Third ACAPS Cohort: Application due Sept. 7!

Alameda County Accelerated
Peer Specialist Program (ACAPS)

Third cohort begins in October 2018.

Fact Sheet for ACAPS Letterhead

ACAPS Third Cohort APPLICATION (click here)

Don’t miss out on the final opportunity to participate in ACAPS, a training and placement program.

The California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) is a non profit statewide consumer run advocacy organization. CAMHPRO’s  mission is to transform communities and the system for all those affected by mental health issues by championing the work of consumer-run organizations. CAMHPRO strives to empower, support, and ensure the rights of consumers, eliminate stigma, and advance self-determination and choice.

CAMHPRO invites applications for Alameda County Accelerated Peer Specialist Program (ACAPS) training and employment placement opportunity.  CAMHPRO is proud to partner with Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients, Bay Area Community Services, Best NOW!, La Familia, Peers Empowerment and Recovery Services, and the Pool of Consumer Champions/ACBHCS in this Project.

Circulate to any mental health consumer/peer who might be interested.

Applications are due soon

September 7, 2018!

THE FACTS

  1. ACAPS is a CAMHPRO 18 month program funded by the Office of Statewide Planning and Development.
  2. The goal of ACAPS is engagement, training and placement in Alameda County’s public mental health system of peer specialists who bring a wide array of lived experience to their
  3. ACAPS is a partnership of CAMHPRO; Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC), Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS); La Familia;   Best NOW!/Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients;  the Berkeley Drop-In Center and Reaching Across, Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients; Peers Envisioning and Engaging Recovery Services (PEERS);and Bay Area Community Services (BACS).
  4. ACAPS will offer a three part training program that includes 1) 60-hour Introductory Peer Specialist Intensive 2) Three-day Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) and 3) a 40-hour advanced skills training in peer support for people experiencing crisis, distress and suicidality. These trainings will be offered to three (3) different cohorts.
  5. ACAPS will place 40 people with lived experience in programs throughout Alameda County. These positions can be volunteer (stipend).
  6. Potential placements include: 15 peers at La Familia programs, including the peer respite; two (2) peers at drop in centers in southern and northern Alameda County run by Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients; 20 peers at the Pool of Consumer Champions (POOC): and, at a minimum, six (6) peers placed in different programs of Bay Area Community Services (BACS), one being a residential crisis facility.
  7. Services also include career counseling at the time of training and throughout the program, and support once a person is employed.

Fact Sheet for ACAPS Letterhead

ACAPS Third Cohort APPLICATION (click here)

Circulate to any mental health consumer/peer who might be interested.

Sept. 6: SAMHSA’s Kick-Off for Recovery Month “Join the Voices for Recovery”

Join SAMHSA’s kick-off for Recovery Month on September 6 at 10.a.m. through a livestream event.

Panelists will discuss the benefits that their SAMHSA-funded treatment and recovery programs bring to their community. The kick-off event exemplifies the 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” which explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. For more information on Recovery Month, or to access materials or find events in your community, visit the Recovery Month website at https://recoverymonth.gov.

FROM SAMHSA EVENT CALENDAR

Event Description: 
For 29 years, SAMHSA has worked to educate Americans about effective, evidence-based treatment and recovery services, highlighting the fact that people can and do recover! Through National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), SAMHSA aims to help bring awareness to mental and substance use disorders; encourage those in need to seek support; and make recovery the standard.
Join us via live stream Thursday, September 6 from 10am-11am, as we officially kick off Recovery Month 2018 – a national observance held every September to celebrate individuals living in recovery and to educate the public on mental and substance use disorders. The event will feature SAMHSA officials and invited guests in a panel discussion to celebrate people living in recovery.
Click here https://www.hhs.gov/live/live-2/index.htm to watch the event. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.” The 2018 Recovery Month toolkit, television and radio public service announcements (PSAs), banners and logos are now available to view and download here. We encourage you to share these materials throughout the month of September, post the Recovery Month banner on your website, and help spread the possibility of recovery!
Type of Event: 
Special Celebrations – Celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service
Is this event open to public?: 
Yes
Estimated Number of Attendees: 
500

