.

    See FLYER for additional details and REGISTRATION information.
  • POSTPONED: Preventing Vicarious Trauma May 13 &14
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

    Due to sudden unforeseen circumstances, Beverley Kyer’s “Preventing Vicarious Trauma” training on May 13 and 14 needs to be POSTPONED. A new web-post and flyer will be announced once new dates are rescheduled. If you are currently registered for this training, you’ll be asked to re-register when the new dates are available. On behalf of ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Center, we apologize for the short notice and appreciate your understanding.
  • ACBH - IS Notification - Scheduled Server Maintenance - 5/14-5/16
    Date and Time: 05/07/2021 @ 6:15 PM
    Information Due to needed server maintenance all Behavioral Health applications will be down on Friday May 14th starting at 8:00pm until Sunday May 16th at noon. The applications that will be down include InSyst, Clinicians Gateway, Citrix, File Shares, Yellowfin, E-cura and LaserFiche. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we expect all systems to be back to normal operations by noon on Sunday May 16th
    Users Affected ACBH users and Providers.
    Impact InSyst, CG, Citrix, File Shares, Yellowfin, E-cura and LaserFiche will not be available.
    Workaround Email, Teams, and other Microsoft applications will be available through the Office 365 Portal at https://portal.office.com
    Details The maintenance will involve upgrading servers. This includes security patches as well as some new features. We will be bringing Citrix Down during the maintenance.
    Support For additional assistance, please contact the IS Support Desk at his@acgov.org or 510-567-8181
  • Annual Reports: Fiscal Year 2020-2021 InSyst Data Input Reminder
    A message brought to you by ACBH Information Systems

    The final deadline for data input or correction in the InSyst system for services provided to clients in the 2020-21 fiscal year is Friday, July 23rd, 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 20-21 fiscal year. No corrections or additional input for this fiscal year (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021) can be entered into InSyst after July 23rd.

    ACBH Information Systems will begin distribution of the annual reports the week of August 16, 2021. If you do not receive reports by the end of that week, please call the ACBH Support Desk at (510) 567-8181.

    Please note: It is the responsibility of each provider to retain these annual reports. Should you have any questions, please call your Fiscal Contract Manager for assistance.
  • Who are Pacific Islanders? Who cares for our mental health?
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services

    Date: Thursday, May 27, 9:30-11 am

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify three primary Pacific Islander groups in Alameda County
    • Learn about mental health disparities and data inequities related to Pacific Islanders
    • Learn culturally and linguistically responsive ways to serve and outreach to Pacific Islanders

    View flyer for more information.
  • Asian American Community Reflections
    A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services

    Date: Wednesday, May 19 2021, 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.

    Description: This event creates a safe space centering the voices of Asian/Asian American staff at Alameda County Behavioral Health and its contracted providers in light of increasing anti-Asian violence.

    View flyer for more information.
  • Serving Asian/Asian American Communities: A Panel Discussion Addressing Diversity and Inclusion
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

    Date: Wednesday, May 26, 12-1:30 pm

    ACBH Office of Ethnic Services invites you to this training in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

    View flyer for more information.
  • Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021!
    A message brought to you by Office of the ACBH Director

    I am very honored to take this time to recognize and call your attention to members of our shared community. As we are recognizing May 2021 as Mental Health Awareness Month, we are also commemorating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021!!!

    Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May of each year. This year, such recognition is particularly important because of the impacts of COVID-19 and the violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

    View memo for full details.
  • STARS And Telecare To Provide Crisis And Inpatient Psychiatric Services To Youth Ages 12 To 17
    A message brought to you by Office of the Director

    Please see the attached departmental information notice to our community partners regarding psychiatric services at the Willow Rock Adolescent Psychiatric Health Facility located on the Fairmont Campus in San Leandro, California.
  • May/June 2021 - Upcoming Trainings
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

    Please find attached, ACBH's training offerings for MAY and JUNE 2021. Trainings listed here are for general information. Some are open for registration, some have yet to be open, and some are full. If there is a training you would like to attend, please go to the listing for that topic on the ACBH Intranet Training Calendar, or on the Provider Site Training Calendar.

    Thank you for your support and continued interest in ACBH trainings!
  • Training: Law and Ethics in Social Work & Mental Health Practice
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

    Friday, June 25th, 2021; 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (Registration at 8:45 am)

    LOCATION: Zoom

    AUDIENCE: ACBH and contracted CBO clinical staff

    TRAINER: Daniel Taube, J.D., Ph.D.

    DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to give MHPs an opportunity to renew and sharpen their ability to engage in knowledgeable and effective ethical decision-making, and to understand and apply ethical and legal standards to challenges inherent in clinical work. The course has the goal of assisting participants in better managing the risks of clinical practice. It will be taught at an intermediate level and is appropriate for currently licensed professionals and advanced pre-licensed professionals. This course meets and exceeds the Board of Psychology's mandated ethics and law update requirement, and the Board of Behavioral Sciences 6-hour update requirement. (see flyer for more details)

    6 CEs available for Masters and Doctorate level professionals

    See FLYER for details & REGISTRATION information.
  • STILL ROOM To Register - April 27 &29 - Suicide Assessment & Intervention (Youth Focused)
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

    There is STILL ROOM in next week's Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training (Youth focused) - 6 CE credits.

    Date: Tuesday, April 27th, (Part 1) AND Thursday, April 29th, 2021 (Part 2);

    Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm.

    Must attend both days to complete the training.

    See Flyer to register and for details.
  • Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training (Adult focused)
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

    Monday, May 24 (Part 1) AND Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (Part 2),
    9:00 - 12:30pm (both days). Must attend both days to complete training.


    LOCATION: Online via GotoWebinar

    AUDIENCE: Registration and CE credit is for Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted Provider Staff. This topic is suited for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with adults experiencing a suicidal crisis.

    TRAINER: Cris Rita, MA, Community Education Coordinator and Instructor at Crisis Support Services of Alameda County.

    DESCRIPTION: The workshop uses a combination of teaching methods, including didactic work, lecture, and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own feelings toward suicide and suicidal clients. The workshop will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner’s model. Participants will learn methods of suicide risk assessment and will be introduced to screening tools that aid in determining risk. Emphasis will be placed on how to talk about and ask about suicide with a client.

    See FLYER for additional details and REGISTRATION information.
  • External Quality Review of Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health FY20-21 Findings
    A message brought to you by Office of the Director

    As many are aware, every year ACBH participates in an external quality system review that provides our department with recommendations and information on innovative or best-practices to improve county behavioral health department operations. Specifically, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires this annual, independent external evaluation of State Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) by an External Quality Review Organization (EQRO). Last November 3-November 5, 2020, Behavioral Health Concepts, Inc., the state of California’s External Quality Review Organization (CalEQRO), conducted one such review of our department. This review of Alameda County’s Specialty Mental Health Services resulted in important feedback delivered to our system.

    View memo for full details.
  • ACBH Has Launched the #ByYourSide Campaign for Substance Use Continuum
    A message brought to you by Office of the Director

    As a follow-up to the #By Your Side announcement last week, we are pleased to share the campaign officially kicked-off on social media on Thursday, April 15th!

    See FLYER for more details.
  • RE-SCHEDULED Training Dates: Navigating "the New Normal" Pandemic & a World Under Stress (rescheduled from March)
    A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

    Part 1: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:00am - 12:10pm AND
    Part 2: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am
    Must attend both days to complete the training



    NOTE: This is the SAME class that was postponed from MARCH 24 & 29. If you ALREADY signed up for this training in March, please do not re-register as your name is already on the roster.

    LOCATION: Zoom

    AUDIENCE: ACBH staff and contracted Provider staff. Course content is applicable for clinical, consumer, administrative, managerial, program & support staff.

    TRAINERS: Ellen Muir, LCSW, ORSCC; Betsy Baum Block, MPP, CPCC, ORSCC, ACC

    DESCRIPTION: The worldwide COVID-19 Pandemic coupled with stay at home orders, increased demands on workers to care for family members, economic hardships, national political tensions and more, has pushed workers and those they serve to struggle how to navigate the rapid-fire changes to their daily lives. The same stressors and demands are also being experienced by consumers and their families, affecting their participation in their behavioral health treatment. This course will explore the impact on consumers/clients, and clinical practice approaches needed to support consumer/client treatment goals.

    CE CREDIT: 4.5 CE credits available only for County and ACBH contracted Provider staff. See flyer for specific information.

    REGISTRATION: there are a FEW spaces left; open until filled: See FLYER for link.
  • California Health Equity Summit 2021
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

    Date: June 10-11, 2021

    Location: Virtual

    Description: Healing Communities Beyond 2020: Our Health, Our Culture, Our Climate

    Please see attachment for more details and registration.
  • ACBH Community Announcement - New SUD Public Information Campaign
    A message brought to you by Substance Use Continuum Of Care

    ACBH is happy to announce a new SUD Public Information Campaign spearheaded by the Substance Use Continuum of Care Unit. The anticipated start date is April 12, 2021.

    Please see the attached announcement for more information.

    Thank you.
  • Asian American POCC Town Hall - April 20, 2021 At 1pm
    A message brought to you by Khatera Aslami, Consumer Empowerment Manager

    Please see flyer for the Asian American POCC Town Hall on April 20, 2021 from 1 - 4pm
  • Announcing E-Subscribe Feature On ACBH Training Calendar
    A message brought to you by ACBH Workforce Education & Training

    WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET NOTIFIED ABOUT UPCOMING ACBH TRAININGS? The e-Subscribe feature is now available on the ACBH Provider Community’s Website - Training Calendar.

    All you have to do is go to the provider’s training calendar link here, click the button, then enter your details. Once subscribed, anytime the Training Calendar is updated you will receive an email notification!
  • HSCA MaskOn Campaign Unveiling
    A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

    Please join us virtually for HSCA, REACH Ashland, and ACBH Office of Ethnic Services MaskOn Mural Unveiling this Friday, April 2, 2021 at 2:00pm. We will be broadcasting the event through Zoom. The event is for all ACBH staff and anyone who wants to join the virtual event.

    Please see the attached flyer for more information.

    Thank you and be well.
    • YOUTH Mental Health First Aid (Virtual Training)
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

      Wednesday, May 12, 2021; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

      LOCATION: Virtual/Online

      DESCRIPTION: YOUTH Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis & non-crisis situations.

      AUDIENCE: Most appropriate for NON-CLINICIAL staff; Alameda County Behavioral Health staff and contracted providers who are interested in learning how to recognize signs and assist someone in a mental health or substance-use crisis, and non-crisis situations.

      PRE-REQUISITES: Two-hours of online, pre-coursework is required to be completed prior to the virtual training date. As capacity is extremely limited, please register with the intent to complete the pre-requisite work AND attend the full-day live session.

      View FLYER for details and REGISTRATION link.
    • ADULT Mental Health First Aid (Virtual Training)
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

      Tuesday, June 1st, 2021; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

      LOCATION: Virtual/Online

      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 adult in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and connect them with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

      AUDIENCE: Most appropriate for NON-CLINICIAL staff; Alameda County Behavioral Health staff and contracted providers who are interested in learning how to recognize signs and assist someone in a mental health or substance-use crisis, and non-crisis situations.

      PRE-REQUISITES: Two-hours of online, pre-coursework is required to be completed prior to the virtual training date. As capacity is extremely limited, please register with the intent to complete the pre-requisite work AND attend the full-day live session.

      View FLYER for details and REGISTRATION link.
    • Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training (Youth focused) - 6 CEs
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

      Tuesday, April 27th, (Part 1) AND Thursday, April 29th, 2021 (Part 2); 9:00am - 12:30pm. Must attend both days to complete the training.

      LOCATION: Online via GoToWebinar

      AUDIENCE: The training is for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with children or adolescents experiencing a suicidal crisis. This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) and Provider Staff (County units and contracted community-based organizations). CE credit is only available for County staff and contracted ACBH provider staff.

      TRAINER: Cris Rita, MA, Community Education Coordinator and Instructor at Crisis Support Services of Alameda County.

      DESCRIPTION: The workshop uses a combination of teaching methods, including didactic work, lecture, and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own feelings toward suicide and suicidal clients. Participants will learn methods of suicide risk assessment and will be introduced to screening tools that aid in determining risk. Emphasis will be placed on how to talk about and ask about suicide with a client.

      REGISTER at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5920176737435915023

      See FLYER for additional details and REGISTRTION information.
    • Understanding Clinical Supervision in Social Work & Mental Health Practice (2-Day, 15-Hour Course)
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

      Wednesday, May 5th & Thursday, May 6th, 2021, 9:00am-5:30pm, (Registration at 8:45am)

      LOCATION: Zoom

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) clinical staff and contracted CBO providers are welcome. Capacity is limited. Open until filled.

      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 of childhood, adolescents, and adults will be presented as related to Law & Ethics updates. There will be time for case consultation throughout the two days.

      CE CREDIT: 15 CE credits available for Masters and Doctorate level professionals

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information. *Please register for both days of the course*
    • ADULT Mental Health First Aid (Virtual Training)
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

      POSTPONED to June, date TBD

      LOCATION: Virtual/Online

      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 adult in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and connect them with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

      AUDIENCE: Most appropriate for NON-CLINICIAL staff; Alameda County Behavioral Health staff and contracted providers who are interested in learning how to recognize signs and assist someone in a mental health or substance-use crisis, and non-crisis situations.

      PRE-REQUISITES: Two-hours of online, pre-coursework is required to be completed prior to the virtual training date. As capacity is extremely limited, please register with the intent to complete the pre-requisite work AND attend the full-day live session.

      View FLYER for details and REGISTRATION link.
    • Pool of Consumer Champions and Alameda County Vocational Program Benefits Workshop
      A message brought to you by the Consumer Empowerment Department

      This workshop is an opportunity for peers to be educated about Social Security benefits. Please join us for an informative session. This webinar is a partnership with the Pool of Consumer Champions, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Consumer Empowerment Department and the Vocational Program.

      See Flyer for more info.
    • ACBH Newsletter - Volume 1
      A message brought to you by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

      Welcome to the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services’ (ACBH) first Departmental Newsletter! We are thrilled to begin this journey with you and highlight the accomplishments, initiatives, and updates impacting our department and you as our shared community member.

      Click here for newsletter
    • Using Cultural Humility As An Anti-Racist Framework For Asian American And Pacific Islander Care
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      Tuesday, May 11th, 2021, 10:30am - 12:30pm

      Location: Virtual Training provided by the Office of Ethnic Services.

      Description: Gain better insight about how to best treat their Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) clients by understanding the foundational principles of cultural humility and the ongoing impacts and challenges of racism. Audience- ACBH staff and ACo CBOs/Staff.

      Register: https://ontrackconsulting-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W0aKM8P5RUq8LqQ_IxLkog

      See Flyer for more info.
    • Navigating "the New Normal" Pandemic and a World Under Stress
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

      Part 1: Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 9:00am - 12:10pm AND
      Part 2: Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am

      Must attend both days to complete the training

      LOCATION: Zoom

      AUDIENCE: ACBH staff and contracted Provider staff. The course content is applicable and useful for clinical, consumer, administrative, managerial, program and support staff.

      TRAINERS: Ellen Muir, LCSW, ORSCC, and Betsy Baum Block, MPP, CPCC, ORSCC, ACC

      DESCRIPTION: The worldwide COVID-19 Pandemic coupled with stay at home orders, increased demands on workers to care for family members, economic hardships, national political tensions and more, has pushed workers and those they serve to struggle how to navigate the rapid-fire changes to their daily lives. The same stressors and demands are also being experienced by the consumers and their families affecting their participation in their behavioral health treatment. This course will explore the impact of events on consumers/clients and the clinical practice approaches needed to support consumer/client treatment goals.

      CE CREDIT: 4.5 CE credits available only for County and ACBH contracted Provider staff. See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

      REGISTRATION: See FLYER for details and registration information.
    • Job Opening: Clinical Review Specialist
      A message brought to you by ACBH

      Alameda County Behavioral Health is seeking 8 full-time Clinical Review Specialists for its ACCESS, Utilization Management and Quality Assurance programs. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for this position, please review the minimum qualifications and apply online.

      Click here for more information.
    • Supervision in Stressful Times: Managing Staff Stress, Vicarious Trauma, Time Management, Technology-Based Boundaries, and Challenging Supervisees
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

      Thursday, April 15th, 2021; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

      LOCATION: Zoom (Online)

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) clinical staff and contracted CBO providers are welcome. Capacity is limited. Open until filled.

      TRAINER: Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW

      DESCRIPTION: See flyer

      CE CREDIT: 6 CE credits available for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and PsyDs

      REGISTER at: https://training.abetterwayinc.info/courses/2167 (registration code: l53abl)

      See FLYER for details.
    • Preview of Upcoming Trainings For March, April, May 2021
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

      Please see the attached document for ACBH-sponsored trainings in March, April, and May 2021.

      Trainings listed are Save-the-Date because not all are open for registration yet. Once they are open for registration, they will be posted on the Training Calendars on the ACBH Internal Staff site and ACBH Provider Staff site.
    • Cultural Responsiveness Practices and the LBGTQ Community - June 24, 2021
      A training brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      Thursday, June 24th, 2021, 10am-1:15pm

      Location: Virtual Training;

      Description: The overarching focus for this training is to increase understanding, awareness and consistent utilization of CR practices and procedures in order to improve services and in turn outcomes for LGBTQ communities.

      Audience: All ACBH staff and Alameda county CBO staff.

      Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yFm5UsHDTs-_HScoVQxzWA

      View FLYER for more info.
    • SEEKING SAFETY: AN EVIDENCE-BASED MODEL FOR TRAUMA AND/OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE (1.5-days) - 8.5 CE CREDITS
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit & Seneca Family of Agencies

      Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 9:00-4:00 PM and Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 9:00-12:15 PM (must attend both days to complete the training)

      LOCATION: Zoom

      TRAINER: Joni Utley, PsyD

      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). See flyer for additional description.

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted Provider staff

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
    • Overtime Available For Behavioral Clinicians
      A message brought to you by Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH)

      Overtime is available with Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH) at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA to provide treatment and care to adults incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail.

      Job duties: Provide mental health clinical services, including triage, screening assessment, crisis intervention & follow-up visits to existing ACBH clients or new jail admissions.

      You will receive a 15% footnote in addition to overtime pay.

      Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, 7 am–11:30 pm daily

      Please see attached flyer for more information.
    • Out Of Class Behavioral Health Manager
      A message brought to you by Child and Young Adult System of Care

      The Child and Young Adult System of Care has an Out-of-Class opportunity for a Behavioral Health Clinical Manager at the Guidance Clinic located at the Juvenile Justice Center in San Leandro. This position closes for applications on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. For more information, please contact Juan Taizan, Juvenile Justice Health Services Director at Juan.Taizan@acgov.org.

      Note: This position requires in-person and onsite management of staff and services to youth detained at the JJC and Camp Sweeney.

      View memo for more details.
    • Racism An American Pandemic: Black Resistance & Resiliency
      A Free Training brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services and City of Berkeley

      Friday, February 26th, 2021, 10am - 1pm

      Presenter: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

      Dr. Dyson will address racism in America and the differences of the Jan. 6 insurrection and Black Lives Matter Protest.

      To register go to: https://cutt.ly/RAAPBRAR.

      Please see the flyer for more information.
    • Clinical Techniques and Best Practices in Using a Telehealth Platform
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

      Friday, March 5th, 2021; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (registration at 8:45)

      LOCATION: online via Zoom

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) clinical staff and contracted CBO providers. Capacity is limited. Open until filled.

      TRAINER: Cinthya Chin Herrera, PsyD, is the Director of Clinical & Community Training for Westcoast Children's Clinic.

      DESCRIPTION: The rapid spread of COVID-19 and social distancing measures are changing the way providers work across systems to provide needed mental health services. In the transition from face-to-face to remote communication, new challenges are cropping up. While much of evidence-base for telehealth services discusses best-practices, the context of the COVID-19 pandemic requires the adaptation of health practices for current circumstances of a remote workforce.

      This training for service providers across a variety of disciplines provides an interactive and engaging look at remote/telehealth services for consumers of mental health services. Participants explore some common barriers for effective services and numerous techniques, strategies, and practices that can facilitate engagement and treatment. Pandemic resiliency strategies will review ways to support high needs clients, online service fatigue, and complex multidisciplinary team dynamics.

      CE CREDIT: 6 CEs, see flyer for specific information regarding CE credit.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
    • Preventing, De-Escalating, & Managing Aggressive Behavior in Behavioral Health Settings
      A training brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

      Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM on Zoom

      AUDIENCE: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted Provider staff are welcome to attend.

      DESCRIPTION: The course emphasis is placed on exercising self-control and systematically utilizing least-restrictive measures versus attempts to externally control others. Setting limits is viewed as informative and helpful to the other party rather than punitive or judgmental.

      TRAINER: Ian Brennan

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
    • What's New?! Upcoming ACBH Trainings For February And March 2021
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

      Check out a preview of the upcoming ACBH virtual/online trainings for February and March 2021. When registration is available, each training will be announced individually.

      See upcoming training list here.
    • Community Myths and Misconceptions in Tobacco Treatment
      A message brought to you by ACBH and LifeLong Medical Care Tobacco Treatment Program

      Friday, February 26, 2021, 9am - 1pm

      LOCATION: Virtual/Online

      AUDIENCE: AOD Counselors, mental health and primary care providers, Health Educators, Community Cessation Facilitators, Case Managers, Home Health Care Workers, Nurses and other healthcare providers.

      TRAINER: Samali Lubega, MD

      DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn the evidence-based tools for supporting clients in quitting tobacco and discuss common treatment misconceptions that exist in the community.

      REGISTRATION: email ahay@lifelongmedical.org (make sure to include your name, contact info, organization, and name of training in email)

      See FLYER for details.
    • Special Edition Brown Bag Series: Network Adequacy Certification Tool - Timely Access
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Quality Assurance Department

      Alameda County Behavioral Health Care (ACBH) invites you to a special edition brown bag series to assist and support your efforts in collecting Client Service Information (CSI) timeliness data. This virtual brown bag series collaboration between the ACBH Information Systems, Quality Assurance (QA), and Quality Improvement Departments.

      This brown bag series is for all ACBH County Clinics and Programs & Mental Health Contracted Agencies. It is recommended to have at least (1) QA Clinical staff member attend as well as one (1) Administrative staff member attend.

      View flyer for more details.
    • Update - Forensic Services Planning & Forensic Director Position
      A message brought to you by Office of the Director

      ACBH has been engaging in a process of re-envisioning how the department delivers services and coordinated care across our forensic systems. Additionally, there have been significant changes to ACBH jail mental health services over the past several months.

      Please review the attached memo for more details regarding our services and the newly created Forensic, Diversion, and Re-entry Services Director position.
    • Trauma Informed Standards, Practices & Strategies For Healthcare Orgs
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      Date: Thursday, March 25th, 2021, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

      Description: Training will enhance MediCal providers to deliver quality healthcare that adhere to trauma informed practices and patient centered best practices.

      Audience: All ACBH staff and CBOs.

      Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j8vjZ1srSCuidkKWGd6EXQ

      View FLYER for more information.
    • Overtime Available For Behavioral Clinicians
      A message brought to you by Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH)

      Overtime is available with Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH) at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA to provide treatment and care to adults incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail.

      Job duties: Provide mental health clinical services, including triage, screening assessment, crisis intervention & follow-up visits to existing ACBH clients or new jail admissions.

      You will receive a 15% footnote in addition to overtime pay.

      Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, 7 am–11:30 pm daily

      Please see attached flyer for more information.
    • Out Of Class Opportunity For Clinical Supervisor (Child/Youth) Clinic In Fremont
      A message brought to you by Child and Young Adult System of Care

      The Child and Young Adult System of Care has an out of class opportunity for a Clinical Supervisor in our Tri-City Children’s Clinic is Fremont. If interested, please see the attached flyer for more information. We are looking to fill this position immediately. If there are further questions, please contact CYASOC Assistant Director, Damon Eaves at Damon.Eaves@acgov.org

      Thank you,
      Lisa Carlisle, Director, CYASOC
    • The Crooked Room: Racism, Adversity, And African American Health - Thursday, Feb 4, 2021
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      Date: Thurs, Feb 4, 2021 at 10:30am-12:30pm

      Description: Virtual Training brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services. This workshop addresses the relationship between structural racism and adverse experiences on African Americans.

      Audience: ACBH and contracted CBO providers of substance use treatment services.

      Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JrmpnjY8Qq6qlZGOhbqN2w.

      See flyer for more info.
    • National Day of Racial Healing - January 19, 2021
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      As we—the greater community—continue to grapple with racial injustice, there is momentum an effort by many to advance health and racial equity and this Department is also at the forefront to lead this charge. We are at a pivotal moment in our history and the actions will be instrumental in the healing process.

      See memo for more details.
    • Mental Health First Aid Trainings - FULL
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

      UPDATE: REGISTRATION for the TWO Virtual MHFA sessions that were announced for January and February are now FULL.

      • ADULT Mental Health First Aid Training - Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - Full
      • YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training - Thursday, February 18, 2021 - Full

      Per national guidelines, capacity of these virtual classes is limited to 20 people per session. The waitlist is full and no new registrations are being taken at this time. These classes will be offered again in April (Adult version) and May (Youth version) 2021.
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a COVID-19 Update Meeting/CME Educational Series on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 12 Noon – 1pm. This is a CME only event. No other kind credit will be given.

      The topic will be Alameda County and City of Berkeley COVID-19 Update and the presenters will be Dr. Aaron Chapman and Dr. Jeffrey Johns.

      Registration is not required. Please see link below:
      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/411695205

      United States (Toll Free): 1 877 568 4106
      Access Code: 411-695-205
    • YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

      Thursday, February 18, 2021; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

      LOCATION: Virtual; First Aiders must first complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in the Instructor-led videoconference (10am-4pm)

      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 a young person in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health staff and contracted providers who are interested in learning how to recognize signs and assist a young person in mental health or substance use crisis and non-crisis situations. Most appropriate for NON-CLINICIAL staff.

      View FLYER for more details including REGISTRATION information.
    • ADULT Mental Health First Aid Training
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

      Wednesday, January 27, 2021; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

      LOCATION: Virtual; First Aiders must first complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in the Instructor-led videoconference (10am-5pm)

      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: Alameda County Behavioral Health staff and contracted providers who are interested in learning how to recognize signs and assist someone in mental health or substance use crisis and non-crisis situations. Most appropriate for NON-CLINICIAL staff.

      View FLYER for more details including REGISTRATION information.
    • Youth Focused Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Office of Ethnic Services of Alameda County

      Friday, February 26, 2021

      Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

      Registration: aata.pathwaystowellness.net/register

      Location: Online via GoToWebinar

      Audience: This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) and Provider Staff (County units and contracted community-based organizations). 3 CEs credit is only available for County staff and contracted ACBH provider staff.

      Trainer: Josepha Campinha-Bacote, PhD, MAR, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FAAN. Dr. Campinha-Bacote is President and Founder of Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates, which provides clinical, administrative, research, and educational services related to transcultural health care and mental health issues.

      See Flyer for additional details.
    • Youth Who Become Violent: Deconstructing the “Why”
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Office of Ethnic Services of Alameda County

      Friday, January 29, 2021

      Time: 9:00am - 1:30pm

      Registration: aata.pathwaystowellness.net/register

      Location: Online-see flyer for details

      Trainers: Darius Campinha-Bacote, PsyD., HSP- is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center.

      Audience: This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) and Provider Staff (County units and contracted community-based organizations). 3.5 CEs credit is only available for County staff and contracted ACBH provider staff.

      See Flyer for additional details.
    • Training Update - Psychology CEs For Select Jan & Feb 2021 Trainings
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

      Training Update: CEUs for Psychology are now approved the following trainings, below. If you would like to attend and are an ACBH Psychologist or contracted provider, please refer to the following updated flyers for registration:

      • 1/20/20 Crisis Intervention and De-Escalation in a Correctional Setting (FLYER)
      • 1/29/21 Youth Who Become Violent: Deconstructing the "Why" (FLYER)
      • 2/2 & 2/4/21 Suicide Assessment & Intervention (Adult focused) (FLYER)
      • 2/26/21 Lessons Learned from a Culturally-Specific Dually-Diagnosed Program for African Americans (FLYER)
    • Overtime Available For Behavioral Clinicians
      A message brought to you by Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH)

      Behavioral Health Clinicians I/II Or Equivalent:

      Opportunity For Overtime

      Overtime is available with Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH) at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA

      Work with a multidisciplinary staff to provide treatment and care to adults incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail

      Job duties: Provide mental health clinical services, including triage, screening assessment, crisis intervention & follow-up visits to existing ACBH clients or those referred for services.

      Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, 7 am–11:30 pm daily

      Please see attached flyer for more information.
    • Upcoming Virtual Trainings At ACBH - Jan & Feb 2021
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

      Please find attached a preview of upcoming trainings at ACBH for January and February 2021. Registration for some of the classes is pending, and a separate message will be announced when the class is open.
    • Motivational Interviewing and Tobacco Use - VIRTUAL Brief Intervention Training for Healthcare Teams
      A message brought to you by ACBH and LifeLong Medical Care Tobacco Treatment Program, located EBCRP.

      Friday, January 15, 2021, 9am – 1pm

      LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom

      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.

      TRAINER: Dee-Dee Stout, MA, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

      DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn Motivational Interviewing techniques to help support tobacco treatment in diverse clients. Participants will also learn how to use motivational interviewing to support ambivalent clients to a possible quit attempt or reduce to quit.

      CE CREDIT: 3.5 CE credits available only for County and ACBH contracted Provider staff. See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
    • Registration OPEN: Suicide Assessment & Intervention Trainings, Jan And Feb 2021
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

      Youth focused
      Tuesday, January 5th, (Part 1) AND
      Thursday, January 7th, 2021 (Part 2);
      9:00am - 12:30pm (both days). Must attend BOTH days to complete the training.
      YOUTH REGISTRATION LINK: Registration (gotowebinar.com)

      Adult focused
      Tuesday, February 2nd, (Part 1) AND
      Thursday, February 4th, 2021 (Part 2),
      9:00 - 12:30pm (both days). Must attend BOTH days to complete the training.
      ADULT REGISTRATION LINK: Registration (gotowebinar.com)

      LOCATION: Online via GoToWebinar

      AUDIENCE: The training is for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with consumers/clients experiencing a suicidal crisis. This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) and Provider Staff (County units and contracted community-based organizations). 6 CEs credit is only available for County staff and contracted ACBH provider staff.

      TRAINER: Cris Rita, MA, Community Education Coordinator and Instructor at Crisis Support Services of Alameda County.

      See Youth Flyer and Adult Flyer for additional details
    • Important Community Announcement! ACBH Launches New Substance Use Treatment Program
      A message brought to you by Office of the Director

      Greetings ACBH Employees,

      Please find attached and below an announcement regarding the launch of Alameda County Behavioral Health’s new Substance Use Treatment Program, Asian American Recovery Services (AARS), a program of HealthRight 360 (HR360). The program launched on December 1st, 2020.

