MHSOAC Honors Mental Health Icons

If California had to pick superstars in mental health advocacy, Sally Zinman and Rusty Selix would top the list.

That was the overwhelming consensus at the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission meeting after the Commission named its two new fellowships in honor of Zinman and Selix. The Commission named the Mental Health Policy Consumer Fellowship in Zinman’s honor and the Mental Health Policy Practitioner Fellowship in Selix’s honor.

“We want to recognize both Sally Zinman and Rusty Selix and thank them both for the work that they’ve done and for their lifetime of advocacy and dedication to mental health,” said acting Commission Chair Khatera Aslami-Tamplen.

The announcement at the Commission meeting October 25 in Alameda County was met with resounding applause and with heartfelt tributes for them both.

“Sally Zinman has been a lifelong advocate for those of us living with mental health challenges and has been a leader in the consumer and peer movement across the country,” Aslami-Tamplen said. “She’s been a strong voice for self-empowerment, self-determination, consumer rights and for people living with mental health unmet needs, working to eliminate stigma and discrimination and uphold the civil rights of individuals with mental health challenges. We are honored to name the MHSOAC Mental Health Consumer Fellowship after Sally Zinman.”

State Senator and Commissioner Jim Beall presented Zinman with a framed resolution from the California State Senate.

“I’m really honored, Sally, to present you with this resolution from our California State Senate on their behalf,” Beall said. “Congratulations and maybe you can be a mentor for all these interns. We want them to be the future leaders in mental health in California and that’s what we are creating, the future leaders so congratulations and thank you for doing this work.”

Zinman called the honor, an honor for consumers.

“I see this as honoring all the consumers I have met and talked to, whose voices are in my ears and whose ideas I’ve listened to because I’m really them,” she said. “What I know and what I pass on and the work that I do is a collection of all of them.  I feel like I’m just a vehicle for all those people, the 41 years of their ideas and visions. That’s all in my mind so when you are naming a fellowship after me, you are naming it after consumers, after our consumer movement and after the values that we try to infuse into the system.”

Zinman said that she hoped that the future fellows would instill the values of the collective consumers into the Commission’s work.

“I know that the fellowship will help their careers and teach them a lot in terms of policy and I see them as teaching you all,” she said. “It’s really a vehicle for bringing those values and our principles to the Commission and to the larger mental health system. I thank you for honoring the consumer values and principles and movement by naming this fellowship after myself because that’s who I am. Thank you for the opportunity to continue that by having a person every day at your offices infusing the values of the consumer movement into this Commission.”

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.”

Several speakers called both Zinman and Selix mentors who inspired their work and commitment to mental health and said the Commission chose the right people as the Fellowships’ namesakes.

Rusty Salix could not attend the meeting. Selix co-authored the Mental Health Services Act, along with then-State Senator and now Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

“Rusty Selix has contributed to our mental health movement tremendously and we wouldn’t be here today without the contributions of Rusty Selix,” Aslami-Tamplen said.  “He has been a strong and stabilizing voice for destigmatizing mental health challenges and building a continuum of care. We are honored to name the MHSOAC Policy Practitioner Fellowship after Rusty Selix and present him with a resolution for his lifetime of dedication to mental health.”

Executive Director Toby Ewing said Selix was instrumental in pushing many of California’s groundbreaking mental health system changes. “Rusty shared this much grander vision around opportunities for education, around ways to engage our public safety partners, around ways to engage the medical community and primary care and he’s continued to push this vision and as it is represented now in the Act and how we in California are really trying to transform that system from the fail-first system to one that is recovery oriented that really is about prevention and early intervention and is about innovation.”

He added that globally, others are starting to recognize the value of California’s mental health system.

“Rusty laid the foundation for not only for what we’re seeing today as far as fundamental improvements in our mental health system, but also the expanded global attention that you see,” Ewing said. “People do now recognize that mental health is foundational to quality of life. And we’re beginning to see how other states and other countries begin to look at what California is doing as a strategy for improving the mental health systems in their own communities.”

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New SAMHSA Tool: Using Data to Improve Effective Responses to Individuals in Crisis

Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) have shown effectiveness in decreasing the number of mental-health related arrests while increasing public safety. To support communities in creating and evaluating their own crisis intervention teams, SAMHSA has published a new report titled:

Crisis Intervention Team Methods for using Data to Inform Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide.

Crisis Intervention Teams: A Collective

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) CIT programs
CA gov CIT
International Crisis Intervention
SFPD Crisis Intervention
Berkley Police Department

Doors to Wellbeing Webinar

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2 P.M. ET/
1 P.M. CT/
11 A.M. PT

Community Inclusion and the Critical Role of Peers

To register:  Click Here

Presented By: Mark Salzer, PhD
Exciting new research suggests that increased community participation is related to improved physical, cognitive and mental health and  wellbeing. This webinar will provide mental health peer specialists and their allies a foundational understanding of the relationship between community participation and recovery and wellbeing. It will also explore the key role that mental health peer specialists can play in
supporting increased community participation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the concepts of community integration, inclusion, and participation and their relationship to physical, cognitive and mental health and wellbeing;
  • Describe the ways which community exclusion occurs and impacts physical, cognitive, and mental health and wellbeing;
  • Discuss the evidence base that establishes the medical benefits and need for increased community participation for people with mental health challenges;
  • Identify the role and value of peer support in promoting community wellbeing through increased integration, inclusion, and participation.
Mark Salzer, Ph.D. is a psychologist, widely published researcher, and globally recognized thought leader and pioneer on the role of Community Inclusion in Mental Health Recovery.
A professor and founding Chair of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University, Dr. Salzer is also the Principal Investigator and Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of individuals with mental
health challenges.