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Is this a virtual event (taking place online)?: 
No
Is this event in the United States?: 
Yes
200 Independence Ave
Washington DC
U.S. State:
District of Columbia
20201
Website for additional information: 

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Hosting Organization Name:  SAMHSA
Contact Name:  Recovery Month Team
Phone:  2402762617

The ABCs of Advocacy: Pre Recorded Webinars *Watch

“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 recommended training prior to CAMHPRO’s local onsite six-hour workshop, “Delivering Your ABC’s of Advocacy” customized to the specific county where it is to be held (scheduled by request).

Webinar A: Advocacy Basics

Tues., July 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Recording

What will be covered:
  • 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

Tues., Aug 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Recording

What will be covered:
  • 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

Tues., Aug 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Recording

What will be covered:
  • 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.

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

Optimize Your CA Peer Run Organization to Push a Unified State Peer Voice 8/15 Special Webinar

Hello California Community,
We have a truly terrific opportunity that Executive Directors and Leaders of California Peer-Run Organizations/Programs, and other community-based organizations will NOT want to miss. Please register for this dynamic webinar with practical tools to optimize your agency’s efficiency, and/or pass this information on to other leadership you believe will benefit.
This special one-hour webinar on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11am PST is presented by SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy—BRSS TACS, and the California Assoc. of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations—CAMHPRO, titled “Optimize Your CA Peer Run Organization to Push a Unified State Peer Voice”, is specifically designed to enhance peer run organizational readiness for unified State peer advocacy on critical policy changes coming up with, for example, the impending state peer certification protocol, implementation and the eventual capability of Medi-CAL billing for unique peer support services.
This interactive webinar focuses on supporting California peer run organizations to enhance their overall effectiveness and organizational structure by reviewing various examples of technical assistance (TA) that may be relevant for them, and highlighting various TA options available at the local, state and federal level.  Participants will learn how to identify what TA is, how to request it and engage with the providers, and how to ensure it supports and aligns with the organization’s goals and objectives if applicable.

Please register

We hope you can make it!
California Assoc. of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO)

Starting our Quarterly Webinar ‘Peer Support for Peer Supporters’

By popular request and survey CAMHPRO is adding
‘Peer Support for Peer Supporters’
to a quarterly rotation

July, Oct, Jan, April:
Peer Support 4 Peer Supporters

Aug, Nov, Feb, May:
Peer Model Spotlight

June, Sep, Dec, Mar:
State Peer Certification SB 906 Update

Our first co-facilitator, Stephen Marks, Ph.D. Program Director of the H.O.P.E. Program with Heart and Soul Inc. 

Helping Our Peers Emerge from Hospitalization towards Healthy Integration

  • Thursday at NOON (July 12, 2018) we will hold our first quarterly “Peer Support for Peer Supporters” based on your polling input and comments in May.
  • We’re using some time to draft a Mission Statement since 90% of you said this will be helpful.
  • We ask you to participate so we can include your wisdom. The draft format for download below is based on the summary of your input–also below.
  • Please comment below with your input and thoughts.

Mission/Purpose: DRAFT

Empower CA peer specialist advancement with peer-driven best practices, state standards, advocacy and support for wellness-focused systems. (17 words).

NOTE: Along with interactive in-webinar polling questions and your comments, we will open it up for discussion via chat and by unmuting attendees.
REGISTER FOR WEBINARS:
You only need to register once for this monthly webinar with your correct email. If you have already registered you will receive a reminder email each month with your unique link to join.

The ABC’s of Advocacy July/August Schedule

“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 recommended training prior to CAMHPRO’s local onsite six-hour workshop, “Delivering Your ABC’s of Advocacy” customized to the specific county where it is to be held (scheduled by request).

Audience: California stakeholders of public behavioral health policy and services: primarily consumers, and also family members, community based organizations, county staff and conveners of community program planning meetings.

