LIVE Webinar starts at 11 am 8/15! Optimize your CA Peer Run Organization to Push a Unified State Peer Voice

Upcoming webinar “Optimize your CA Peer Run Organization to Push a Unified State Peer Voice.” This event takes place on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 11 am – 12 pm PT. The live event will be recorded, and the recording link, which includes the live chat feed and the presenters’ information, will be sent to all registrants after the event.
Please review the instructions below and join us at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the webinar to ensure any technical issues can be addressed.
Virtual Meeting Room:
The event will be held in an Adobe Connect virtual meeting room. Adobe Connect offers an “add-in” software that you can download and install, to have a smoother viewing experience. This software is NOT REQUIRED to attend the event.
If you’d like to install Adobe Connect on your system, please click this link to begin:
If you have installed Adobe Connect, you can use this room link on event day:
If you would like to access the virtual meeting room WITHOUT downloading Adobe Connect, use this room link:
We recommend using INTERNET EXPLORER on Windows computers, or SAFARI on Macintosh computers, to access Adobe Connect. Adobe Connect does not work as well in CHROME.
When you arrive at the log-in screen, you can “Enter as a Guest.” Type your full name in the text box that says guest and click “Enter Room” directly below. You do not need a login to join the conference. Participants are admitted to the room 2-3 minutes prior to the start of the event. If you arrive earlier, you may request entrance and wait for the meeting host to open the room. It’s ok to wait – you’re in the right place.
Audio Support:
Participants in the Adobe Meeting Room are able to access the audio via the speakers on their computers. We also have a phone line available if you do not have speakers on your computers or are experiencing issues with audio quality.  To call in to the audio conference, dial 1-888- 407-5039 and enter participant code: 899-75-631#.

Need to Talk to a Peer? CA Warmlines!

This List is copied from the National Empowerment Center

Project Return Peer Support Network 

2677 1/2 Zoe Ave
Huntington Park, CA 90255
Project Return Peer Support Website

Now accepting calls nationwide
Warmline hours
Monday-Friday 5p-10pm; Saturday 11am-4pm
(888) 448-9777 English
(888) 448-4055 Spanish

The OC Warmline – NAMI Orange County

(714) 991-6412
9am to 3am Monday-Friday;
10am to 3am Saturday and Sunday
Languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Farsi
Interpreter Services available

Peer Warmline Connection

(707) 565-4466
Friday – Sunday evenings, 5:30pm-9:30pm

San Diego Warmline for San Diego residents

(619) 295-1055
Open 3:30 PM to 11:00 PM 7 days a week.

San Joaquin

(209) 468-3585 or 1(888) 468-9370
Operating 24/7 since July of 2008.
For local San Joaquin County residents only.

Northern Valley Talk Line

Butte County, California
A confidential non-crisis peer support network.
You are not alone, we are here to listen.

Toll Free: 1-855-582-5554
Open 4:30 pm-9:30 pm 7days/week 365 days/year
Talk line is funded by Butte County Mental Health & MHSA funding

Recognizing Disability:IN for best practices on Disability Equality Index

CAMHPRO would like to recognize Disability:IN for their accomplishments.
Disability: IN publishes disability inclusion best practices from the top-scoring companies of the Disability Equality Index. Today (July 26, 2018), in celebration of the 28th anniversary of the ADA, we have published best practices for disability inclusion from top corporations. These best practices come from top-scoring companies of the Disability Equality Index, a joint initiative between Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities.
We hope you find the best practices useful.
Leading corporations participate in the DEI in order to benchmark their disability inclusion efforts. Read more about the DEI and register your company to participate: Register here
We aim to achieve disability inclusion and equality in business.
We’re IN. Are you? 

A TOOLKIT for Evaluating Programs Meant to Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness (pdf article)


Anti-stigma programs have exploded in the United States as well as across the world in the past decade. Now needed is a more strategic approach to stigma change, consideration of evaluation strategies that demonstrate its effectiveness. An evidence-based approach has two purposes.

• Using carefully crafted methods and design, conduct efficacy and effectiveness data on individual anti-stigma approaches to inform policy makers about approaches that should be supported by public funds.

• Collect evidence that a specific approach has benefits in the setting in which it is being used. We would expect, for example, that Dr. Jones would use a depression measure like the Beck Depression Inventory overtime to demonstrate the amelioration of Ms. Smith’s disorder in response to a medication. So too is the need for collecting data over time that shows stigma decreases as a result of the anti-stigma approach; e.g., stigmatizing attitudes diminishes with a group of employers from the Rotary International in Evanston after they participate in the Personal Story Program” (PSP)1. Research and evaluation on all aspects of stigma and stigma change are only genuine and of value when stakeholders of all stripes…

– consumers, survivors and ex-patients – family members and friends

– service providers and administrators – other groups of advocates

– legislators and other government officials are included in the research. Participation here not only includes focus groups but also as active investigators in the research.

This toolkit provides measures that help advocates to examine the impact of anti-stigma approaches at the local level; for example, whether employer stigma changes after participating in In Our Own Voice (IOOV). These instruments also have value in more rigorous research meant to inform policy makers. Corrigan has the copyrights to all the measures and extends permission to use the measures in any way that promotes careful evaluation of stigma and stigma programs. Measures are provided here so that they might be directly copied and handed out to research participants.


by Patrick Corrigan, Illinois Institute of Technology. Note: Revised February 3, 2012

This work was made possible by grants MH62198-01 and MH085981 for the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment, plus MH66059-01 and AA014842-01 with P. Corrigan, P.I. All the materials herein solely represent the research and subsequent opinion of the P.I.

A Resource: National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE)

About the Consortium

One of the greatest barriers to people in recovery is the stigma of mental illness.  Personal empowerment is one of the best ways to overcome the stigma.  The National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE) is a research group meant to promote recovery by understanding stigma and promoting empowerment.

National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment Website

Information per Karin

Honoring the Memory of Commissioner Linford Gayle of San Mateo County ~ MHSOAC ~ July 26 at 9 a.m.

The Commission will recognize the work and contributions of the late
Commissioner Emeritus Linford Gayle who passed away April 4, 2018. “

Held during the MHSOAC monthly meeting at:
1325 J Street STE 1700, Sacramento
17th Floor: Steinberg Room

“The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission is honoring Linford Gayle, who passed away in April 2018. Linford was a San Mateo County, California, and National hero in the consumer/survivor movement. Linford was one of the first two consumers appointed to the MHSOAC and became its Chair. He also was a founding member of the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations, and served as its Vice Chair. His modeling of recovery inspired and gave hope to thousands of consumers. Many of his friends and colleageues will be at the Commission to honor him and speak at the public comment time. 
MHSOAC Agenda  July 26
9:00 AM Recognition of Commissioner Emeritus Linford Gayle 
  • Vice Chair Aslami-Tamplen
  • Jairo Wilches, Committee Member, California Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative
  • Suzanne Aubry, Director, Office of Consumer and Family Affairs
  • Claudia Saggese, Coordinator, Office of Consumer and Family Affair
Message generated from Sally Zinman

Information on Alternatives to Suicide Training and Support Groups

If you are interested in learning more about the Alternatives to Suicide approach, check out this Webinar offered by Alternatives to Suicide trainers/facilitators, Janice Sorensen and Sean Donovan.

Co-sponsored with the National Empowerment Center

Western Massachusetts Alternatives

to Suicide Webinar

Western Mass Alternatives Webpage

Power Point print out on Alternatives to Suicide Peer-Peer Groups