Monday, April 24, 2017

The i-Ability Vocational IT Training Program is now accepting applications for Desktop and Help Desk!

RAMS is excited to announce that the i-Ability Vocational IT Training Program is currently seeking applicants for the upcoming cohorts for two tracks: (1) Help Desk and (2) Desktop. The i‐Ability Vocational IT Training Program is offered by Hire‐Ability Vocational Services, a division of Richmond Area Multi‐Services, Inc. (RAMS) with funding from the Mental Health Services Act. Participants in these 9‐month program tracks will receive intensive and supportive on‐the‐job training in the fields of information technology, technical support and customer service.

Please visit, to access videos that provide information about how to prepare for the application process and the program itself, and to access the application, which is also available here: VIEW APPLICATION.

In order to qualify for this program, please note that interested applicants must be able to provide documentation showing that they meet the following requirements: 
  1. At least 18 years of age 
  2. Current resident of San Francisco 
  3. Must be currently receiving services through SFDPH Behavioral Health Services (BHS) 
  4. Have successfully completed at least a High School education or equivalent (GED acceptable) 
  5. Be able to attend training which is held Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., 7‐12 hours per week 
  6. Successful completion of in‐person interview and skills assessment 
  7. Must actively participate in developing vocational goals with program staff 
  8. Must provide consent for i‐Ability staff to reach out to clinical provider 
The program is accepting about 10 trainees for the Help Desk track and 8 trainees for the Desktop track. Interested applicants can attend information sessions that will be held at the 1st floor Avatar Training Room of 1380 Howard St. on the following dates and times:
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday , May 17, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Application Due Date: 
June 2, 2017 (must be received by manager no later than 5:00 p.m.)
Interviews Conducted: 
Ongoing until June 30, 2017
Notification of Application Status: 
All applicants will be notified no later than July 21, 2017
First Day of Instruction: 
July 31, 2017 (Help Desk) & August 14, 2017 (Desktop)

For more information, feel free to contact:
John Cabiles, Vocational IT Services Manager at (415) 255‐3563 or iAbility@hire‐
Nancy Gobaleza, Intake Coordinator at 415-282-9675 ext. 207 or 

Friday, April 7, 2017

APIMHC offering FREE Mental Health First Aid Training - April 17 & 18, 2017

The Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative (APIMHC) is pleased to offer a two-day Mental Health First Aid Training facilitated by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Trainer Joyce Diloy. The two-day training will be held in the Auditorium at the Samoan Community Development Center - 2055 Sunnydale Avenue, San Francisco. The training starts promptly at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. each day.

Who to attend:
  • APIMHC Community Partners and staff
  • FMHI-SF workgroup members
  • SEAMHI workgroup members
  • SWI workgroup members
  • Interested Community members
Space is LIMITED.

 RSVP by Thursday, April 13, 2017 to Anila Pillai at

Refreshments/snacks will be provided. Please bring a notepad and pen for note-taking.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Natalie T. Ah Soon, MPH
Project Coordinator
Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative
(415) 668-5998 ext. 22

Monday, March 27, 2017

Career Connections Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2017

Career Connections is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the Summer cohort starting the first week of May 2017.  Applications are due Friday, March 31, 2017.

The Hire-Ability Career Connections Program offers time-limited paid internships to transitional aged youth (TAY) ages 15-25, in order to provide healthy activities and entry-level work experience, and to help TAY consumers of behavioral health services achieve resiliency and maximize recovery.

We are looking for individuals who:
· Are between 15 and 25 years of age
· Are a resident of San Francisco
· Are currently receiving services through SFDPH Behavioral Health Services (SFDPH-BHS)

Contact Information:
Please feel free to contact us with questions about our program. We can be reached by phone at: (415) 282-9675.

Our brochure and application are available for download:

Link to Brochure:

Link to Application:

The first group of participants enrolled in November 2016 have completed the initial skills and interest assessment, career exploration and vocational training and are now placed in internships as diverse as a radio station, a museum, and the Department of Public Health.

Career Connections congratulates the interns on a job well done and thanks our community partners for their support!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Now Accepting Summer Bridge 2017 Applications

RAMS Summer Bridge 2017 Fact Sheet

RAMS-Summer Bridge is an 8-week summer mentorship program for youth ages 16 to 20, currently enrolled in or recently graduated from SFUSD high schools.  Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS) is collaborating with California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).  The program is funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

What is the purpose of RAMS-Summer Bridge 2017?
It is a mentorship program for youth from under-represented backgrounds who are interested in the field of psychology. Participants will learn some basics about counseling psychology, mental health, and the many career possibilities in the helping professions. Participants will meet with therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals in the field. Participants will attend weekly field trips within San Francisco. Participants will receive a stipend at completion of the program, during a graduation ceremony with friends and family.

Who can apply?
Youth ages 16 to 20 years old, currently enrolled in or recently graduated from SFUSD high schools, are invited to apply. 