      Please contact Tejasi Bilgi, LMFT – Director of Outpatient Services at tbilgi@healthRIGHT360.org, or Razelle Buenavista – Managing Director at rbuenavista@healthRIGHT360.org for more information.

      View announcement for more information.

      Thank you.
    • Overtime Available For Behavioral Clinicians
      A message brought to you by Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH)

      Behavioral Health Clinicians I/II Or Equivalent: Opportunity For Overtime

      Overtime is available with Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH) at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA

      Work with a multidisciplinary staff to provide treatment and care to adults incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail

      Job duties: Provide mental health clinical services, including triage, screening assessment, crisis intervention & follow-up visits to existing ACBH clients or those referred for services.

      Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, 7 am–11:30 pm daily

      Please see attached flyer for more information.
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a COVID-19 Update Meeting/CME Educational Series on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 12 Noon – 1pm. This is a CME only event. No other kind credit will be given.

      The topic will be Alameda County and City of Berkeley COVID-19 Update and the presenters will be Dr. Aaron Chapman and Dr. Jeffrey Johns.

      Registration is not required. Please see link below:
      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/950134477

      United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
      Access Code: 950-134-477
    • New SUD Clinic Opening December 1st
      A message brought to you by Substance Use Continuum of Care

      ACBH Substance Use Continuum of Care is pleased to announce the opening of our newest substance use clinic in the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System. Located in Union City, CA the clinic opens December 1, 2020 serve adults with Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, and Recovery Support Services. The clinic also offers programmatic specializations for young adults (age 18-25), as well as Asian and Pacific Islander population specific treatment services.

      You can learn more about program by clicking attached flyer and brochure.
    • COVID-19 Resources for 1st Responders and Leaders
      A message brought to you by ACBH Trauma Informed Systems Initiative

      ACBH Trauma Informed Systems initiative has released a video toolkit for first responders and leaders in response to COVID-19. Details:

      Clinical Guidelines Trauma Transformed (Y2) presents clinical guidelines to support first responders during a pandemic. This training is presented by Dr. Ken Epstein and Jen Leland. Total Time: 33:42.

      Leading in a Pandemic Trauma Transformed (T2) presents tools for leading in and through a pandemic. This training is Presented by Dr. Ken Epstein, Dr. Irene Sung, and Antonine Moore. Total Time: 39:29.

      To view, go to the Trauma Informed Care website, on the main page, scroll down to COVID-19 Resources
    • Behavioral Health Clinicians I/II Or Equivalent: Opportunity For Overtime
      A message brought to you by Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH)

      Overtime is available with Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH) at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA Work with a multidisciplinary staff to provide treatment and care to adults incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail

      Job duties: Provide mental health clinical services, including triage, screening assessment, crisis intervention & follow-up visits to existing ACBH clients or those referred for services.

      Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, 7 am–11:30 pm daily

      Please see attached flyer for more information.
    • Alameda County Flu Clinics
      A message brought to you by James Wagner, LMFT/LPCC Deputy Director of Clinical Operations

      Anthem is still hosting free flu clinics in the community. Flu shots are open to ages 3 and up regardless of insurance (uninsured, privately insured, underinsured, etc.). Members of the community do not have to be Anthem members or patients at the participating clinics.

      Registration is preferred but not required. Please share this information with your clients, patients, community partners, etc.

      Please see attached list of remaining clinics.
    • IMPORTANT COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT - ACBH Announces Launch Of New Program And Expanded Services
      A message brought to you by Office of the Director

      ACBH Announces Launch of New Program and Expanded Services - Community Assessment and Transport Team (CATT) and Alameda County Pre-Trial Felony Mental Health Diversion Pilot Program.

      Please contact Stephanie Lewis at 510-777-2157 or Stephanie.Lewis@acgov.org, regarding the CATT program; and Katherine Jones at 510-567-8116 or Katherine.Jones@acgov.org, regarding the Pre-Trail Diversion Pilot Program.

      See memo for more information.
    • Alameda County Behavioral Health Is Recruiting For A Psychiatrist (Physician IV)
      A message brought to you by Office of the Director

      Alameda County Behavioral Health is seeking a full-time Psychiatrist for its Department. If someone you know is interested in applying for this position, please review the minimum qualifications and apply online by visiting www.jobapscloud.com/Alameda.

      MUST APPLY BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020.

      Please contact BHCSDirector@acgov.org, Attn: HR Liaison, or call 510.567.8287 with any questions.

      For more information please view flyer.

      Thank you so much for assisting in our recruitment efforts!
    • Talking With Tay (The Money Gap), November 19,2020
      A message brought to you by Alameda County Behavioral Health Children Youth and Young Adult System of Care, TAY Division

      Description: The Money Gap: Financially Opportunities for TAY in times of Pandemic

      Register in advance for this meeting:
      https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEld-uvrz8qHdNx7eoVqm3FNlLINSJK28b-

      For more information please view attached flyer.
    • ACBH-IS Service Alert Notification - Citrix Maintenance Complete

      Incident Information Citrix Unavailable

      Citrix maintenance is complete, and is now available.
      Users Affected All ACBH users
      Systems Impacted Remote and On-site Citrix Access
      Outage Type Scheduled Maintenance -
      Start Time Friday, November 6, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.
      End Time Saturday, November 6, 2020
      Status Resolved
      Next Notification This is the final update
      Workaround N/A Resolved
      Details Scheduled maintenance beginning Friday, November 6th at 5:00pm has been completed.
    • Welcome Keith Zamora, Interim ASM For OCSC, GART, And Voc Rehab
      A message brought to you by Michelle Lewis, OCSC Behavioral Health Clinic Manager

      I am pleased to announce Keith Zamora as interim Administrative Support Manager for Oakland Community Support Center, GART, and the Vocational Rehabilitation.

      Please view the attached announcement for more information.

      Please join me in welcoming, Keith Zamora to his new role.
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      Due to the Veteran’s Day holiday on 11/11/20, the Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a COVID-19 Update Meeting/CME Educational Series on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 12 Noon 1pm. This is a CME only event. No other kind of credit will be given.

      The topic will be Alameda County and City of Berkeley COVID-19 Update and the presenters will be Dr. Aaron Chapman and Dr. Jeffrey Johns.

      Registration is not required. Please see link below:
      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/221209205

      United States (Toll Free): 1 877 568 4106
      Access Code: 221-209-205
    • ACBH-IS Service Alert Update:

      Incident Information Citrix Unavailable
      Users Affected All ACBH users
      Systems Impacted Remote and On-site Citrix Access
      Outage Type Scheduled Maintenance
      Start Time Friday, November 6, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.
      Expected End Time Sunday, November 8, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.
      Status Scheduled Maintenance
      Next Notification Daily until maintenance begins. Last Notification: Friday, November 6, 2020
      Workaround Email: You may access your email from your smartphone or Office 365: www.office.com
      Details We will be performing scheduled server maintenance on Friday November 6, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. through Sunday, November 8, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. During this time all remote and on-site access to your Citrix ACBH desktop will be unavailable. For any questions or concerns please contact the Support Desk (510) 567-8181 or HIS@acgov.org.
    • What Is Wellness: An Indigenous Perspective On Healing And Connection
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      November 18th, 2020, 10am-12pm (1 hour pre reading)

      Location: Online Webinar.

      Description: Join celebrated Native American racial equity educator and scholar, Anton Treuer, for a deep dive into community-defined healing practices and strategies mental health and addiction recovery. All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff.

      Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYodOGgqTIuGNYyhZeHibCEGfZwYyEVkflN

      Please view flyer for more info.
    • ACBH Presents A FREE CME Program On Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      This Continuing Medical Education training will review MAT fundamentals including the definition of and rationale for MAT, neurobiological effects of substance abuse, the disorders commonly treated with MAT, and the advantages and disadvantages of the various medication options for MAT.

      Date: Tuesday, November 17, 10:00am-11:30am. RSVP by 12 pm on 11/13/2020.

      Please RSVP online at: https://tinyurl.com/MATforPhysiciansCME

      Please see attached flyer for more details.
    • People Power Equals Change: Lessons From A Hyperlocal Community Assessment Of Opioid Use & Community Well Being - 10/30/2020
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      Oct 30th, 2020, 10am-12pm (1hr Pre-reading)

      This workshop presents a culturally responsive practice-based, community-defined model that can ultimately be used to inform and/or improve clinical SUD/MH guidelines and practices for mental health and SUD professionals working within Latinx communities. Audience: Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff.

      Register link: https://tinyurl.com/y5roqrwr.

      See flyer for info.
    • SUD Privacy 101 for Behavioral Health for Providers
      A message brought to you by the ACHCSA Office of Compliance Services, ACBH Substance Use Disorder System, Legal Action Center, and Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information (COE-PHI)

      Friday, November 6, 2020, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Sign in begins at 11:15am; Training starts promptly at 11:30am)

      Location: Online via Zoom; link to be provided upon registration.

      Audience: Behavioral Health professionals providing substance use disorder services employed by Alameda County Behavioral Health/ Health Care Services Agency, contracted CBOs, and MHP providers.

      Description: This training provides an overview of federal privacy regulations governing substance use disorder services for behavioral health practitioners. Topics covered include key regulations (HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2), confidentiality principles, protecting confidentiality in the workplace, communicating with clients and people outside the workplace, and working with law enforcement.

      TRAINERS: Jacqueline Seitz, Esq., Christine Khaikin, Esq., Caroline Waterman, MA, LRC, CRC (see flyer for details)

      CE CREDIT: 1.5 CEs, See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
    • Behavioral Health Clinicians I/II Or Equivalent: Opportunity For Overtime
      A message brought to you by Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH)

      Overtime is available with Adult Forensic Behavioral Health (AFBH) at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA.

      Work with a multidisciplinary staff to provide treatment and care to adults incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail.

      Job duties: Provide mental health clinical services, including triage, screening assessment, crisis intervention & follow-up visits to existing ACBH clients or those referred for services.

      Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, 365 days per year 7 am – 11:30 pm daily, including holidays.

      Flexible scheduling. All shifts available.

      Please see attached flyer for more information.
    • Comfort Q CRT
      A message brought to you by ACBH Adult/Older Adult System of Care

      As a part of the California Department of Social Services’ Project Roomkey/Housing and Homelessness COVID Response, this program provides temporary Crisis Residential Treatment (CRT)-level services to 20 unhoused individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19. Services include behavioral health, daily psychiatric services, and 24/7 nursing support to assure vital signs can be monitored and medication support can be provided.

      See memo for more details.
    • Welcome Dawn Hanson, New Rehab Supervisor for Vocational Program!
      A message brought to you by Theresa Razzano, Division Director - ACBH Vocational Services

      Dawn comes to the position with a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University and 20 years of experience in the field of Rehab. She is pre-licensed as an LPCC and passionate about helping others reach their goals. In the last 7 years of ACBH service, she has promoted up from an Employment Specialist and Rehab Counselor, and has shown her eagerness to make a difference for our clients by a "do whatever it takes" approach to help them to get jobs and achieve their educational goals, using Individual Placement and Support - Supported Employment.
    • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing in Work with Youth: Integrating Theory and Practice, 2 Day Training—15 CE’s
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies

      November 19th AND 20th, 2020; 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM (attendance taken at 9:15 AM sharp!)

      LOCATION: Zoom

      AUDIENCE: ACBH Social Work and Mental Health Staff and Providers Contracted with ACBH

      TRAINER: Jennifer Baity

      DESCRIPTION: See flyer

      CE CREDIT: 15 CEs, See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.

      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: https://acgovt.sharepoint.com/sites/BehavioralHealth/SitePages/Training-Calendar.aspx
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Client Service Information (CSI) Timeliness Data Submissions
      A message brought to you by ACBH Quality Management

      As part of the Federal and State Network Adequacy Certification Tool (NACT) requirement, ACBH must submit Client Service Information (CSI) Timeliness data to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) by January 2, 2021. All providers, county and county-contracted, will be required to submit CSI timeliness data for reporting period September 1, 2020 through November 30, 2020.

      See memo for information.
    • Immediate Recruitment For Temporary Assignment Pool (TAP) Administrative Assistant
      A message brought to you by Alameda County Behavioral Health

      Immediate Recruitment – TAP Administrative Assistant

      The Office of the ACBH Director is seeking a temporary Administrative Assistant. This person will be responsible for supporting front desk coverage and other administrative duties as assigned. If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please submit resume to BHCSDirector@acgov.org with Attn: HR Liaison. The wage is $30/hr. for a 3-month period.

      Click here to review the minimum qualifications.

      See recruitment flyer.

      Thank you so much for assisting in our recruitment efforts!
    • Celebrating October As Filipino American History Month - Event And Resource
      A message brought to you by Filipino Mental Health Initiative - Alameda County

      In honor of Filipino American History Month, we invite you to join us and learn more...

      Event - A Conversation with Dr. Jei Africa on Filipino Wellness, Racial Justice, and Action.

      Date: 10/22/20, 10-11:30am

      Register for the Zoom link here: https://tinyurl.com/y5e2ptw5

      See flyer for more details.

      Slide Deck Resource - Learn more about how Filipino culture and values shape wellness, outreach, and engagement. Our slide deck also includes info about our recent survey and cultural considerations when working with the Filipino community.

      Please share these offering with others.

      Email Cheryl.Narvaez@acgov.org for more info
    • California Parent & Youth Helpline
      A message brought to you by ACBH

      Emotional support for families challenged by the pressures of COVID-19.

      Parents Anonymous Inc. has launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline in partnership with Governor Gavin Newsom as part of his initiative to address the impacts of COVID-19.

      Visit the California Parent and Youth Helpline website at parentyouthhelpline.org.

      See English or Spanish flyers for more details.
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a COVID-19 Update Meeting/CME Educational Series on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 12 Noon – 1pm. This is a CME only event. No other kind credit will be given.

      The topic will be Alameda County and City of Berkeley COVID-19 Update and the presenters will be Dr. Aaron Chapman and Dr. Jeffrey Johns.

      Registration is not required. Please see link below:
      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/820624525

      United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
      Access Code: 820-624-525
    • October And November Upcoming Trainings List
      A message brought to you by Alameda County Behavioral Health

      All ACBH trainings are being provided online until further notice. ACBH sponsored trainings are listed below for October and November. We are grateful that we are able to continue to provide quality and engaging trainings during this time of uncertainty. Thank you for your support and continued interest in ACBH trainings.

      Training events listed are for ACBH & Contracted Provider Staff unless otherwise specified on the flyer.

      See full announcement for more details.

      Note: trainings listed here are for you to Save-the-Date because not all are open for registration yet. Once they are open for registration, they will be posted on the Training Calendars at the following links:

    • Smoking, Vaping, & COVID-19: Virtual Brief Intervention Training for Healthcare Teams
      A message brought to you by ACBH and LifeLong Medical Care Tobacco Treatment Program, located EBCRP.

      October 23, 2020; 9am-1pm

      LOCATION: Zoom

      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.

      TRAINER: Samali Lubega, M.D., Medical Consultant & Lead Trainer for the Tobacco Treatment Training Program at LifeLong Medical Care

      DESCRIPTION: The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 attacks the lungs and is an especially serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana, and those who vape. Participants will learn more about the relationship between smoking and complications from exposure to the coronavirus. Participants will learn how to tailor key health messages as it relates to COVID-19 risk to help motivate and support tobacco use quit attempts among high-risk populations.

      CE CREDIT: 3.5 See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

      See flyer for details and REGISTRATION information
    • Operation Comfort Service Expansion - Crisis Residential Treatment
      A message brought to you by Operation Comfort Operations Team (Covid Housing)

      Hello Project Roomkey Partners,

      Beginning Thursday, October 1st, a Crisis Residential Treatment (CRT) option will be available at Operation Comfort! This expansion of the existing Operation Comfort model was developed in partnership with Alameda County Health Care and Behavioral Health Services, ABODE Services, Healthcare for the Homeless, and Telecare Corporation who will be operating much of the expanded program services.

      Please see attached announcement for details.
    • Law & Ethics, HIPAA, and Confidentiality for County Healthcare Providers
      A message brought to you by Health Care Services Agency

      Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

      Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

      Location: Online – see flyer for details

      Trainers: Linda J. Garrett, Esq., and Andrew J. Garrett, Esq., Garrett Law LLP

      Audience: Direct service County and contracted providers are especially encouraged to attend, as well as program managers and staff who work with PHI

      Description: The presentation will focus on new laws, caselaw, and regulations that will impact public entity healthcare providers or their consumers/clients. Also reviewed are issues raised by the Coronavirus pandemic including HIPAA privacy and security rules, EMTALA and treatment of mental health patients in California emergency departments, and how COVID-19 has changed how telehealth is viewed by CMS and others. Also covered: new caselaw that applies to healthcare and mandated reporting of child abuse; proposed changes to substance use disorder privacy regulations, as well as the unexpected change in the underlying SUD privacy statute that was enacted as part of the CARES Act; minor consent issues; access and control of health records and confidentiality issues; multi-disciplinary teams; and ethical dilemmas involving dual relationships, boundary issues, and use of social media.

      CE Credit: 6 CEs - see flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

      See attached FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information. A Quick Start Guide is also attached to assist you with registering for the training in SumTotal.

      For any technical issues, please reach out to your respective department’s training administrators:

      Office of the Agency Director and Department of Environmental Health:
      HCSA Workforce Planning and Development – HCSALearningCenter@acgov.org

      ACBH: Workforce Education & Training – Training.Unit@acgov.org

      PHD: Quality Improvement and Accreditation – PHDworkforcedevelopment@acgov.org
    • Suicide Assessment & Intervention (Adult focused) Training-6 CEs
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

      Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 (Part 1) AND Thursday, October 29th, 2020 (Part 2); 9:00 - 12:30pm (both days). Must attend both days to complete the training.

      LOCATION: Online via Zoom Webinar

      AUDIENCE: The training is for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with adults experiencing a suicidal crisis. This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted Provider Staff.

      TRAINER: Cris Rita, MA

      DESCRIPTION: The workshop uses a combination of teaching methods, including didactic work, lecture, and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own feelings toward suicide and suicidal clients. It will address common myths and perceptions about suicidal behavior. The workshop will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner’s model: The interpersonal Theory of Suicide. Risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors will be introduced for adult populations. Participants will learn methods of suicide risk assessment and will be introduced to screening tools that aid in determining risk. Emphasis will be placed on how to talk about and ask about suicide with a client.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION link

      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: https://acgovt.sharepoint.com/sites/BehavioralHealth/SitePages/Training-Calendar.aspx
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Mindfulness And Our Interconnected Reality Workshop
      A message brought to you by Alameda Council of Community Mental Health Agencies

      Mindfulness And Our Interconnected Reality Workshop

      Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10 - 11:30am

      Presenter: Dr. Dan Seigel

      Open to all Alameda County Staff

      Register here: http://bit.ly/accmha-1006

      Please see flyer for more details.
    • Celebrating Latino/Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month 2020!
      A message from the Office of the ACBH Director

      Please join us in recognizing Latino/Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month which is commemorated annually between September 15 and October 15 each year. The impacts of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) have devastated many individuals, particularly communities of color nationwide. As such, these times make it even more important to recognize the rich diversity across our country; and we hope to uplift the Latino, Latinx, and Hispanic communities by bringing this time to your collective attention. We are also pleased to be able to invite those who are able to join us for the Latino/Latinx Heritage Month Virtual Celebration and the unveiling of the Alameda County Mask-On Campaign.

      (See attached flyer & link to VIRTUAL event on this coming Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 11AM)

      Be safe and well!
    • Filipino Am History Month Event - Featuring Dr. Jei Africa
      A message brought to you by Filipino Mental Health Initiative Alameda County and ACBH/MHSA partners

      A Conversation with Dr. Jei Africa (Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services at the County of Marin) on Filipino Wellness, Racial Justice, and Action.

      Thursday, October 22, 10:00-11:30 am

      Register for the Zoom link and calendar reminder here: https://tinyurl.com/y5e2ptw5

      FREE | No CEUs available

      This event is brought to you by Filipino Mental Health Initiative Alameda County, ACBH Workforce, Education, and Training Unit, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Ohlone College Student Health Center, and Chabot College CARES Mental Health Program.

      Email Cheryl.Narvaez@acgov.org for more info.

      See FLYER for more details.
    • Surviving Compassion Fatigue aka Secondary and Vicarious Trauma Training
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 8:30AM – 4:30 PM (attendance taken at 8:15 sharp)

      LOCATION: online via Zoom

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) Social Work and Mental Health Staff and Providers Contracted with ACBH

      TRAINER: Beverly Kyer, MSW, CSW, ACSW

      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. Participants are encouraged to verbalize their understanding and connectedness to the multiple aspects of compassion fatigue. By taking a self-inventory, participants will see first-hand, the levels of stress they experience. 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.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
    • Notice of Public Hearing - MHSA
      A message brought to you by ACBH Mental Health Service Act

      Public hearing on the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Draft MHSA Three-Year Program & Expenditure Plan for Fiscal Years 20/21 - 22/23

      In accordance with the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), this notice is an invitation to attend a public hearing on the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Draft MHSA Three-Year Program & Expenditure Plan for Fiscal Years 20/21 - 22/23. The event information is as follows:

      Event: Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting – Public Hearing
      Date: Monday, September 21, 2020 | 5:00 PM
      Location: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/663301309

      OR

      United States (Toll Free): 1-877-309-2073 | Access Code: 663-301-309

      Please see attached flyer for more information. You may click on the image below to view the draft plan.

    • RESOLVED - Clinicians Gateway client and episode date has been refreshed

      ACBH-IS Service Alert Update:

      Incident Information New Clinicians Gateway Client Data and Episode Transfer partially failed on Tuesday morning.

      Resolved: Client data has been successfully refreshed and copied to Clinicians Gateway
      Users Affected Clinicians Gateway users may have been impacted.

      Data users – all client and episode data is complete.

      Data users – client and user data is not complete
      Systems Impacted Clinicians Gateway, Yellowfin, CG Snapshots (Snappers)
      Outage Type Unscheduled
      Start Time 09/08/2020
      Expected End Time 09/09/2020 7:30 am
      Status RESOLVED
      Next Notification This is the final update
      Workaround N/A - RESOLVED
      Details The job that transfers data to Clinicians Gateway did not complete, resulting in missing information.
    • ACBH Upcoming Trainings for September & October 2020
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit

      All ACBH trainings are being provided online until further notice. ACBH sponsored trainings are listed in the attached document for September and October. Training events listed are for ACBH & Contracted Provider staff.

      Please see the attachment.
    • UPDATE - Service Alert - Clinicians Gateway

      ACBH-IS Service Alert Update:

      Incident Information New Clinicians Gateway Client Data and Episode Transfer partially failed.

      Update: Client and episode data have been manually transferred to Clinicians Gateway. Updates to existing episodes are pending the overnight refresh.
      Users Affected Clinicians Gateway users may be affected.

      Data users – client and user data is not complete
      Systems Impacted Clinicians Gateway, Yellowfin, CG Snapshots (Snappers)
      Outage Type Unscheduled
      Start Time 09/08/2020
      Expected End Time To Be Determined
      Status Updates made on Friday to existing episodes have not transferred to Clinicians Gateway system.
      Next Notification 09/09/2020 @ 08:00 am
      Workaround Workaround is not needed at this time. Write your notes as usual. For notes saved earlier as draft, you can now add the client ID. If further assistance is needed, please contact the ACBH Support Desk
      Details The job that transfers data to Clinicians Gateway did not complete, resulting in missing information.
    • New Clinicians Gateway Client Data and Episode Transfer is not complete.

      ACBH-IS Service Alert Notification:

      Incident Information New Clinicians Gateway Client Data and Episode Transfer partially failed.

      Not all client data has been transferred to Clinicians Gateway and no episode data has transferred since Friday morning. We are currently working with vendors to address the issue. Thank you for your patience.
      Users Affected Clinicians Gateway users may be affected.

      Data users – client and user data is not complete
      Systems Impacted Clinicians Gateway, Yellowfin, CG Snapshots (Snappers)
      Outage Type Unscheduled
      Start Time 09/08/2020
      Expected End Time To Be Determined
      Status In progress
      Next Notification Noon or when resolved
      Workaround If new client or episode information is not available in Clinicians Gateway, create a draft note. Start from the Home Page leaving client information blank, then add the client name on the Service Entry page. Save as Draft and add client when client becomes available.

      If further assistance is needed, please contact the ACBH Support Desk
      Details The job that transfers data to Clinicians Gateway did not complete, resulting in missing information.
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a COVID-19 Update Meeting/CME Educational Series on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 12 Noon – 1pm. This is a CME only event. No other kind credit will be given.

      The topic will be Alameda County and City of Berkeley COVID-19 Update and the presenters will be Dr. Aaron Chapman and Dr. Jeffrey Johns.

      Registration is not required. Please see link below:
      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/836730373

      United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
      Access Code: 836-730-373
    • Working With Interpreters/Language Lines For Behavioral Health Professionals – September 29
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services and Quality Improvement Team

      On September 29, 9 am – 12:15 pm, ACBH will be hosting a free training: Working with Interpreters/Language Lines for Behavioral Health Professionals.

      This workshop introduces behavioral health professionals to best practices for working with interpreters emphasizing language line during clinical encounters. We will cover the protocols, roles, and ethical principles guiding professional interpreters. We will also discuss how to address the challenges of phone interpretation for behavioral health services. Participants will learn how to use an interpreter through a language line in an efficient manner to engage in a successful clinical encounter for specific behavioral health activities, such as conducting assessments, developing treatment plans, and therapy.

      View flyer for more details.
    • Updated Minimum Daily and Weekly Hourly Requirements for Medi‐Cal Claiming During the COVID Emergency
      A message brought to you by ACBH Quality Assurance Office

      DHCS issued Behavioral Health Information Notice No: 20‐009, dated July 23, 2020, which clarified the minimum service requirements for claiming SUD Residential 3.1, 3.3 and 3.5 Services.

      ACBH is outlining in this Memo the minimum Residential service requirements for Medi‐Cal claiming during the COVID emergency.

      Click here for full memo.
    • Suicide Prevention Month Poster
      A message brought to you by MHSA and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

      September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

      Join Crisis Support Services (virtually) for a month of special programming designed for community members and helping professionals - BUILDING CONNECTION AND RESILIENCE THROUGH SOCIAL JUSTICE, honoring National Suicide Prevention Month.

      Click here for poster.
    • Launch of new Learning Management System
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

      The Workforce Education & Training Unit announces a new Learning Management System (LMS) for ACBH trainings -

      View full memo for more details.
    • WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING UNIT
      A message brought to you by: ACBH, MHSA, and CalMHSA

      This is a friendly reminder that the 2020/2021 Alameda County Loan Repayment Program (ACLRP) cycle will be closing in just over 2 weeks.

      Application Deadline: September 10, 2020 (5:00pm PST)

      To access and complete an application, please go to https://calmhsa.org/grants.

      Click here for more details.
    • Harm Reduction in the Time of Covid-19 for Professionals Working within Behavioral Health Settings
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

      Thursday, September 17, 2020; 9:15 AM – 4:30 PM (registration at 8:45)

      LOCATION: online via Zoom

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) clinical staff and contracted CBO providers. Capacity is limited. Open until filled.

      TRAINER: Micah Hobbes Frazier, see flyer for description

      DESCRIPTION: In this time of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Harm Reduction once again offers us critical practical tools and strategies to assess, navigate, and reduce risks associated with the virus, while supporting overall health and wellbeing. Although typically used in relation to drug related harm, Harm Reduction is universal in that it provides tools, principles, practices, and strategies that can be implemented to also effectively address harms that are not directly related to drug use. Thus, Harm Reduction is a perfect framework to use as we navigate the ongoing uncertainties, changes, and risks during this time. Course participants spend the day primarily focused on learning and then practicing concrete and useful tools/strategies for assessment and intervention of virus-related risk. However, we will also ground in the core pillars and principles so that our work will be guided by and deeply rooted in Harm Reduction values. The goal is for participants to leave the day being able to put Harm Reduction based tools and strategies into action in their work in whatever ways are most meaningful and relevant at this time.

      CE CREDIT: 5.5 CEs, see flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

      See FLYER for details

      To REGISTER: go to https://conta.cc/2Cer37R (CODE: e2jwbe)
    • Clinical Techniques and Best Practices in Using a Telehealth Platform
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

      Friday, September 25, 2020; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (registration at 8:45)

      LOCATION: online via Zoom

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) clinical staff and contracted CBO providers. Capacity is limited. Open until filled.

      TRAINER: Cinthya Chin Herrera, PsyD, is the Director of Clinical & Community Training for Westcoast Children's Clinic.

      DESCRIPTION: The rapid spread of COVID-19 and social distancing measures are changing the way providers work across systems to provide needed mental health services. In the transition from face-to-face to remote communication, new challenges are cropping up. While much of evidence-base for telehealth services discusses best-practices, the context of the COVID-19 pandemic requires the adaptation of health practices for current circumstances of a remote workforce. This training for service providers across a variety of disciplines provides an interactive and engaging look at remote/telehealth services for consumers of mental health services. Participants explore some common barriers for effective services and numerous techniques, strategies, and practices that can facilitate engagement and treatment. Pandemic resiliency strategies will review ways to support high needs clients, online service fatigue, and complex multidisciplinary team dynamics.

      CE CREDIT: 6 CEs, see flyer for specific information regarding CE credit.

      See FLYER for details

      To REGISTER: go to https://conta.cc/3abV5pq (CODE: eybmal)

      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • ACBH 2020-21 GRADUATE INTERN STIPEND PROGRAM (GISP) APPLICATION AVAILABLE
      A message brought to you by ACBH

      Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) is pleased to announce that the FY2020-21 application cycle for the Graduate Intern Stipend Program (GISP) is now open!

      The application, instructions, and eligibility requirements are posted HERE.

      PLEASE INSTRUCT STUDENTS TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION ONLINE ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2020.

      We are looking for student applicants who meet eligibility requirements and are from diverse backgrounds to help increase the cultural responsiveness of our system, bridge gaps in skill sets, and improve language capacity. Please inform your 2020-21 school year students about this great opportunity to enhance their internship experience.
    • Quality Assurance Updates and Training Opportunities
      A message brought to you by ACBH Quality Assurance Office

      UPDATE #1
      The COVID- 19 Clinical Documentation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been revised. Click here to access the August 18, 2020 version.

      UPDATE #2
      Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) Medi-Cal Included Diagnoses (Dx) Lists

      Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) Inpatient and Outpatient SMHS Dx Lists have been revised based on the California Department of Health Care Services Behavioral Health Information Notice No: 20-043, issued July 8, 2020. Please refer to the ACBH memo for details. The revised lists are available on QA’s Audit Notices, Reports, and Tools Page.
    • Notice of 30-day Public Comment and Review Period

      In accordance with the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), this notice is being published inviting the public to review and comment on the


      Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
      MHSA Three-Year Program & Expenditure Plan for Fiscal Years 20/21 - 22/23
      (DRAFT)


      The public comment and review period begins Friday, August 21, 2020 and will end on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 5 p.m.

