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County Spotlight - Contra Costa

(Published in 2016)

Fred Finch Youth Center (CSS)

Fred Finch Youth Center (FFYC) provides services to our TAY FSPs. Many have  experienced trauma and abuse; live at or below the poverty line; have been institutionalized or incarcerated; have a family member that has been involved in the criminal justice system; have a history of substance abuse; or have experienced discrimination or stigma.

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Office for Consumer Empowerment (PEI)

The Office of Consumer Empowerment (OCE) is a County operated program that supports the entire Behavioral Health  System, and offers an range of trainings and supports by and for individuals who have experience receiving mental health services. The goals are to increase access to wellness and empowerment knowledge for consumers of the Behavioral Health System. Click on the highlighted name to view the brochure.

Overcoming Mental Health Stigma - Children
Overcoming Mental Health Stigma - Consumers
Overcoming Mental Health Stigma - Families 
Overcoming Mental Health Stigma - Families Spanish 
Overcoming Mental Health Stigma - Mental Health Providers 
Overcoming Mental Health Stigma - Peer Providers 

Putnam Clubhouse (PEI)

Putnam Clubhouse provides a safe and welcoming place where participants (called members) build on personal strengths instead of focusing on illness.  Members learn and improve vocational and social skills, while working together to run all aspects of the Clubhouse, to include clerical, cooking, governance and fundraising.

Putman Clubhouse
Point of Contact: Tamara Hunter, Clubhouse Director
Contact Information: 3024 Willow Pass Rd #230, Concord Ca 94519, (510) 926-0474

Program: Preventing Relapse of Individuals in Recovery - PEI
a. Scope of Services: 

Project Area A 
The Putnam Clubhouse provides peer-based programming for adults throughout Contra Costa County in recovery from psychiatric disorders, helping them to develop the support networks, vocational skills, and self-confidence needed to sustain stable, productive, and more independent lives. Services include work-ordered day programming that helps members gain pre-vocational skills, social skills, healthy living skills, and help with access to career development options within the greater community.  Assistance and support is provided with navigating the system of care and accessing services.  Putnam Clubhouse helps members with goal setting (including educational and vocational goals), building advocacy and media skills, and provides recreational, and respite services for family members.  In collaboration with the Office of Consumer Empowerment, Putnam Clubhouse hosts Career Corner, an online blog that focuses on all aspects of vocational rehabilitation for mental health consumers in Contra Costa County.  Putnam Clubhouse increases family wellness by reducing stress related to care-giving, provides family member respite through Clubhouse programs for new and existing participants, and supports Clubhouse members in gaining independence through Clubhouse participation.

Project Area B 
Putnam Clubhouse assists the Office of Consumer Empowerment (OCE) in developing a new, comprehensive peer and family-member training program in Contra Costa County that will expand upon the existing SPIRIT courses and prepare students to be certified as peer and family providers in California

Project Area C 
a. Putnam Clubhouses assists the Department of County Mental Health in a number of other projects, including organizing community events and the administering consumer perception surveys.
b. Target Population: Contra Costa County residents with identified mental illness and their families.
c. Payment Limit: $542,400.
d. Number served:  For FY 13/14:  309 members.
e. Outcomes: 

  • 309 unduplicated members engaged in 49,246 program hours.
  • 89% of families (members and their families) completing annual survey reported an increase in personal mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
  • 81% of family members (caregivers) surveyed reported Clubhouse activities provided them with respite care.
  • 94% of caregivers reported an increase in members’ independence
  • 100% of caregivers reported high level of satisfaction with Clubhouse activities
  • Program participants showed decrease of hospitalizations and out-of-home placements (in terms of number of episodes and days of hospitalization) since becoming members.
  • 100% of members were referred to appropriate education resources within 14 days (of those indicating education as a goal).
  • 100% of members (who indicated employment as a goal) were referred to appropriate employment resources, or had a job within three months.


Rainbow Community Center (PEI/Innovation)

Rainbow Community Center (RCC)
Point of Contact: Ben-David Barr
Contact Information: 2118 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, Ca 94520. (925) 692-0090
The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County (RCC) builds community and promotes well-being among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) people and our allies.

1. Outpatient Behavioral Health (INN),  
2. Pride and Joy (PEI),  
3. LGBTQ Youth Support (PEI), 
4. Inclusive Schools (PEI) 
a. Scope of Services:

  1. Outpatient Services:  RCC provides outpatient behavioral health services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) communities. RCC works with consumers to develop a healthy and un-conflicted self-concept by providing individual, group, couples, and family counseling, as well as case management.  Counseling and case management services are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.  Onsite support is available in Tagalog.
  2. Pride and Joy:  Three tiered support services (Tier One: outreach, isolation reduction and awareness building, Tier Two: support groups for clients with identified needs, Tier Three: individual counseling and system navigation support for clients with higher level of need) aimed at the LGBTQ community of Contra Costa County, particularly LGBTQ seniors, people living with HIV, and community members with unrecognized health and mental health disorders.
  3. Youth Development: Three tiered services (see above) aimed at LGBTQ youth as a particularly vulnerable population.  Services are provided both on-site as well as school based.
  4. Inclusive Schools: Community outreach and organization involving school leaders, staff, and students to build acceptance of LGBTQ youth in Contra Costa County schools, families, and faith communities.

