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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:

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: 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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Alameda County BHCS and BEST Now partners with Mental Health Association San Francisco Awarded Peer Personnel Preparation RFP

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and BEST Now, our County’s primary peer specialist training program, an organization of Alameda Network of Mental Health Clients, have partnered with primary bidder: Mental Health Association, San Francisco (MHASF), in their application for the “Peer Personnel Preparation RFP,” a grant designed by the Office of Statewide Health and Planning Development (OSHPD). We are proud to announce that MHASF was one of four awardees of this contract. This contract was designed to develop career pathways for peer positions through training, education, and placement in the public mental health system. Our hope is that this contract will increase the number of mental health consumers hired in Alameda County while strengthening our peer specialist program, BEST Now. Additionally, the RFP will strengthen our collaborative relationships and networking capacity with other counties and programs. Our fellow public grant partners with MHASF include: San Francisco and Marin County, and the City of Berkeley. For more information about the project please contact Khatera Aslami, Office of Consumer Empowerment or Andree Reyes, Workforce Education & Training Unit.

FY 13/14 EQRO Final Report

The California External Quality Review Organization (EQRO) completed its annual site review on September 25th-27th 2013. Medicaid Managed Care regulations require our California Medicaid State Agency (the Department of Health Care Services - DHCS) to complete an annual “external quality review” of services provided by county Mental Health Plans (MHPs). BHCS is a Mental Health Plan. The regulations also require the EQRO Site Review to assess MHP performance across four areas: quality, outcomes, timeliness of services, and access.
We invite you to read the Final Report, below:

South County Crisis Response Has Moved

South County Crisis Response has moved to 409 Jackson St. Hayward, CA 94544 effective 3/22/12. The administrative phone number is (510) 891-5600. QIC code is 50801. Business hours are 8:30-5:00 M-F.

New Fax Number For TAY referrals (510) 383-2820

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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.