      Please click here to view the draft plan and also gain access to the public comment form.


      Your community voice and input is encouraged.

      Yours in Partnership,

      The Mental Health Services Act Division of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
    • ACBH FAQs: Clinical Documentation Updates During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
      A message brought to you by ACBH Quality Assurance Department

      The ACBH Quality Assurance office has developed updated (August 20, 2020) guidance around frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding clinical documentation during the COVID-19 emergency period.

      Click here for more details.
    • ACBH-IS Service Alert Notification – RESOLVED
      A message brought to you by ACBH - Information Systems

      Incident Information InSyst System Performance Affecting Clinicians Gateway Episode Transfer.

      Latency was intermittently affecting InSyst and Clinicians Gateway users and episode data. Both InSyst and Clinicians Gateway systems were up and running. The hardware issue was identified and resolved.

      View full service memo.
    • ACBH-IS Service Alert Notification Update

      Incident Information InSyst System Performance Affecting Clinicians Gateway Episode Transfer

      We are experiencing latency that is intermittently affecting InSyst and Clinicians Gateway users and episode data. Note: Both InSyst and Clinicians Gateway systems are up and running. We are currently working with vendors to address the issue. Thank you for your patience.
      Users Affected Intermittent - InSyst and Clinicians Gateway users may be affected
      Systems Impacted InSyst, Clinicians Gateway
      Outage Type Unscheduled
      Start Time 08/14/2020
      Expected End Time To Be Determined
      Status Intermittent episode access for InSyst and Clinicians Gateway systems
      Next Notification Tomorrow morning or when resolved
      Workaround If new episode information is not available in Clinicians Gateway, create a draft note. Start from the Home Page leaving client information blank, then add the client name on the Service Entry page. If further assistance is needed, please contact the ACBH Support Desk
      Details InSyst system performance is intermittently resulting in the inability to open or close episodes or to create services, the error message is: “Data access has been blocked by another user.” This is also causing daily reports to run longer than usual. User Impact: Intermittent affect, users may be unable to open/close episodes or enter services. This may also affect InSyst episode transfers to Clinicians Gateway. A manual workaround has been put in place for new episode transfers. Status: The vendor currently suspects a hardware issue. We continue to work with the vendors to resolve this system issue as soon as possible.
    • ACBH-IS Service Alert Notification

      Incident Information InSyst System Performance Affecting Clinicians Gateway Episode Transfer

      We are experiencing latency that is intermittently affecting InSyst and Clinicians Gateway users and episode data. Note: Both InSyst and Clinicians Gateway systems are up and running. We are currently working with vendors to address the issue. Thank you for your patience
      Users Affected Intermittent - InSyst and Clinicians Gateway users may be affected
      Systems Impacted InSyst, Clinicians Gateway
      Outage Type Unscheduled
      Start Time 08/14/2020
      Expected End Time To Be Determined
      Status Intermittent episode access for InSyst and Clinicians Gateway systems
      Next Notification Daily updates will be provided until this problem is resolved
      Workaround If new episode information is not available in Clinicians Gateway, create a draft note. Start from the Home Page leaving client information blank, then add the client name on the Service Entry page. If further assistance is needed, please contact the ACBH Support Desk
      Details InSyst system performance is intermittently resulting in the inability to open or close episodes or to create services, the error message is: “Data access has been blocked by another user.” This is also causing daily reports to run longer than usual. User Impact: Intermittent affect, users may be unable to open/close episodes or enter services. This may also affect InSyst episode transfers to Clinicians Gateway. A workaround has been put in place for new episode transfers.

      Status: The vendor currently suspects a hardware issue. We continue to work with the vendors to resolve this system issue as soon as possible.
    • Training: ANXIETY DISORDERS, STRESS, AND SELF CARE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS (6 CEs)
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies

      Thursday, September 3, 2020, 9:00AM - 4:30 PM

      LOCATION: Online via Zoom

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) Social Work and Mental Health Staff and Providers Contracted with ACBH.

      TRAINER: Paul Gibson, LCSW, see flyer for details.

      DESCRIPTION: Our society is experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety and stress due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Persons with anxiety disorders are reporting increased symptoms and most people have had symptoms of anxiety in the current health crisis. The coronavirus has compounded levels of stress experienced by racial minorities, women, and LGBTQ populations in our society. This course takes a comprehensive look at anxiety disorders and stress, the impact on stress and discrimination on diverse populations, and the impact of COVID 19 including racial disparities and increased challenges experienced and effective self-care approaches used during the coronavirus epidemic.

      6 CE CREDITS: see flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information
    • Surviving Compassion Fatigue aka Secondary and Vicarious Trauma Training
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 8:30AM – 4:30 PM (attendance taken at 8:15 sharp)

      LOCATION: online via Zoom

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) Social Work and Mental Health Staff and Providers Contracted with ACBH

      TRAINER: Beverly Kyer, MSW, CSW, ACSW

      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. Participants are encouraged to verbalize their understanding and connectedness to the multiple aspects of compassion fatigue. By taking a self-inventory, participants will see first-hand, the levels of stress they experience. 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.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
    • Suicide Assessment & Intervention (Youth focused)-6 CEs
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

      Wednesdays, Part 1: September 9th, AND Part 2: September 16th, 2020; 9:00 - 12:30pm; Must attend both days to complete the training.

      LOCATION: Online via GoToWebinar

      AUDIENCE: The training is for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with children or adolescents experiencing a suicidal crisis. This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted Provider Staff.

      TRAINER: Cris Rita, MA

      DESCRIPTION: The workshop uses a combination of teaching methods, including didactic work, lecture, and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own feelings toward suicide and suicidal clients. It will address common myths and perceptions about suicidal behavior. The workshop will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner’s model: The interpersonal Theory of Suicide. Risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors for youth populations will be introduced. Participants will learn methods of suicide risk assessment and will be introduced to screening tools that aid in determining risk. Emphasis will be placed on how to talk about and ask about suicide with a client.

      See FLYER for details

      To REGISTER: select the link for each date, Part 1: Link; Part 2: Link For additional trainings, go to the following links:

      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Recovery Process Of African Americans: Seeking Wellness During COVID-19 Reopening Phases
      A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services and Pathways to Wellness

      Friday, August 28, 2020; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

      LOCATION: Zoom

      BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The goal of this course is to enhance overall professional growth and improve clinical skills to help support mental health in African Americans during the Era of COVID-19.

      AUDIENCE: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff

      To REGISTER: please go to aata.pathwaystowellness.net/register

      View FLYER for more information.
    • Prop 47 Local Advisory Committee Seeking Community Representatives
      A message brought to you by Office of the Director

      The Alameda County Proposition 47 Local Advisory Committee (LAC) is recruiting two Community Representatives. The purpose of this committee is to oversee the County’s Prop 47 Grant Project, which provides mental health, substance use disorder, and housing services to justice-involved clients with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders. The Community Representatives should be formerly incarcerated and/or have family who have been formerly incarcerated.

      Applications are due by October 1 at 5:00 p.m. to Sophia.Lai@acgov.org. See attached application for more information.
    • Understanding Nervous System Regulation and Culturally Sensitive Restorative Practices for Providers and Clients in Times of Crisis
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

      Friday, August 28th, 2020; 9AM – 1:45PM, registration at 8:45AM

      LOCATION: Zoom link sent in confirmation email

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) clinical staff and contracted CBO providers are welcome. Capacity is limited. Open until filled.

      TRAINER: Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW

      DESCRIPTION: During this intense period of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many people have experienced increased levels of fight or flight/sympathetic dominance. We all need strategies to address our fear, anger, overwhelm and stress. In this course participants will have a chance to talk about their experiences over the last few months, explore how they can better help themselves and their clients manage stress now and when things return to the “new” normal. They will learn simple exercises from the field of energy medicine and energy psychology which they can use to regulate their own nervous systems and teach clients. Material will be taught through lecture, small group discussion, large group and dyadic practice.

      CE CREDIT: 4 CEs for LCSW, LMFT, LPCC, LEP, PhD, PsyD, See flyer for specific information regarding qualifying for CE credit.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
    • Alameda County And City Of Berkeley COVID-19 Update CME Series
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a COVID-19 Update Meeting/CME Educational Series on the second Wednesday of each month from 12 Noon – 1pm starting on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. This is a CME only event. No other kind of credit will be given.

      The topic will be Alameda County and City of Berkeley COVID-19 Update and the presenters will be Dr. Aaron Chapman and Dr. Jeffrey Johns.

      Registration is not required. Please see link below:
      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/328422597

      United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
      Access Code: 328-422-597
    • OCR Issues Alert: Postcard Disguised as Official OCR Communication
      A message brought to you by Ravi Mehta, Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer

      OCR has been made aware of postcards being sent to health care organizations disguised as official OCR communications, claiming to be notices of a mandatory HIPAA compliance risk assessment. The postcards have a Washington, D.C. return address, and the sender uses the title “Secretary of Compliance, HIPAA Compliance Division.” The postcard is addressed to the health care organization’s HIPAA compliance officer and prompts recipients to visit a URL, call, or email to take immediate action on a HIPAA Risk Assessment. The link directs individuals to a non-governmental website marketing consulting services.

      View full memo for more details.
    • New Lead Psychiatrist For Adult Forensic Behavioral Health
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Seal to the position of Lead Psychiatrist for Adult Forensic Behavioral Health and the Santa Rita Jail. I would also like to welcome Dr. Seal back to Alameda County Health Care Services as his professional journey previously included work within our behavioral health system.

      View full memo for more details.
    • New ACBH Quality Management Program Director
      A message brought to you by Imo Momah, MPA, Deputy Director/Plan Administrator

      Please join me in welcoming Karen Capece to her new role as Quality Management Program Director with Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBH). Effective August 23, 2020, Karen will be responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and implementation of activities that improve the quality of care provided by ACBH.

      View full memo for more details.
    • Alameda County Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program
      A message brought to you by the Workforce Development Education and Training (WET) Unit, MHSA Division

      The MHSA WET Unit is excited to announce the opening of the Alameda County Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program application process.

      Please see the attached flyer for details.
    • TAY Talks With Our Young Adults
      A message brought to you by the Transition Age Youth Division

      Please spread the work about our two part series "Talking with TAY" where our young adults from the community have a chance to have their voices heard.

      Please see the attached flyer and spread the word.

      Thank you,

      Lisa Carlisle
      Director, Child and Young Adult System of Care
      Alameda County Behavioral Health
    • Existential Despair Vs Hope and Agency During COVID-19
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies

      Friday, July 31, 2020; 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

      LOCATION: Zoom

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County BHCS and contracted CBO clinical staff

      TRAINER: Yasmin Sayyed

      DESCRIPTION: This training will address the world-wide pandemic that has infected millions and claimed more than 150,0000 lives, isolation, depression and existential despair can immobilize our consciousness. In this six-hour training we will illumine the stewarding of hope through a recognition of strengths and a practice of self-compassion and service of service providers providing services to their clients, their families and their own loved ones.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
    • Part-Time Clinical Psychologist - Alameda County Family Justice Center

      The Alameda County District Attorney’s office is seeking part-time (0.50 FTE) grant funded employment as a Clinical Director and Licensed Psychologist.

      Individuals currently working part-time as licensed psychologists, are also invited to apply as this potential employment opportunity may allow for fulltime employment during the 24 months of the grant award.

      View flyer for more information.
    • COVID-19 Information Letter For Beneficiaries
      A message brought to you by ACBH

      Dear ACBH Provider:

      In accordance with federal, state and local requirements, ACBH is committed to taking all appropriate and necessary measures to ensure beneficiaries have access to medically necessary services while minimizing community spread during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. As a department, we understand that some providers are currently developing plans in order to be prepared to resume in-person services in concert with Health Officer orders and county guidance. In order to ensure that clients are well informed and in an effort to minimize the spread and exposure of COVID-19, the ACBH Director and Chief Medical Officer have issued a letter addressed to beneficiaries with important information regarding services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. As you develop guidelines for your various facilities, please feel free to use this letter in its entirety or in part to share the important information with your beneficiaries.

      The letter can be found here and is also translated in the county’s threshold languages.

      For more information contact the ACBH Quality Assurance Office at QAOffice@acgov.org.

      In Community,

      Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
    • BRIEF TOBACCO TREATMENT INTERVENTIONS TRAINING
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Lifelong Medical Care

      Friday, July 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

      LOCATION: Zoom (link provided upon registration)

      AUDIENCE: A FREE skill building workshop for healthcare providers, health educators, community health workers, and anyone who works with patients in substance use, mental health, or primary care settings.

      TRAINER: Dr. Samali Lubega is a board-certified Family Physician with extensive experience treating youth and adults with tobacco dependence.

      DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn the basics of Tobacco 101 and how to apply one-on-one cessation counseling techniques to motivate and support tobacco cessation among high-risk populations.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
    • Happy 50th Pride: A Week Long Virtual Pride Celebration
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      ALAMEDA COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH OFFICE OF ETHNIC SERVICES

      HAPPY 50TH PRIDE!

      CELEBRATING PRIDE WITH A WEEK OF FREE COMEDY, FILMS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, AND A DANCE PARTY!

      JUNE 24–30

      View flyer for more information.
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a COVID-Update Meeting/CME Educational Series on Wednesday from 12 Noon – 1pm. This is a CME only event. No other kind credit will be given.

      The next meeting is on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The topic will be Provider Wellness During Challenging Times and presenter will be Dr. Napoleon Higgins. Bio attached here.

      Registration is not required. Please see link below:

      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/363029829

      United States (Toll Free): 1-866-899-4679
      Access Code: 363-029-829
    • DHCS Notice Regarding Nondiscrimination Requirements

      The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and its plans, providers, counties and other partners serve Medi-Cal beneficiaries of all ages, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, races, ethnicities and national origins. We strive to improve the health and well-being of all Californians. This commitment is enshrined in state law, which provides protections beyond the minimum standards in federal law.

      See memo for more details.
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a COVID-Update Meeting/CME Educational Series on Wednesday from 12 Noon – 1pm. This is a CME only event. No other kind credit will be given.

      The next meeting is on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The topic will be COVID-19 and Latinx Communities and the presenter will be Aaron Ortiz, CEO of La Familia Counseling Services.

      Registration is not required. Please see link below:

      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/218226533

      United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
      Access Code: 218-226-533
    • Training: Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work & Mental Health Practice
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

      Friday, July 10, 2020; 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

      LOCATION: Zoom

      AUDIENCE: ACBH and contracted CBO clinical staff

      TRAINER: Daniel Taube, J.D., Ph.D.

      DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this training is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory organizations, assist social work/mental health professionals in maintaining competence in this vital area, and in better managing the risks of social work/mental health practice. (see flyer for more details)

      See FLYER for details & REGISTRATION information

      For additional trainings, go to the following links:

      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
      CBO/Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by The Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a COVID-Update Meeting/CME Educational Series on Wednesday from 12 Noon – 1pm. This is a CME only event. No other kind credit will be given.

      The next meeting is on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The topic will be COVID-19 Impact on the African American Community by Dr. Napoleon Higgins (bio attached here).

      Registration is not required. Please see link below:

      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/818998453

      United States (Toll Free): 1-877-568-4106
      Access Code: 818-998-453
    • Race, Sexuality, Power And Healing - Thursday, June 18th, 2020
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      Race, Sexuality, Power and Healing: Addressing Issues and Challenges of Marginalized Population with a Focus on LGBTQ People of Color.

      Thursday, June 18th 2020, 10am-1pm.

      Location: Live Zoom Webinar.

      Description: In this full-day interactive workshop, participants will address the most salient factors that shape the mental health and healing of LGBTQ persons of color.

      Audience: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff.

      To Register go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QwHW30LKS6qUAkw9AiSSxg

      View Flyer for more information.
    • Connecting Community Voices Forum 3- Wednesday, June 24th 2020
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      Responding to the Pandemic & Supporting Cultural & Linguistic Communities and our SUD providers.

      Audience: Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO providers of substance use treatment services.

      To register: please go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2920163652703204365

      View Flyer for more information.
    • COVID-19 Cultural & Linguistic Awareness Initiative
      A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services

      As I prepare this memo, my heart is heavy and I'm overwhelmed with pain and rage that cannot be fully expressed here. At times, I find it hard to interpret whether we're living in the 21st century or the 1960s. Looking at the graphic images on television, I think back to one of the Civil Rights most authentic leaders who fought for Blacks to have the right to vote.

      We're tired of all the beatin', we're tired of takin' this. It's been a hundred years and we're still bein' beatin and shot at, crosses are still being burned because we want to vote. But I'm goin' to stay in Mississippi and if they shoot me down, I'll be buried here.

      Those were the energetic words of Fannie Lou Hamer in 1964, but she was most widely known for saying, "We are sick and tired of being sick and tired." And yet, here we are again sweating through the ever-present virus of systemic racism and oppression.

      Please read full Cultural Initiative memo.

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    • Immigration Trauma: Special Focus on Working with Central American Clients
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

      Friday, June 26th, 2020; 9am-2pm

      LOCATION: Online via Zoom

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO clinical staff

      TRAINER: Jeanette Lopez-Urbina, LCSW

      DESCRIPTION: In this course, participants will review risk factors and exposure to trauma that Central Americans experience in their country of origin, as well as while residing in the United States. See attachment for additional information.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.

      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
      CBO/Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • *Presented in Spanish* Linguistically Responsive & Trauma Informed Principles and Interventions for Spanish Speaking Clients
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

      Monday, June 29th, 2020; 9am-2pm

      LOCATION: Online via Zoom

      AUDIENCE: Bilingual Spanish-speaking Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO clinical staff;

      TRAINER: Jeanette Lopez-Urbina, LCSW

      DESCRIPTION: *TRAINING WILL BE PRESENTED IN SPANISH* Working with Spanish speaking clients in service delivery can present unique challenges, including addressing complex challenges related to immigration trauma that many families have experienced. This training will support bilingual Spanish-speaking providers in practicing their bilingualism when providing services to this population, especially in the area of trauma informed principles, as well as support in building on their culturally responsive interventions. See flyer for full description.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.

      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
      CBO/Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a COVID-Update Meeting/CME Educational Series on Wednesday from 12 Noon – 1pm. This is CME only event. No other kind of credit will be given.

      The next meeting is on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The topic will be Best Practices in Telepsychiatry.

      Registration is not required. Please see link below:

      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/252112541

      United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
      Access Code: 252-112-541
    • ACBH FAQs: Clinical Documentation Updates During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
      A message brought to you by ACBH Quality Assurance Department

      The ACBH Quality Assurance office has developed updated (June 1, 2020) guidance around frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding clinical documentation during the COVID-19 emergency period.

      Click here for more details.
    • SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
      A message brought to you by ACBH-IS

      This is to inform you that due to Systems/Network maintenance performed by Central IT this weekend, all external access to Alameda County Behavioral Health systems and resources will be unavailable on Sunday, May 31st between 3am and 9am.
    • Intimate Partner Violence: How to Recognize and Treat The Impact of Domestic Violence
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

      Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020; 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

      LOCATION: Online

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) clinical staff and contracted CBO providers are welcome. Capacity is limited. Open until filled.

      TRAINER: Dr. Laura S. Anderson

      DESCRIPTION: Intimate partner violence continues to happen in families with alarming frequency. In this course, dynamics that contribute to intimate partner violence will be explored, as well as strategies for assessing if intimate partner violence is occurring in relationships. The training will also highlight ways to understand how both perpetrators and survivors are best helped to wellness. This course will also sensitively explore the added challenges that people in communities of color and members of the LGBTQ community face when intimate partner violence is impacting their lives. Specific scripts for speaking to survivors and perpetrators will be developed and practiced. Vignettes will be presented, and case plans will be developed.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a regular COVID-19 Update Meeting/CME Educational Series each Wednesday at 12 Noon – 1pm for the month of May. This is a CME only event. No other kind of credit will be given.

      The next meeting is on Wednesday May 27, 2020. The topic will be Psychiatry and Behavioral Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

      Registration is not required. Please see link below:

      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/806829701

      United States (Toll Free): 1-877-568-4106
      Access Code: 806-829-701
    • Mental Health Disparity Among Asian Americans - May 29th 2020 @ 10:30am-12pm
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      DAY, DATE, TIME: Friday, May 29th 2020, @ 10:30a-12p;

      LOCATION: Zoho virtual webinar

      BRIEF DESCRIPTION: An interactive learning opportunity to address outreach, enrollment, and retention of Asian Americans in Behavior Health treatment, early intervention and prevention services.

      AUDIENCE: All ACBH Providers and CBOs

      REGISTER: attend.zoho.com/qhlv

      View flyer for more info.
    • GART/Schreiber Interim BHC Supervisor, Jen Yun
      A message brought to you by Jen Mullane, Associate Director, AOASOC

      Jennifer Yun is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a clinical background supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), older adults, and at risk youth. Most recently she has been a Behavioral Health Clinician II at ACBH with the Geriatric Assessment and Response Team and the Schreiber Center, providing assessment, psychotherapy, and case management services to older adults and individuals with IDD. She is pleased to be able to continuing working with programs that are supporting communities she is passionate about.
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a regular COVID-19 Update Meeting/ CME Educational Series each Wednesday at 12 Noon – 1pm for the month of May. This is CME only event. No other kind of credit will be given.

      The next meeting is on Wednesday May 20, 2020. The topic will be: COVID-19 Medical Update – What do we know?

      Registration is not required. Please see link below:

      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/830452909

      United States (Toll Free): 1-877-568-4106
      Access Code: 830-452-909
    • Connecting Community Voices Forum 2 - Wednesday, May 27, 2020
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      Date: Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, 1pm - 2pm

      Location: GoToWebinar Online

      Description: Responding to the Pandemic & Supporting Cultural & Linguistic Communities.

      Audience: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff.

      Register: Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4033902960542898958

      View FLYER for more information.
    • ACBH RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM HEALTH GUIDANCE FOR COVID-19 AND INFLUENZA
      A message brought to you by Aaron Chapman, MD, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, James Wagner, LMFT/LPCC Deputy Director, Clinical Operations and Nathan Hobbs, LCSW, Substance Use Continuum of Care

      In order to ensure that all partner agencies are provided with recommendations during this COVID-19 pandemic, Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) has issued the following guidance related to residential care and/or recovery residence housing:

      Click here for guidance and full memo.
    • Coming Soon: Alameda County Mental Health Loan Repayment Program
      A message brought to you by the MHSA Division

      ACBH is excited to announce the upcoming Alameda County Loan Repayment Program. This program will award up to $10,000 towards educational loans to those who meet eligibility criteria. The awardees will be individuals who work for either ACBH or our contracted providers who are multicultural and multilingual, serve ethnically and/or culturally diverse communities, and/or in currently hard-to-retain/fill positions. Questions should be directed to Sanjida.mazid@acgov.org

      Alameda County is committed to supporting the behavioral health needs of our community and those that serve the community.
    • Annual Reports: Fiscal Year 2019-2020 InSyst Data Input Reminder
      A message brought to you by ACBH Information Systems

      The final deadline for data input or correction in the InSyst system for services provided to clients in the FY 19-20 fiscal year is Friday, July 24, 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 19-20 fiscal year. No corrections or additional input for this fiscal year (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) can be entered into InSyst after July 24th.

      ACBH Information Systems will begin distribution of the annual reports the week of August 10, 2020. If you do not receive reports by the end of that week, please call the ACBH Help Desk at (510) 567-8181.

      Please note: It is the responsibility of each provider to retain these annual reports. Should you have any questions, please call your Fiscal Contract Manager for assistance.
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Training
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies

      Wednesday, May 27th, 2020; 12:30-3:00 PM

      LOCATION: Webinar via Zoom

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health Social Work and Mental Health Staff and Providers

      TRAINER: Amber Gonzalez

      DESCRIPTION: This training provides an overview of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy theory and framework, including comprehensive DBT, the Bio Social Theory of emotional dysregulation, dialectical thinking, and DBT coping skills from these 5 modules: distress tolerance, emotional regulation, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and middle path.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.

      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Online Training: Understanding and Addressing Nervous System Dysregulation Using Resiliency Practices for Providers and Clients in Times of Crisis
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way

      Thursday, May 21, 2020; 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

      LOCATION: Online

      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) clinical staff and contracted CBO providers are welcome. Capacity is limited. Open until filled.

      TRAINER: Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW

      DESCRIPTION: During this intense period of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many people have experienced increased levels of fight or flight/sympathetic dominance. We all need strategies to address our fear, anger, overwhelm and stress. In this course participants will have a chance to talk about their experiences over the last few weeks, explore how they can better help themselves and their clients manage stress now and when things return to the “new” normal. See flyer for more details.

      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information.
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by The Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a regular COVID-19 Update Meeting/CME Educational Series each Wednesday at 12 Noon – 1pm for the month of May. This is CME only event. No other kind of credit will be given.

      The next meeting is on Wednesday May 13, 2020. The topic will be re: Pharmacy, Clozapine and COVID-19. Registration is not required. Please see link below:

      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/822713453

      United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
      Access Code: 822-713-453
    • In Person Trainings Cancelled For May And June
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit

      The ACBH Training Unit is exercising precautions to support the prevention of spreading COVID-19. Therefore, all in-person trainings scheduled for the months of May and June will be canceled. We will continue to provide online options to make trainings available to you.

      For training announcements and registration information, please see the training calendars at:


      Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we navigate efforts to support COVID-19 prevention as a community while continuing to provide valuable training opportunities for our staff and contracted providers.

      If you have any questions please contact the ACBH Training Unit at Training.Unit@acgov.org.
    • Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training-Adult Focused (6 CEs)
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

      Wednesdays, May 13th AND May 20th, 2020 1:00-4:30PM (note: must attend both sessions to complete the training and earn CEs)

      LOCATION: GoToWebinar

      AUDIENCE: The training is for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with adult consumers experiencing a suicidal crisis. This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health and Provider Staff

      DESCRIPTION: The workshop will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory. See flyer for more information.

      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com

      See FLYER for details
    • Mental Health Disparity Among Asian Americans - May 29th 2020 @ 10:30am-12pm
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      DAY, DATE, TIME: Friday, May 29th 2020, @ 10:30a-12p;

      LOCATION: Zoho virtual webinar

      BRIEF DESCRIPTION: An interactive learning opportunity to address outreach, enrollment, and retention of Asian Americans in Behavior Health treatment, early intervention and prevention services.

      AUDIENCE: All ACBH Providers and CBOs

      REGISTER: attend.zoho.com/qhlv

      View flyer for more info.
    • Alameda County Behavioral Health Is Looking For New Innovation Ideas!
      A message brought to you by MHSA (MHSA) Division

      Innovation (INN) is a component of the MHSA which seeks to learn how to address challenging problem in our community. ACBH is interested in all innovative ideas, including projects that focus on our historically underserved and inappropriately served ethnic and linguistically isolated communities.

      If you’re interested in learning more about the criteria for INN projects, history and background of INN and/or have an INN idea or suggestion you believe has potential, then please see the attached memo for all details.
    • CME Educational Series/COVID-19 Update Meeting
      A message brought to you by The Office of the Medical Director

      The Office of the Medical Director and CME Committee will be offering a regular COVID-19 Update Meeting / CME Educational Series each Wednesday at 12 Noon – 1pm for the month of May. This is CME only event. No other kind of credit will be given.

      Our first meeting will be this Wednesday May 6, 2020. The topic will be a Status update re: COVID-19 in Alameda County and City of Berkeley. Registration is not required. Please see link below:

      https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/327231373

      United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
      Access Code: 327-231-373
    • Connecting Community Voices Forum - May 13th 2020
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services

      Date/Day/Time: Wednesday, May 13th 2020, 1p-2p

      Location: Virtual (GotoWebinar)

      Description: The Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) Office of Ethnic Services is holding a series of virtual forums in an attempt to engage our contract providers, and collectively work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Audience: Alameda County Behavioral and CBO

      Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4970614299200772620

      View Flyer for more information
    • ACBH Partner Launching Staying Strong Against COVID-19 Support Line
      A message brought to you by Office of the Director

      Communication & Resource provided on behalf of Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

      Please see the following message and attachments related to emotional support provided through one of our community partners.

      In collaboration with Alameda County Psychological Association (ACPA), Crisis Support Services of Alameda County (CSS) is rolling out the Staying Strong Against COVID19 Support Line for Bay Area Workers in Healthcare Settings.

      Please find attached flyers for the service and forward to your contacts that might benefit from this line.

      For your background information, ACPA folks are responsible for recruiting, screening and scheduling dedicated volunteers for the COVID19 Support Line. Calls on this new line will overflow to Crisis line counselors and CSS will also cover uncovered shifts and after-hours. We will use our crisis line structure of a call to answer the line and we will document the call as we usually do in our CSS Call Database. CSS has put together a training for volunteers on this line that focuses on issues unique to healthcare workers and the experiences they are having right now.

      Please see attachments and link to this website https://www.crisissupport.org/.
      It's Okay To Vent Flyer
      COVID-19 Emotional Support Line Flyer
    • 2020 Community Input Survey: Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
      A message brought to you by Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Division

      The MHSA Division of ACBH is looking for your help in gathering information around mental health needs, trends and resources, which will guide the Department in developing its next Three Year MHSA Plan (FY 20/21-22/23). MHSA is a 1% statewide tax on personal income over $1M with the intention that all services strive to be consumer and family-driven, culturally competent, accessible, and recovery-oriented.

      The survey is currently open through May 31st. So please take the survey yourself as well as spread the word and share it with your provider and stakeholder groups so that we can hear from as many voices as possible.

      Please see attached flyer for more information and the link to the survey.
    • FAQs - Clinical Documentation Updates During the COVID-19 - Revised 4/21/20
      A message brought to you by Kimberly Coady, LCSW, Interim Quality Assurance Administrator; Imo Momoh, MPA, ACBH Deputy Director/Plan Administrator

      The Quality Assurance office has developed a document providing guidance to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) around clinical documentation during the COVID-19 emergency period. The document provides information on various topics that include but are not limited to:

      • Claiming for services provided via text messages
      • Update on State Fair Hearing Appeal Process
      • Client Release of Information
      • Documenting late signatures for claiming purposes
      • License renewal waivers
      • Claiming for telephone and telehealth services

      View memo for more details.
    • Guidelines For Continuity Of Payment For CBOs Due To COVID-19
      A message brought to you by Contracts Unit

      Dear Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) Contracted Providers,

      On March 24, 2020, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors (BOS) unanimously passed an unprecedented action authorizing advanced payments to the Community-Based Organizations for March and April 2020. In addition, the BOS authorized the County Department Heads to provide longer term solutions after April 2020 for financial stability.

      View attachment for the full guidelines for Continuity of Payment for CBOs due to COVID-19.
    • Affirming Our Community
      A message brought to you by Office of the ACBH Director

      As you well know, our nation and the entire world continues to wrestle with the impacts of COVID-19. Whether or not you have a friend, colleague, client or loved one who has been personally affected by the Novel Coronavirus, daily media reports continue to reveal the power of its viral reach.

