#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

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 makes sense from both a policy and fiscal perspective and will provide more comprehensive assistance to people in need. Please do your part to bring California up to speed with the rest of the nation in recovery and resiliency services through a State protocol for Medi-CAL billing and Certification of peer and family support specialists.

SB 906: Peer Certification 
introduced by
Senator Beall and Senator Anderson

CAMHPRO and California stakeholders
We look forward to working with both Senators, co authors Hertzberg and Pan, and the bill’s sponsor, the Steinberg Institute, to bring long awaited peer certification to California.

SB 906 The Bill

Peer Provider Certification Fact Sheet

Extended ACAPS Application Deadline March 12

Get five weeks of accelerated peer specialist training

Alameda County Accelerated
Peer Specialist Program

ACAPS FLYER

Extended Application Deadline:
MARCH 12, 2018

ACAPS Participant Application




WEBINARWhat 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: Participant Application (PDF)

Alameda County Accelerated Peer Specialist Program (ACAPS)

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

Training Schedule

First Training Cohort 

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

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

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

Second Training 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 (optional)

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

Thank you for your support: