Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Welcome Jonathan Zimman as RAMS Chief Financial Officer



July 16, 2018

To RAMS Partners, Collaborators, and members of our Community

RAMS is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Zimman, as Chief Financial Officer of Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS).

Jonathan Zimman has over 30 years of experience as a finance professional with Fortune 500 companies, venture-backed start-ups, and not-for profit organizations.

Prior to RAMS, Mr. Zimman has served as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of The Arc San Francisco, one of the Bay Area’s largest providers of services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, since 2014. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, a leading AIDS service organization.

Before working in the non-profit sector, Mr. Zimman served as CFO of several venture-backed technology companies, including: Posit Science, a leading developer of scientifically-validated brain fitness programs; SiteRock, an ecommerce managed-services provider that is now part of NaviSite; and Total Entertainment Network, a pioneering online game community site subsequently renamed Pogo and now a part of Electronic Arts. Earlier in his career, he held various financial management positions at Western Union, Warner Cable, and American Broadcasting Companies.

Mr. Zimman also has completed over 20 years of service as a director or trustee of several non-profit organizations including the National AIDS Memorial, Multimedia Development Group, New Israel Fund/New Generations, Daily Pennsylvanian, and Big Apple Performing Arts.

Mr. Zimman earned his MBA degree from Harvard University and his BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He and his husband, Glenn Roberts, are inveterate travelers and enthusiastic cyclists and split their time between San Francisco and Sonoma County.

The Executive Leadership Team at RAMS also wishes to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Acting Chief Financial Officer Lenora Williams, who has steadfastly guided the financial operations at RAMS through this transition and recruitment period. We appreciate her continued support in ensuring a successful transition for RAMS.

Mr. Zimman will begin his position in the official capacity on August 20, 2018. We look forward to his financial leadership at RAMS, and his continued contributions to the San Francisco community.


With appreciation,

Jorge Wong, Ph.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer



(Click image of letter to view larger)

https://www.ramsinc.org/pdf/Announcement%20Letter%20-%20RAMS%20CFO%207-2018%20(Community).pdf

https://www.ramsinc.org/pdf/Announcement%20Letter%20-%20RAMS%20CFO%207-2018%20(Community).pdf

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate -- Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2018 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 RAMS/SFSU Fall 2018 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 intensive program that offers training and education for individuals, and family members of individuals, that have accessed behavioral health services & who are interested in (or are currently) providing peer counseling, advocacy and support services in the behavioral health field in San Francisco. Having already successfully completed 16 cohort cycles, the Entry Course has graduated over 230 participants, 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,
  • Are interested in helping people in a behavioral health setting, and
  • Are able to attend 12 weeks of classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10AM-2PM).
  • The Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate program is funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health with Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) funds. As such, the course is designed for individuals (or family members) with personal experience with behavioral health services.

Application and Course Timeline:


Please feel free to contact Program Manager, Kristin Snell, at (415) 579-3021 x102 or certificate@ramsinc.org should you have any questions. Materials are available for download at: http://www.ramsinc.org/peer.php.

We look forward to receiving applications for the Fall 2018 class, and beginning another great cohort!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate -- Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2018 Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Advanced Course

RAMS is excited to announce that the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program is NOW accepting applications for its 8-week Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Advanced Course Summer 2018 Cohort, with classes set to begin on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018!

Funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health with Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) funds, the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program (part of the Division of Peer-Based Services at RAMS) offers training and education opportunities for individuals and family members of individuals that have accessed behavioral health services, who are providing--or are interested in providing--peer counseling, advocacy and support services in the community behavioral health field in San Francisco.

In addition to the flagship Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Entry Course that has been offered in partnership with San Francisco State University Department of Counseling since 2010, RAMS has designed its Advanced Course to empower and educate individuals who are currently providing counseling, support services and/or advocacy in the community--or possess relevant training, volunteer and/or educational experience--who would like to obtain specialized training and professional development opportunities in a collaborative learning environment.

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
  • Are able to attend 8 weeks of classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays (3PM-6PM) from June 19th - August 9th, 2018 @ SFSU Downtown Campus, 835 Market St
  • This program is funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health with Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) funds. As such, the course is targeted to individuals (or family members of individuals) that have experience with and/or have accessed behavioral health services.
  • Individuals with current or past work experience, education, and/or training (including volunteer and advocacy work) in peer counseling and the behavioral health services field are highly encouraged to apply!

Application and Course Timeline:

Monday, April 23rd, 2018: Application Release
Friday, May 4th @ 10AM-12PM: Informational Program Open House
Tuesday, May 29th @ 5PM: Application Submission Deadline
Wednesday, June 6th: Notification of Application Status
Tuesday, June 19th, 2018: First Day of Instruction

Attached are the RAMS Summer 2018 Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Advanced Course Brochure, Application Form, and Informational Open House Flyer.

Please feel free to contact Program Manager, Kristin Snell, at (415) 579-3021 x102, or via email at kristinsnell@ramsinc.org should you have any questions or would like any additional information. Materials are also available for download at: http://www.ramsinc.org/peer.php.

 We look forward to receiving applications for the Summer 2018 class, and beginning another great cohort!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate -- Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2018 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 RAMS/SFSU Spring 2018 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 intensive program that offers training and education for individuals, and family members of individuals, that have accessed behavioral health services & who are interested in (or are currently) providing peer counseling, advocacy and support services in the behavioral health field in San Francisco. Having already successfully completed 15 cohort cycles, the Entry Course has graduated 200+ participants, 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,
  • Are interested in helping people in a behavioral health setting, and
  • Are able to attend 12 weeks of classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10AM-2PM).
  • The Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate program is funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health with Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) funds. As such, the course is designed for individuals (or family members) with personal experience with behavioral health services.

Application and Course Timeline:
·         Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Application Release 
·         Wednesday, January 24th & Tuesday, January 30th- Informational Open Houses
·         Tuesday, February 6th, 10AM-2PM – Optional Application Help Workshop
·         Tuesday, February 20th @ 5:00pm - Application Deadline 
·         Week of March 5th - Notification of Application Status 
·         Tuesday, March 20th – First Day of Class 
Please feel free to contact us at (415) 579-3021 x102 or certificate@ramsinc.org should you have any questions. Materials are available for download at: http://www.ramsinc.org/peer.php.
We look forward to receiving applications for the Spring 2018 class, and beginning another great cohort!

Friday, July 28, 2017

RAMS Hire Ability Program Recognized for Highest Success Rates in the Bay Area

The California State Department of Rehabilitation, City and County of San Francisco Behavioral Health Services, along with several Non-Profit Organizations throughout San Francisco, met on July 27th to acknowledge and celebrate the phenomenal strides the San Francisco Mental Health Co-Operative (SF MH COOP) made in FY16-17. The SF MH COOP provides vocational services for residents with severe mental illnesses who want to work. RAMS Hire-Ability ended the fiscal year by meeting 97% (66 out of 68) successful closures (job placements lasting a minimum of 90 days). We look forward to exceeding our goals this current fiscal year.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fu Yau Project Staff Attend "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" at the SNH Golden Gate Theater

RAMS Fu Yau Project Staff recently attended "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" at the SNH Golden Gate Theater. It was an excellent training opportunity, since the play focuses on a central character who struggles with autism, as well as a nice team-building outing. After the play, the Fu Yau team had a chance to participate in a Q and A session with the actors.