      Over the course of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have seen discriminatory references to, or actions taken against, members of the Asian & Asian American Communities. Moreover, we have also seen increasing focus on the health and social disparities impacting the African American and Latinx communities. As referenced in last Friday’s communication from our HCSA Director, it is important to regard these inequities through a lens of understanding and compassion.

      It is important that we unequivocally take this time to both acknowledge ACBH’s commitment to diversity – and affirm that we as a department stand with all members of our society. It is both our county mission and a privilege afforded to us all as county civil service workers.

      View memo for more details.
    • Medi-Cal Site Certifications During COVID-19
      A message brought to you by Quality Assurance Office

      The ACBH Quality Assurance (QA) Office would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of our ACBH Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) providers who are able to maintain provision of essential SMHS to our safety net consumers during the COVID-19 emergency.

      We are pleased to inform you that the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has issued guidance to temporarily waive the onsite review for all Medi-Cal certifications and re-certification of SMHS programs in an effort to ensure continuity of services to our safety net consumers.

      View memo for more details.
    • URGENT Privacy & Security Alert
      A message from HCSA

      URGENT Privacy & Security Alert: Zoom Videoconferencing Application and Protected Health Information (PHI)

      We have been closely reviewing and monitoring the reports surrounding the Zoom Video Communications Application for privacy and security concerns. There have been numerous confirmed reports of security incidents involving “Zoom bombing,” in which malicious actors hijack the chat and say or do inappropriate things.

      Last week, the FBI warned of unauthorized access to virtual classrooms and conferences with multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language. As a result, several businesses and educational entities, including Google and now the U.S. Senate have all banned use of Zoom over security concerns.

      View full memo for more details.
    • Quality Assurance Updates and Training Opportunities
      A message brought to you by ACBH Quality Assurance Office

      UPDATE #1
      Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been developed for Clinical Documentation Updates During COVID-19. Please click here to access the document.

      UPDATE #2
      The Quality Assurance office will be hosting weekly Virtual Technical Assistance Brown Bag Sessions. These sessions will occur:

      Mental Health Providers
      Fridays, 12:00- 1:00 pm
      Join by Teleconference 877-336-1828; Passcode 351777

      Substance Use Disorder (SUD)Providers
      Thursdays, 12:00 -1:00pm Join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://www.gotomeet.me/brionp/qabrown-bag-sud
      Teleconference: 1 866 899 4679; Access Code: 884-232-261

      Clinical Documentation Standards Trainings to be presented virtually:
      April 21st: Outpatient Services (OS)/Intensive Outpatient Services (IOS) & Residential SUD Providers
      April 30th (previously scheduled for April 8th): Electronic Health Record Users for Mental Health
      Providers (designed for Line Staff)
      Register: http://alameda.netkeepers.com/
      QA will provide enrollees with presentation information within a week of the training date.

      If you have any questions please contact the ACBH Quality Assurance Office at qata@acgov.org.

      View memo.
    • ACBH Clinical Documentation and Authorization Training for Substance Use Disorder Treatment (For OTP and Withdrawal Management-Detox)
      A Free Training brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
      Tuesday, April 21st, 2020, 9:00am-4:30 pm
      5 CEs Credits available for ACBH Providers 
      Location: Online Instruction – details will be emailed to registrants
      Description: Addresses ACBH & Medi-Cal documentation requirements for SUD treatment providers. 
      Who Should Attend: Organizations that have a contract to provide Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services. 
      Trainer: Tony Sanders, PhD, PsyD – Interim QA Associate Administrator of Alameda County. Brion Phipps, LCSW – Clinical Review Specialist of Alameda County (See flyer for detailed description). 
      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.
    • ACBH Clinical Documentation Training for Clinician's Gateway-Electronic Health Record (EHR) Users
      A Free Training brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
      Wednesday, April 30, 2020, 9:00am-4:30 pm
      6 CEs Credits available for ACBH Providers
      Location: Online Format – details will be emailed to registrants
      Description: Addresses mental health assessment, client plan development, and service provision documentation requirements in the Electronic Healthcare Records System: Clinician’s Gateway.
      Who Should Attend: ACBH Providers Only. County run clinics and organizations that use Clinician's Gateway (CG) as their Electronic Health Record (EHR) and who bill through INSYST. This is not a training on how to use Clinician's Gateway, but is a training on how to get documentation up to Medi-Cal standards. This training is designed for direct line staff (but supervisors and QA may attend).
      Trainer: Jeffrey Sammis, PsyD, Clinical Review Specialist Supervisor of Alameda County. Amy Saucier, LMFT- Clinical Review Specialist Supervisor of Alameda County. (See flyer for detailed description).
      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.
    • HIPAA Guidance To HCSA Staff
      A message brought to you by HCSA Office of Compliance Services

      Dear Colleagues:

      The HCSA Privacy and Security Officers have jointly issued the attached guidance on Remote Work & HIPAA Privacy/Security and a FAQ on Telehealth & HIPAA Privacy/Security during the COVID-19 emergency.

      If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Ravi Mehta, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer.

      RAVI MEHTA, CHIEF COMPLIANCE & PRIVACY OFFICER
      ALAMEDA COUNTY HEALTH CARE SERVICES AGENCY
      1000 San Leandro Blvd., Suite 300, San Leandro, CA 94577
      (510) 667-4485 | ravi.mehta@acgov.org
    • Starting the Conversation: How to Speak with Families About the Effects of Trauma on Childhood Development and Family Systems (the training will be taught in Spanish)
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice
      Thursday, April 16th, 2020; 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, ONLINE WEBINAR through “Go to Meeting”
      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health Social Work and Mental Health Staff and Contracted Providers
      TRAINER: Elaine Tannous, LMFT
      DESCRIPTION: the training consists of two parts - Part 1: Trauma and its Effects on Child Development and Part 2: Family Therapy Techniques.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      View FLYER for more details.
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Remembering Your Behavioral Health During The Coronavirus
      A message brought to you by the Office of the ACBH Director

      Remembering your Behavioral Health during the Coronavirus – one hour at a time…

      In addition to continued focus on personal hygiene, social distancing, shelter in place orders, and staying home while sick; it is important that we keep in mind our own Health and Wellness, from a behavioral health perspective.

      The ever-changing landscape and daily reports surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), can provoke a number of normal stress reactions that may go unrecognized.

      View memo for more details.
    • Shelter In Place Order Update
      A message from ACBH Director, Dr. Karyn Tribble on behalf of HCSA Director Colleen Chawla

      At noon today, Alameda County joined six neighboring health jurisdictions to extend through May 3, 2020, our jointly issued Shelter in Place Order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The full order and updated FAQs will be available on our Public Health website after 12:00 pm today.

      While the prior Shelter Order has been effective in slowing the rate of transmission of COVID-19 (“flattening the curve”), it is not enough. Given the continued increase in cases—more than eightfold since the Order was first issued on March 15th—the Bay Area Health Officers have determined that stricter social distancing is needed for a longer period of time.

      Our goals remain to slow the rate of COVID-19 spread, prevent deaths, and stop the health care system from becoming overwhelmed. Effective midnight tonight and through 11:59 PM on May 3, 2020, this Order will be in effect alongside the open-ended Stay at Home Order issued by Governor Newsom on March 19th; where more restrictive, our local order prevails.

      Briefly, revisions include clarification around essential business and activities and new restrictions on the use of public spaces, including:

      • Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.
      • Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational use.
      • Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household
      • Essential businesses must develop a social distancing protocol before April 3

      Thank you all for your ongoing work on the COVID-19 response, and all that you and your staff are doing to promote health and resilience in our communities in these unprecedented times.
    • All GSA Shuttle Hours Are Reduced Due to COVID-19 Safety Measures
      A message brought to you by Barbara Becker, ACBH Facility Development Manager
      Per the Memo from the General Services Agency (GSA) dated March 20, 2020, all of the County’s five shuttle routes have been reduced as part of the safety measures related to COVID-19.
      The effective date for the new shuttle hours is March 23, 2020. The schedules for all routes including our Embarcadero shuttle are posted at http://www.acgov.org/.
      View memo for more details.
    • ACBH Training Updates For APRIL 2020 (COVID-19)
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit
      The ACBH Training Unit is exercising precautions to support the prevention of spreading COVID-19. Therefore, all in-person trainings scheduled for the month April will be canceled. We will continue explore online options to make trainings available to you. To stay abreast of training announcements and updates, please see the training calendars at:
      County Intranet: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
      Provider’s Website: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/.
      See memo for more details.
    • Jane Tzudiker's Retirement
      A message brought to you by ACCESS Program
      Jane Tzudiker, ACCESS Program Clinical Review Specialist Supervisor, is retiring on 3/27/20. The celebration planned for Jane at ACCESS this Friday has been cancelled. ACCESS will re-schedule Jane's party after the 'shelter in place' has been lifted.
      DeeDee Terry will be the new ACCESS Child Team CRS Supervisor and can be reached at 510-346-1042 or Deandrea.Terry@acgov.org.
    • MHFA Training On April 27, 2020 CANCELLED
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit
      Please note, the Mental Health First Aid training for APRIL 27 has been CANCELLED due to COVID19 protections.
    • Welcome Interim Contracts (formerly Network Office) Director
      A message brought to you by Cecilia Serrano, ACBH Finance Director
      Please join me in welcoming Edilyn Velasquez in her new role as Interim Contracts Director with the Contracts Unit (formerly the Network Office). Edilyn holds an MA degree in Counseling Psychology (with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy) from University of San Francisco. She brings many years of administrative, finance, and management experience from working in mid to large Counties in California including a non-profit agency providing housing.
      View memo for more details.
    • LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO MEET CLIENT NEEDS - NON-LICENSED STAFF UPDATE
      A message brought to you by Aaron Chapman, MD, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer Ravi Mehta, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer

      The rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 requires us to be cautious and keep our priorities clear – support our staff, clients and our communities. The past few days have shown all of us the need to be agile and adaptable and we will continue to act accordingly.

      ACBH is exercising its discretion to temporarily allow a non-licensed staff (i.e., MHRS, Peer Specialist, Family Partner) to provide mental health services via telehealth, as long as services are within their scope of practice and/or working under the supervision of licensed clinicians/providers.

      View memo.
    • Free Online Webinar CME Training on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
      A message brought to you by The Office of the Medical Director
      Update: The Free CME training on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 will now be an Online Webinar. Please see below.
      The African American Patient: Intersection of Race, Psychiatry, Medicine and Pharmacology
      TIME: 9:30am - 12:00 pm, Online sign-in begins at 9:00am; training starts promptly at 9:30am
      LOCATION: Online Training Webinar (You will receive a link to view online if you have registered for the training)
      AUDIENCE: All prescribers (MD's/DO's of HCSA/ACBH and contracted CBO staff are invited and highly encouraged to attend.
      Registration: https://tinyurl.com/ACBHAfricanAmericanPatientCME
      View flyer for more information.
    • LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO MEET CLIENT NEEDS - NEW GUIDANCE FROM DHHS-OCR
      A message brought to you by Aaron Chapman, MD, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, and Ravi Mehta, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer

      ACBH and the Office of the Medical Director continue to receive inquiries from staff and providers regarding flexible treatment approaches to meet client needs during COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. As we find ourselves in these unprecedented times, we would like to reassure you that the health and well-being of our staff, clients and communities is our highest priority.

      With the incredible speed at which things are changing around us, we are closely monitoring for changes in Federal, State and local guidance and we are continually adapting our operations and business to meet the needs of our clients, staff and community partners.

      View full memo for more information.
    • Social Work Month - March 2020
      A message brought to you by Office of the Director
      Attention All ACBH Team Members:
      As we all continue to put the needs of our community, clients, colleagues and love ones at the forefront of our minds during this COVID-19 pandemic; I want to take the opportunity to also acknowledge the work that occasionally goes unrecognized.
      The Month of March has been designated as “Social Work Month” for all of our Social Workers.
      Please take a moment to convey your appreciation for the work that each and every one of our social workers do, on a daily basis. Social Workers (licensed, unlicensed, and those who are ‘social workers’ in their hearts) play a valued role in our society.
      According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the theme for this year’s Social Work Month has been designated as “Social Workers: Generations Strong” as it is honoring the positive impact the social work profession has had on our society for generations.
      Please join me in celebrating our Social Workers across the system! Together they help to make our communities strong.
    • Leveraging Technology to Meet Client Needs
      A message brought to you by Aaron Chapman, MD, Medical Director, Chief Medical Officer

      As more attention is being paid to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACBH and the Office of the Medical Director have been receiving inquiries from Staff and Providers regarding flexible treatment approaches to meet client needs during these challenging times. We learned today about the closure of multiple Alameda County School jurisdictions, and are aware that many youth are now at risk of experiencing a disruption in behavioral health treatment. We would also like to provide guidance regarding the use of technology to continue services to our vulnerable populations in a manner that addresses the safety of clients and providers. We have rapidly assembled a work group to address common questions and requests.

      Please see the most recent ACBH guidance regarding these situations:

      View memo
    • GUIDANCE FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAMS – COVID-19
      A message brought to you by Aaron Chapman, MD, Medical Director, Chief Medical Officer
      As Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) continues to closely monitor the emerging Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, ACBH is issuing guidance to our staff and partner providers to assist them in providing essential health care services in a timely fashion for our shared clients.

      I have received numerous inquiries and have spoken with a number of you. We understand that you may also be receiving requests for clarification regarding the provision of direct clinical services. Although the guidance that we are able to provide may not sufficiently eliminated all concerns that you are facing, we are hoping that you can keep this advisement in mind as we strategically approach our service delivery.

      The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has issued guidance to counties to assist us in providing timely care for our beneficiaries impacted by COVID-19.

      At the present time, ACBH will be following DHCS guidelines for matters related to COVID-19.

      Please find attached to this message the following documents, which will be published on the DHCS website soon:
      Covid-19 Guidance Memo
      Information Notice 20-009: COVID-19 Guidance for Behavioral Health Programs
      COVID-19 FAQ for Behavioral Health
      COVID-19 FAQ for Narcotic Treatment Programs
      COVID-19 FAQ for Mental Health Rehabilitation Centers and Psychiatric Health Facilities
    • COVID-19 Departmental Guidance/Update
      A message brought to you by Office of the ACBH Director
      Dear ACBH Team Members:
      On last Friday, March 13, 2020, Alameda County issued a County-wide announcement on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This communication included an attachment entitled “COVID_19_Employee_Guidance_FAQs_Final” which contained detailed information regarding COVID-19 (general facts, personal protective equipment, and personal employeerelated FAQs).
      If you have not already reviewed this information, it is important that you read the attachments provided by the county.
      MEMO - Situation Update
      COVID-19 Employee Guidance FAQs
      Agency Department HR Contacts
    • Training Cancellations And Meeting Modifications
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit
      To all ACBH staff, please see the attached memo regarding the cancellation of all upcoming trainings for the month of March as well as alternative options for non essential meetings.
      Thank you all for your efforts and prioritizing your health during this time.
    • 2020 Mental Health Advisory Board Community Service Awards
      A message brought to you by Mental Health Advisory Board
      2020 Mental Health Advisory Board Community Service Awards Nominations
      Please help recognize the many individuals and organizations in Alameda County who have made a difference in the lives of residents impacted by mental illness by nominating them for the 2020 Mental Health Advisory Board Community Service Awards!
      See attachment for the Nomination Form.
      Please return your nomination form by Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
      The event will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2020.
    • ADULT Mental Health First Aid Training
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
      Please note: training CANCELLED due to COVID-19 protections.
    • Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training (Youth & Adult focus, 6 CEs)
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County
      Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, 9:00AM – 4:30PM
      LOCATION: 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 400, Gail Steele Conference Rm, Oakland
      AUDIENCE: The training is for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with adults and/or youth consumers/clients experiencing a suicidal crisis. This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted Provider Staff.
      DESCRIPTION: The workshop will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory. See flyer for more details.
      Space LIMITED: If interested, REGISTER at: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      See FLYER for details.
    • Announcement From The ACBH Housing Services Office
      A message brought to you by ACBH Housing Director-Robert Ratner, MPH, MD
      Dear Alameda County Behavioral Health community:
      Please see attached announcement from the ACBH Housing Services Office
    • COVID-19 Update: Grand Princess Cruise Ship
      A message brought to you by Karyn L. Tribble, PsyD, LCSW, ACBH Director

      An important message from the County Administrator, Health Care Services Agency Director, and Interim County Health Officer.

      As you may know, the Grand Princess cruise ship, which is carrying some passengers who have tested positive for COVID-19, has been holding off the coast of California. As soon as tomorrow, March 9, 2020, the ship will begin disembarking passengers at the Port of Oakland.

      We want to share with all County staff the attached message from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services and a few key points:

      • This effort is being led by the state and federal governments, with Alameda County and the City of Oakland providing support as needed.
      • The passengers will not be released into the general public. California residents aboard the ship will be taken to federal facilities for isolation and quarantine, while non-California residents will be transported to federal facilities in other states.
      • The crew will be quarantined aboard the ship, which will leave the Port of Oakland as soon as passengers have disembarked.
      • Anyone with immediate health care needs upon disembarkation may be transported to local and regional health facilities to receive care.

      County leadership and the Health Care Services Agency are in close contact with the California Department of Health and Human Services, as well as local and regional partners. We want to assure you that all involved entities are working to minimize the impact of the cruise ship’s docking in Oakland and our highest priority is to safeguard the health of people living and working in Alameda County.

      As a reminder, good hygiene and staying home when sick can help protect you and our community from COVID-19 and other germs. For updated information and resources, please visit the County’s public health website.
    • Embarcadero Shuttle Expanded Hours
      A message brought to you by Barbara Becker, ACBH Facility Development Manager
      The Embarcadero Shuttle provides free shuttle service to and from Lake Merritt BART for both 1900 and 2000 Embarcadero.
      Effective April 1, 2020, the shuttle hours will be expanded to offer shuttle services from 6:50 am to 7:30 pm on all County business days.
      The expanded schedule will be posted in the afternoon of March 31 and be effective 6:50 am on April 1st.
      The shuttle is a service provided by ACBH in partnership with General Services Agency Sustainability and it welcomes all riders.
      Please view memo here for full details.
    • Reminder - Finance Cut-off Date For 2019 Mileage/Personal Reimbursement Claims
      A message brought to you by ACBH Finance
      Alameda County Auditor's have set a deadline of April 15, 2020 to submit the mileage and personal reimbursement claims for the period covering 01/01/2019 to 12/31/2019.
      All claims must be submitted by March 13, 2020. Please submit the claims to: Glen Watkins, Fiscal Services, 2000 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 101.
      2020 Daily Travel Form
      2020 Conference and Training Form
    • New And Revised ACBH Policies And Procedures
      A message brought to you by Imo Momoh, MPA, Deputy Director/Plan Administrator
      ACBH has recently issued new or revised Policies and Procedures (P&Ps). The P&Ps are available through the hyperlinks provided on the attached memorandum.
      In a few weeks, ACBH will launch a Policy and Procedure Manual page on the provider website. The purpose of the Policy and Procedure Manual is to ensure that everyone associated with ACBH operations is aware of, and has access to, various requirements under federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
    • Free CME Training On Wednesday, March 25, 2020
      A message brought to you by The Office of the Medical Director
      The African American Patient: Intersection of Race, Psychiatry, Medicine and Pharmacology
      TIME: 9:30am - 12:00 pm, Sign in begins at 8:30am; training starts promptly at 9:30am
      LOCATION: 2000 Embarcadero, Ste. 400, Gail Steele Room, 5th Floor, Oakland, CA 94606
      AUDIENCE: All prescribers (MD's/DO's of HCSA/ACBH and contracted CBO staff are invited and highly encouraged to attend.
      Registration: https://tinyurl.com/ACBHAfricanAmericanPatientCME
      Please see flyer for more information.
    • Changes To Psych Testing Services
      A message brought to you by Quality Assurance Office
      ACBH QA establishes mandated change to Psychological Testing Service.
      To review and provide comment see full memo.
    • ACBH Community Outreach Event (February 5 2020) – Stakeholder
      A message brought to you by Office of the ACBH Director
      Dear ACBH Team Members & Community Partners:

      On behalf of Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH), I wish to convey my sincerest appreciation to those who were able to attend our Community Outreach Event earlier this month.

      Please see memo for more information.
    • Network Adequacy Certification Tool & Brown Bag Sessions
      A message brought to you by ACBH Information Systems & QA Office
      Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBH) is preparing to submit its first quarter Network Adequacy Certification Tool (NACT) data at the end of March 2020. This first quarter NACT data is extremely critical as it is used to certify our county for Network Adequacy. As you may recall, in October of 2019, ACBH had been placed under a “Corrective Action Plan” (CAP) by DHCS for non-compliance for Network Adequacy related to Timely Access to service within the standard of 10 days for outpatient and 14 for psychiatry services. In January 2020, ACBH was cleared and met compliance with the standard by meeting the 70% threshold for the timely standard of 10 days and 14 days.

      BACKGROUND:
      NACT Timely Access Data is to be submitted quarterly to establish Network Adequacy for the ACBH Mental Health Plan (MHP). The NACT Timely Access data is not to be confused with the CSI Assessment Record Data, which is being collected by DHCS to track “new client” timely access to assessment services. Specifically, NACT Timely Access data is collected for all clients referred or self-referred to the ACBH Access unit. The NACT data submitted at the end of March is used to establish annual Network Adequacy Certification for all counties and includes the Timely Access data. One of the tools ACBH used to help facilitate improvement of the timely standard was to utilize the OPS 721 report.

      To help us update our data and meet the standard as agreed to in our CAP with DHCS, you will receive the INSYST report, the OPS 721, with service data that did not meet the 10 or 14-day standard and is not in compliance. This report will be sent to your INSYST printer queue between February 26 through February 28, 2020. The report contains instructions on how to update the service data with the reason (code) which explains why the service is beyond the standard. The reason will be evaluated by DHCS to determine adequate compliance. This request and OPS 721 Report to update the Timely Access data is the same as what was sent to you in late October 2019 and December 2019. This period covers November through December 2019, and January 2020, and only includes clients that did not meet the standard. To assist you and to help facilitate this endeavor, ACBH will be holding the following Brown Bag sessions:

      Friday, February 28, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm, 2000 Embarcadero Cove, 5th floor, Chabot Room
      Friday, March 6, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm, 2000 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 305, Joaquin Miller Room
      Monday, March 9, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm, 2000 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 305, Joaquin Miller Room


      View memo for more information.
    • Mental Health Disparity Among Asian Americans- Friday, May 1, 2020
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      Training: Mental Health Disparity Among Asian Americans
      Date: Friday, May 1, 2020, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
      Location: 2000 Embarcadero Cove, Ste 400, Oakland, CA 94606, Gail Steele Rm
      Description: In this training, participants will engage in an interactive learning opportunity to address outreach, enrollment, and retention of Asian Americans in Behavior Health treatment, early intervention and prevention services.
      Audience: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff.
      View flyer for more information.
    • Understanding Whiteness: Intent Vs. Impact
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      A full-day interactive workshop. Participants will interrogate how whiteness shapes how they understand their role and their relationship to their organization, colleagues, and clients.
      Date: Friday, March 6, 2020, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
      Location: 2000 Embarcadero Cove Ste 400, Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA 94606
      View flyer for more information.
    • Call For Preceptors: High School Pipeline Pathway Program By HCSA
      A message brought to you by ACBH Workforce Development
      There is a call for preceptors from Health Care Services Agency, Health Pathway Partnership Program (ACHPP) for the Spring cohort of high school interns starting on March 9. Five (5) more preceptors are needed to host and/or mentor students from March 9, 2020-May 31, 2020. The goal of the HCSA internship program is to serve 25 high school students per semester, for an opportunity to gain experience in non-clinical/administrative health careers within the Health Care Services Agency.
      Your participation is important for the program’s success!
      • WHO: Preceptors are either staff of any HCSA department (Admin/BHCS/PHD/EH) and/or HCSA subcontractor or community partner
      • WHY: 1). Receive entry-level assistance from our trained college preparatory students 2). Complete a project to assist your work and/or your units efforts 3). Build to build up a successful, thriving health workforce!
      • COMMITMENT OPTIONS: 1). Provide a project or responsibilities for an intern for 6 hours per week OR 2). Allow an intern to shadow you for 3 hours per week

      Be part of our 6th cohort of HCSA High School Interns and host an intern today! To participate, please fill in your contact information at: https://tinyurl.com/HCSAPreceptor
      FOR QUESTIONS CONTACT: HCSA Internship Supervisor, Sequoia Hall by email at sequoia.hall@acgov.org or phone at (510) 618-2032. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. If you are interested in serving young people, we want to help make this do-able for you. (NOTE: Guided support is built in to help preceptors.)
      Please see attached documents for complete details:
      HCSA Internship Detailed Memo
      HCSA Preceptor Recruitment Letter
      HCSA Career Exploration Program Overview
    • Liz Baumann‘s Retirement Party - Reminder
      A message brought to you by Child & Young Adult System of Care
      Thank you so much for reading this message.
      This is a friendly reminder that your payment of $45 is due on February 22nd.
      Kindly send your payment via:
      1) Venmo @Peter-Dating
      2) PayPal to Peter.Dating@gmail.com (must choose friends and family option)
      3) Zelle to email address PLD970@gmail.com
      4) Cash
      5) Check made out to Peter Dating
      Please email or call Peter Dating at peter.dating@acgov.org or 510-567-8110 before sending payment. Cash and check payments can be QIC to 22711.
      We look forward to your participation to make Liz’s retirement party memorable.
      View flyer for more information.
    • AOASOC System Change Update And Next Steps 2020
      A message brought to you by Kate Jones, Director, Adult and Older Adult System of Care
      Dear Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) Stakeholders,
      Last year, the Adult/Older Adult System of Care (AOASOC) wrote an informational memo describing some of the goals we would work on in collaboration with our provider/stakeholders over the next several years. I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of the goals, update you on each goal’s progress, and frame our work over the next year.
      View memo for more information.
    • New Program Staff In ACBH Finance And Information Systems
      A message brought to you by Imo Momoh, MPA, Deputy Director/Plan Administrator
      Dear ACBH Staff:
      Below is an announcement of staff in their new roles in the Information Systems and Finance divisions of Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH).
      Please click on the attachment for an enhanced view.
    • Black Mental Health Stigma: Tools & Strategies For Engaging Black Communities In Healing - 2/28/2020
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      Training: Black Mental Health Stigma: Tools & Strategies for Engaging Black Communities in Healing
      When: Friday, February 28th, 2020, 9am-4pm
      Where: Gail Steele Room, 2000 Embarcadero Cove 5th flr. Oakland 94606
      Description: In this training, participants will review the historical roots of stigma in Black communities and learn strategies and tools to reframe mental health, connect black communities to care, and reimagine healing and wellness within a healing justice framework
      To REGISTER: http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      Please see flyer for more details.
    • ACBH Announcement - Offices Closed February 12
      A message brought to you by ACBH-IS
      In observance of Lincoln's Birthday, ACBH will be closed on Wednesday, February 12th.
    • BHCS Caught In The Crossfire Of Cultures, Part I: Refugees Struggle/Home Away From Home 2/28/2020
      A message brought to you by The Office of Ethnic Services
      Class: BHCS Caught in the Crossfire of Cultures, Part I: Refugees Struggle/Home Away from Home
      Class Start Date: 2/28/2020
      Class End Date: 2/28/2020
      Class Start and End Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      The training will begin promptly at the scheduled start time.
      Audience: This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care (BHCS) staff, its contract providers (community-based organizations; CBOs), and MHP Network Providers.
      Location: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101, Provider Relations office, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, CA, 94606
      Please see flyer for more details.
    • ACBH InSyst Announcement
      A message brought to you by ACBH-IS
      Due to the recent unavailability of go.bhcsportal.org (BH portal), INSYST 3rd Workday reports can be expected to be run Tues night(2/11/2020) for review on Wed morning (2/12/2020).
    • ACBH Departmental Update – FY19-20 Triennial Review
      A message brought to you by Karyn L. Tribble, PsyD, LCSW, ACBH Director
      Dear ACBH Team Members & Community Partners:

      As you may be aware, our department recently participated in a number of system wide reviews including hosting External Quality Review Organization(EQRO) departmental evaluations for Specialty Mental Health & Substance Use Services EQRO; and more recently a Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Triennial Audit. This most recent visit was designed to evaluate our Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) programs and operations to ensure that medically necessary services are provided to Medi-Cal beneficiaries in compliance with State and Federal laws.

      Feedback we received during these visits revealed several common themes and highlighted the tremendous improvement and innovative system changes ACBH has made since their last visit three years ago. It also helped to focus our future efforts on areas that will continue to drive quality and improvement across our system. In ongoing effort to ensure transparency and partnership with our stakeholders, it is important that ACBH both recognize that our department is unique in that, Contracting Organizations (CBOs) deliver over 87% of all Mental Health and 100% of all Substance Use Services for Behavioral Health Care Services. For this, our system is committed to continued collaboration in recognition of the value of our joint partnership with the community.

      Please see memo for additional information.
    • CANCELLED: Trauma Informed Systems 101, Feb. 25, 2020
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and EBAC/Trauma Transformed
      Attention:
      The Trauma Informed Systems (TIS) 101 training set for Tuesday, February 25th has been cancelled.
      We apologize for any inconvenience.
    • SAVE THE DATE: Medical Training On Wednesday, March 25, 2020
      A message brought to you by The Office of the Medical Director
      The African American Patient: Intersection of Race, Psychiatry, Medicine and Pharmacology
      TIME: 9:00am - 12:00 pm, Sign in begins at 8:30am; training starts promptly at 9:00am
      LOCATION: 2000 Embarcadero, Ste. 400, Gail Steele Room, 5th Floor, Oakland, CA 94606
      AUDIENCE: All prescribers of HCSA/ACBH and contracted CBO staff are invited and highly encouraged to attend.
      Please see flyer for additional details.
    • Appointment Of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Senior Planner
      A message brought to you by Tracy Hazelton, MHSA Division Director
      I’m pleased to introduce Mariana Dailey, MPH as the new MHSA Senior Planner TIC Coordinator for the ACBH, MHSA Division. Mariana’s main priorities include: MHSA planning and community input processes, overseeing/growing our MHSA Stakeholder Committee and partnering with ACBH leaders to become a more Trauma Informed System.
      Mariana has 10+ years of Public Health experience in the Maternal, Paternal & Child Health and several years of administering re-entry programs for the AC Probation Department.
      Her office is at 2000 Embarcadero, office #441 on the 4th floor (south wing). Come say hello!
    • RESOLVED - Alameda County Behavioral Health Portal/Clinician's Gateway/Insyst
      A message brought to you by ACBH-IS

      We are happy to announce that our maintenance is complete and the Behavioral Health Portal/Clinician's Gateway/Insyst are now operational.

