in Spotlight On: Work Supports Wellness, Spring 2016 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. Individuals with mental health challenges may struggle with poverty and employment. Here you will find stories of success in helping them obtain and keep jobs. The result: individuals are contributing members of society and feel useful, competent and proud. In addition, one story describes county efforts to build and expand the public behavioral health workforce. 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: Work Supports Wellness articles on this website were published as a newsletter.

mazid & magnana From the Director’s Desk
I am privileged to serve Alameda County as the Director of Behavioral Health Care Services. For our county residents living with a mental health challenge, finding the ingredients that result in wellness is important. As for many of us, working at something that is meaningful to you can bring you a sense of purpose that will anchor you.
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mazid & magnana Building the Behavioral Health Workforce
Workforce Education & Training (WET) helps Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS) develop programs to build and expand the public behavioral health workforce.
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Hope and recovery for the homeless Wellness and Work go Hand in Hand
Individuals with mental health challenges often struggle with poverty and unemployment. Although many people want to work, they might need some extra help to get there. The Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Vocational Program staff successfully help people find and maintain regular jobs in their communities. Individuals don’t need to have recent work experience.
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Family's Fear Peers: Transforming Hurt to Help
Consumers, individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, work as peer counselors in Alameda County. They are an essential resource for recovery and work with clients to help them develop new meaning and purpose for their lives.
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Family's Fear Employer Spotlight
Dog Day Care Shines in Hiring Practices
Lauren Westreich, the owner of Every Dog Has Its Day Care in Oakland, takes pride in her business and cares for each dog like a family member.
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Family's Fear Family Partners
Training family members to help the next waveof families in need
Family Partners are parents or caregivers who provide support to families with children ages birth through 21, who receive services in the Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare System.
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Family's Fear Ashley King

For five years, Ashley King was a 7th grade science teacher in East Oakland. “I had wonderful students who needed more services and care than I could provide as a teacher with 30-35 children in a classroom,” King says.
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MHSA prevention chart 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

Mental Health Association of Alameda County

The Pacific Center
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From the Director's Desk

Building the Behavioral Health Workforce

Wellness and Work Go Hand in Hand

Peers: Transforming Hurt to Help

Employer Spotlight
Employment and Education Resources

Family Partners

Ashley King

Mental Health Information & Resources

CRISIS & URGENT CARE and Support Services

What is the Mental Health Services Act?
Employment Supports Wellness

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