What will we do each week?
The program will meet from 6/13/17 – 8/3/17 on Tues/Weds/Thurs from 11am – 3pm.  Each of the 8 weeks explores a specific theme, including Identity, Mental Health, Helping Professions, Education, Therapy, and Self Care. The main location is CIIS: 1453 Mission St (in SOMA). On Wednesdays, we will meet at field trip locations within San Francisco.

There are four major components:
§  Meetings at CIIS – team-building activities, guest speakers, experiential activities, small discussion groups, and work on final project
§  Field trips – to community agencies, clinics, and colleges; including the Fort Miley Ropes Course, San Francisco State University, RAMS Child, Youth, and Family Outpatient Clinic, and Psychiatric Emergency Services
§  Journal – weekly journal entries to reflect on the themes of the week
§  Final Project – presentation on what you have learned from the program

What do we need to do to complete the program?
§  Complete and submit application including 2 letters of reference
§  Be selected by committee of Summer Bridge staff and Youth Council participants  
§  Participate in all activities/visits and complete/present final project
§  Follow all rules and policies of RAMS-Summer Bridge 2017

What do we get out of this program?
§  Meet professionals from different cultures, sometimes in real work situations
§  Explore career options in psychology and the helping professions
§  Experience different neighborhoods within San Francisco
§  Learn more about yourself
§  Meet other students with similar interests from high schools throughout the city
§  Lunch provided each day
§  Stipend upon completion of program

RAMS-Summer Bridge is an 8-week summer program for people age 16 to 20 currently enrolled in or recently graduated from SFUSD high schools.  It is a mentorship program for students who are interested in the field of psychology.  Along with the educational aspects of the program, students are given the chance to explore many career possibilities in the helping professions with weekly site visits.  Participants of the program will experience first-hand how psychology applies to human services. 

Deadline for application: rolling admissions, but must be submitted by May 4, 2017!

Application can be e-mailed to:
U.S. mail to: RAMS, Inc. 3626 Balboa Street, SF, CA 94121, Attn.: Program Coordinator
Or put in envelope at any San Francisco Unified School District High School Wellness Center marked “Summer Bridge application return”
Questions: e-mail

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate -- Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2017 Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Entry Course

RAMS, in collaboration with San Francisco State University (SFSU) Department of Counseling, is excited to announce that the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2017 Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Entry Course!

Funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Entry Course provides a 12-week long training for consumers of behavioral health services or their family members who are interested in becoming peer counselors/peer specialists in the field of community behavioral health. Having already successfully completed 13 cohort cycles, this course has had over 175 graduates, the majority of whom are actively engaging in work, volunteer, and educational opportunities as a direct result of taking the course. This program is free of cost for the attendee, with books and materials included, and a modest stipend is provided upon completion of the course.

We are looking for individuals who:
  • Are at least 18 years of age and a resident of San Francisco, 
  • Have successfully completed at least a High School education or GED, and 
  • Are able to attend 12 weeks of classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.). 
  • This program is funded by MHSA through San Francisco Behavioral Health Services. As such, the course is targeted to individuals (or family members) with personal experience with behavioral health services.
Application and Course Timeline:
  • Thursday, January 12th - Application Release 
  • Wednesday, January 25th & Tuesday, January 31st - Optional Informational Open Houses (see Flyer Here for details)
  • Wednesday, February 1st, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Optional Application Help Workshop
  • Tuesday, February 21st @ 5:00 p.m. - Application Deadline 
  • Week of March 1st - Notification of Application Status 
  • Tuesday, March 22nd – First Day of Class 
  • Thursday, June 8th - Graduation Ceremony
Please feel free to contact us at (415) 579-3021 x102 or should you have any questions. Materials are also available for download at:

We look forward to receiving applications for the Spring 2017 class, and beginning another great cohort!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Important Announcement from RAMS Board of Directors on CEO Transition

Message from Kavoos Ghane Bassiri, President & CEO:

Dear Colleagues, Community Partners, and Friends;

I would like to inform you that I am officially resigning from my position as the President & Chief Executive Officer at Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS). After a comprehensive search & recruitment process, I have been selected as the San Francisco Department of Public Health and San Francisco Health Network’s Director of Behavioral Health Services, with the City & County of San Francisco. My last day of employment with RAMS will be December 31, 2016. It has been an honor to serve this organization, all of you & our community, for over a decade.

I am so proud and humbled to have been the RAMS’ President & CEO for over 13 years. I truly appreciate your vote of confidence and I wholeheartedly cherish the privilege I was provided with to serve in this role at RAMS. I don’t take anything for granted for a moment and am so inspired by & thankful for all the experiences I have had/we have had together. During the past 13 years, RAMS has grown as an organization by leaps and bounds, offering more programs & with more diverse initiatives, serving more people, through quality, compassionate, culturally humble/competent, consumer-driven and community-based services. A lot has been accomplished, in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable, under/un-served &/or disenfranchised population in our community, and I am pleased to say that RAMS’ reputation and operations is at its strongest ever.

I look forward to staying in contact and working with you all in my new role; championing behavioral health care, strengthening our community, and ensuring the wellbeing of all San Franciscans & beyond. Respectfully, Kavoos Ghane Bassiri