b. Target Population:  LGBTQ community of Contra Costa County (mainly Central and East) who are at risk of developing serious mental illness.
c. Payment Limit: $486,496 for Innovation program;  $220,506 for PEI programs.
d. Number served:  For FY 12/13:   1) Outpatient Services: 135;  2) PEI total served is 1481 participants with the following breakdowns:  Pride and Joy: 1089 in-person participants (includes 147 LGBTQ seniors and 150 HIV+ people);  3) Youth Development: 392 participants;  4) Inclusive Schools: is measured in numbers of school sites supported, trainings offered, and school policies developed.. 3000 participant “liked” (subscribed) to Rainbow’s Facebook page, and 1800 participants subscribed to RCC’s weekly newsletter containing mental health resources.
e. Outcomes:
Outpatient Clinic:   

  • 135 individuals received one on one services (counseling and case management).

Prevention and Early Intervention:

  • 80% of program participants (who completed ‘green sheet’ survey) showed an increase in social connectedness, by another measure at least 64.7 percent noted that the number of people in their social networks increased.   
  • RCC identified at least 54 adult individuals in need of higher level of care and provided navigation support
  • RCC hosted senior lunches two times per month with 35 to 40 participants each lunch
  • 100% of program participants in Youth Development could lost resources and supports to turn to if they are bullied of harassed.
  • 88% of participants in Youth Development could identify healthy LGBTQ role models.
  • 83% of youth participants achieved progress in at least one individual goal
  • Post training and event surveys among school staff show greater understanding of LGBTQ competence and techniques to prevent bullying



RYSE Center
Point of Contact: Kanwarpal Dhaliwal
Contact Information: 205 41st Street, Richmond. CA 94805 (925) 374-3401

RYSE is a youth center in Richmond that offers a wide range of activities, programs, and classes for young people including media arts, health education, career and educational support, and youth leadership and advocacy.  RYSE operates within a community mental health model and employs trauma informed and healing centered approaches in all areas of work, including one-on-one, group and larger community efforts. 

Program: Supporting Youth - PEI.
a. Scope of Services:

  1.  Trauma Response and Resilience System: develop and implement trauma informed training series for key system partners, facilitate development of a community response to violence and trauma, evaluate impact of trauma informed practice, provide critical response and crisis relief for young people experiencing acute incidents of violence.
  2. Health and Wellness: support young people (ages 13 to 21) from the diverse communities of West County to become better informed (health services) consumers and active agents of their own health and wellness, and foster healthy peer and youth-adult relationships. Activities include mental health counseling and referral, outreach to schools, workshops and ‘edutainment’ activities, youth assessment and implementation of partnership plans (Chat it Up Plans).
  3. Inclusive Schools: Facilitate collaborative work with West Contra Costa schools and district aimed at making WCC schools an informed and accepting environment for LGBTQ students. Activities include assistance in provision of LGBT specific services, conducting organizational assessments, training for adults and students, engaging students in leadership activities, and providing support groups at target schools.  etc.

b. Target Population:  West County Youth at risk for developing serious mental illness.
c. Payment Limit: FY 14-15: $460,389
d. Unique Number served:  For FY 13/14: All programs combined: 839  1): over 480 young people, 300 adult stakeholders 2): at least  441 youth attended two or more program activities (not unduplicated) 3): 388 young people
e. Outcomes:

Trauma and Resilience

  • RYSE Youth Restorative Justice (formerly Justice Project) served at least 157 unduplicated young people through probation referrals, community service, juvenile hall workshops and/or presentations, and drop-in programming
  • 75% of total number of youth involved in the Youth Restorative Justice Project reported increased and/or strong sense of self-efficacy, hope, and community engagement
  • 94% of the total number of stakeholders involved TRRS reported increased understanding and capacity to practice trauma-informed youth development
  •  At least 158 adult stakeholders participated in trainings and workshops focused in trauma informed youth practices and resiliency

Youth Development

  • 113 members completed wellness plans
  • An estimated 441 members participated in at least 2 program activities aimed at supporting healthy peer relationships, community engagement, and leadership
  • 75% of RYSE general members reported, as a result of program participation, increased sense of self-efficacy, positive peer relations, youth-adult relations, and agency in impacting change in the community.
  • 81% to 90% (depending on indicator) of RYSE youth members reported positively on indicators of social-emotional well-being such as increased feelings of hope, the ability to imagine a positive future, control over their lives, and a sense of stability, reduced feelings of isolation, alienation, stress, anxiety
  • 100% of RYSE staff (youth and adults) were trained to utilize RYSE social media as a means to address health inequities, elevate stories of resiliency, and foster peer-lead/consumer-lead information sharing and education around mental health issues impacting young people in West Contra Costa County

Inclusive Schools

  • 75% of young people receiving mental health supports through the Inclusive School initiative reported positively on indicators of social-emotional well-being
  • 75% of the total number of stakeholders involved in the Inclusive Schools Coalition reported increased understanding of the priorities and needs of LGBTQ youth and their peers.
  • At least 79 young people received supports through school linked clinical services