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1421 Final Recommendations and the RDA Planning Process Report

Public Comment Open – Unaccompanied Youth Mental Health

Alameda County Healthcare Services Agency, working closely with the Board of Supervisors, has proposed the inclusion of a new program in the MHSA FY 14-15 Plan Update to address the mental health needs of unaccompanied youth who are entering Alameda County and enrolling in local public schools.

Please review the program and submit your comments by visiting and going to the “Document” Tab or by Clicking Here

All substantive comments received by December 17 will be included and addressed in the final Plan submission to the State of California, Department of Mental Health.

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November 17 Town Hall Forum
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Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP), Application Information Workshops

The Alameda County Workforce, Education and Training (WET) unit is pleased to announce that three (3) MHLAP application workshops will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014, to provide information to applicants about Alameda County’s eligibility criteria, MHLAP application process and answer your questions. Special guest, Tino Raya, the OSHPD Program Officer of MHLAP will also be assisting to answer questions and aid in the application process. You can attend any of the three workshops.
Location: 1900 Embarcadero, Ste 101 “Brooklyn Basin” room, Oakland 94606.
Times (attend one): 9am -10am, 10am -11am, 11am – 12pm. Registration is not required to attend the workshops.
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State Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) Announcement

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Announcing two free and special training opportunities:

  1. Practical Tips for Helping Clients on General Assistance to Qualify for SSI: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 1:30 – 3:30pm; Location: 2000 Embarcadero Cove, 4th fl, Gail Steele Room, Oakland; presented by Steven Weiss, Atty; 2 CE credits for LCSW, MFT, LPCC, CAADAC and RNs. View Flyer for more information and registration information.
  2. Law & Ethics for County Behavioral Health &Health Care Providers; Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 9:00am – 12:00noon; Location: 125-12th Street, 4th fl, Oakland; presented by Linda J. Garrett, JD; . 3 CE credits provided for LCSW, MFT, RN, CAADAC, Psychologists. View Flyer for more information and registration information.

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.