ABCs of Advocacy

“CAMHPRO’s ABC’s of Advocacy” is a series of three webinars on the basics and details of how you can participate in the California community program planning process in a meaningful and effective manner. These three webinars are interactive through polling, questions and answers, and prompt you to take the next steps. These webinars also serve as pre-requisite training for CAMHPRO’s local onsite five-hour workshop, “Delivering Your ABC’s of Advocacy” to be held later this year.

Webinar A: Advocacy Basics
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August 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM

  • What is advocacy, who are stakeholders and why advocate.
  • Consumer roots of the law, the Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) and regulations for Stakeholder involvement in planning mental health services.
  • A bird’s eye view of who the County decision-makers are and how you can participate.
  • Access to basic terms and acronyms used in Behavioral Health and where you can go to find county contacts.

Webinar B: Best Community Planning Practices
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September 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM

  • Types of County meetings and various stakeholder participation or roles
  • Meeting mechanics, culture and etiquette
  • MHSA stakeholder community planning best principles & practices applied to different stakeholder roles.
  • What to look for in county budgets and plans.
  • More resources to become a meaningful stakeholder

Webinar C: Community Planning; How to Work It
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September 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM

  • More on applying the MHSA community planning best principles & practices
  • How you compose and give public comment.
  • How you get on decision-making boards/councils.
  • Next steps to being a meaningful stakeholder.



Delivering the ABCs of local advocacy for effective participation in community planning workshop

Wednesday, May 17
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
REGISTER HERE!

MERCED COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & RECOVERY SERVICES
1137 B STREET, MERCED, CA 95341





Previously recorded Webinar AB&C

WEBINAR “C” RECORDING:
What you will learn:

  • Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) stakeholder community planning best principles & practices applied to different stakeholder roles.
  • Different types of County meetings
  • Stakeholder roles in County meetings
  • How to prepare for County meetings
  • What to look for in county plans and budgets

Documents:
Glossary Terms of Mental Health System
Best Community Planning Principles & Practices
Public Comment Preparation Sheet
Sample & Template Action Plan (revised)
How To Work It PowerPoint Slides
Sample Video of Public Comment by Khatera Aslami




WEBINAR “B” RECORDING:
What you will learn:

  • Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) stakeholder community planning best principles & practices applied to different stakeholder roles.
  • Different types of County meetings
  • Stakeholder roles in County meetings
  • How to prepare for County meetings
  • What to look for in county plans and budgets

Documents:
Exhibit A. Intro to STAKE Espanol
Glossary Terms of Mental Health System 8.22.16
Intro to STAKE
MHSA Best Community Planning Principles and Practices
STAKE B Best Community Planning 8.31.16 Final




WEBINAR “A” RECORDING:
What you will learn:

  • What is advocacy, who are ‘stakeholders’ and why advocate.
  • The consumer roots of the law, the Mental Health Service Act (MHSA), and regulations that give Stakeholders the right to help plan mental health services.
  • A bird’s eye view of who the County decision-makers are and how you can participate.
  • Access to basic terms and acronyms used in Behavioral Health and where you can go to find county contacts.
  • AdvocacyAsserting yourself to get your needs or others’ needs met.

  • Stakeholders: All those affected by mental health issues, consumers, family members and others.

  • Due to inhumane treatment and false beliefs the Consumer movement rose, leading to the mental health recovery movement with key values that include hope, empowerment, respect, choice, social connections, self-determination

  • Consumers pushed Prop. 63: Mental Health Services Act (MHSA): This is the law to change the system to be recovery-based and consumer and family-driven, that engages underserved groups with funding from a tax on millionaires.

  • The MHSA Core Values are based on consumer & family values

  • The MHSA demands a robust community stakeholder planning process, but all counties do it differently.
  • All Counties are mandated to include meaningful stakeholder participation in planning, budgeting and implementation of mental health services with key regulations for public input on annual and 3-year plans before approval.

Documents:
Exhibit A. Intro to STAKE Espanol
Glossary Terms of Mental Health System 8.22.16
History of Movement
Mental Health Services Act Basics 8.17.16
STAKE A Advocacy Basics Final