    • You will be required to change your password the first time you log on Friday morning.

      We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. For any questions or concerns please contact the Support Desk x38181 or HIS@acgov.org.
    • UPDATE - Alameda County Behavioral Health Portal/Clinician's Gateway/Insyst
      A message brought to you by ACBH-IS

      Due to ongoing maintenance, you may continue to experience intermittent connection issues.

      The ETA for resuming normal operations is early Friday morning.

    • You will be required to change your password the first time you log on Friday morning.

      We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. For any questions or concerns please contact the Support Desk x38181 or HIS@acgov.org.
    • Alameda County Behavioral Health Portal/Clinician's Gateway/Insyst - UPDATE
      A message brought to you by ACBH-IS
      Due to ongoing maintenance, we have been experiencing intermittent connection issue. The go.bhcsportal.org (BH portal), Clinician's Gateway, Insyst and acgov.sharefile.com (ShareFile) are still unavailable.

      Beginning at 5:00 PM today, there may be log in interruptions and access to Clinician’s Gateway will be intermittent.

      We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. For any questions or concerns please contact the Support Desk (510) 567-8181 or HIS@acgov.org.
    • Alameda County Behavioral Health Portal/Clinician's Gateway/Insyst
      A message brought to you by ACBH-IS
      Due to urgent maintenance which is still ongoing due to hardware replacement, go.bhcsportal.org (BH portal), Clinician's Gateway, Insyst and acgov.sharefile.com (ShareFile) are still unavailable. We are estimating, based on the work that needs to be completed for hardware replacement, the ETA for resuming access to the ACBH portal and ShareFile will be the early evening of Thursday, February 6, 2020.

      We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. For any questions or concerns please contact the Support Desk (510) 567-8181 or HIS@acgov.org.
    • Alameda County Behavioral Health Desktop
      A message brought to you by ACBH-IS
      Due to urgent maintenance, go.bhcsportal.org(BH portal) and acgov.sharefile.com (ShareFile) is currently unavailable. Please revert to manual procedures. An update will be provided shortly. There will be an extension of the InSyst 3rd work day deadline. For any questions or concerns please contact the Support Desk (510) 567-8181 or HIS@acgov.org.
    • Quality Assurance Technical Assistance Process
      A message brought to you by Quailty Assurance Office
      Effective Monday, February 3, 2020, all providers will obtain Technical Assistance by way of a single access point: qata@acgov.org.
      Please read the memo on this process.
    • BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION - FEB. 14, 2020
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services, POCC, AASCWH, ACBH
      BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION - The Complexities of Black Love: Steps Toward Healing From Institutional Racism and Trauma
      Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
      Event Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm
      Location: Samuel Merritt University--(Bechtel Room)
      400 Hawthorne Ave Oakland CA 94609
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      Please see flyer for additional details.
    • eForms And Laserfiche Web Link Will Be Down For Maintenance
      A message brought to you by ACBH-IS
      Due to maintenance required by Alameda County Central IT Department, the following systems will be unavailable from 6:00 PM Thursday, January 30th, 2020 until 8:00 AM Monday, February 3rd, 2020:
      Laserfiche eForms, Laserfiche Web Link, Laserfiche Scanning, and Laserfiche Document Look-up.
      We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
    • New Senior Program Specialist, Michael Castilla
      A message brought to you by Jennifer Mullane, Assistant Director, AOASOC
      I am pleased to announce that Michael Castilla will be the new Senior Program Specialist for the Adult/Older Adult System of Care, starting on February 10, 2020. In addition to overseeing the implementation of evidence-based practices including the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) and the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model, Michael will now also oversee the Assertive Outpatient Treatment (AOT), Community Conservatorship (CC) and In-Home Outreach Team (IHOT) programs.
      Michael’s resume includes being the Assistant Director of a regional non-profit, a Social Work Supervisor for the Social Services Agency, an Employment Specialist for the ACBH Vocational Program and more recently working as a Program Specialist. Michael has been a direct service professional for over 10 years and is committed to improving quality of services within in our system of care. Those who know him would agree his enthusiasm is contagious and he always leads with positivity and optimism. He loves taking his two kids up to the mountains to ski and listening to LoFi hip hop.
      Please join me in welcoming Michael to his new role!
    • Fiscal Year 1920-21 Contracts
      A message brought to you by Katherine Jones, Director, Adult and Older Adult System of Care
      I want to start the new year off by thanking all of you for your passion and commitment to serve our community. As Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) enters the budget planning and contract season, the Operational Leads of the Adult/Older Adult System of Care (AOASOC) will review all programs and contracts under the AOASOC umbrella. The Operational Leadership Team will review each of your contracts and programs and make recommendations and decisions regarding program design, scope of work, and funding for the upcoming fiscal year and beyond.
      Please see memo for additional details.
    • Suicide Assessment & Intervention trainings for 2020 - UPDATED
      Note: a 6-hour Youth Focused training added, plus a training at Santa Rita jail.

      A message brought to you by ACBH Workforce Education & Training Unit
      DATES: see attached announcement.
      LOCATION: Oakland, San Leandro, Fremont, Santa Rita Jail in Dublin
      DESCRIPTION: The trainings will encourage participates to explore their own feelings towards suicide and suicidal clients. It will address common myths and perceptions, will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner’s model: “The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide”. This workshop uses a combination of teaching methods including didactic work, lecture, and discussion.
      AUDIENCE: ACBH staff and contracted CBO provider staff; especially those who work with clients/consumers who may experience a suicidal crisis.
      CONTINUING EDUCATION: 3 & 6 CEs available for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, Psychologists, RNs, and Addiction Professionals.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      View flyer for more information.
    • WISER - A Magazine For Older Adults - Launch
      A message brought to you by ACBH Older Adult Division and HHREC (Health & Human Resource Education Center)
      Join us for the exciting launch of WISER - A Magazine for Older Adults!
      Alameda County Behavioral Health older adult consumers and service providers contributed insights, experiences, and resources to WISER.
      Let's celebrate this wonderful publication and the labor of love that produced it!
      Lunch and refreshments will be served.
      WISER is funded by Prop 63 MHSA, Alameda County Behavioral Health, and produced by HHREC (Health & Human Resource Education Center)
      Date And Time: Fri, February 7, 2020, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST
      Location: Alameda County Behavioral Health, 2000 Embarcadero Cove, Gail Steele Rm.
      Please register by clicking here
    • Community Outreach & ACBH Plan Administrator Welcome
      A message brought to you by Office of the Director
      Community Outreach & ACBH Plan Administrator Welcome
      Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
      ACBH, 2000 Embarcadero, 4th floor, Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA
      Please join our executive leaders in welcoming Mr. Imo Momoh, as the newest member of our ACBH Team! We invite you to come and hear more about Mr. Imo Momoh on February 5, 2020. Please RSVP to Asia Jenkins via email at:asia.jenkins@acgov.org.
      Please see memo for more information.
    • POCC TAY New Member Orientation
      A message brought to you by Consumer Empowerment Department
      The Consumer Empowerment Department and Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC) Membership committee will host a POCC new member orientation for Transition Age Youth (TAY), consumers ages 18-30 years of age, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020; 3:30-6:30p.m. at Youth Uprising 8711 Macarthur Boulevard; Oakland, California 94605.
      The new member orientation is an opportunity especially for consumers to hear from current POCC members about the organization, to meet POCC staff and to interact with consumers from Alameda County.
      Please see attached orientation flyer for more information.
    • Retirement Of Lillian Schaechner, Division Director Of Older Adult Services
      An announcement brought to you by ACBH
      I want to take the opportunity to congratulate and thank Lillian on her retirement. Lillian has been a steadfast advocate for the needs of Older Adults with mental health and substance use issues in our county for many years. Her dedication and advocacy will be missed by many in our county and beyond.
      Please see full memo for additional details.
    • BRIEF TOBACCO CESSATION INTERVENTIONS TRAINING
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Lifelong Medical Care
      Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      LOCATION: ACBH, 2000 Embarcadero, 4th floor, Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA
      AUDIENCE: ACBH or contracted agencies who are Clinical Staff of substance abuse, mental health or primary care providers; Health Educators, Community Cessation Facilitators, Case Managers, Home Health Care Workers, Nurses and other healthcare providers.
      TRAINER: Dr. Samali Lubega is a board-certified Family Physician with extensive experience treating youth and adults with tobacco dependence.
      DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn the basics of Tobacco 101 and how to apply one-on-one cessation counseling techniques to motivate and support tobacco cessation among high-risk populations.
      REGISTRATION deadline by FEB 4: email ahay@lifelongmedical.org and include Name, your role, agency, email, phone number, clinical lic. number.
      See flyer for more details.
    • Save The Date - Liz Baumann‘s Retirement Party
      A message brought to you by Child & Young Adult System of Care
      DATE: Friday, March 20th, 2020, 5:30 - 9:00 P.M.
      LOCATION: will be determined by the number of people who will respond by January 30th.
      Click attached flyer for more information.
    • Pool Of Consumer Champions Membership Orientation
      A message brought to you by Consumer Empowerment Department
      The Consumer Empowerment Department and Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC) Membership committee will host a POCC new member orientation on Tuesday, January 28, 2020; 2:00-4:00p.m. at 2000 Embarcadero suite 400 (Fourth floor) in the Gail Steele room; Oakland, California 94606.
      The new member orientation is an opportunity especially for consumers to hear from current POCC members about the organization, to meet POCC staff and to interact with consumers from Alameda County.
      Please see attached orientation flyer for more information.
    • Cultural Competence Summit Planning Meeting today at noon!
      A message brought to you by The Office of the ACBH Director
      As you may already be aware, Alameda County Behavioral Health has agreed to host the next statewide annual Cultural Competency Summit. I am reaching out to you for support because of your commitment to our diverse communities.
      At this juncture, we are looking for dedicated individuals to help form the Summit Planning Committee.
      Please view the attached memo for more information.
    • ACBH Shuttle Usage Survey (January 8 to January 22)
      A message brought to you by Barbara Becker, Facility Development Manager
      ACBH Shuttle Usage Survey (January 8 to January 22) ACBH is investigating the potential of expanding the operating hours of the existing Lake Merritt BART to Embarcadero shuttle from its current morning and evening schedule to an all-day shuttle (6:50am-7:30pm).
      This change would allow more users the ability to easily commute to & from the Cove to downtown Oakland for meetings, seminars, trainings, health fairs, BART and other functions throughout the day. This would also allow other departments and visitors the ease of access to the Cove for those that travel on BART from other locations. The new hours would “Fill the Gap” between 10 am to 3:30 pm.
      In order to determine if the additional hours would be beneficial to staff, visitors, consumers and colleagues, we are distributing a survey to staff, our contracted CBOs and consumers.
      Please take a few moments to complete this short survey so that we can gauge the potential usage of this all-day shuttle.
      Click Here to access the SurveyMonkey Shuttle Survey or paste the following Link into your Web Browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PKMBX36
    • Administrative Specialist II - Office of the ACBH Director (Kristin Boer)
      A message brought to you by Karyn L. Tribble, PsyD, LCSW, ACBH Director
      I am pleased to announce the appointment of an Administrative Specialist II to the Office of the ACBH Director.
      Ms. Kristin Boer will be joining the ACBH Administration Team effective Monday, January 13, 2020.
      Please view the attached announcement for more information.
      Please join me in welcoming, Ms. Boer to her new role within our department!
    • Preventing, De-Escalating, & Managing Aggressive Behavior in Behavioral Health Settings
      A training brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies
      CHOOSE and REGISTER FOR ONLY ONE SESSION:
      Monday, February 3rd, 2020 (Oakland); 9:00 am–4:00 pm
      OR
      Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 (San Leandro); 9:00 am–4:00 pm
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted Provider staff are welcome to attend.
      DESCRIPTION: The course emphasis is placed on exercising self-control and systematically utilizing least-restrictive measures versus attempts to externally control others. Setting limits is viewed as informative and helpful to the other party rather than punitive or judgmental.
      TRAINER: Ian Brennan
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      See FLYER for more information.
    • Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training-Youth Focused (3 CE Credits) Training is full
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County
      Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 11:45AM-3:00PM (registration begins at 11:30am)
      LOCATION: Online Format – details will be emailed to registrants
      AUDIENCE: The training is for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with youth experiencing a suicidal crisis. This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health and Provider Staff.
      DESCRIPTION: The workshop will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory. See flyer for more details.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      See flyer for details.
    • Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training (6 CE Credits)
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County
      Monday, February 24, 2020, 9:00AM – 4:30PM
      LOCATION: Creekside Plaza, 1100 San Leandro Blvd, Redwood Room, San Leandro, CA
      AUDIENCE: The training is for mental health professionals or anyone in a position to work with clients/consumers experiencing a suicidal crisis. This training is reserved for Alameda County Behavioral Health and Provider Staff
      DESCRIPTION: The workshop will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory. See flyer for more details.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      See flyer for details.
    • BBS Requirement re: Suicide Assessment Training
      A message brought to you by ACBH Workforce Education & Training
      All Clinical Staff,
      Effective January 1, 2021, the Board of Behavioral Sciences will begin requiring both applicants for licensure and licensees to have completed a minimum of six hours of coursework or applied experience under supervision in suicide risk assessment and intervention. There are three ways to meet this requirement:
      1. The coursework may have been obtained as part of the graduate degree program that qualified you for licensure. (To use this option, you will need to obtain a written certification from the registrar or training director of your school or school program stating that the coursework was a required part of the curriculum for your graduation, or that you had completed the coursework)
      2. The requirement was met as part of your applied experience. (To use this option, the experience must have been obtained through your practicum or supervised experience required for licensure, formal doctoral placement, or other qualifying supervised experience. You will need to obtain a written certification from the director of training for your program, or from your primary supervisor that supervised the experience. The certification must state that the required training was included in the applied experience)
      3. The requirement can be met by taking a continuing education course from a provider that is acceptable to the Board. You will need to obtain a certification of completion from the course provider. Information about acceptable continuing education providers can be found at the Board’s website using the following link: https://bbs.ca.gov/licensees/cont_ed.html
      See memo.
      Please note: the ACBH Training Unit has scheduled several trainings on Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention. See attached Training announcement.
    • Trauma Informed Systems 101
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and EBAC/Trauma Transformed
      Thursday, January 9th, 2020; 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
      Location: Alameda County Behavioral Health, 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, CA 94606
      DESCRIPTION: Trauma Informed Systems (TIS 101) is a foundational 3.5-hour training to understand how trauma and stress impacts bodies and brains, communities, organizations and systems.
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff are encouraged to attend.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      See FLYER for details and registration info.
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • New Year’s Wishes and 2020 Departmental Goals
      A message brought to you by Karyn L. Tribble, PsyD, LCSW, ACBH Director

      I would like to take this time to formally wish each and every one of you a very happy, safe and prosperous New Year. As a public service employee, your individual work in 2019 reflects a culmination of activities to support our community. For this we should all be proud.

      In the coming year, I encourage all to consider how we might each enhance our work environments and to reflect on how we might partner with our colleagues to help our system deliver high quality care and customer service to the community. All of us working together can truly make a difference.

      In the New Year, our Department will primarily focus on our Alignment with county, agency and departmental mission, vision, and values; improving Communication (internal/external stakeholders); and improving our Organizational Structure and service delivery. Our ACBH Executive Team will usher in the New Year with a Departmental Reorganization and Training Session on January 15, 2020 to operationalize the key strategies needed to drive these critical goals.

      I personally look forward to sharing many updates in the coming year, both to recognize the great work that is occurring across our system and to help focus our continued progress. The Year 2020 will bring about great opportunity and change in the months to come.

      Thank you for your service in 2019. I sincerely wish you and yours all the best in the coming year!

      View memo here.
    • Implementing Cultural Responsiveness Practices at the Individual & Organizational Levels
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      Thursday, January 16th, 2020; 9:00am - 4:00pm (Reg.@ 8:30am)
      1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101, Oakland, CA 94606, Brooklyn Basin Room
      The overarching focus for this training is to increase understanding, awareness and consistent utilization of CR practices and procedures to improve services and client outcomes.
      All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff are encouraged to attend.
      Register @ http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      View flyer for more information
    • Training, Jan. 22, 2020: Preventing Vicarious Trauma - Sign up Today!
      A Free Training brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way
      Wednesday, January 22, 2020; 9:00 am - 4:30 pm;
      Preventing Vicarious Trauma (6 CE credits available)
      Location: Santa Rita Jail, Media Room, 5325 Broder Blvd., Dublin, CA 94568
      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. Direct care staff and management are encouraged/prompted to understand their vulnerabilities and recognize early their own and their colleagues warning signs of secondary and vicarious stress. See flyer for details
      Presenter: Beverly Kyer, MSW
      Audience: Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) clinical staff and contracted CBO providers are welcome.
      PRE-REGISTRATION is required: https://training.abetterwayinc.info/courses/348; use Private Course Registration Code: aeom1e
      View flyer for more information
    • California REAL ID Informational Presentation
      A message brought to you by ACBH
      Do you have your California Real ID? Do you know the deadline to get one? What are the requirements? Can you travel without one? Do your kids under 21 need one?
      These and other questions will be answered at the California DMV Real ID presentation on January 22, 2020 at 1:00pm.
      The presentation will be 45 minutes with a Q&A session after. This presentation is being facilitated by Ed Li from the DMV’s Speakers Bureau.
      So bring your lunch and join us in the Gail Steele Room at 2000 Embarcadero Cove on January 22, 2020 at 1:00pm!
    • Appointment of Three Lead Psychiatrists in our Systems of Care
      A message brought to you by Office of the Medical Director
      The Alameda County Behavioral Health Office of the Medical Director would like to formally announce the appointment of three Lead Psychiatrists in our Systems of Care.
      Dr. Luisito Roxas – Oakland Community Support Center
      Dr. Yasin Mansoor – Tri-City Community Support Center
      Dr. Rim Ibrahim – Child and Young Adult System of Care
      We are very excited and looking forward to the leadership and expertise that they will bring to their positions and to our system. These three psychiatrists will be providing leadership to their respective teams of prescribers. They may also be providing required supervision and oversight to the practice of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. They will be representing their programs at the Psychiatric Practices Committee meetings. I will be working closely with the Program Managers and System of Care Directors in the clarification of their roles.
      Again, please join me in welcoming Dr. Roxas, Dr. Mansoor and Dr. Ibrahim to their lead roles!
    • Training Announcement: Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit
      Wednesday, February 26, 2020; 9:00 AM–12:30 PM
      Location: Juvenile Justice Center, Guidance Clinic, 2500 Fairmont Drive, San Leandro, Suite C1011
      Description: This three-and-a-half hour training is designed for outpatient clinicians who wish to better understand how to assess and treat eating disorders.
      Audience: Alameda County ACBH outpatient clinicians (county, CBO, Network) who work directly with clients who exhibit signs & symptoms of Eating Disorders are highly encouraged to attend.
      Please see the flyer
    • Please plan to attend the POCC Holiday Cultural Event on Dec 20, 2019
      A message brought to you by Consumer Empowerment Dept Pool of Consumer Champions
      Please plan to attend the ACBH Office of Consumer Empowerment Pool of Consumer Champions Annual Holiday Cultural Event this Friday Dec. 20, 2019 from 10:00-3:00 at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel located at 1 Hegenberger rd. Everyone is welcome. Consumers, Family members and Providers.
      Please see the flyer with and updated map on the back.
      Thanks and we hope to see everyone.
    • YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training
      A message brought to you by the BHCS Training Unit
      Thursday, January 30, 2020; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration 8:00-8:30 am)
      LOCATION: Alameda County Behavioral Health, 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 101, Brooklyn Basin Conference Room.
      DESCRIPTION: Youth Mental Health First Aid introduces participants who work with youth to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches participants how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
      AUDIENCE: Most appropriate for NON-CLINCIAL staff. Anyone serving clients in Alameda County are welcome to attend.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      See FLYER for details and registration info.
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • ADULT Mental Health First Aid Training
      A message brought to you by the BHCS Training Unit
      Tuesday, January 28, 2020; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration 8:00-8:30 am)
      LOCATION: Alameda County Behavioral Health, 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 101, Brooklyn Basin Conference Room
      DESCRIPTION: Adult Mental Health First Aid presents an overview of mental health and substance use issues in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use concerns. Participants will be taught a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in both crisis and non-crisis situations connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
      AUDIENCE: Most appropriate for NON-CLINCIAL staff. Anyone serving clients in Alameda County are welcome to attend.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      See FLYER for details and registration info.
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Welcome Imo Momoh, Deputy Director and ACBH Plan Administrator
      A message brought to you by the Office of the Director
      Please join me in welcoming Mr. Imo Momoh, Deputy Director and ACBH Plan Administrator to Alameda County Behavioral Health. As of Monday, December 16, 2019 he has joined the team and will be initiating his onboarding to Alameda County, ACBH Staff, and Stakeholders.
      A “Save the Date” communication is forthcoming regarding an opportunity to formally meet Mr. Momoh, as our newest Leader in Early 2020 and to facilitate discussions regarding departmental updates and strategy planning.
      On behalf of the Department – we welcome Mr. Momoh to our departmental team!
    • Trauma Informed Systems 101
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
      Thursday, January 9th, 2020; 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
      LOCATION: Alameda County Behavioral Health, 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, CA 94606
      DESCRIPTION: The TIS 101 is a foundational 3.5-hour training to understand how trauma and stress impacts bodies and brains, communities, organizations and systems. See flyer for more details.
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff are encouraged to attend.
      See FLYER for details and registration info.
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Reminder: Help-a-Family Donation Drive & Holiday Potluck
      A message brought to you by ACBH Events Committee
      We're still accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys, toiletries, gift cards, and anything else that would be helpful for a family in need this holiday season! The deadline for donations is Friday, December 13th.
      Please see flyer for donation drop-off locations/contacts and information on the upcoming Holiday Potluck.
    • HCSA-Wide High School Intern Program - Call for mentors!
      A message brought to you by ACBH Workforce Development
      HCSA Health Career Pipeline Program is looking to place high school student in work-based learning internships for the March 1-May 31, 2020 semester. Placements are in any of the four HCSA departments. This is an immersive program designed to expose high school students to the non-clinical side of health careers, for a minimum of six-hour/week. This is where we need YOUR help. Will you consider mentoring a student in your unit your team for a semester?
      For more information or questions,
      E-mail: sequoia.hall@acgov.org
      Phone: (510) 618-2032
      To learn more, visit: www.achpp.org
      HCSA Career Exploration Program Newsletter
      View HCSA Semester Preceptor Sign Up flyer for more information.
    • FY 2019-2020 MHSA Plan Update
      A message brought to you by The MHSA Division
      Alameda Behavioral Health Care (ACBH) invites you to review and comment on the MHSA Plan Update (FY 2019-2020).
      Please email any comments for the MHSA Plan Update (FY 2019-2020) to MHSA@acgov.org.
      All comments will be received from December 11, 2019 until January 13, 2020.
    • ACBH Consumer Empowerment/POCC Holiday Cultural Event on Dec 20, 2019
      A message brought to you by Consumer Empowerment POCC
      Please plan to attend the annual Pool of Consumer Champions Holiday Cultural Event on Dec. 20, 2019 from 10:00-3:00 at the Hilton Airport Hotel located at 1 Hegenberger Rd. Peers/Consumers, Family members and Providers are welcome. Each of the POCC Committees will share cultural ways of celebrating the Holidays. We hope to see everyone on the 20th.
      View flyer for more information.
    • Office of Ethnic Services End of the Year Celebration
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      A time to celebrate and thank everyone for their cultural and linguistic contributions throughout the year.
      All are welcome!
      Date: December 19th, 2019, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
      2000 Embarcadero Cove 5th Floor, Oakland, CA 94606, Gail Steele Room
      View flyer for more information.
    • Reminder: Help-a-Family Donation Drive & Holiday Potluck
      A message brought to you by ACBH Events Committee
      We're still accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys, toiletries, gift cards, and anything else that would be helpful for a family in need this holiday season! The deadline for donations is Friday, December 13th.
      Please see flyer for donation drop-off locations/contacts and information on the upcoming Holiday Potluck.
    • Uber Lyft Transportation Reimbursement
      A message brought to you by the Auditor Agency
      To: County Department Finance Officers and Contacts
      This memo is to clarify reimbursable transportation expenses while conducting County business, specifically when employees who are eligible to receive mileage reimbursements elect to use a transportation network company (TNC), such as Uber or Lyft.
      Please see memo for more information.
    • ACBH Help-a-Family Donation Drive & Annual Holiday Potluck
      A message brought to you by ACBH Events Committee
      Starting now through December 13th we will be accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys, toiletries, gift cards and anything else that would be helpful for a family in need this holiday season!
      Then join us on Wednesday, December 11th at 1900 Embarcadero from 12:30-2:30pm for our Holiday Potluck!
      Please see flyer for donation drop-off locations/contacts.
    • 37th Behavioral Health Court Graduation
      A message brought to you by Adult and Older Adult System of Care
      You are invited to attend the 37th Behavioral Health Court Graduation on Thursday, December 5th at 2pm in Department 104 of the Wiley Manuel Courthouse, 661 Washington Street, Oakland CA 94607.
      All are welcome to attend! There will be a cake in recognition of service from BHC’s Public Defender, Peter VanOosting, as this is his last graduation before he transitions to a new court room. Also, December 4th is Judge Brosnahan’s birthday! Come help us celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments and our collaborative court partners.
      Please see flyer for more information.
    • ACBH REMINDER - KnowBe4 Training 2019 Social Engineering Red Flags
      A message brought to you by Karyn Tribble, PsyD, LCSW, Director, ACBH
      This is a courtesy reminder to ensure that you/your staff have completed the “2019 Social Engineering Red Flags” training module as requested by the County.
      Please see memo attached.
    • Trauma Informed Systems 101
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
      Thursday, December 5, 2019; 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
      Location: Oakland Community Support Services, 7200 Bancroft Ave, Oakland, CA 94606, Suite 125-A, Oak Room
      DESCRIPTION: The TIS 101 is a foundational 3.5 hour training to understand how trauma and stress impacts bodies and brains, communities, organizations and systems. See flyer for more details
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff are encouraged to attend.
      See FLYER for details and Registration information
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Announcement - New ACBH Deputy Director/Plan Administrator
      A message brought to you by Karyn Tribble, PsyD, LCSW, Director, ACBH
      ACBH is pleased to announce our new Deputy Director/ Plan Administrator, Imo Momoh, MPA, who will be joining the ACBH Executive Team on Monday, December 16th. Mr. Momoh will work alongside our current Deputy Director/Operational Leader, James Wagner, in order to support the Department and residents of Alameda County.
      Please view the attached announcement for more information.
      Please help welcome Mr. Momoh to ACBH!
    • Healing from 400 Years of Enslavement (1619 - 2019)
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services in Collaboration with the African American Steering Committee
      2019 Annual African American Conference
      The Souls of Black Folks: Reclaiming Our Humanity from Racialized Trauma “Healing from 400 Years of Enslavement” (1619-2019)
      Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Hardy
      Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 8:30am – 5:00pm
      Location: Hilton Oakland Airport, 1 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland, CA
      See FLYER for details and Registration information.
    • ACBH Understanding DSM-5: History, Cultural Factors, & Diagnoses
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies
      Wednesday, December 4th 2019; 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Registration begins at 8:30 AM, training starts promptly at 9:00)
      LOCATION: ACBH, 2000 Embarcadero, 4th floor, Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA
      AUDIENCE: Alameda County Behavioral Health, Mental Health Staff and providers from contracted community based organizations (CBOs)
      TRAINER: Stan Taubman, Ph.D., LCSW
      DESCRIPTION: This workshop focuses on improving participants' ability to (a) describe the history of diagnostic classification and reasons for changes over the decades, (b) use the many culture relevant features of the DSM-5 manual and avoid ethnic disparities in diagnosis, and (c) distinguish between syndromes that commonly are mistaken for one another. Note: see flyer for more details and suggested reading.
      See FLYER for details and Registration information
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • 2020 Census Informational update from ACBH
      A message brought to you by ACBH Office of the Director
      2020 will be an important year. Census 2020 brings federal funding to our schools, roads, and housing. Behavioral Healthcare Services Agency in partnership with Alameda County is working to ensure that we fully count our community. Nearly 26% of Alameda County residents are considered “Hard-to-Count” and face barriers to Census completion. Sadly, populations known to experience barriers have often been undercounted.
      What is the Census? Every ten years, since 1790, the Census Bureau counts everyone living in the country, to collect basic information including: age, sex, and race, for every adult, child and baby. Census 2020 will not ask about citizenship status or for information like a social security number. Starting in March of 2020, everyone will be asked to complete the 2020 census online, by phone, or by mail. Questionnaire Assistance Centers will be located throughout the community, providing the public with access to computers and support in completing the Census. Responses are confidential, and protected by law.
      Why is the Census important? The Census gives us data about our community, impacts the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding, and determines the number of decision-makers representing us. Alameda County gets billions of dollars from the federal government for essential services -- healthcare, school programs, housing, transportation, social services and more -- based solely on the census count.
      View memo for more information.
      Spanish Census Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=r-Quxx_TKQc
      English Census Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zlxp4aACKI&feature=youtu.be
    • New Staff Appointed to the Role of Critical Care Manager for the CYASOC
      A message brought to you by Damon Eaves, Assistant Director of the Child & Young Adult System of Care
      The Child and Young Adult System of Care is pleased to welcome Christine Mukai, as the new Critical Care Manager. Beginning in 2002, Christine has worked in ACBH through outpatient services, case management, and school based services before transitioning to the CANS Coordinator in August of 2018. Christine graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree and received her MSW from NYU and most recently received her MBA with a focus on Healthcare Management. We are very excited to have Christine. Please join us in welcoming her to her new role beginning November 18, 2019.
    • Understanding Mental Health Through Indigenous Eyes, Friday, November 22nd 2019, 9:00am - 4:30pm
      A free training brought to you by ACBH Office of Ethnic Services and ONTRACK Program Resources
      Training: Understanding Mental Health Through Indigenous Eyes, Friday, November 22nd 2019, 9:00am - 4:30pm (Registration at 8:30am, Training promptly at 9:00am)
      Location: 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland Ca 94606
      Description: Participants will increase their capacity to recognize: Under-representation and misdiagnosis of Native Americans in Behavioral Health, take a close look at how personal and organization culture drives interactions, and impact their treatment outcomes.
      View flyer for more details.
    • Reminder: Halloween Potluck & Costume Contest is Thursday, October 31st
      A message brought to you by ACBH Events Committee
      Our annual ACBH Halloween Potluck and Costume Contest is this Thursday, October 31st from 12-2pm in the Gail Steele Meeting Room! Come dressed in your Halloween costumes and enter the Best Individual or Best Group Costume Contest.
      If your last name starts with:
      A-N: Bring something savory
      O-Z: Bring something sweet
      Please see flyer for more details.
    • How to Heal Trauma With These 3 Steps
      A message brought to you by Pathways to Wellness in collaboration with the Office of Ethnic Services
      This workshop is intended to increase working knowledge of systemic/generational trauma, provide steps for healing trauma and how to work with clients of color using the identified steps.
      Date: Friday, October 25, 2019, 9:00am - 3:00pm
      Location: Executive Inn & Suites Hotel, 1755 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94606
      See flyer for more information.
    • Trauma Informed Systems 101 Trainings - Save the Dates
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
      Save the Dates:
      (Registration will open four weeks prior to training date and will be announced at www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/)
      2019
      • Thursday, November 7, 2019, 1:00-4:30 PM, Dublin
      • Friday, November 15, 2019, 9:00 AM-1:30 PM, Hayward
      • Thursday, December 5, 2019, 1:00-4:30 PM, Oakland

