July 20, 2016
Marin County peer counselors, part of the Transitions team.
Staff from the MHSOAC triage team visited Marin County on July 20, 2016 to learn more about the triage programs in the county. Staff from the Mobile Crisis Response Team, Marin General Hospital, Marin Housing Authority and Casa Rene shared their experience in developing and coordinating triage referrals and services. OAC staff visited Casa Rene and were inspired from hearing a client speak about his recent experience there.
June 22, 2016
Spirit Empowerment Center Executive Director Janelle Kirkman
Sierra Mental Wellness Group Crisis Stabilization Unit
Artwork over the fireplace at the Insight Respite Center
The MHSOAC triage team visited Nevada County on June 22, 2016, meeting with staff at Nevada County Behavioral Health, the Spirit Empowerment Center, and the Insight Respite Center. OAC staff heard Janelle Kirkman, the executive director of the Spirit Empowerment Center, talk of her lived experience and how her position as ED has inspired her (it inspired us, too!). OAC staff also traveled to the Sierra Mental Wellness Group Crisis Stabilization Unit which provides 23 hour stabilization for individuals in crisis; it opened in December 2015. And finally, a visit to the Insight Respite Center which provides a safe, nurturing temporary home for people in crisis. Peer supporters, trained in trauma informed models, are available 24 hours a day.
May 18, 2016
Staff from the MHSOAC triage unit met with staff from Napa County’s Health and Human Services Agency and went to the Community Health clinic, Ole Health, where triage workers co-locate twice a week. OAC staff also visited VOICES, a transition-age youth drop-in center and Hope Center, a drop-in center for homeless individuals. Finally, OAC staff went to COPE Center, a family support services center where triage workers offer services.
April 6, 2016
Two of the five transition-age youth clients who were part of a panel discussion about their lives and experiences at the Bay Area Community Services Townhouse.
The MHSOAC triage staff visited two sites in Alameda County: The Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and the BACS (Bay Area Community Services) Townhouse where a panel of Transition Age Youth spoke about their lives and how services have helped them.
April 27, 2016
The MHSOAC Triage staff traveled to Calaveras County to visit with the County Health and Human Services staff to hear more about the triage programs in the county. OAC staff also met with Calaveras County Acting Sheriff Ed Ballard. A group of veterans spoke to the OAC staff about their experiences, challenges and the needs within the rural community.