Stories in Spotlight On: Hope and Wellness, Fall/Winter 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: Hope and Wellness articles on this website were published as a newsletter.

Dr. Karyn L. Tribble Seasoned Innovator Joins County Leadership
Dr. Karyn L. Tribble, Deputy Director of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS), joined the department this past May and has worked in health and mental health for more than 20 years. “When I came here, the staff and community welcomed me with open arms,” Tribble says.
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Hope and recovery for the homeless Hope and Recovery for the Homeless
Full-Service Partnerships (FSPs) are designed to do ‘whatever it takes’ to improve residential stability, mental health and health results for some of the hardest to reach men and women in Alameda County. Some have been homeless and/or formerly incarcerated. Research and experience has shown vulnerable individuals are best assisted with a mix of treatments and supports—services that make wellness and recovery a reality for people living with mental health conditions. In the year 20014–2015, FSPs, which are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), served 400 people in Alameda County.
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Family's Fear Promoting Wellness for the African American Community
The Steering Committee recommends that the Wellness Hub be designed with satellite offices to meet the health needs of African Americans across the county. The Wellness Hub services would be offered in welcoming and nurturing environments. Staff would be hired who understand the cultural nuances and values embraced by African Americans.
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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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Seasoned Innovator Joins County Leadership

Hope and Recovery for the Homeless

Promoting Wellness for the African American Community

Mental Health Information & Resources

CRISIS & URGENT CARE and Support Services

From the Director's Desk
2014 MHSA Articles
2015 MHSA Articles