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

      DESCRIPTION: The TIS 101 is a basic 3.5 hour training to understand how trauma and stress impacts developing bodies and brains, communities, organizations and systems. (See flyer for more details)
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
      See flyer for more information.
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • New Berkeley Wellness Center Opening
      A message brought to you by Katherine Jones
      We are very pleased to announce the opening of the new Berkeley Wellness Center on November 4, 2019. The new Wellness Center, which will replace the Creative Wellness Center, is located at 1909 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704.
      The Center will be open Monday thru Friday from 8:30am – 5pm.
      See memo for more information.
    • Filipino Am History Month event - Oct 23, 2-3:30, 2000 Embarcadero
      A message brought to you by The ACBH Filipino Mental Health Initiative Events Work Group
      In partnership with ACBH’s Office of Ethnic Services, please join the Filipino Mental Health Initiative in celebrating October as Filipino American History Month.
      You are invited to ACBH’s Filipino American History Month’s Merienda* Hour
      *Merienda in the Philippines is traditionally a late afternoon “tea-time” where the community comes together to chat and share food.
      Learn about Filipino mental health, prevention services, and cultural artifacts.
      Wednesday, October 23rd, 2-3:30pm
      2000 Embarcadero, 4th Floor, Gail Steele Room
      See flyer for more information.
    • How to Heal Trauma With These 3 Steps
      A message brought to you by: Pathways to Wellness in collaboration with the Office of Ethnic Services
      Friday, October 25th, 2019, 9am-3pm
      Location: Executive Inn & Suites Hotel 1755 Embarcadero Oakland, CA 94606
      Please see flyer for more details.
    • BRIEF TOBACCO CESSATION INTERVENTION TRAINING
      A message brought to you by Lifelong Medical Care Tobacco Treatment Program and ACBH Training Unit
      Monday, November 4, 2019; 8:30AM-12:30PM
      LOCATION: BHCS 2000 Embarcadero, 4th Floor, Oakland, CA, Gail Steele Room
      TRAINER: Cathy McDonald, M.D.
      DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn the basics of Tobacco 101 and how to apply one-on-one cessation counseling techniques to motivate and support tobacco cessation among high-risk populations.
      AUDIENCE: Alameda County BHCS and contracted CBO provider Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services staff.
      See FLYER for details
      To REGISTER: please email ahay@lifelongmedical.org
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Join us as we continue to honor our Latinx communities
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      Closing out Latino Heritage Month with a powerful training: “Asset-based Approaches to Working with Latinx Communities: Creating Shared Language and Understanding on the Road to Racial & Social Equity”
      Date: October 17th, 2019, 9am-3pm
      Location: 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, CA 94606
      See FLYER for details.
    • Every Friday in October- Wear Pink
      A message brought to you by ACBH Staff
      October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
      Help us raise awareness and show support to our co-workers, family and friends by wearing Pink every Friday for the month of October.
      Please see flyer for more details.
    • ACBH Annual Halloween Potluck & Costume Contest
      A message brought to you by ACBH Events Committee
      Get your costumes ready! Our annual ACBH Halloween Potluck & Costume
      Contest is Thursday, October 31st from 12-2pm in the Gail Steele Meeting Room at 2000 Embarcadero.
      If your last name starts with:
      A-N, bring something SAVORY
      O-Z, bring something SWEET
      Please see flyer for more details.
    • Potential Planned Power Outages this week
      A message brought to you by IS System Support
      Due to the Potential Planned Power Outages this week, the ACBH Support Desk staff may not be available by telephone.
      If you call and don’t receive an answer, please send an email to his@acgov.org.
      Please don’t submit more than one email for any request.
      We will respond to your emails as soon as possible.
    • New Program Specialist for Facility Development
      A message brought to you by Barbara Becker, Facility Development Manager
      I am delighted to announce that Marlisa Davis will join the Facility Development Unit of ACBH Finance as our new Program Specialist. Please join me in welcoming her effective October 21, 2019. Marlisa brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and creativity that will be valuable to our Unit and the Department.
      Marlisa has worked for the County since 1994 and held positions as a Mental Health Specialist II working in PES at John George Psychiatric Pavilion, as a Mental Health Specialist ll/lll Case Manager at Oakland Community Support Center, as an Assistant Public Guardian-Conservator at the Social Services Agency, and as a Field Manager for the Social Services Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. For the past several years Marlisa has worked here at ACBH as a Program Specialist working on a number of projects in Mental Health and SUD.
      Marlisa has broad facility knowledge and experience, having worked in engineering during her time in the Navy. She earned a BA from San Francisco State and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.
      Marlisa will oversee a variety of projects in Facility Development, working directly with me and our ASM Herenna Strong.
      Please stop by to welcome Marlisa. Her office is located in room 455 in the north wing of the 4th floor at 2000 Embarcadero.
    • Join us as we continue to honor our Latinx communities
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      Closing out Latino Heritage Month with a powerful training: “Asset-based Approaches to Working with Latinx Communities: Creating Shared Language and Understanding on the Road to Racial & Social Equity”
      Date: October 17th, 2019, 9am-3pm
      Location: 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, CA 94606
      See FLYER for details.
    • Trauma Informed Systems 101 - Dublin
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
      Thursday, November 7, 2019; 1:00pm - 4:30pm (Registration: 12:30 pm)
      LOCATION: Dublin Public Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568, Community Room
      DESCRIPTION: The TIS 101 is a basic 3.5 hour training to understand how trauma and stress impacts developing bodies and brains, communities, organizations and systems. (See flyer for more details)
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
      See FLYER for details and Registration information
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Training: 3.5-Hour Suicide Assessment and Intervention
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
      Tuesday, November 5, 2019; 9:00am - 12:30pm (registration 8:30)
      Location: ACBH, 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101/Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, 94606
      Description: This workshop will encourage participates to explore their own feelings towards suicide and suicidal clients. It will address common myths and perceptions, and will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory.
      Audience: ACBH staff and contracted CBO provider staff; especially Mental Health professionals or others who would be in a position to work with clients/consumers experiencing a suicidal crisis.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      See FLYER for details and Registration information
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Trauma Informed Systems 101 - Fremont
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
      Tuesday, October 15, 2019; 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
      LOCATION: Family Resource Center 39155 Liberty Street Building H800, Pacific Room, Fremont, CA
      DESCRIPTION: The TIS 101 is a basic 3.5 hour training to understand how trauma and stress impacts developing bodies and brains, communities, organizations and systems. (See flyer for more details)
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
      See FLYER for details and Registration information
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Filipino Am History Month event - Oct 23, 2-3:30, 2000 Embarcadero
      A message brought to you by The ACBH Filipino Mental Health Initiative Events Work Group
      In partnership with ACBH’s Office of Ethnic Services, please join the Filipino Mental Health Initiative in celebrating October as Filipino American History Month.
      You are invited to ACBH’s Filipino American History Month’s Merienda* Hour
      *Merienda in the Philippines is traditionally a late afternoon “tea-time” where the community comes together to chat and share food.
      Learn about Filipino mental health, prevention services, and cultural artifacts.
      Wednesday, October 23rd, 2-3:30pm
      2000 Embarcadero, 4th Floor, Gail Steele Room
      See flyer for more information.
    • GRADUATE INTERN STIPEND PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT – Only 2 weeks left!
      A message brought to you by MHSA
      Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) is pleased to announce that the FY2019-20 application cycle for the Graduate Intern Stipend Program (GISP) is now open!
      PLEASE INSTRUCT STUDENTS TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION ONLINE—THEN PRINT, SIGN, AND MAIL BY OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019
      We are looking for student applicants who meet eligibility requirements and are from diverse backgrounds to help increase the cultural responsiveness of our system, bridge gaps in skill sets, and improve language capacity. Please inform your 2019-20 school year students about this great opportunity to enhance their internship experience.
      Each stipend is worth up to $6,000 for a maximum of 720 internship hours. The amount will be pro-rated, if the student works less than 720 hours.
      THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019.
      For questions, please contact ebony.jacob@acgov.org or 510-567-8093.
      The application, instructions and eligibility requirements are posted here.
    • Trauma Informed Systems 101
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
      Wednesday, October 2, 2019; 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
      LOCATION: Creekside Plaza, Public Health, 1100 San Leandro Blvd, Redwood Room, San Leandro, CA
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
      See FLYER for details and Registration information
      SAVE THE DATES:
      Trauma Informed Systems 101
      Tuesday, October 15, 2019; 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
      Location: Family Resource Center 39155 Liberty Street Building H800, Pacific Room, Fremont, CA
      Thursday, November 7th, 2019 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
      Location: Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA
    • Join us as we continue to honor our Latinx communities
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      Alameda County Behavioral Health offers a FREE Training Opportunity: “Asset-based Approaches to Working with Latinx Communities: Creating Shared Language and Understanding on the Road to Racial & Social Equity”.
      View flyer for more information.
    • Community and Staff Q&A with Dr. Karyn Tribble
      A message brought to you by Alameda County Behavioral Health
      You are invited to attend a Community and Staff Welcome Reception for Dr. Karyn Tribble. This event is open to the public.
      Please see flyer for more information.
    • New Staff Appointed to the MHSA Division
      A message brought to you by Tracy Hazelton, Division Director for the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
      The MHSA Division is pleased to announce the appointment of two new staff positions, the MHSA Innovations Coordinator and the MHSA Management Analyst.
      Ms. Mary Skinner has been appointed to the position of MHSA Innovations Coordinator. She’s been filling this role as a TAP for the past 18 months, so we’re excited to have her fill this role permanently. Mary will oversee all aspects of the MHSA Innovation component including community planning, project development, monitoring and technical assistance. Mary brings a great deal of experience and a good sense of humor to the MHSA team.
      Ms. Carly Rachocki is our other new MHSA staff member. Carly has been appointed to the position of MHSA Management Analyst, which is a new position for the Division. Carly will oversee and help to generate outcomes data and evaluations for MHSA funded programs, with an initial focus on the Full Service Partnerships (FSPs) and the Ethnic and Linguistic Prevention and Early Intervention programs. Carly is new to working for Alameda County, so please give her a warm welcome when you see her.
    • ACBH Announcement - New Hire For Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor!
      A message brought to you by Jennifer Mullane, Assistant Director Adult/Older Adult System of Care
      I'm happy to announce that Penny Bernhisel, LCSW, has been promoted to a Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor. Her official start date is Monday, September 23, 2019. In her new role she will oversee Behavioral Health Court (BHC), the Court Advocacy Project (CAP), Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) and the Community Conservatorship (CC) program.
      Penny has over 13 years of management experience, with 10 years in the field of community mental health. She has a specialty in both Psychosocial Rehabilitation (CPRP) and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team management. Last, Penny is a subject matter expert for the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the area of law and ethics and has taught classes at CSU East Bay’s MSW program. Anyone who has worked with Penny would agree that she is tenacious, enthusiastic and deeply driven to help our clients.
      Please join me in welcoming Penny into her new position!
    • ACBH Announcement - New Hire For Mental Health Specialist II Position!
      A message brought to you by Jennifer Mullane, Assistant Director Adult/Older Adult System of Care
      I am pleased to announce that Charleen Stearns has been offered the permanent Mental Health Specialist II position for ACBH Behavioral Health Court! Charleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. While in graduate school, she became certified in the state of a California as a Sexual Assault Counselor, providing immediate support to survivors in the hospital. Charleen also interned with Orange County Superior Courts as a Victim Advocate which quickly established her passion for working in the courts.
      A Bay Area native, Charleen came back to Alameda County after graduate school where she was employed as a Support Counselor and Lead Peer Counselor at the BACS Wellness Center in Fremont and a Peer Specialist with the TrACT program through EBCRP. Afterwards, she transitioned into a provisional Mental Health Specialist II position with Alameda County. For 2 ½ years Charleen has served in this position, briefly working at Santa Rita Jail in their mental health housing unit and in last two-years with Behavioral Health Court (BHC). She is a certified Forensic Peer Specialist with a passion for reducing recidivism, a dedication for providing mental health services to the forensic population, and connecting clients to their “right-matched” level of care.
      Please join me in welcoming Charleen into her new role!
    • REMINDER and Update: Licensed Mental Health Provider Loan Repayment Program
      A message brought to you by Workforce, Education, and Training unit
      Please read the UPDATED INFORMATION about the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program (LMH). This is a loan repayment program provided by the Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF).
      The DEADLINE to submit applications is October 8, 2019,
      To apply, go to: https://eapp.oshpd.ca.gov/funding/
      Questions? Contact HPEF, 1-800-773-1669
      See HPEF Announcement for more information.
    • Rudy Arrieta's Retirement Party
      A message brought to you by Quality Management
      Please join us in celebrating Rudy Arrieta's retirement!
      Date: Wednesday, September 18, 12:00-1:30 pm
      Location: Gail Steele Conference Room, 2000 Embarcadero Cove, 4th Floor
      Please see flyer for details for this Potluck Lunch.
    • Critical Care Manager (Provisional Appointment) Child and Young Adult SOC
      A message brought to you by Lisa Carlisle, Director, Child and Young Adult SOC
      The Child and Young Adult System of Care has a Provisional Appointment opportunity for a Critical Care Manager. The CYASOC Critical Care Manager is responsible for the coordination and oversight of all CYASOC critical care programs and services serving the Birth – 24 years of age populations within the CYASOC.
      Please see the attached documents and follow the instructions for applying. Interested applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in order to apply. Interested applicants may contact the CYASOC Assistant Director, Damon Eaves at Damon.Eaves@acgov.org
      View CCM Job Description.
      View CCM Announcement for more information.
    • Annual HIPAA Training On Hold
      A message brought to you by Office of the Director
      We are experiencing technical difficulties and the Alameda County Learning Center is working with the vendor to correct the problem. We will notify you once the system is up and running and will extend the completion deadline. We appreciate your dedication to completing this training in a timely manner and thank you for your patience.
      Please contact Kristin Boer at (510) 567-8083 or Kristin.Boer@acgov.org if you have any questions.
    • African American Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Program
      A message brought to you by Pathways to Wellness in collaboration with the Office of Ethnic Services
      Description: The African-American community's view of behavioral health -- how these ideas were formed and what can be done to decrease the stigma.
      Date: Friday, September 20, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm
      Location: Executive Inn & Suites Hotel, 1755 Embarcadero Oakland, CA 94606
      View flyer for more information.
    • Crisis Residential Treatment Programs and CSU Opening
      A message brought to you by Katherine Jones, Director, Adult and Older Adult System of Care
      ACBH is happy to announce the opening of Amber House, the new voluntary crisis stabilization unit (CSU) and voluntary crisis residential treatment (CRT) program on September 9, 2019. Amber House CSU is a 12-bed voluntary-only CSU whose purpose will be to assess individuals who are having a mental health crisis and are in need of assessment, stabilization, and brief treatment. The service is available to individuals for up to 24-hours. Amber House CRT has up to 14-beds for individuals in crisis who do not meet medical necessity criteria for hospitalization and would benefit from treatment and supportive programming. As a part of ACBH’s larger effort to prevent the unnecessary use of our most restrictive levels of care, our crisis residential treatment programs, Woodroe House, Jay Mahler Recovery Center (JMRC), and Amber House have streamlined their referral processes. All programs, will use the same, 2-page referral form for all referrals, included with this memo. As a reminder, crisis residential services are available to only clients who are residents of Alameda County who possess and/or eligible for Medi-Cal.
      View memo for more information.
      View CRT Referral form
      Click here for Crisis Residential Referral and Crisis Stabilization Processes.
    • YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
      Thursday, September 26, 2019; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration 8:00-8:30 am)
      LOCATION: Fremont Family Resource Center/Pacific Room
      DESCRIPTION: Youth Mental Health First Aid introduces participants who work with youth to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches participants how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
      AUDIENCE: Most appropriate for NON-CLINCIAL staff. Anyone serving clients in Alameda County are welcome to attend.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      View FLYER for more information.
    • ADULT Mental Health First Aid Training
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
      Tuesday, September 24, 2019; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration 8:00-8:30 am)
      LOCATION: Fremont Family Resource Center/Pacific Room
      DESCRIPTION: Adult Mental Health First Aid presents an overview of mental health and substance use issues in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use concerns. Participants will be taught a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in both crisis and non-crisis situations connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
      AUDIENCE: Most appropriate for NON-CLINCIAL staff. Anyone serving clients in Alameda County are welcome to attend.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      View FLYER for more information.
    • Suicide Prevention Month - Assessment and Intervention Training, Sept.19
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
      In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, the ACBH Training Unit is hosting the following training:
      Thursday, September 19, 2019; 9am – 4:30pm (registration 8:30 - 9am)
      SUICIDE ASSESSMENT and INTERVENTION TRAINING (6-hour)
      LOCATION: ACBH, 2000 Embarcadero, Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA 94606
      DESCRIPTION: This workshop will encourage participates to explore their own feelings towards suicide and suicidal clients. It will address common myths and perceptions, will cover suicide statistics, trauma, and suicide theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner’s model: “The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide”. This workshop uses a combination of teaching methods including didactic work, lecture, and discussion.
      AUDIENCE: Alameda County BH staff and contracted CBO provider staff; especially those who would be in a position to work with clients/consumers experiencing a suicidal crisis.
      To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      View flyer for more information.
    • Wellness Tea Garden to Raise Awareness about Suicide Prevention
      A message brought to you by MHSA/PEI Programs Team; The Office of Ethnic Services and The Consumer Empowerment Department
      Date: September 11th, 1-3pm, 2000 Embarcadero, 5th Floor Break Room
      National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8th to September 14th, is an annual campaign to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention and the warning signs of suicide.
      In 2017 in California:
      4,323 people died by suicide
      108, 075 estimated suicide attempts
      18,153 people visited or were admitted to the emergency department for intentional self-harm
      Over 1.1 million adults reported serious thoughts of suicide according to survey data.
      (Source)Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission - Third Draft Suicide Prevention Plan
      Please join us for an Afternoon Wellness Tea Garden to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The Tea Garden will be open from 1:00pm to 3:00pm as a wellness space for fellowship, relaxation and healthy snacking. Pick up suicide prevention materials to distribute to BHCS Providers, Consumers and Family Members and for yourself. Everyone is welcome.
      Please bring your own mug and cup for tea and infused waters.
      Contact Kelly Robinson (Kelly.Robinson@acgov.org) and Cheryl Narvaez (Cheryl.Narvaez@acgov.org) for more information.
    • OCSC Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor
      A message brought to you by Michelle Lewis, Oakland Community Support Center Manager
      I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chastity Piedade to the position of Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor with Oakland Community Support Center.

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

      Chastity brings her experience and dedication to serving our consumers with severe mental illness towards improved quality of life. Please join me in welcoming Chastity in her new leadership role.
    • Save the Date: Behavioral Health Court Graduation
      A message brought to you by Behavioral Health Court
      This August, Behavioral Health Court is celebrating 10-years! We have an upcoming graduation (our 35th!) on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration.
      See Flyer for more information.
    • REMINDER: Licensed Mental Health Provider Loan Repayment Program
      A message brought to you by Workforce, Education, and Training unit
      The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is accepting applications until October 8, 2019, for their Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program. If you are a health professional working in an under-served area of Alameda County, have outstanding educational debt, and meet other criteria related to cultural and linguistic competency, you may be eligible to apply.
      To apply, go to: https://eapp.oshpd.ca.gov/funding/
      Questions? Contact HPEF, 1-800-773-1669
      See Flyer and TA call schedule for more details.
    • Individual Placement and Support Newsletter 9/2019
      A message brought to you by BHCS Vocational Department
      Helping people find meaningful employment is an essential part of recovery services, and employment is a core social determinant of health. Explore how Alameda County and Community Based Organizations are helping people with mental health diagnoses achieve their vocational and educational goals through the evidence based practice of IPS-Individual Placement and Support!
      Read the IPS Essentials Newsletter to learn about our employer partners, upcoming events, performance outcomes and success stories.
    • Rudy Arrieta's Retirement Party
      A message brought to you by Quality Management
      Please join us in celebrating Rudy Arrieta's retirement!
      Date: Wednesday, September 18, 12:00-1:30 pm
      Location: Gail Steele Conference Room, 2000 Embarcadero Cove, 4th Floor
      Please see flyer for details for this Potluck Lunch.
    • Interim Finance Officer for Data and Cost Reporting Unit
      A message brought to you by Cecilia Serrano, Finance Director
      With Kirby Smith’s departure, Mandy Chau has been reassigned as the Interim Financial Services Officer for the Data and Cost Reporting Unit effective Monday, 8/26/19.
      Mandy will assume responsibility for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder cost reports with the Providers, conduct cost report audits and appeals with the State, and manage the cost report settlements with the Providers.
      Please welcome Mandy in her new role!
    • GRADUATE INTERN STIPEND PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT
      A message brought to you by MHSA
      Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) is pleased to announce that the FY2019-20 application cycle for the Graduate Intern Stipend Program (GISP) is now open!
      PLEASE INSTRUCT STUDENTS TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION ONLINE—THEN PRINT, SIGN, AND MAIL BY OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019
      We are looking for student applicants who meet eligibility requirements and are from diverse backgrounds to help increase the cultural responsiveness of our system, bridge gaps in skill sets, and improve language capacity. Please inform your 2019-20 school year students about this great opportunity to enhance their internship experience.
      Each stipend is worth up to $6,000 for a maximum of 720 internship hours. The amount will be pro-rated, if the student works less than 720 hours.
      THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019.
      For questions, please contact ebony.jacob@acgov.org or 510-567-8093.
      The application, instructions and eligibility requirements are posted here.
    • Crisis Residential Treatment Programs and CSU Opening
      A message brought to you by Kate Jones, Director, Adult and Older Adult System of Care
      As a part of ACBH’s larger effort to prevent the unnecessary use of our most restrictive levels of care, our crisis residential treatment programs, Woodroe House, Jay Mahler Recovery Center (JMRC), and Amber House have streamlined their referral processes. All programs, will use the same, 2-page referral form for all referrals, included with this memo. As a reminder, crisis residential services are available to only clients who are residents of Alameda County who possess and/or eligible for Medi-Cal. These changes will go into effect on September 5, 2019. While we invite you to begin using the new referral form immediately, after September 5, old versions of the referral form will not be accepted. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or feedback. We look forward to the ongoing collaboration with our ACBH partners.
      See memo for more information.
      View Referral Form.
    • Rudy C. Arrieta Retirement Announcement
      A message brought to you by ACBH Executive Team
      Rudy C. Arrieta, Quality Management Director/Compliance Officer at ACBH has announced his retirement from Alameda County. His final date in this position at ACBH will be Friday, September 6, 2019.
      Rudy will return as a consultant to the ACBH Executive Team to assist with succession planning, the transition of our new ACBH QM Director/Compliance Officer, and the new staff/functions of Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, Utilization Management and ACCESS teams. Specifically, he will provide leadership support with implementing the Medi-Cal Managed Care Final Rule requirements and compliance with state/federal audits and reviews.
      Please congratulate him on his retirement.
    • InSyst will be unavailable on 08/28/2019 from Noon to 2:00 PM
      A message brought to you by ACBH Information Systems
      ATTENTION ALL INSYST USERS:
      InSyst will be unavailable on Wednesday, 08/28/2019 from Noon to 2:00 PM due to a software update.
      Please plan your work accordingly.
    • Filipino Am History Month event - Oct 23, 2-3:30, 2000 Embarcadero
      A message brought to you by The ACBH Filipino Mental Health Initiative Events Work Group
      In partnership with ACBH’s Office of Ethnic Services, please join the Filipino Mental Health Initiative Events Work Group in celebrating October as Filipino American History Month.
      You are invited to ACBH’s Filipino American History Month’s Merienda* Hour
      *Merienda in the Philippines is traditionally a late afternoon “tea-time” where the community comes together to chat and share food.
      Wednesday, October 23rd, 2-3:30pm
      2000 Embarcadero, 4th Floor, Gail Steele Room
      See flyer for more information.
    • The Stories We Tell at Work: Building Sustainability for Providers
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice
      Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019; 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
      LOCATION: 500 Davis St., Suite 120, Conf Rooms A & B, San Leandro, CA
      TRAINER: Mike Mertz
      DESCRIPTION: This training is designed to assist professionals working with youth, families, and adult clients/consumers to connect to stories of themselves within the work that are fulfilling and sustaining. Because this work requires us to spend time in situations that tend to deplete us or contribute to ‘burnout’, it is vital that we are able to engage with versions of ourselves that demonstrate the ways that we stay connected to what we value.
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information
    • CANS/ANSA Data Training
      A message brought to you by CANS and ANSA Coordinator
      Learn how to use the CANS/ANSA data from Objective Arts.
      Please join us for the Objective Arts Key Reports Data Training.
      Offered on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 1 pm to 4 pm at 500 Davis Street, San Leandro
      OR
      Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 9 am- 12 pm at 1266 14th street, Oakland
      See FLYER for more details.
    • Conscious Nonviolent Parenting: Strengthening Empathy and Resiliency in a Complex Culturally Pluralistic Society - with Heightened Focus on African Ancestored Families (2-day training)
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies
      DATE: September 12 & 13, 2019; 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (registration begins at 8:30)
      LOCATION: 500 Davis St., Suite 120, Conf. Rooms A & B, San Leandro, CA
      TRAINER: Yasmin Sayyed, Ed.D.
      DESCRIPTION: This two-day training addresses conscious parenting--parenting with psychosocial and emotional awareness-- within specific populations marginalized by co-occurring interpersonal and socio-historic trauma, and highlights the hope for building on strengths, and deconstructing damaging familial patterns. See flyer for more details.
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
      See FLYER for more details.
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx;
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • A lunch-time healing space to reflect and offer support to colleagues
      A message brought to you by The Office of Ethnic Services
      The Office of Ethnic Services invites you to a lunch-time healing space to reflect and offer support to colleagues as we work through these shocking and atrocious attacks on our communities.
      Date: Friday August 16, 2019, 12:00—2:00pm
      Location: 2000 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 305: 3rd Floor, Joaquin Miller Room
      See FLYER for more details.
    • Licensed Mental Health Services Loan Repayment - Application cycle open!
      A message brought to you by the Workforce Development &Training unit
      The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is accepting applications from August 1 - October 8, 2019, for the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program. If you are a health professional working in an under-served area of Alameda County, have outstanding educational debt, and meet other criteria related to cultural and linguistic competency, you may be eligible to apply. Please carefully review the eligibility guidelines for the program to which you are interested in applying.
      To apply, go to: https://eapp.oshpd.ca.gov/funding/
      Questions? Contact HPEF, 1-800-773-1669
      See FLYER for more details.
      See 2019 Application Technical Assistance Schedule
    • Oakland Pride: Join Alameda County Behavioral Health Parade Contingent
      A message brought to you by The Office of Ethnic Services
      September 8, 2019, is Oakland Pride and Alameda County Behavioral Health will be one of the many parade contingents this year. Please join us and let's show off our pride, and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQQI2S and non gender conforming community.
      View flyer for more information on how to sign up.
    • New Guidance Clinical Manager
      A message brought to you by Child and Young Adult System of Care (CYASOC)
      The Child and Young Adult System of Care would like to welcome Kimberle Konover as the new Clinical Manager of the Guidance Clinic at the Juvenile Justice Center. Kimberle has been working in ACBH for over 6 years and has spent many years as a clinician at the Guidance Clinic before transitioning into the Critical Care Manager for the CYASOC. Most recently, she served as the Interim Manager on the Crisis Services team in the Adult System. Kimberle begins her role on Monday August 12, 2019. Please join me in welcoming Kimberle to her new role.
      Thank You,
      Lisa Carlisle, Director, CYASOC
    • Eating Disorder Case Consultations
      A message brought to you by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
      All Alameda County Behavioral Health clinicians and contracted providers have access to group and individual consultation for support around working with clients experiencing eating disorders or eating problems.
      See the attached flyer for information on how to access this ongoing consultation.
      If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jennifer Ling, jennifer.ling@acgov.org.
    • ACBH Training Cancellation
      A message brought to you by Quality Assurance
      Due to scheduling conflicts we are cancelling the following training below: Clinical Documentation Standards Training “Train the Trainer” for Master Contract Providers
      August 21st, 2019
      2000 Embarcadero Cove, 3rd Floor, Joaquin Miller Room, Oakland CA 94606
      9:00am-4:30pm
      Please check our Quality Assurance Training Page for a future date:
      http://www.acbhcs.org/providers/QA/Training.htm
    • Preventing Vicarious Trauma - A grounding, experiential workshop
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way, Inc.
      Friday, August 23, 2019; 2:00pm-5:00pm (Registration at 1:45pm)
      LOCATION: 3001 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601
      FACILITATOR: Zakiya Harris
      DESCRIPTION: This experiential workshop will provide tools to assist you in addressing your signs of distress and burnout, enhance your sense of well-being and ability to care for yourself, and build healthy responses to trauma. (See flyer for extended description)
      AUDIENCE: All Alameda County BHCS and contracted CBO staff
      See FLYER for details and Registration information
      For additional trainings, go to the following links:
      County staff: www.achcsa.org/behavioral-health/training/trainingcalendar.aspx
      Provider Staff: www.acbhcs.org/training-calendar/
    • Out of Class Opportunity, Clinical Program Specialist
      A message brought to you by Jen Mullane, Assist., Dir., AOASOC
      The Adult/Older Adult System of Care is pleased to announce an out of class opportunity for a Clinical Program Specialist. It is anticipated that this temporary out of class assignment will be for approximately 12 months starting on September 9, 2019, but may end sooner, as needed.
      Under direction, this position will provide program planning, technical assistance, review and evaluation functions to direct client service delivery programs where such services are provided by community-based organizations (CBO's), contract service providers and/or County staff in a wide variety of service areas, will act as County liaison with service providers and funding sources and ensure that program regulations and procedures are followed and will complete related work as required.
      View flyer for more information.
    • Oakland Pride: Join Alameda County Behavioral Health Parade Contingent
      A message brought to you by The Office of Ethnic Services
      September 8, 2019, is Oakland Pride and Alameda County Behavioral Health will be one of the many parade contingents this year. Please join us and let's show off our pride, and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQQI2S and non gender conforming community.
      View flyer for more information on how to sign up.
    • New Administrative Assistant for AOASOC
    • A message brought to you by Jen Mullane, Assist., Dir., AOASOC
      I am pleased to announce Lauren Allison as the new AOASOC Administrative Assistant! She will start in her new role on Monday, July 29, 2019. Lauren is transferring to us from the Office of the Agency Director and brings over 10 years of professional experience in business and education, within both the public and private sectors. Most recently she’s worked for Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and previously at Alameda County Social Services Agency.
      Lauren was proudly born and raised in Oakland, CA. She says that her upbringing has guided her desire to do impactful work, fueled her passion for supporting equity for underserved communities, and empowered her fight to break glass ceilings.
      In her spare time you’d find Lauren reading, writing, listening to music, or trying a new restaurant. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and embarking upon new adventures with the love of her life and their spoiled dog.
    • Virginia Ragasa's Retirement Announcement
      A message brought to you by Provider Relations
      Join us for a retirement lunch honoring Virginia Ragasa!
      Date: Friday, August 16th, 2019, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
      Location: Dragon Rouge Restaurant, 2337 Blanding Ave., Alameda, CA, 94501
      View updated flyer for more information.
    • The Stories We Tell at Work: Building Sustainability for Providers
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice
      Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019; 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
      LOCATION: 500 Davis St., Suite 120, Conf Rooms A & B, San Leandro, CA
      TRAINER: Mike Mertz
      DESCRIPTION: This training is designed to assist professionals working with youth, families, and adult clients/consumers to connect to stories of themselves within the work that are fulfilling and sustaining. Because this work requires us to spend time in situations that tend to deplete us or contribute to ‘burnout’, it is vital that we are able to engage with versions of ourselves that demonstrate the ways that we stay connected to what we value.
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
      See FLYER for details and REGISTRATION information
    • Trauma Informed Systems 101
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Trauma Transformed
      DATE: Thursday, August 15, 2019; 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
      LOCATION: 1900 Embarcadero, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, 94606
      TRAINER: Paula Gonzalez, MSW
      DESCRIPTION: The TIS 101 is a basic 3.5 hour training to understand how trauma and stress impacts developing bodies and brains, communities, organizations and systems. (See flyer for more details)
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff
      View flyer for more information.
    • African American Initiative Update - What have we been doing?
      A message brought to you by ACBH Office of the Director
      Alameda County Behavioral Health Office of the Director would like to re-energize our efforts to truly address consumer needs within our systems of care. We are actively pursuing the opportunity to create systematic change in how we examine and address disparities within the African American communities we serve.
      We are excited to share what we have discovered and what we plan to do with this knowledge. We look forward to introducing this initiative and more that will focus on the needs of ALL of our consumers.
      Please take a moment and read our brief informational update for more information.
    • ACBH Training Cancellation
      A message brought to you by Quality Assurance
      Due to scheduling conflicts we are cancelling the following training below:
      Clinical Quality Review Team (CQRT) Mental Health Training
      July 10th, 2019
      2000 Embarcadero Cove, 3rd Floor, Joaquin Miller Room
      Oakland CA 94606
      9:00am-1:00pm
      Please check our Quality Assurance Training Page for the rescheduled date:
      http://www.acbhcs.org/providers/QA/Training.htm
    • The Geriatric Assessment & Response Team Headquarters Have Moved!
      A message brought to you by Older Adult Division
      Alameda County Behavioral Health's Geriatric Assessment & Response Team Headquarters (aka: GART) are now located at Eastmont Town Center!
      Our New Address is: 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 125A
      Our New Phone number is: 510-383-5020
      The Geriatric Assessment & Response Team (GART) is an Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services field-based support team that provides brief, voluntary behavioral health treatment to older adults.
      View brochure for more information.
    • Schreiber Center Program has Moved!
      A message brought to you by Adult/Older Adult Division
      Alameda County Behavioral Health's Schreiber Center Program Offices are now located at Eastmont Town Center!
      Our New Address is: 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 125A
      Our New Phone number is: 510-383-5020
      The Schreiber Center is a specialty mental health clinic developed in collaboration with Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, the Regional Center of the East Bay, and Alameda County Public Health Department. The Center is dedicated to serving the mental health care needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
      http://www.acphd.org/schreiber-center
      Schreiber Center FAQ's
    • Virginia Ragasa's Retirement Announcement
      A message brought to you by Provider Relations
      Join us for a retirement lunch honoring Virginia Ragasa!
      Date: Friday, August 16th, 2019, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
      Location: Dragon Rouge Restaurant, 2337 Blanding Ave., Alameda, CA, 94501
      View flyer for more information.
    • New EPSDT Coordinator for the CYASOC
      A message brought to you by Child and Young Adult System of Care
      Please join me in welcoming our newest employee to the Child and Young Adult System of Care, Dr. Clyde H. Lewis, Jr. Dr. Lewis is our new Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic & Treatment (EPSDT) Coordinator and officially began his role on June 17, 2019. Dr. Lewis will be supporting the CYASOC with managing the EPSDT contracted programs and services, the School Based Behavioral Health programs as well as helping to keep the CYASOC on track with our State and Federal guidelines.
      Lisa Carlisle,
      Director, CYASOC
      View memo for more information.
    • ACBH Announcement - TAY Program Specialist
      A message brought to you by Sun Hyung Lee, Interim TAY Division Director
      The CYASOC Transition Age Youth Division is pleased to welcome Jennifer Ling, LCSW, as our new TAY Program Specialist. In her new role, Jennifer will serve as the Operational Lead for TAY Prevention Programs and the TAY County-Wide Meetings as well as provide program/technical support, development, and collaboration on other TAY services.

