CONSTITUENCY PERSPECTIVES PANEL: Youth, Adult, Family of Adult, Parent, Cultural
GROWING PEER SUPPORT IN THE GREATER BAY AREA REGION
COLLABORATIVE GROUP ACTION PLANNING
Who should attend: County BH Directors, Family, Peers & Peer Run Programs of the Greater Bay Area Regional Counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano & Sonoma) Open to all others.
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
Peer Respites: Expanding Peer2Peer Support
May 15, 2019
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
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
Community forums and outreach
Contra Costa Mental Health/Behavioral Health Services
POCC/Friends of Adeline
Contra Costa College & Spirit Program, Spirit Alumni Group
Social Inclusion meeting
RI: lost advocacy
Surveys of community
Build every tier of needed resources – peer respite is just one part; use available empty housing, explore co-housing and kibbutz model
#1 Qualification: To be a person with personal lived experience of behavioral health (mental health &/or substance use/abuse) challenges in recovery
The positions are very part-time, at 5 hours per week, and are independent contractor positions, paying $20/hour.
Cover letter and resumes accepted by Executive Director, Sally Zinman, at firstname.lastname@example.org until May 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
Positions will begin no later than the end of June, 2019.
If you are interested in applying, please review the Job Descriptions and Qualification by clicking on the Job Title below
Outreach Administrative Apprentice
The Outreach Administrative Apprentice is primarily responsible for assisting with outreach to engage diverse groups and individuals in Peer Action League activities, and general administrative support.
Cultural Diversity Coordinator The Cultural Diversity Coordinator is primarily responsible for managing activities of CAMHPRO’s Peer Action League (PAL) Cultural Racial Ethnic Equity Committee and administrative support to PAL
Welcome to the April 2019 Monthly Update from SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS). BRSS TACS Monthly Updates highlight upcoming events and resources that promote recovery.
In This Issue:
Recovery LIVE! Virtual Event: “Increasing Access to Treatment and Recovery Supports for People with Disabilities”– April 25, 2019
Ask the Expert
Funding Opportunity from the Health Resources & Services Administration
Now Available: Two New Resources from the National Alliance for Recovery Residences
Patient Scholarship Opportunity: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting
Two-part Webinar: “De-escalating the Opioid Crisis: An Overview of Promising Prevention Strategies” – April 23–24, 2019
Just Released:After a School Tragedy…Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources
Webinar: “Medication-Assisted Treatment in the Health Care for the Homeless Community: Strategies for Expanding Services” – May 1, 2019
Recommended Recovery Resources
Request Technical Assistance
Ask the Expert
Nev Jones, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy at the University of South Florida, shares ways to support college students with mental health issues.
What can we do to improve college access and success for young people with mental health issues?
Young people with mental health issues face numerous barriers in completing a college education. There are two key strategies for improving access: better use of academic accommodations and advocacy for improved supports on campus.
In theory, academic accommodations—disability-based administrative policy and course modifications—are one of the most powerful tools we have for leveling the playing field for students with disabilities. Unfortunately, many campus disability offices lack expertise in psychiatric disabilities and may hand out lists of stock accommodations that would do little to address challenges specific to mental health. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that accommodations be carefully tailored to meet individual needs. Greater awareness of the types of accommodations for mental health conditions is critical. The resources listed below can help students and instructors develop accommodation plans that are much more likely to address complex mental health needs.
While we regularly hear about students placed on mandated leaves of absence, some campuses have taken a much more compassionate approach. For example, some campuses provide wraparound case management designed to help students connect the dots across otherwise siloed university divisions. At other universities, administrators have developed dedicated programs aimed at providing proactive supports to students with significant mental health challenges. Ideally, such supports would be available on every campus. Students, families, and providers can play a major role in expanding such programs by advocating for local funding and implementation.
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.
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Message From Lori Ashcraft: Newsletter
We are certainly getting our share of April showers here in Northern California. Lots of us are tired of the rain, but not me. I love it. But I sympathize with those who complain anyway. Why not? We can’t change it anyway.
Speaking of changing things, last night I was thinking about the phrase that began to change the way we look at case management. “I’m not a case and I don’t want to be managed.” This simple phrase became the battle cry for all those on case management who wanted to be treated differently. They wanted to have a say in their treatment planning. They wanted to be treated with respect. I first heard this phrase in the early 80’s as it fell from the lips of Jay Mahler, a highly respected peer pioneer and advocate in California. Jay played a significant role in bringing into being what’s known as “the millionaire tax” that has enhanced the funding of recovery and peer programs in California.
Many professionals welcomed this shift from “managing” to “inspiring” since they knew managing wasn’t working. Trying to manage and control people did not promote recovery and healing.
I had already learned this from my early work as a care manger and I’ve shared some of those stories with you. I have another one to share this time that was the experience that finally drove this home for me. This one, Debbie’s story, is about a teenager. I think teenagers get listened to less than anyone, and I was no exception when it came to Debbie. I thought I knew what was best for her. In fact, I thought I knew more about everything than she did. Boy, was I off on the wrong foot! Take a look for yourself by going to our website by clicking on this tab Resources. Then, scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click on “Debbie’s Story” (in orange).
I’d like to think things have changed a lot since then, but I still hear awful stories about how Case Management is being carried out in some places. The addition of peers to Case Management Teams has the potential of making significant positive changes if they are given the latitude to influence the process.
Following emotional testimony from supporters
The Senate Health Committee Wednesday Unanimously passed SB 10 (Senator Jim Beall)
which would establish a certification process for peer providers of mental health and substance abuse services. Peers are people who draw on experiences with mental illness and/or substance use disorder and recovery, bolstered by specialized training, to deliver valuable support services in a treatment setting.
Across California, peer providers are already used in many settings. However, there is no statewide standard of practice, consistent curriculum, training standards, supervision standards, or certification protocol in California, which now one of only two states (the other is South Dakota) that does not have peer certification. Yet peer support programs have emerged nationwide as an evidence-based practice with proven benefits to both peers and the clients they assist, including reduced hospitalizations, alleviation of depression and enhanced self-advocacy.
A peer support program also creates a career ladder so that consumers and family members working in mental health care have the opportunity to fully contribute, translating their experience into meaningful employment.
We are pleased to share the last in a series of journal publications from the 2012 National Survey of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations: “Attitudes of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations Towards Health Homes: Recommendations for Policy and Practice“, published in Community Mental Health Journal, was coauthored by Elizabeth Siantz and Laysha Ostrow
Abstract: This study examined peer-run organizations’ attitudes towards collaborating in health homes. Data were drawn from the 2012 National Survey of Peer-Run Organizations. Multinomial logistic regression modeled the association between organizational willingness to participate in a health home and salient factors. Current efforts (OR = 5.05; p < 0.05), planned efforts (OR = 4.27; p < 0.05) to encourage physical healthcare, and staff size (OR = 1.09; p < 0.05) were associated with willingness to collaborate in health homes. Some organizations were concerned about power dynamics with potential medical collaborators. Relationships with medical providers, staffing capacity, and concerns about coercion should be considered when integrating peer-run organizations and health homes.
The Reclaiming Employment Business Directory is a “living” directory of mental health and social change small businesses in the U.S. that are operated by people with a psychiatric history. Each week the Reclaiming Employment Business Directory featured business will be highlighted in the directory as well as advertised across our social media platforms.
Peer Respite.net provides a national directory of voluntary, short-term, overnight programs that provide community-based, non-clinical crisis support to help people find new understanding and ways to move forward.
To visit the directory click HERE.
To submit a Peer Respite to be added to the directory click HERE.