(Note from Executive Director: CAMHPRO continues to advocate for the peer voice in all aspects of mental health policy at the state level. With a strong stance of opposition to Senate Bill 326 and 43, CAMHPRO has been present at hearings and representing our members in meetings with legislators and policy makers to voice concerns and to offer solutions and changes. Most recently, CAMHPRO, as part of the Peers Advocating for Rights and Recovery (PARR) coalition, joined in a convening on Aug. 22 for hearings about Senate Bill 326. PARR partners, including CalVoices, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of California, Mental Health America of California, California Youth Empowerment Network, and Disability Rights California, invited peers from across the state to join at the event in solidarity with t-shirts and speaking up during the hearings. Groups met in front of the Capitol building throughout the day to support each other and to network. Katy Sommerfeld, CAMHPRO Office Administrator, participated in the event and was later invited to be a witness at a hearing the following week. This is a story of her experience and observations.)
Published on: 09/06/2023 | Category: Announcements Mental Health
A few months ago I wrote about Sacramento County’s new Adult Outpatient Services Transformation: Community Outreach Recovery Empowerment (CORE) Program. According to the website, there are now 7 open, there will be 11 in total. The organizations that got contracts for these new Outpatient Mental Health Programs and co-located Wellness Centers are: El Hogar(2), Turning Point(3), Hope Cooperative(3) and Bay Area Community Services(3).However, there has been some confusion regarding the status of our community's Wellness Recovery Centers (WRC).
Published on: 03/28/2023 | Category: Mental Health
Many in the Peer Community know me for two things: being involved with music and being dedicated to destigmatizing the experiences of hearing voices, seeing things others don’t, special messages etc. that are usually labeled as “psychosis.” I am very open with sharing my story and can get candid about many of the difficulties I’ve faced in my life. However, there is a big part of my story I tend to skip over in public spaces. I was in an abusive relationship for seven years, from the year 2008 until 2015.
Published on: 03/03/2023 | Category: Articles Mental Health