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

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

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

      Please join me in congratulating Rickie and Lisa, and welcoming Sarah!
    • Interim Quality Assurance Administrator Announcement for Kim Coady
      A message brought to you by Quality Management
      We are pleased to announce that Kimberly Coady, LCSW, will be serving as Interim Quality Assurance Administrator at Quality Assurance starting on Mon, July 15, 2019. Kim has 19 years of experience in the field of Behavioral Health and brings to the position both strong supervisory and clinical acumen. She served as a Behavioral Health Clinician II for Quality Assurance and most recently as Clinical Program Specialist for the Adult/Older Adult System of Care. Kim is known as an effective problem solver, communicator, and leader. Please join us in welcoming her to her new role!
    • TBS Referral Form 2019
      A message brought to you by ACBHCS CYASOC
      Click here for Revised Initial Screening Criteria for TBS Eligibility form.
    • Criminal Justice Training - A Few Seats Still Available!!!
      A message brought to you by ACBH Office of the Director
      Alameda County Behavioral Health Office of the Director invites all ACBH and contracted CBO staff and mental health plan providers to attend a criminal justice training series to improve services to consumers with criminal justice involvement & their families. Subtopics include: Navigating the Criminal Justice System as a Behavioral Health Professional, Bridging Criminogenics & Behavioral Health, Trauma and the Community Impact of Incarceration, and Applying Restorative Justice to Behavioral Health.
      The training series will take place on Thursday, June 20th and Friday June 21st, 12 – 4 p.m.
      View flyer for more information.
    • Criminal Justice Training - Registration Open!
      A message brought to you by ACBH Office of the Director
      Alameda County Behavioral Health Office of the Director invites all ACBH and contracted CBO staff and mental health plan providers to attend a criminal justice training series to improve services to consumers with criminal justice involvement & their families. Subtopics include: Navigating the Criminal Justice System as a Behavioral Health Professional, Bridging Criminogenics & Behavioral Health, Trauma and the Community Impact of Incarceration, and Applying Restorative Justice to Behavioral Health.
      The training series will take place on Thursday, June 20th and Friday June 21st, 12 – 4 p.m.
      View flyer for more information.
    • World Refugee & Immigrant Day Event - June 22, 2019
      A message brought to you by The MHSA-Prevention & Early Intervention Unit
      The MHSA Prevention & Early Intervention Unit invites you to attend the World Refugee & Immigrant Day Event hosted by the East Bay Refugee & Immigrant Forum.
      Join us for an exciting day to celebrate the unique voices in our community & unite for inclusion.
      Sat, June 22
      11am-4pm
      Think College Now
      2825 International Blvd, Oakland
      FREE and open to all: food, music, dance, arts, children's activities & more
      For more information, please email: sean.kirkpatrick2008@gmail.com
      View front flyer
      View back flyer
    • Last Day for Survey - Communication Assessment, African American Services
      A message brought to you by Carol Burton
      SURVEY CLOSES Tues at 5pm!
      ACBH has a goal to improve services to African American clients who make up approximately 30% of services in our system. There are at least six ACBH projects or plans to serve African American clients. We aim to improve internal communications to improve system-wide services to African American clients.
      Please help us assess what communication is working well and any insight or ideas for this and future client-based initiatives.
      All ACBH staff, please complete this short, anonymous survey.
      Survey link: https://forms.gle/t2uinhA83gt2tLuUA
    • Survey Request - Communication Assessment, African American Services
      A message brought to you by Carol Burton
      ACBH has a goal to improve services to African American clients who make up approximately 30% of services in our system. There are at least six ACBH projects or plans to serve African American clients. We aim to improve internal communications to improve system-wide services to African American clients.
      Please help us assess what communication is working well and any insight or ideas for this and future client-based initiatives.
      Instructions: All ACBH staff, please complete this 5-minute, anonymous survey by 6/4/19.
      Survey link: https://forms.gle/t2uinhA83gt2tLuUA
    • OOD's Climate Change Initiative
      A message brought to you by Dominique Burton, Human Resources
      Project EES: OOD's Climate Change Initiative In Partnership with the Alameda County Training & Education Center
      Register at: http://alameda.netkeepers.com/TPOnline/TPOnline.dll/Home
      View FLYER for more information
    • Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) Older Adult Survey Link
      A message brought to you by The Older Adult Division
      The Alameda County Area Agency on Aging is conducting the Older Adults Needs Assessment. The Older Americans Act (OAA) requires the AAA to perform a Needs Assessment to determine the extent of need for supportive services and evaluate the effectiveness of resources in meeting these local needs.
      If you are 55 years or older and live in Alameda County, please consider completing this 10-15 minute survey.
      Below is the Behavioral Health Care Services confidential link to access the Needs Assessment Community Survey on survey monkey:
      https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B_H_C_S
    • Brief Tobacco Cessation Intervention
      A message brought to you by Alameda County ATOD program
      Tuesday, June 11, 2019; 8:45 AM–12:30 PM (Registration from 8:30-8:45)
      LOCATION: ACBHCS, 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 400 – Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA 94606
      DESCRIPTION: This is a skill-building workshop on how to perform one-on-one tobacco cessation interventions. Participants will learn the basics of Tobacco 101 and how to apply counseling techniques to motivate and support tobacco cessation among high-risk populations.
      AUDIENCE: Clinical Staff of substance abuse, mental health and primary care providers, Health Educators, Community Cessation Facilitators, Case Managers, Home Health Care Workers, Nurses and other healthcare providers.
      View FLYER for more information
    • Steven Bucholtz, MHS II is retiring
      A message brought to you by Steven Bucholtz
      Come celebrate with Steven Bucholtz as he retires and moves on to other work in the mental health field in Alameda County.
      View FLYER for more information
    • Criminal Justice Training
      A message brought to you by ACBH Office of the Director
      Alameda County Behavioral Health Office of the Director invites all ACBH and contracted CBO staff and mental health plan providers to attend a criminal justice training series to improve services to consumers with criminal justice involvement & their families. Subtopics include: Navigating the Criminal Justice System as a Behavioral Health Professional, Bridging Criminogenics & Behavioral Health, Trauma and the Community Impact of Incarceration, and Applying Restorative Justice to Behavioral Health.
      The training series will take place on Thursday, June 20th and Friday June 21st, 12 – 4 p.m.
      View FLYER for more information
    • Training: Impacto del Trauma de la Inmigración en las Familias: Cómo se manifiesta y estrategias para apoyar a niños/as y familias Latinas (the training will be held IN SPANISH)
      (The Traumatic Impact of Immigration on Families: How it is manifested and treatment strategies for Latinx Children and Families)
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and the Child & Young Adult System of Care
      Wednesday, June 26, 2019; 9:30 am – 2:30 pm (sign-in at 9:15 am)
      LOCATION: 500 Davis St, Rooms A & B, San Leandro, CA 94577
      TRAINER: Cecilia Reus, MFT
      DESCRIPTION: see flyer
      AUDIENCE: Spanish speaking Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH) staff, its contract providers (community-based organizations), and ACBH Mental Health Plan Network Providers.
      View FLYER for more information
    • Mental Health Matters Awareness Walk- 5/29/19
      A message brought to you by Terri Kennedy, MHSA Division
      Join us for the ACBH 2nd Annual May is Mental Health Matters Month Awareness Walk!
      WEAR LIME GREEN!
      Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
      12-1 p.m.
      The start/finish line is at the “Sea life mural” on the painted storage container in the Embarcadero Cove Parking Lot (between 1900 & 2000 building) at 12:00 p.m.
      See the attached flyer and Route Map
      ***Participation in the walk is a voluntary, off-duty, recreational activity and is not part of an employee’s work-related duties. The County is not responsible for loss. Please walk safely and maintain awareness.
    • Traditional Healing Part 2: Understanding Latino Cultural Health Behaviors and the Role of Women
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services & National Latino Behavioral Health Association
      Community Centered Emergency Room Project, a program of Social Model Recovery Systems aims to highlight the connection between culture and health-seeking behaviors while focusing in the role women play in family health decisions making.
      Date: May 21, 2019
      Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm ET
      View FLYER for more information
    • African American Mental Health Training and TA Training
      A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services & Pathways to Wellness
      Clinical Pearls Regarding Diagnosing and Prescribing for the African American Population for Healthcare Providers who are Prescribers. This session will be structured around Case Based Learning — Psychiatric Disorders and Cardiovascular Disease in the African American Patient.
      View FLYER for more information
    • Fundraiser for Client-Run Community Inclusion Program
      A message brought to you by Eden Community Connections
      Eden Community Connections, a totally client-run community inclusion program is having a fundraiser. Moneys are used to plan events and assist clients in getting out into the wider community to enhance their recovery.
      View FLYER for more information
    • Staff Potluck for MH Month next week!
      A message brought to you by Terri Kennedy, MHSA Division
      Hello ACBH Staff!
      There are only a few more May is Mental Health Matters Months events to go. If you haven't participated yet, be sure to come out for our Potluck!
      Wednesday, May 22nd from 12-1 p.m. in the Gail Steele Room.
      **Our final May events will be the MH Awareness Walk on Wednesday, May 29th & "Go Green when we Get Green" on Friday, May 31st
      Click here for our Calendar of events.
      View FLYER for more information
    • A LATINX COMMUNITY CASE STUDY OF AC's Everyone Counts Campaign
      A message brought to you by PEERS and ACBH’S PEI (Prevention and Early Intervention) Team
      PEERS (Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery) and ACBH’S PEI (Prevention and Early Intervention) Team Presents:
      STIGMA REDUCTION AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY
      A LATINX COMMUNITY CASE STUDY OF ALAMEDA COUNTY’S EVERYONE COUNTS CAMPAIGN
      A TOOL-KIT FOR CREATING CULTURALLY-RESPONSIVE MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTIONS
      May 29, 2019, 1-3pm
      2000 Embarcadero, 4th Floor
      Gail Steele Conference Room
      Dr. Lynn Rivas, Associate Director will share an interactive presentation of PEERS’ Everyone Counts Stigma-Reduction Campaign and the experience of the empowered, peer-led Latinx Action Team.
      View FLYER for more information
    • Training: Introduction to SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment) with MI (Motivational Interviewing) Skill Building
      A message brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way
      Friday, June 28, 2019; 9:15am – 4:45pm (Registration: 9:00am)
      LOCATION: ACBH 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 400, Oakland, Gail Steele Room
      TRAINER: Jennifer Baity, LCSW, LAADC
      DESCRIPTION: Learn to implement SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) and reinforce and expand Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills. The morning will focus on MI skill building to really begin use MI as a natural and integral part of practice. The afternoon will focus on SBIRT, a model for conducting an assessment and delivering an early intervention, based on MI, to treat people with/ or at risk of developing a substance use disorder.
      AUDIENCE: All Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff
      View FLYER for more information
    • DYNAMIC MINDFULNESS – A Foundational Workshop
      A message brought to you by ACBH Children's Specialized Services and ACBH Training Unit
      July 10, 2018, 9:00am – 4:30pm; (ONE DAY only)
      July 10 & 12, 2018, 9:00am – 4:30pm; (TWO DAY-CE Credit)

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

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

      See flyer for more details
    • Training: Seeking Safety
      A training brought to you by ACBH Training Unit & Seneca Family of Agencies
      DATE: Monday, April 15, 2019; 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
      LOCATION: Creekside Plaza, 1100 San Leandro Blvd, Redwood Conference Room, San Leandro, CA
      TRAINER: Gabriella Grant, MA
      DESCRIPTION: The goal of this presentation is to describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse (clients do not have to have both issues). By the end of the training day, participants can implement Seeking Safety in their setting if they choose to. Seeking Safety teaches present-focused coping skills to help clients attain safety in their lives. It is highly flexible and can be conducted in any setting by a wide range of clinicians and also peers. There are 25 treatment topics, each representing a safe coping skill relevant to both trauma and/or substance abuse, such as “Asking for Help”, “Creating Meaning”, “Compassion”, and “Healing from Anger”.
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff.
      See flyer for details and Registration information
    • Law and Ethics Training (Dublin)
      A Free Training brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit and A Better Way
      March 29, 2019; 9am-4:30pm
      Location: 5325 Broder Blvd., Dublin, CA 94568; Santa Rita Jail, Media Room
      Description: The purpose of this training is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory clinical licensing organizations for mental health professionals in maintaining competence in legal/ethical standards and updates. Participants will receive a review of key ethical and legal concepts, regulatory and other legal changes that affect professional practice. The training will be taught at an intermediate level, and is appropriate for currently licensed professionals, and meets BBS and APA requirements.
      Trainer: Daniel O. Taube, PhD., J.D.
      Audience: ACBH clinical providers and contracted CBO mental health professionals
      REGISTER online at: https://training.abetterwayinc.info/; Registration Code: yeyyje
      Capacity limited, open until filled. Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to training date.
      View flyer for more details.
    • TAY County-Wide Quarterly Provider Meeting Kick-Off!!!
      A message brought to you by ACBH Child and Young Adult System of Care - TAY Division
      Date: Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 - 10AM to 12PM
      Description: Please join the ACBH Child and Young Adult System of Care TAY Division for the re-launch of the TAY County-Wide Provider Meeting. This quarterly gathering shall act as a collaborative movement which provides a platform for TAY providers to: share resources, foster networks & build community, identify key issues affecting TAY who are unserved, underserved and disconnected from resources, and create solutions to expand access to care!
      Location: 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Oakland, CA 94606, Suite 101 - Brooklyn Basin
      View flyer for more details.
    • Clinical Documentation Standards for CG/EHR Users- Line Staff Training
      A message brought to you by the Quality Assurance Office
      Time: 9am-4:30pm (registration begins at 8:30am)
      QA's Clinical Documentation Training for EHR users is our only Line Staff documentation training. This training addresses mental health assessment, client plan development, and service provision documentation requirements in the Electronic Healthcare Records System: Clinician’s Gateway.
      There are seats left for next Friday's Training, register here.
      View flyer for more details.
    • Recognition of Social Work Month – March, 2019
      A message brought to you by Carol F. Burton, Interim Director
      March, 2019, marks the 35th annual celebration of National Professional Social Work Month. This year’s theme is “Elevate Social Work.”
      Please view the memo for a personal thank you from the ACBH Executive Team to the many social workers, clinicians, and other staff members in our department who work tirelessly each day to better the lives of individuals who face mental health challenges.
    • Jeff Rackmil's farewell
      A message brought to you by CYASOC
      Monday, March 25th, 2:30pm-4:00pm
      Jeff decided to have a very simple "farewell" party exclusively for ACBH staff. Cake, coffee, tea and spa water will be served. Everyone who wants to will have the opportunity to tell a story, just say something wonderful or give a fond farewell.
      See attached flyer for more details.
    • Save the Date - May 3, 2019 - Yahru Baruti's Retirement Celebration!
      A message brought to you by Yahru Baruti's Retirement Committee (ACBH - Guidance Clinic)
      Please join us for a Retirement Celebration honoring Yahru Baruti!
      Date: May 3, 2019 (Fri)
      Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
      Location: TBA - Details coming soon!
      See flyer.
    • Alameda County Behavioral Health Interpreter Training
      A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
      April 11th-12th, 2019, 8:30AM - 4:30PM
      This intensive 2-day, 14-hour, workshop is designed to immerse bilingual interpreters in the principles and practices of interpreter communication skills. Participants must be proficiently fluent in at least one language other than English.
      View flyer for more information.
    • Mental Health First Aid Training (Youth version) – Fremont, CA
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
      Tuesday, April 2, 2019; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
      LOCATION: Fremont Resource Center, 39155 Liberty Street, Fremont, CA 94538
      DESCRIPTION: Youth Mental Health First Aid introduces participants who work with youth to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches participants how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge connect with appropriate care.
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff are welcome. ** PLEASE NOTE: while we welcome mental health professionals, Mental Health First Aid was designed for the general public to receive basic mental health information to enhance the safety net within our communities.
      See flyer for details and Registration
    • Mental Health First Aid Training (Adult version) – Fremont, CA
      A message brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit
      Tuesday, March 19, 2019; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
      LOCATION: Fremont Resource Center, 39155 Liberty Street, Fremont, CA 94538
      DESCRIPTION: Adult Mental Health First Aid presents an overview of mental health and substance use issues in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use concerns. Participants will be taught a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in both crisis and non-crisis situations connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
      AUDIENCE: All classifications of ACBH and contracted CBO staff are welcome. **PLEASE NOTE: while we welcome mental health professionals, Mental Health First Aid was designed for the general public to receive basic mental health information to enhance the safety net within our communities.
      See flyer for details and Registration
    • "Caught in the Crossfire of Cultures” Part I: Refugees Struggle / Home Away From Home
      A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
      March 1st, 11:00am-4:00pm
      Description: This Five-Part training series is designed to help clinicians and professionals working with the Afghan immigrant population in Alameda County to understand and better accommodate the various mental health challenges the Afghan refugees are experiencing.
      *Attending all five parts is encouraged for the most benefit, but not required.
      View flyer for details.
    • Jeff Rackmil's Retirement Dinner Party
      A message brought to you by CYASOC
      Friday, March 29th, 5:30pm-8:30pm
      Location: Marina Community Center in San Leandro
      With a delicious Mediterranean buffet from Bacheesos Restaurant and lots of old and new friends, it promises to be a fantabulous party!
      See attached flyer for more information.
    • Brief Tobacco Cessation Intervention
      A message brought to you by Alameda County ATOD program
      Monday, March 18, 2019; 8:45AM–12:30PM
      LOCATION: ACBHCS, 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 400 – Gail Steele Room, Oakland, CA 94606
      DESCRIPTION: This is a skill-building workshop on how to perform one-on-one tobacco cessation interventions. Participants will learn the basics of Tobacco 101 and how to apply counseling techniques to motivate and support tobacco cessation among high-risk populations.
      AUDIENCE: Clinical Staff of substance abuse, mental health and primary care providers, Health Educators, Community Cessation Facilitators, Case Managers, Home Health Care Workers, Nurses and other healthcare providers.
      REGISTER on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brief-tobacco-cessation-interventions-tickets-52847101102
      QUESTIONS? Contact: atod@lifelongmedical.org or call 510-446-7135
      View FLYER for more information.
    • ACGOV Vision 2026 Town Hall
      A message brought to you by Carol Burton, Interim Director
      Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 3:00pm
      The attached flyer provides information on several town hall meetings that will reveal information about ACGOV Vision 2026 and how your work is critical to its success. We will be hosting a live stream watch party on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 beginning at 3:00 p.m. The watch party will take place at 2000 Embarcadero Cove in the Joaquin Miller Room. Everyone is invited to attend. Also, please note the other locations listed on the flyer as well.
      For more information on Vision 2026, please visit https://vision2026.acgov.org/index.page.
    • 2019 Annual Black History Month Conference Schedule
      A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
      February 22, 2019, 8:30am-3:00pm
      8:30am-9:30am Light Breakfast and Registration
      9:30am-10:00am Opening Ceremony
      Drumming & Invocation: Tacuma King
      WELO—We Lead Ours—Dwayne Aikens, North
      Oakland Community Charter School
      10:00am-10:30am Welcome and Introductions:
      MC: Javarré Wilson, Office of Ethnic Services
      MC: Barbara White—Diversity & Multicultural Services
      Pastor Horatio Jones, AASCHW, Chair
      10:30am-10:45am Spoken Word Presentation
      Tiphereth Banks, BRL - Kh'jean Anderson, BRL - Autoria “Champ” Johnson, POCC
      10:45am-12:00pm Youth Speak Panel Presentation
      etc...
      View Flyer for more details!
    • Melissa Vallas, MD appointed Deputy Medical Director
      A message brought to you by Aaron Chapman, MD - ACBH Medical Director
      I’m very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Melissa Vallas to Deputy Medical Director of Alameda County Behavioral Health (ACBH). Dr. Vallas’ background experience adds valued depth to the Child and Young Adult Executive Leadership team, supporting our efforts to improve access to services and quality of care for the children and young adults across Alameda County. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Vallas and offering her best wishes in her new leadership role.
      View attachment for more details!
    • Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity ex (SOGIE): Working with Transgender and Non-Binary Populations
      A message brought to you by Prevention and Early Intervention and the Pacific Center
      Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, 9:30am-4:30pm (Registration at 9:00am)
      Location: 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 400, Gail Steele Conference Rm.
      ACBH & The Pacific Center offer this training to address MH Services for LGBTQI2-S populations. This first training in the series will address the experiences of Transgender and Non-Binary Populations. Staff from ACBH and Contracted Providers are welcome.
      View Flyer for more information
    • HANDLE Approach to Neurodevelopment; Introductory Course, Levels I&II
      A training brought to you by ACBH Children and Young Adult System of Care
      Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm
      Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm

      LOCATION: 14735 Juniper Street, San Leandro, CA 94579
      TRAINER: Sindy Wilkinson, M.Ed., LMFT is the Director of Enhanced Learning and Growth Center in Walnut Creek and an ACBH Clinician at Eden/Valley Children’s Services
      DESCRIPTION: HANDLE, a Holistic Approach to Neuro Development and Learning Efficiency, addresses the building blocks of neurodevelopmental systems that pave the way for self-regulation, attention and mental health. An individual’s functioning and their ability to have efficient and healthy relationships with self and others can be improved with use of the HANDLE method. (FOR THOSE WANTING CE credit, BOTH DAYS must be attended.)
      REGISTRATION: please register online at http://alameda.netkeepers.com (Capacity limited; registration open until filled or until March 12; whichever is first)
      View Flyer for more information
    • Child and Young Adult System of Care Director Appointment
      A message brought to you by James Wagner, ACBH Deputy Director
      I am very pleased to announce that Lisa Carlisle has been selected to become our Children and Young Adult System of Care (CYASOC) Director.
      Please view attached announcement for more details.
    • Finance Director Appointment
      A message brought to you by James Wagner, ACBH Deputy Director
      I am very pleased to announce the promotion of Cecilia Serrano to Finance Director position starting February 24, 2019.
      Please view attached announcement for more details.
    • Julie Fung's Retirement Luncheon
      A message brought to you by Julie Fung's Retirement Committee (ACBH-Fiscal)
      Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, 12:00pm
      Location: Pier 29 Waterfront Restaurant
      See flyer for details.
    • African American Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Program
      A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
      Friday, February 22nd, 2019, 9:00am to 1:00pm
      Location: Executive Inn & Suites Hotel, 1755 Embarcadero Oakland, CA
      The Office of Ethnic Services would like to share the African American Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Program (AATA). The first half-day session will describe the African-American population in Alameda County and our current behavioral health provider network. This workshop will cover issues related to cultural competency and health equity for African-American behavioral health clients.
      See flyer for details.
    • 2019 Annual Black History Month Celebration
      A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
      February 22, 2019, 8:30am – 3:00pm
      ***Please register on EventBrite***

      Theme: “We Gon’ Be Alright!” (1619-2019): Celebrating our Youth’s Expression, Creativity & Exploring Their Power
      Location: Hayward Veterans Memorial Building, 22737 Main St. Hayward, CA
      Featured Speakers * Youth Panel Discussion * Spoken Word * Entertainment – African Drumming * Mental Health Resources * Youth Organizations * Light Breakfast and Lunch Provided * Educational Benefits * And much more…
      See flyer for details.
    • Jeff Rackmil is Retiring!
      A message brought to you by Child & Young Adult System of Care
      Friday, March 29, 2019, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
      Join us in wishing Jeff well as he sets out on this new adventure!
      Location: Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94579
      See flyer for more information.
    • Focus Group on Behavioral Health Services
      A message brought to you by James Wagner
      Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 2:00-3:30pm
      Thursday, February 14, 2019, 3:00-4:30pm

      Focus Group on Behavioral Health Services for African American Clients.
      View flyer for more information and locations.
    • Jackie Mortensen's Retirement Party
      A message brought to you by BHCS Provider Relations
      Please join us for a Retirement Farewell Party honoring Jackie Mortensen!
      Date: Thursday, March 21st
      Time: 3:00 to 5:00 pm
      Location: Brooklyn Basin, 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Ste 101, Oakland, CA, 94606
      View flyer for more information.
    • Juliene Schrick joins ACBH as Program Specialist in the AOASOC
      A message brought to you by Henning Schulz, Division Director Adult CM Services
      Juliene has 19 years of experience providing services to consumers, supervising staff, and managing programs serving adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders. She has worked in inpatient, forensic, outpatient, and residential settings in Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Francisco and Alameda Counties. Juliene has worked in Alameda County since 2013 and is passionate about improving services and systems so individuals and families are able to access the right kind of behavioral health service at the right time to support them in their recovery. We welcome Juliene to ACBH!
    • Preventing, De-Escalating, & Managing Aggressive Behavior in Behavioral Health Settings
      A free training brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies
      Friday, February 22, 2019, 9:00 am–4:00 pm (Dublin) OR
      Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Oakland)

      AUDIENCE: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff
      DESCRIPTION: The training emphasis is placed on exercising self-control and systematically utilizing least-restrictive measures versus attempts to externally control others.
      TRAINER: Ian Brennan
      See flyer for details and Registration information
    • Save the Date - March 27, 2019 - Diana Cruz's Retirement Celebration
      A message brought to you by Diana Cruz's Retirement Committee
      You’re invited to Diana Cruz’s Retirement Celebration!
      Date: March 27, 2019 (Wed)
      Time: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
      Location: DRAGON ROUGE, 2337 Blanding Ave., Alameda, CA, 94501
      View flyer for details.
    • 2019 Black History Month Celebration
      A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
      February 22, 2019, 8:30am – 3:00pm
      Theme: “We Gon’ Be Alright!” (1619-2019): Celebrating our Youth’s Expression, Creativity & Exploring Their Power
      Location: Hayward Veterans Memorial Building, 22737 Main St. Hayward, CA
      Featured Speakers * Youth Panel Discussion * Spoken Word * Entertainment – African Drumming * Mental Health Resources * Youth Organizations * Light Breakfast and Lunch Provided * Educational Benefits * And much more…
      See flyer for details.
    • Marguerite Wilhite, LCSW appointed Clinical Manager of Oakland Children's Services
      A message brought to you by Damon Eaves, Assistant Director of the Child & Young Adult System of Care
      I am pleased to announce the appointment of Marguerite Wilhite to the position of Clinical Manager of Oakland Children’s Services. Marguerite has over 14 years of experience providing services to ACBH child clients in the Cities of Alameda and Oakland. Marguerite is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a Masters in Social Welfare and began her career in San Francisco with child survivors of abuse. For the past 18 years she has held a private practice specializing in trauma. Marguerite has been a much sought after practitioner in family therapy, trauma therapy and advanced play therapy techniques.
    • Michelle Lewis appointed to Clinical Manager of Oakland Community Support
      A message brought to you by Henning Schulz, Division Director Adult Case Management Services
      I am pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Lewis to the position of Clinical Manager of Oakland Adult Community Support Center. Michelle has over 12 years of experience providing services to our consumers. She started working for ACBH as a Behavioral Health Clinician at Oakland Community Support in 2007 and in 2017 became the Clinical Supervisor. Michelle continued to provide direct services to clients and community partners in her quest to improve the quality of life for individuals served within Alameda County. Please join me in welcoming Michelle in her new leadership role.
    • Preventing, De-Escalating, & Managing Aggressive Behavior in Behavioral Health Settings
      A free training brought to you by ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies
      Friday, February 22, 2019, 9:00 am–4:00 pm (Dublin) OR
      Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 9:30 am–4:30 pm (Oakland)

      AUDIENCE: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff
      DESCRIPTION: The training emphasis is placed on exercising self-control and systematically utilizing least-restrictive measures versus attempts to externally control others.
      TRAINER: Ian Brennan
      See flyer for details and Registration information
    • BHCS Finance Announcement - Interim Network Office Director
      A message brought to you by Cecilia Serrano, Interim Finance Director
      I am pleased to announce the appointment of Rickie Lopez to the position of Interim Network Office Director effective January 15, 2019. Rickie will be managing and directing the procurement and administration of the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder contracts including contract development/negotiations/renewals, budget planning and development, etc. Fiona and Rickie will be working closely with the transition in the next few weeks.