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

Senator Beall's Response to SB 906 Veto.JPG

Goodbye from SAMHSA’s Recovery to Practice (RTP)

SAMHSA’s RTP project
Ended September 14, 2018.

You can continue to access timely information through webinars, eLearning courses, and podcasts at SAMHSA’s RTP website, many with free continuing education and continuing medical education hours. Also, check out SAMHSA’s RTP YouTube channel.
Remember, September is SAMHSA’s Recovery Month. Explore this site for even more excellent materials and resources.
To continue receiving information about recovery-oriented practices, consider subscribing to the following mailing lists:
Please note this list is not inclusive and inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.
If you wish to contact staff from this project, you can reach out to:

https://www.samhsa.gov/recovery-to-practice

Today 9/25 11a.m. Mental Health Peer Specialist: Ethics and Boundaries Webinar

Doors to Wellbeing
Peer Specialist Monthly Webinar Series

9/25 11am: Mental Health Peer Specialist: Ethics and Boundaries
REGISTER HERE

This webinar will provide a brief overview of ethics and boundaries of peer support particularly for those who support people with substance use disorders. Looking through the value of lived experience, we will discuss the specific ethical dilemmas related to supporting individuals with a co-occurring substance use and mental health diagnosis.  Additionally, we will review the benefit of using community-based supports to address unique challenges and support recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the ethical duties of a peer support specialists.
  • Describe ethics and boundaries for supporting individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health diagnosis.
  • Discuss strategies to overcome unique challenges for peer support specialists when working with people with substance use disorders and mental health diagnoses.
Presenter Bios:

Ron Clark is a certified peer support specialist in North Carolina. Ron is a member of the Mecklenburg County Homeless Service Network Advocacy and Employment Committee, the Mecklenburg County Drug Free Coalition and the Carolina Healthcare Systems Advisory Board for the Traumatic Brain Injury 12 Step Recovery program.

Ron Clark began his Human Services career with Cardinal Innovations, as a Member Engagement Specialists with a focus on Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health in 2014. Prior to working for Cardinal Innovations, Ron was able to use his passion to help others as a technician with the Displaced Homemaker Program, part of the Domestic Violence Unit for the Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission.

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.

SB 906 Peer Certification, ON Governor’s Desk! Write Letters! Send Emails!

Update SB 906 information. ON Governor’s desk. Officially received on September 12. He has a certain amount of days after he officially receives the bill to veto or approve the it. Only have about 10 days to influence the decision of the Governor. Write letters!

Contact Donna Campbell
Health Aide to the Governor donna.campbell@gov.ca.gov
Fax support for the bill to: 916-558-3177

SB906 Support Letter Sample Template 2.15.18:
This is a sample letter you can recreate and use for your own purposes. Send letters! Email Donna!

Deep Dive Webinar Sept 13 Peer Certification SB 906

Don’t miss a Deep Dive Webinar
Thursday, Sept. 13 at 12 noon
State Peer Specialist Certification Bill

We will cover all the bill details, answer questions and discuss next steps! There will be no background information given as many previous webinars. If you need the background.
You only need to register once for this monthly webinar with your correct email. If you are registered you will receive a reminder email each month with your unique link to join.

If not registered, please click on the following link or button below:

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

Last minute amendments to the bill did postpone the start dates and remove the unique peer billing option.
Now the bill requires the Governor’s Approval before it becomes law!
Contact Governor’s Legislative Health Aide, Donna Campbell,donna.campbell@gov.ca.gov
Did you know…
if a bill is not vetoed by the Governor within 12 days after transmittal, it automatically becomes LAW?
About CAMHPRO’s Monthly Peer Webinars
Quarterly Rotation of:
—State Peer Standardization Update
—Peer Support 4 Peer Supporters (PS4PS) NEW
—Spotlight on Model Peer Practices
Schedule:
  • Sep, Dec, Mar, June:
NEXT SEPT 13: State Peer Specialist Standardization Update
  • Oct, Jan, April, July: Peer Support 4 Peer Supporters
  • Nov, Feb, May, Aug.: Peer Model Spotlight

SB 906 Peer Certification Update

This is the BEST Validation for
CA Peer Support Specialists!

SB 906 passed out of the Assembly floor with a unanimous vote on Friday August 31.
Last minute amendments to the bill postpone the start dates and remove the unique peer billing option.

See last amendment

Now the bill requires the Governor’s Approval before it becomes law!

Contact Donna Campbell
Health Aide to the Governor donna.campbell@gov.ca.gov
Fax support for the bill to: 916-558-3177

SB906 Support Letter Template 2.15.18  :  This is a sample letter you can recreate and use for your own purposes. Send letters! Email Diane!