#CAPeerRespites, Peer2Peer Support

Collaborating with Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC) and Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), we would like to send a very special thank you for everyone who joined us in celebrating Peer2Peer Support

#CAPeerRespites

Peer Respites: Expanding Peer2Peer Support
May 15, 2019

Peer2Peer Program of the day
Second Story Peer Respite Home (Santa Cruz County)
Share! Recovery House (Los Angeles County)
Blackbird House (Santa Clara County)
Sally’s Place (Alameda County)

Photos of the day:

 

Ideas from Breakout Groups

Peer Respites:
Expanding Peer2Peer Support


During the event 5/15/19, participates were asked how we could continue to network and grow peer respites throughout California. The responses below, categorized by themes, were the outcomes of the ongoing discussions throughout the day. This is the community voice.

To Build Support for Peer Respites: Advocacy

  • Educate the community, politicians, churches, schools, community service centers and other service providers, etc.
  • Provide exceptional services at existing respites, will lead to word of mouth
  • Create a tax incentive (or other financial incentive) to rent or sell a house for peer respite
  • Good data to communicate successes
  • Tax on Big Pharma to fund peer respite
  • Social media campaign using #CAPeerRespites
  • Connecting with faith-based organizations that have supportive mindset about mental health treatment/care/peer support
  • Utilize connections like news outlets to do local public interest stories spotlighting local peer respites (human kindness, compassion)
  • Create a “Peer Respite Day” during mental health month
  • Approach legislators to create bills
  • Determining messages and resources
  • Multimedia, TV, social media, radio, advertisements

Building a Network to Expand & Strengthen Peer Respite

  • Create a long-term strategic plan with existing peer respites to create a movement for peer respites in all counties
  • Peer respite working group to plan for Medi-Cal billing if SB 10 passes
  • Bimonthly meetings among existing peer respites for collaboration, sharing, learning, advising
  • Identify a “welcomer,” a point of contact to welcome others (new peer respites?)
  • Visit other peer sites
  • Build fellowship within peer community (ex: cookout)
  • Knowing people who will donate supplies or a house
  • Understanding and leveraging funding: seeking donations from corporations
  • Create info sheet about using MHSA money to fund peer respites
  • Potential statewide respite coalition partners: existing peer respites, county allies, other peer-run organizations, CAMHPRO, MHSOAC, established recover-focused nonprofits, provider organizations

To Improve Peer Respite

  • Child care for parents who need peer respite, link to child-care providers (and funds)
  • Pet care at peer respites
  • Community gardens
  • Emotional support animals at peer respites
  • Lift restrictions requiring diagnosis and/or taking medications (for those that have those requirements)
  • Consistent, consumer-produced statewide quality guidelines for peer respites
  • Make peer respite more accessible to people who don’t have housing
  • Gather community input on needs
  • Creating activities that engage understanding: yoga, exercise, music, art

Toward Peer Respite in Contra Costa County

  • Public comment, presentation, plant seeds CPAW: monthly meeting for MHSA, 1st Thursday, 3-5PM in Concord
  • Apply to be on MHC (1st Wednesday, 4:30-6:30 South, West, Central) and CPAW
  • BOS meetings
  • Community forums and outreach
  • Contra Costa Mental Health/Behavioral Health Services
  • POCC/Friends of Adeline
  • Peer programs
  • Contra Costa College & Spirit Program, Spirit Alumni Group
  • Social Inclusion meeting
  • RI: lost advocacy
  • Diversity
  • Surveys of community

Other Ideas

  • Build every tier of needed resources – peer respite is just one part; use available empty housing, explore co-housing and kibbutz model

Movement and Your Mental Health – PEERS

Movement and Your Mental Health
by Leah Harris

Our physical and mental health are deeply intertwined. The state of our mind can affect the health of our bodies. Physical activity has been widely correlated with a reduction in depression and anxiety, which in turn can increase physical well-being, which further improves mental health, and so on. Movement also offers an accessible alternative to persons who cannot afford or access traditional psychotherapy, or who have not found such therapies to be beneficial. And recently, researchers at Yale and Oxford published a study indicating that exercise may be more important to our mental health than economic status!

Images from the We Move for Health, May 3rd, 2019 at San Leandro Marina

This month, we’re taking a deeper look at the relationship between physical activity and our mental health. What kinds of physical activity are best — not just for our bodies, but for our minds? What is the “sweet spot” amount of movement that leads to the greatest mental health benefits? And what are alternative options for persons who cannot perform physical activity due to illness or disability?

A 2018 study in The Lancet found that team sports seemed to offer the greatest overall mental health benefits. The researchers analyzed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey data from 1.2 million adults and found — across age, gender, education status and income — people who exercised had fewer “bad mental health days” than those who didn’t. And people who played team sports reported the fewest. The study’s authors hypothesized that team sports may be so beneficial to mental health because they incorporate the added benefit of community and social support. This is especially relevant for people living with depression or other mental health conditions where isolation is common. A related benefit of team sports is built-in accountability. While you can blow off a solo walk in nature, your team is depending on you to win the game. If team sports aren’t for you, research has demonstrated the self-esteem boosting benefits of activities using synchronized group movements, such as Qi Gong or Tai Chi.

While we know that a lack of physical activity can influence the course of our mental health, more movement does not necessarily mean more benefit. A 2018 study published in The Lancet found that those who exercised more than 90 minutes a day, for most days of the month, reported worse mental health than those who moved less. Generally, researchers recommend a rule of thumb of 30-60 minutes a day, 3-5 times a week for optimum well-being.

When discussing the relationship between physical activity and mental health, it’s important to provide accessible alternatives to people with limited mobility due to disability, illness, or aging. A practice with similar physical and mental health benefits to sustained physical activity is simply spending time in nature. Just 30-40 minutes spent sitting quietly or wandering slowly in a green space, breathing mindfully, can improve mood and even immune function, according to research conducted on the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing.

Here’s to moving this spring for our mental health.

To learn more, check out these resources!

            PEERS FACEBOOK PAGE                                                 PEERS WEBSITE

Sally’s Place Open House: Alameda County’s First Peer-Run Adult Respite

Aaron Ortiz, of La Familia Counseling Services in the Bay Area, praised Zinman for her tireless work on behalf of consumers. “I’d like to announce that La Familia will be opening a peer respite facility in January.”

Sally Zinman’s Place is the first peer-run adult respite in Alameda County. It’s been a long time in the making, and we would love for you to join in the celebration. See you there!

JANUARY 9, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
1525 B. STREET, HAYWARD

Aaron Ortiz, of La Familia Counseling Services in the Bay Area, praised Zinman for her tireless work on behalf of consumers. “I want to say thank you to Sally for really empowering the consumer and I’d like to announce that La Familia will be opening a peer respite facility in January and we’re going to name it after Sally for all of her work and it’s going to be called Sally’s Place.” READ FULL ARTICLE

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SB 906 Peer Cert. VETOED! Persistence is key!

From Sally Zinman, Executive Director, CAMHPRO

Governor Brown has Vetoed SB 906. The consumer and larger mental health stakeholder community will pursue California state certification and, by all accounts, will have a better chance with a new Governor.

Persistence is the key to success, and essential to advocacy. Persistence and hope. We will have peer certification in California!

See the Governor’s veto message (below), which in my opinion, is not knowledgeable of the purpose or content of the bill.

~Sally~

 VETO MESSAGE

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ACAPS 3rd Cohort, application due date extended to Oct. 1! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Alameda County Accelerated
Peer Specialist Program (ACAPS)

Third cohort begins in October 2018.

Fact Sheet for ACAPS Letterhead

ACAPS Third Cohort APPLICATION

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

October 1, 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

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

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.

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.