Stories in Spotlight On: Prevention, Summer 2015 edition of Alameda County MHSA newsletter

These stories highlight some of the ways Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) funding is improving the quality of life for Alameda County residents who live with a mental illness. These are accounts of successful outreach to assist people before the development of a serious and ongoing mental health concern. The result: people are given tools to reduce their anguish, to tackle adversities and to be resilient. Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) funds the programs described here with MHSA money. The Mental Health Services Act monies are collected from a 1 percent tax placed on Californians with a personal income above $1 million. The Spotlight on Prevention articles on this website were published as a newsletter.

Breaking Barriers New Leadership For Our Multicultural County
Manuel Jiménez, Jr., the director of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services for more than a year, came to working in the mental health field by a circuitous route. Born in Gustine, California in the San Joaquin Valley, his family moved to Arcata when he was in the second grade. His first job was delivering newspapers and his second job was working in a Mexican restaurant. He is the second to the youngest of five brothers and sisters.
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Office Ledbetter Walk for Wellness Highlights 10 x 10 Campaign
“We want to motivate people living with a mental health or substance use concern to move their body, eat well and have fun,” said Colette Winlock, Health and Human Resources Education Center’s executive director. The 4th Annual “We Move for Health” event for consumers, family members and program staff took place in May. HHREC and Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services sponsored it. Those participating warmed up with stretching, and did Zumba and chair yoga before walking Lake Merritt and enjoying music and speakers. In the U.S., people with serious mental health challenges die on average 25 years younger than the general population of chronic health conditions (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, HIV and AIDS).
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Family's Fear Reaching Underserved Ethnic/Language Populations
Many immigrants and refugees in Alameda County are limited in English, which makes mental health outreach activities challenging. “If we don’t think ‘outside the box’ on how to reach and engage these unserved and underserved communities in a culturally sensitive manner, many individuals and families could be left in the dark,” said Tracy Hazelton, Prevention Manager for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. “What might start as stress or anxiety may develop into a more serious mental health concern.” Two of the Underserved Ethnic/Language Populations programs are described here.
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Caring For The Caregivers Everyone Counts!
Funded by Mental Health Services Act monies, the Everyone Counts Campaign activities are designed to change attitudes towards people with mental health challenges. Below are examples of current Campaign activities.
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Golden Gift Mental Health Information & Resources
Family Education and Resource Center (FERC)
Warm-line: 1-888-896-3372

Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Local affiliates in Alameda County
M–F, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

Improving Outcomes for African Americans—Innovative Community-Based Learning
Opportunities to receive funding for staff training. 510-567-8100
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New Leadership for Our Multicultural County

Walk for Wellness Highlights 10 x 10 Campaign

Reaching Underserved Ethnic/Language Populations

Everyone Counts!

Mental Health Information & Resources

CRISIS & URGENT CARE and Support Services

2014 MHSA Articles