Schedule of Webinars

Webinar A: Advocacy Basics

Tues., July 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM

REGISTER HERE

What will be covered:
  • 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

Tues., Aug 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM

REGISTER HERE

What will be covered:
  • 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

Tues., Aug 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM

REGISTER HERE

What will be covered:
  • 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
Presenters:
Karin Lettau, Director of Training
           Sally Zinman, CAMHPRO Executive Director
 …And More

Peer Certification Webinar 6/14

Bill passed the CA Senate!

This Thursday we will:
  • Give brief background on CA State Peer Support Certification efforts
  • Review Amendments & Movement on Bill SB 906 Peer Support Specialist Certification
  • Discuss Next Steps for 6/19, 1:30 PM CA Assembly Health Committee Hearing
  • Go over the new process to submit letters of support to the Assembly which allows upload of letter but requires registration.

You only need to register once for this monthly webinar with your correct email. If you have already registered you will receive a reminder email each month with your unique link to join.

If not, please Register at the following link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5972164910449781505

Information on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 CA Assembly Health Hearing
CA Assembly Committee on Health
  • SB 906 Hearing Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 4202
Can’t go to the Capitol but want to watch/listen LIVE?
Click this audio/video link on 6/19 at 1:30 pmListen to this hearing
About CAMHPRO’s Monthly Peer Support Practices Peer Support 4 Peer Supporters, Spotlights, or Updates for CA Peer Certification
Quarterly Rotation of:
—State Peer Certification Update
—Peer Support 4 Peer Supporters (PS4PS) NEW
—Spotlight on Model Peer Practices
TRACK THE BILL
The FULL TEXT and ongoing status of the CA SB 906 (Beall-D) can be found and tracked at the following website: CA Legislative Information Click on ‘TRACK’, Create account with email and password only to choose to receive notices whenever there is action on the bill, for example it is in read on the CA Senate Floor, in Committee, passed, etc.

ACAPS 2nd Cohort

WEBINAR: What is ACAPS?

Find out by watching the
Previously Recorded Webinar

from Monday, Feb 26, 2018

This webinar is for potential participants in the Alameda County Accelerated Peer Specialist Program (ACAPS), a training and placement program of the California Association of Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO.)

At this webinar you will learn the following:

  • The goals of ACAPS, an 18 month Alameda County focused program.
  • ACAPS training and employment partners
  • The kinds of trainings being offered
  • How to apply to be a participant of the trainings: ACAPS Participant Application Second Cohort



Alameda County Accelerated
Peer Specialist Program

ACAPS FLYER

ACAPS Participant Application

Get five weeks of accelerated peer specialist training
Receive on-going employment mentorship and peer support
Find employment or volunteer positions at different mental health programs in Alameda County run by … La Familia, Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients, the Pool of Consumer Champions, and Bay Area Community

For more information and an application, contact Melodee Au at melodee.camhpro@gmail.com 415-361- 0613

Training Schedule

First Training Cohort
COMPLETE 

BestNow!
Friday, April 13 through
Thursday, May 3
Every Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday, and Friday
10am-3pm

PEERS
Monday, May 21 through
Wednesday, May 23
9am-4pm

Growing Through
Monday, June 11 through Friday,
June 15
9am-6pm

Second Training Cohort
ACAPS Participant Application Second Cohort

BestNow!
Monday, July 9 through
Thursday, July 26
Monday through Thursday
10am-3pm

PEERS
Monday, August 27 through
Wednesday, August 29
9am-4pm

Growing Through
Monday, September 24 through
Friday, September 28
9am-6pm

Third Training Cohort
Application coming soon

PEERS
Monday, October 8 through
Wednesday, October 10
9am-4pm

BestNow!
Monday, October 22 through
Thursday, November 8
Monday through Thursday
10am-3pm

Growing Through
Monday, December 10 through
Friday, December 14
9am-6pm

For more information and an application, contact Melodee Au at melodee.camhpro@gmail.com 415-361- 0613