      In addition, I would like to extend a formal appreciation to Fiona for her leadership, hard work, and dedication over the years at the Network Office. Best wishes Fiona!
    • Caught in the Crossfire of Cultures” Part I: Refugees Struggle / Home Away From Home
      A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
      February 15th, 11:00am-4:00pm
      Description: This Five-Part training series is designed to help clinicians and professionals working with the Afghan immigrant population in Alameda County to understand and better accommodate the various mental health challenges the Afghan refugees are experiencing.
      *Attending all five parts is encouraged for the most benefit, but not required.
      View flyer for details.
    • IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: Dr. Ken Hardy/ Implicit Bias Training - January 23
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      Dear Training Participant,
      This message is to update you about an IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE for the training: Dismantling Implicit Bias: and Healing Racial Trauma (instructor, Ken Hardy).
      Due to unforeseen circumstances, the trainer is unable to teach on January 17 as planned. The NEW DATE for this training is January 23, 2019, from 9:00am – 2:30pm.
      YOUR REGISTRATION: Since you are currently enrolled for January 17, your enrollment be moved over to the new date.
      If you are receiving this message there is no need to re-enroll.
      View complete email
    • Adult and Older Adult System of Care Change Communication
      A message brought to you by: Kate Jones, AOASOC Director
      The ACBH Adult and Older Adult System of Care (AOASOC) is committed to designing a system of care whose foundation is built on the concepts of prevention, early intervention and “right-matched” services. Over the next three-to-five years as we engage in systems change, the AOASOC will focus on five major areas.
      View Flyer for more information
    • Sally’s Place Peer Respite will be open for services on 1/21/19, not 1/14/1
      A message brought to you by: Khatera Aslami
      Due to unforeseen remodeling delays, Sally’s Place Peer Respite will be open for services on 1/21/19, not 1/14/19.
      Please share this updated flyer with your contacts.
    • DYNAMIC MINDFULNESS – A Foundational Workshop
      Brought to you by ACBH Children's Specialized Services and ACBH Training Unit
      Feb 25, 2018, 9:00am – 4:30pm; (ONE DAY only)
      Feb 25 & 26, 2018, 9:00am – 4:30pm; (TWO DAY-CE Credit)

      LOCATION: HCSA-Creekside Plaza, 1100 San Leandro Blvd, Redwood Room, San Leandro, CA 94577
      TRAINER: Colleen A. Sanford, LCSW, Dynamic Mindfulness Certified Trainer, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. DESCRIPTION: Day 1: is Dynamic Mindfulness Foundation training is for ALL ACBH staff who want to learn mindfulness in movement, breathing, and meditation for stress management, self-care, and healing from personal and secondary trauma. (Note: the One-Day session alone, does not qualify for CE credit). Day 2: is for clinicians who want to use the methods in their practice with clients, or teach it to others. FOR THOSE WANTING CE credit, register for the two-day version. BOTH DAYS must be attended.
      To REGISTER: please go tohttp://alameda.netkeepers.com
      View FLYER for more information
    • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (2-Day), 12 CE Credits
      A Free training brought to you by the ACBH Training Unit and Seneca Family of Agencies
      January 29 & 30, 2019, 9:00am-4:30pm, Oakland
      DESCRIPTION: Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered, disciplined method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. The goal of this training will be to build skills around engagement using the tenants and techniques of Motivational Interviewing. This training is highly interactive and requires participation.
      AUDIENCE: Social Work & Mental Health Providers Contracted with Alameda County Behavioral Health.
      See Flyer for Details and Registration
    • Training: Co-Occurring Disorders (CODs) in Addiction: A 3-part Workshop Series for Alameda County SUD Programs
      A Free workshop series brought to you by the Alameda County Behavioral Health training unit
      Part 1: Friday, February 8, 2019, The Brain in Addiction (View Flyer)
      Part 2: Friday, March 8, 2019, The DSM and Beyond (View Flyer)
      Part 3: Friday, April 12, 2019, Treatment of CODs in Addiction (View Flyer)
      Time: 9:30am - 12:15pm. (Sign-in 9:15 - 9:30am)
      Attendance at all three sessions is not required, however pre-registration is necessary.
      Audience: Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO providers of substance use treatment services.
      Instructor: Rob Lee, M.D. 2.5 CE credit available for Addiction Professionals, RNs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and Psychologists
      See fliers above for details and Registration (you must register for each of the sessions you would like to attend).
    • Assignment to Level of Care by ACCESS
      A message brought to you by Kate Jones, Director, Adult and Older Adult System of Care
      To All Stakeholders: Starting January 2, 2019 Alameda County Behavioral Health ACCESS program will begin conducting all assessments and assignments for adult and older adult levels of care/services. Crisis Response Program (CRP) will cease taking referrals December 31, 2018 and will transition all bridge case management and medication service clients to correct levels of care. CRP is transitioning to provide field-based mobile crisis intervention teams throughout the county. A detailed email about system changes will be published shortly. With the introduction of the urgent care medication services and ACCESS assigning levels of care for all adults, persons served will be helped more quickly and should result in greater connection to the right-matched services. Due to this change in the system, providers need to contact ACCESS for all service referrals starting January 2, 2019.
      View Flyer
    • Save The Date - Jeff Rackmil's Retirement!
      A message brought to you by Child & Young Adult System of Care
      Jeff Rackmil is biting the bullet, pulling the plug, retiring!
      Date: Friday, March 29, 2019, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (venue to be determined)
      The fine print: Please respond to Elizabeth.Baumann@acgov.org no later than Wednesday, January 2, 2019! Your “yes” or “no” response does not constitute any kind of commitment on your part. We are merely trying to get an estimate of the numbers we’re talking about. While we want to be sure there is room for everyone, we also don’t want 50 people in a room that will easily take 150! Thank you very much for your response! We wish you a joyful, healthy and happy holiday and a prosperous 2019.
      View Flyer
    • Urgent Care Medication Services - Revised
      A message brought to you by Kate Jones, RN, MS Director, Adult and Older Adult System of Care
      Dear Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Stakeholders: We are pleased to announce a new urgent care pilot that will focus on providing short-term medications for same-day needs. We are introducing this pilot program with the intention of expanding the pilot to other county-operated locations this Spring.
      View memo
    • Interim TAY Division Director Announcement
      A message brought to you by Jeff Rackmil
      I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sun Hyung Lee, LCSW, MPH, to the position of Interim Transition Age Youth (TAY) Division Director. In this role, Sun will be responsible for the oversight of all services provided to TAY under the Child & Young Adult System of Care (CYASOC). Sun has been with Alameda County for almost a decade, as a Behavioral Health Clinician at Eden and Valley Children’s Services, a Program Contract Manager at the Network Office, and in her current role as a Program Specialist with the CYASOC. She also brings additional years of experience working in schools and CBOs serving children and TAY and coordinating programs in the field of public health. Please join me in congratulating Sun on her new role!
    • Dismantling Implicit Bias: and Healing Racial Trauma - Ken Hardy
      A message brought to you by the Office of Ethnic Services
      January 17, 2019 9:00am-4:00pm
      125 Twelfth St, Ste 400, Oakland Room, Oaklad, CA 94607

      This workshop addresses the role that race and implicit bias play in health inequities. What is implicit racial bias and how does it contribute to racial disparities, and why is it important for providers and communities to make them explicit and move beyond them? While mental health professionals are frequently viewed as more open to working with a wide range of demographic groups, research indicates that healthcare professionals exhibit the same levels of implicit racial bias as the general population.
      View Flyer
    • Training: Mental Health First Aid
      • Wednesday, January 9, 2019; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration at 8:45am)
        ADULT Mental Health First Aid Training
        Location: Creekside Plaza/HCSA offices, 1100 San Leandro Blvd., Redwood Room, San Leandro, CA 94577 DESCRIPTION: Adult Mental Health First Aid presents an overview of mental health and substance use issues in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use concerns. Participants will be taught a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in both crisis and non-crisis situations connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. AUDIENCE: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted CBO staff are welcome to attend To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to each training date
        View Flyer for more information
      • Thursday, February 21, 2019; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration at 8:45am)
        YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training
        Location: Creekside Plaza/HCSA offices, 1100 San Leandro Blvd., Redwood Room, San Leandro, CA 94577 DESCRIPTION: Youth Mental Health First Aid introduces participants who work with youth to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches participants how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. AUDIENCE: All classifications of Alameda County Behavioral Health and contracted To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to each training date
        View Flyer for more information
    • POCC Holiday & Cultural Celebration
      A message brought to you by Mary Hogden / Consumer Empowerment Dept
      Please plan to attend the ACBH Consumer Empowerment Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC) Holiday and Cultural Celebration that includes a nice hot meal, cultural entertainment, music and raffles on Thursday Dec. 20, 2018 , 10:00am to 3:00pm at St. Columba Church 6401 San Pablo Ave. Oakland, CA 94608. Consumers, family members and providers all welcome. We also have a toy drive where we collect donations that go to a homeless women and children's shelter. Please see flyers below. See you there
      View Flyer
      Toys For Tots Flyer
    • FY2018-2019 MHSA Plan Update
      A message brought to you by MHSA Team
      Alameda Behavioral Health Care Services invites you to review and comment on the MHSA Plan Update (FY2018-2019). Please email to MHSA@acgov.org any comments for the MHSA Plan Update (FY2018-2019). All comments will be received from December 6, 2018 until January 7, 2019.
    • From Color-Blindness to Cultural Humility and Cultural Competence
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      January 7 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
      Gail Steele Room 2000 Embarcadero
      A full-day workshop in which participants will explore themes of implicit racial bias and white privilege, particularly as it pertains to the delivery of behavioral health services and supports. This training is intended for administrators, counselors, program managers, program staff, and therapists.
      View Flyer
    • DYNAMIC MINDFULNESS – A Foundational Workshop
      A message brought to you by BHCS Children's Specialized Services and BHCS Training Unit
      Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm; (Sign in begins at 8:30am and workshop will begin promptly at 9:00am)
      LOCATION: BHCS 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, 94606 TRAINER: Colleen A. Sanford, LCSW, is a Dynamic Mindfulness Certified Trainer, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Colleen has been a BHCS employee since 2000. DESCRIPTION: Dynamic Mindfulness integrates mindful movement, breathing techniques, and meditation for stress management, self-care and healing from personal and secondary trauma. It is an evidence-based practice validated by neuroscience, trauma research, and somatic psychology. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: the target audience for this training is any Alameda County BHCS Staff who are interested in learning how to reduce their own stress and develop a mindfulness practice for themselves. To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com
      View Flyer for more information
    • ACBH Logo and Branding Updates
      A message brought to you by Sarah Linder, BHCS Interim Director's Office
      View memo
    • Beneficiary Engagement as a Continuous Quality Improvement Strategy
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      Beneficiary Engagement as a Continuous Quality Improvement Strategy for Improving Services to African Americans Thursday, November 29, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 1900 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 100 Brooklyn/Basin/Tilden Oakland, CA 94606
      This interactive and experiential training is designed to assist behavioral healthcare providers with developing and providing culturally sophisticated treatment to their African American clients through using beneficiary engagement as a continuous quality improvement (CQI) process.
      See flyer for more info
    • CAP and Behavioral Health Court to move to Adult System of Care
      A message brought to you by AFBH/AOASOC
      We would like to announce that the Court Advocacy Project (CAP) and Behavioral Health Court (BHC) will transfer to the Adult/Older Adult System of Care from Adult Forensic Behavioral Health effective October 15, 2018. We are excited about this move as it will enhance coordination and collaboration with the Adult/Older Adult System Of Care. CAP and BHC will continue to work closely with AFBH and the courts to develop alternatives to jail and connect justice involved individuals to community treatment services.
    • AC3 and AHS Pilot
      A message brought to you by Kate Jones, RN, MS, MSN, Director, Adult/Older Adult SOC, BHCS; and Melissa Vallas, MD, Crisis System Liaison, AC3
      Please click on the link to view a memo to Alameda Case Management/Care Coordination Providers, regarding Alameda County Care Connect and Alameda Health System pilot to engage patients receiving high numbers of crisis services at John George Psychiatric Pavilion.
      View memo
    • POCC Holiday and Cultural Celebration
      A message brought to you by BHCS Consumer Empowerment Dept. Pool of Consumer Champions
      Please plan to attend the BHCS Consumer Empowerment Pool of Consumer Champions Annual Holiday and Cultural Celebration on Dec. 20, 2018 from 10:00-3:00 at St. Columba Catholic Church 6401 San Pablo Ave. Oakland CA 94608, Consumers/Peers, Family and Providers all welcome. The POCC Elders are also gathering toys to be delivered to the women's and children's homeless shelter in Berkeley. Please bring to the cove room 470 or bring to the celebration if you would like or just come out and enjoy the food, music and activities. See you there
      View flyer
      View Toy For Tots flyer
    • New Program Announcement
      A message brought to you by ACBHCS Child and Young Adult System of Care
      Two new ACBHCS Child/Youth Full Service Partnership (FSP) WRAP PROGRAMS have been awarded to:
      1. Seneca - Birth to 8yo and;
      2. Fred Finch - 8-18yo.
      Both Programs are based on the Wraparound model of family engagement. To be eligible, Children/Youth must meet SED or Moderate-Severe Criteria, and meet the criteria on the referral form and have Full Scope Medi-Cal, or Indigent or Undocumented. All referrals for the FSP Wrap Programs will be reviewed and authorized by the Alameda County ACCESS Program (510) 346-1083FAX. Questions? Contact ACCESS at 1-(800) 491-9099.
    • PH, Office of HIV Services, RFP for Psychosocial Support and SUD Services
      The Alameda County, Public Health Department, Office of HIV Care has released an RFP for Ryan White Part A Psychosocial Support Services and Substance Abuse Outpatient Care. Services funded through this RFP should begin on March 1, 2019. The RFP can be accessed at the link below and is listed as RFP #RW0918PSSA. https://www.acgov.org/gsa_app/gsa/purchasing/bid_content/contractopportunities.jsp#goods
      If you are interested in applying for these funds please be sure to refer to the Calendar of Events on page 15, which lists key dates, including the upcoming Bidders Conferences.
      Thank you.
    • Listening to the Silence: Asian American Cultural Competency in Culture
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sign in begins at 8:45 Training starts promptly at 9:00am
      1900 Embarcadero Cove, Oakland Ca 94606 Suite 101, Brooklyn Basin/Tilden Room
      Description: Asian Americans are one of the most rapidly expanding racial group in the nation over the last decade and constitute nearly 6 percent of the U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012).
      *Please see flyer for more information*
    • TAY Division Director Resignation
      A message brought to you by Jeff Rackmil, CYASOC Director
      Alex Jackson, TAY Division Director for the Alameda County BHCS Child and Young Adult System of Care will be resigning from his position as of Friday October 5, 2018. Alex has taken a position in San Francisco and we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor. I want to personally thank Alex on behalf of BHCS for his years of service and dedication to wellness and recovery of our beneficiaries.
    • Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Empowerment Conference, Nov 29-30
      A message brought to you by ACBHCS Quality Management
      Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services invites you to attend the Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Empowerment Conference (APIMHEC) on November 29 and 30, 2018 at Hilton Oakland Airport. This event will convene providers, consumers, policymakers, and community members interested in improving and reducing disparities in mental health services for Asian and Pacific Islander communities across California. The conference is free and continuing education credits will be offered.
      Please see the attached flyer and our website https://www.apimhec.org/ for more information and registration.
    • Cultural and Clinical Factors Affecting Retention of African-Americans...
      A message brought to you by Office of Ethnic Services
      Training Description: This workshop will use a mix of didactic, audience response, small group, dyad and personal introspection exercises with the goal of pushing staff and managers of substance abuse treatment programs/systems to identify personal, programmatic, systemic and policy factors that are affecting the effectiveness of services. The workshop presents evidence-based strategies for addressing those challenges. Each learner will craft an action plan for initiating personal, programmatic, systemic and advocacy interventions in their professional setting as appropriate to their role.
      View flyer
    • Training: Law & Ethics for County Providers: HIPPA, Minor Consent, and 42 CFR Part 2
      Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 9:00 am-4:30 pm (Registration at 8:30am, Training promptly at 9:00am)
      A Free Training brought to you by the Alameda County BHCS Training Unit and Public Health Nursing
      6 CEs available for RNs, Addiction Professionals, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and Psychologists LOCATION: The California Endowment, 2000 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94612 DESCRIPTION: Topics will include a review of new legislation affecting healthcare providers and their clients including new rules affecting licensure and training, access to records, gender issues, mandated reporters, drug prescribing, and involuntary treatment. Also, information will be provided on minor consent and the new 42 CFR Part 2 substance use disorder confidentiality regulations. TRAINER: Linda Garrett, JD, Garrett Consulting Group and Risk Management Services. (See flyer for detailed description). AUDIENCE: Alameda County Public Health Nurses and BHCS SUD Providers. To REGISTER: go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com; open until filled. Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to the training date.
      VIEW FLYER for more information.
    • EQRO Site Review: October 30 - November 1, 2018
      A message brought to you by BHCS Quality Management
      The External Quality Review Organization (EQRO) is scheduled to visit BHCS from Tuesday, October 30 � Thursday, November 1, 2018. BHCS Staff and CBO providers will be requested to take part in the completion of required documents and participate in the site review sessions. Quality Management staff will be reaching out to respective individuals by email with further information. Please stay tuned.
    • Wednesday, December 5th, 2018; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration 8:00-8:30 am)
      YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training
      A Free Training brought to you by the BHCS Training Unit
      Location: BHCS Administrative Offices, 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101, Brooklyn Basin Room, Oakland, CA Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid introduces participants who work with youth to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches participants how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Audience: All classifications of BHCS and contracted CBO staff are welcome to attend To REGISTER: please go to http://alameda.netkeepers.com Registration DEADLINE is two (2) days prior to each training date
      View Flyer
    • FSP Transition Memo I 09/04/2018
      A message brought to you by Kate Jones
      To All BHCS Stakeholders and Staff: Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services would like to update you on the recent Full Service Partnership (FSP) awards and transition process. Please see the attached memo. Thank you!
    • Peer training and employment
      A message brought to you by Mary Hogden/POCC
      Don�t Miss This Opportunity for Peer Training and Employment The California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) is a non profit statewide consumer run advocacy organization. CAMHPRO�s mission is to transform communities and the system for all those affected by mental health issues by championing the work of consumer-run organizations. CAMHPRO strives to empower, support, and ensure the rights of consumers, eliminate stigma, and advance self-determination and choice. CAMHPRO invites applications for Alameda County Accelerated Peer Specialist Program (ACAPS) training.
      Fact sheet
      Participant Application
    • Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) Graduate Intern Stipend Program Application Announcement
      We are pleased to announce that the 2018-19 application cycle for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Graduate Intern Stipend Program is open. The application is available at: http://www.acbhcs.org/graduate-intern-stipend-program/
      The application deadline is: FRIDAY, October 12, 2018. Applications will not be accepted after this date.
      If you have any questions on the application process, eligibility or requirements, please contact Ebony Jacob, ACBHCS Internship Coordinator at: ebony.jacob@acgov.org or (510) 567-8093.
    • LMH Loan Repayment program - Application cycle open Aug 1- Oct 9, 2018
      A message brought to you by the BHCS Workforce Development unit
      The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is now accepting applications from Aug.1 - Oct. 9, 2018, for the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program (LMH). If you are a health professional working in an underserved area of Alameda County, have outstanding educational debt, and meet other important application criteria, you may be eligible to apply for up to $15,000 of loan repayment! HPEF will also host technical assistance calls to ask questions and assist with applications. Please see the attached documents for complete information and TA call schedule.
    • Call For Workshops for the 2nd Annual API MH Empowerment Conference
      A message brought to you by The Office Of Ethnic Services
      The Office of Ethnic Services wants to bring your attention to the 2nd Annual Asian and Pacific Islander Mental Health Empowerment Conference. CALL FOR WORKSHOPS
      Dear Community:
      Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services is bringing the second annual Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Mental Health Empowerment Conference to Oakland on November 29 and 30, 2018! This year�s theme is Unified In Resilience: Drawing Strength from our Communities.
      Please view attached letter.
    • SUD DMC-ODS Transition Page is Now Live
      The SUD DMC-ODS Transition page is now live. Please visit this page for guidance, memos and forms related to transitioning to the DMC-ODS.
    • API Mental Health Empowerment Conference: Call for Workshops
      A message brought to you by API Conference Program Committee
      ACBHCS is bringing the 2nd annual Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Mental Health Empowerment Conference to Oakland on November 29 and 30, 2018! This year�s theme is Unified In Resilience: Drawing Strength from our Communities.
      We invite you to forward this call for workshops to API providers you may think interested. For Submission Guidelines, view here.
      The workshop proposal should relate to the theme, �Unified In Resilience,� showcasing research, practices, and stories that enable APIs to draw resilience from our diverse communities to address mental health concerns.
    • Alameda County BHCS Provider Network Eating Disorder Specialist Recruitment
      Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services has an immediate need for qualified individual mental health providers/practitioners to become part of our fee-for-service Provider Network to provide outpatient eating disorder treatment to Alameda County youth and adults who are eligible for mental health benefits under Alameda County�s Mental Health Plan (MHP).
      Please help us circulate the announcement.
    • CLAS Training: Afghan Community
      A message brought to you by The Office Of Ethnic Services
      This is a workshop focused on the psychological problems of the Afghan population residing in Alameda County. The training is designed to help clinicians and professional entities working with the Afghan population to understand the various mental health challenges the Afghan refugees are experiencing. Lunch is provided
      View Flyer
    • Free Training with the Providers Clinical Support System
      Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS), a grant project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration launched a new, streamlined website to make educational resources, trainings, and mentoring on substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders easier for health care professionals to access. The model was created to address the opioid epidemic and give clinicians evidence-based resources and trainings they can apply to their clinical practices. Made up of a broad coalition of national health care organizations, PCSS represents over one million health professionals nationwide. Browse free resources and start training today.
    • Provider Resource: LGBTQ Youth
      Creating Home: Queer Identities, Families, and Spaces 2018 Films & Curriculum Now Available For Free!
      Click Here For More Information
    • Tobacco Guidelines for SUD Providers
      SUD contracted providers offer and provide treatment plan focused counseling sessions that are associated to client challenges and action steps designed to support recovery from SUD and relapse prevention. Clients whose recovery outcome may benefit by including tobacco use as a challenge (problem) in their treatment plan may receive tobacco related services from the DMC and/or SUD contracted provider. Group services may be provided when a client�s SUD symptoms and recovery potential are negatively impacted by Tobacco/Nicotine use. See Full Memo for Documentation Requirements.
    • Adolescent Suicide Prevention: Recognizing Teens at Risk and Responding Effectively
      The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is hosting a workshop on adolescent suicide prevention that will highlight techniques for early detection and intervention among young people at risk. The event will take place on January 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. To watch the livestream or video archive, click here.
    • Corrective Action Plan Drug Medi-Cal: BHCS Procedures
      BHCS is required to monitor and attest that DMC providers have implemented all DHCS approved Corrective Action Plans (CAP). The county monitoring efforts are intended to assist providers in the write-up of their CAP, assure implementation of the DHCS approved corrective actions, and to improve quality of service for clients. QA-BHCS staff provide technical assistance (TA) for both PSPP DMC DHCS Utilization Reviews and DMC TA DHCS Monitoring visits. See Full Memo
    • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
      See flyer
    • MHSA Three Year Plan FY 17/18-19/20
      Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services invites you to review and comment on the FY17-20 MHSA THREE YEAR PLAN.
      Please email any comments on the FY17-20 MHSA THREE YEAR PLAN to MHSA@acbhcs.org.
      All comments must be submitted by 2/16/18.
    • Winter 2017 Alameda County IPS Collaborative Newsletter
      I'm excited to share our latest newsletter, which highlights our ten BHCS Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment programs. This issue includes client success stories from FACT, BOSS and Telecare STRIDES; team spotlights from BACS, Telecare CHANGES, Abode, and Fred Finch Youth Center; an employer feature; and other exciting tidbits.
      View Newsletter
    • New DHCS Notices Re: SUD Services
      DHCS recently shared the following:
      • 42 CFR Part 2- Judicial Districts in California. Alameda County is in the Northern District of California. The provider must provide contact information in case of a complaint or breach of confidentiality to the beneficiary / client.
      • Fair Hearing Rights � the notice provides the new DHCS address and contact information that must be provided to the beneficiary when or if there is a change in benefit. Dated 11/13/2017
    • Building Hope / Construyendo Esperanza

      We are happy to announce that Alameda County Early Childhood Consultation and Treatment Program (ECCTP) has a new name� Building Hope / Construyendo Esperanza

      We will continue providing early childhood home-based and clinic-based mental health services, as well as mental health consultation in early care and education (child care) programs in Alameda County.
           � Same Program
           � Same Great Staff
           � Same RU
           � Deb Yates, Supervisor 510.481.4203

      Our flyer for distribution.
    • CJMH has changed it's name: ADULT FORENSIC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (AFBH)
      View Memo
    • Trauma Informed Care Website
      Trauma Informed Care Website
      We are pleased to announce that BHCS has re-launched the Alameda County Trauma Informed Care website. Information and resources about Trauma Informed Care are posted in the following sections: Trauma Informed Care, Trauma Informed Agencies, Caregivers & Providers, Trauma Survivors & Family, and Resources.
      On the site, you will find answers to questions like �what is trauma?� and �what�s the difference between trauma treatment and trauma informed care?�
      Learn about how trauma impacts mental and physical health, trauma specific interventions, the fundamentals of a trauma informed agency, relevant webinars and trainings, vicarious trauma support, tips for self-care, and recommended learning resources.
      To access the website, go to the following link www.AlamedaCountyTraumaInformedCare.org
      For more information and questions, please contact Lori DeLay, BHCS Trauma Informed Care Coordinator, ldelay@acbhcs.org
    • Voices from the Village
      The Prevention Unit invites you to view its recently completed video featuring the work of BHCS� Substance Use Disorder Primary Prevention providers. The Voices from the Village Video and Companion Program Guide was supported with Primary Prevention funds and was executive produced by Kelly Robinson in collaboration with the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture, which served as the project lead. Voices from the Village highlights the ways in which community-based organizations build successful prevention programming around the indigenous protective factors that exist in culture and community.

      View the video at the link: https://youtu.be/Nd6pm0dOQRo?list=PLHg1Ljgslk9srqBknr7cBgAqvqlndU8R_

      For more information please contact: Kelly Robinson, Program Specialist � Prevention.
      Krobinson@acbhcs.org; (510) 383-1792.
    • HIPAA Breach Report Policy updated QA�s HIPAA Breach Report Policy updated with 2014 DHCS reporting form and link to hhs.gov, federal reporting form - see QA Manual Page, Section 11-5
    • ACBHCS Vocational Program Summer Newsletter
      ACBHCS Vocational Program presents our latest biannual newsletter.
    • Special Training Announcements: New Online Registration System and Legal Training Announcement
      The BHCS Training Unit is pleased to announce that we are streamlining the registration process for our trainings through a new online registration system available now at the link below. We have collaborated with the Alameda County Training & Education Center on this process and want to thank them for their assistance with helping us to launch this new system! With this system, all BHCS employees at both county units and community-based organizations can access the online registration system and have the ability to self-register for BHCS training events, see a personalized training record and more. If you have attended one of our BHCS training activities in the past or if you are a county unit employee, you may have already received an email about this system and can �log in� (at the link below) with that information to register for a new training. If you have never attended a BHCS training activity before, then to access this system, a user profile and a password must be created at the link below and then you can log in to the system whenever you would like to register for a training in the future:

      To log-in, click on this link: http://alameda.netkeepers.com/TPOnline/TPOnline.dll/Home

      The Training Registration Guide with instructions on how to create a user profile and password and how to register for a training activity is attached at http://www.acbhcs.org/Training/training_reg_guide.htm.

      For questions, please contact trainingunit@acbhcs.org with the subject header �Online Registration�.

      --The BHCS Training Unit

    • Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Geriatric Assessment & Response Team (GART)
      Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Geriatric Assessment & Response Team (GART) has moved to the Gail Steele Wellness and Recovery Center, 409 Jackson St, #200, Hayward, CA 94544, effective 5/1/12. The administrative phone number is (510) 891-5650. QIC code is 50802. Business hours are 8:30-5:00 M-F

    • The Quality Assurance Office is reintroducing the Consumer and Family Assistance Phone Line.
      More Information