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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: ACBHCS is sponsoring a two day conference focused on spirituality and recovery: The Spirituality Factor: Weaving Spirituality & Behavioral Health Using Evidence & Practice; Thursday and Friday, October 9 & 10, 2014; 8:30am-4:30pm both days; Allen Temple Family Life Center, Oakland, California; see flyer for more information and registration information; Open Until Filled:
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FRIENDLY REMINDER ----There are only two (2) weeks left to apply for the graduate intern stipend program, so get your applications in today!!

The application deadline for the graduate internship stipend is Friday, September 26, 2014. Applications will not be accepted after this date. We are pleased to announce that the 2014-15 application for the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Graduate Intern Stipend Program is now posted on the following link:

http://www.acbhcs.org/internships/grad_intern_stipend.htm
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Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) Graduate Intern Stipend Program Application Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the 2014-15 application for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Graduate Intern Stipend Program is now available at: http://www.acbhcs.org/internships/grad_intern_stipend.htm.

The application deadline is: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

If you have any questions on the application process or requirements, please contact Sanjida Mazid, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Workforce, Education and Training Manager at: smazid@acbhcs.org or (510) 567-8071.

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Early Connections received a Gold ECCO award for Excellence in Community Communication and Outreach (ECCO) awarded by SAMHSA

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North County Crisis Response Program 

BHCS North County Crisis Response Program will move to Eastmont, 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 125A in Oakland CA 94605 on June 12, 2014. The new main telephone number is (510)383-5020 and the Fax number is (510)383-5022. 

New Resources Available for Providers Working with Consumers with Eating Disorders

We are pleased to announce that BHCS is strengthening its capacity to serve consumers diagnosed with Eating Disorders (ED). Our goal is to build internal ED assessment and treatment capacity within BHCS and its contracted providers and to increase the level of care options available for consumers. As of May 1, 2014 the following consultation services are available to all county clinicians, including county funded CBO clinicians and Level III Network providers. This consultation service will be available until April 30, 2015. We strongly encourage clinicians with an interest in ED treatment &/or who are currently serving clients diagnosed with ED to utilize these consultation and training services.
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CHOICES for Community Living “is a large scale pilot project in Alameda County’s Adult mental health system. Its primary objectives are to promote wellness and recovery for mental health consumer participants and to bring about organizational transformation directly.”

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Transition Age Youth System of Care

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Children's System of Care

The Children’s System of Care (CSOC) 2009-2012 Strategic Plan and EPSDT expansion and augmentation guideline are available.
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BHCS Office of Consumer Relations

One page summary of the BHCS Office of Consumer Relations.
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BHCS Office of Family Relations

One page summary of the BHCS Office of Family Relations.
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BHCS Co-Occurring Conditions Initiative

One page summary of the BHCS Co-Occurring Conditions Initiative.
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ACBHCS - African American Utilization Study Project

ACBHCS Cultural Competency Committee begins a Utilization Study Project to address the behavioral health care needs of the African American community.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to maximize the recovery, resilience and wellness of all eligible Alameda County residents who are developing or experiencing serious mental health, alcohol or drug concerns.


Mandated Services

The level of mandated services is prescribed by AB 1288 and related Realignment legislation. AB 1288 requires the County to fund Mental Health Services up to amounts received via its Realignment allocation, mandated matching funds set according to a base year and any applicable third party revenues that are available. The mandated services that are required to be funded include: psychiatric crisis or emergency care, inpatient care, outpatient/day care, case management, conservatorship, administration and evaluation. Within these seven mandated service areas, there are a variety of specific mandates such as staffing standards, quality assurance standards, and a host of reporting and general practice standards.

Discretionary funding has been used to augment the seven basic departmental services and other program services, such as housing support services and Community-Based Organization stabilization. Continuation of this funding level and service support is at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors.