RAMS: A Comprehensive Mental Health Services Agency in San Francisco
Founded in 1974, RAMS, Inc. is a private, non-profit mental health agency that is committed to advocating for and providing community based, culturally-competent, and consumer-guided comprehensive services, with an emphasis on serving Asian & Pacific Islander Americans. RAMS is committed to reflecting the multicultural & multilingual diversity of our community.
RAMS is excited to announce that our Hire-Ability division
will be launching a new program, called Career Connections, in the fall of
2016. The Hire-Ability Career Connections Program will offer 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
·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)
Application and Course
2016- Application Released
Sept. 16th--Applications Due
Sept. 19th-Friday, Sept. 30th--Notification of
October 6th: Registration forms due for accepted
October 11th: First workshop
Participants start work at their internship placement
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:
RAMS is delighted to announce the awardees of the fourth
annual Staff Awards for Outstanding Service!
To be considered for this recognition, anyone working at
RAMS may be nominated by anyone within the agency. The awardees were announced
during the July 2016 RAMS all-staff meeting; each awardee received a
certificate and a cash prize.
Consumer/Community Advocate Award: This award honors an
individual who has been an outstanding voice for consumer empowerment by
promoting client centered decision-making & change, access to information
& resources, and creating relationships that foster hope, safety, and a sense
of self-efficacy. S/he is mindful not only of consumer needs, but also of the
needs of the larger community. S/he goes above and beyond the “call of duty”,
outside her/his regular responsibilities to advocate on the behalf of the
organization, consumers, their communities, and the “cause” at large.
Awardee: Frank Isidro, BA
Mr. Frank Isidro serves as a Peer Supervisor within the Division of Peer-Based Services. His nomination highlighted the ways that Frank has exemplified what it means to work with a Wellness & Recovery approach. In his role, he supports Peer Counselors to further develop the skills needed to become an integral part of the workforce at numerous behavioral health sites throughout San Francisco. Frank is an inspiration for those who work with him; he has contributed in many ways over the years to the Peer Movement and to consumer employment services in the city – as a job coach, mentor, counselor, and supervisor. Frank has also led the planning of many Consumer and Family Member Conferences, again demonstrating his dedication to the community.
Excellence in Service & Cultural Competency Award: This
award honors a skilled & compassionate individual who exemplifies the
values and ideals of RAMS’ mission in her/his work & interaction with
staff, consumers, and the community. S/he has given superior, sustained
commitment to quality services, along with unwavering dedication to serve the
organization (including other staff, consumers & their communities) with
professionalism, integrity, respect, and humility. This individual is not only
skilled at what s/he does, but also values diversity, is able to conduct
self-assessments, manage & embrace the dynamics of difference, acquire new
cultural knowledge, and adapt to the cultural context of the people s/he
serves. S/he has a lasting positive impact on the organization and the
Awardee: Wajma Ataie, MA, MFTI
Ms. Wajma Ataie is a bilingual Mental Health Counselor at RAMS Child, Youth, and Family Services (CYF). Wajma is described as having a huge heart and an excellent advocate for the families and children she works with at her John Muir Elementary School. She is dedicated to understanding the culture and family climate a child comes from and she uses her multiple language skills to connect with families and help them feel supported. Yuka Hachiuma, Director of CYF, also shared at the all-staff meeting how Wajma has consistently demonstrated her passion and dedication to working with the underserved population of pre-dominantly African-American and Latino students and their families at the school. Her openness and curiosity extends to her interactions with her colleagues where you can often find her engrossed in a discussion about culture and learning.
Rising Star/Leadership Award: The award honors an individual
that has shown exceptional promise in leadership by demonstrating their skills
within the organization and our communities. S/he has shown accomplishments in
improving the operations of a program, the administrative/supportive functions,
and/or the lives of consumers and community we serve using an effective and
efficient approach. This individual leads the way with fresh energy, strong
ability, and steadfast commitment.
Awardee: Flora Chan, Psy.D.
Ms. Flora Chan is a Licensed Psychologist and serves as Clinical Manager at RAMS Adult/Older Adult Outpatient Services Clinic and the Manager of Asian Family Institute. Flora is a major figure at RAMS, and has a long history with the agency as a clinician – she completed the RAMS training program first as a trainee and then as a doctoral intern. She was then hired as a staff therapist, became a licensed psychologist, and has supervised trainees and peer counselors. In her nomination, Flora is described as an exceptional therapist who is very thoughtful, sensible, and culturally sensitive, with a strong commitment to the community, humility, resiliency, and she has an exceptional ability to connect with others. She cares significantly about providing high quality care for our clients and facilitating a nurturing work environment for staff and interns. She is an advocate, always steps up, demonstrates leadership, gets people on board, and makes change.
Congratulations to the awardees! RAMS is pleased to be able
to have this annual recognition for its staff.
Click HERE to view awardees from the previous year.
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 12
cohort cycles, this course has had over 160 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:
at least 18 years of age and a resident of San Francisco,
successfully completed at least a High School education or GED, and
able to attend 12 weeks of classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays
program is funded by MHSA through San Francisco Behavioral Health
Services. As such, the course istargeted to individuals
(or family members) with personal experience with behavioral health
Application and Course Timeline:
Wednesday, July 6th - Application Release
Tuesday, July 19th & Thursday, July 21st,
10am-12pm - Optional Informational Open Houses (see Flyer Here for details)
Wednesday, August 10th @ 5:00pm -
Week of August 22nd- Notification of
Tuesday, September 6th - Registration Forms Due
for Accepted Applicants
Tuesday, September 13th – First Day of
Thursday, December 8th - Graduation
Please feel free to contact us at (415) 579-3021 x102 or
firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions. Materials are also
available for download at: http://www.ramsinc.org/peer.php.
We look forward to receiving applications for the Fall 2016 class, and
beginning another great cohort!
To view the flyers below, right-click and select any option to "Open".
It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the recent passing of dear Ms. Shirley Suet Ying Chan, MA, Mental Health Counselor at RAMS.
Ms. Chan passed away on June 23rd in San Francisco. Although she was battling cancer, she bravely handled her illness, always putting on a cheerful face, and deflecting our concerns and worries about her. We mourn the loss of her positive and confident spirit, and will always cherish the memories of working with her.
Shirley Suet Ying Chan
January 21, 1961 - June 23, 2016
Ms. Chan began her employment at RAMS in December 2003. She worked as a Mental Health Counselor in the RAMS Adult/Older Adult Outpatient Clinic and the RAMS Child, Youth, & Family Services program, as well as providing counseling and support through the Problem Gambling Project Helpline at the RAMS Asian Family Institute. She was enthusiastic about her work, and very sensitive & understanding of the cultural needs of her clients. She felt a deep responsibility to serve the community. And above all, Ms. Chan was an honest, kind, and generous individual who often provided emotional support, and humor & laughter, to coworkers in their time of need. She continued her dedicated services for 12 years at RAMS, enduring the effects of her medical condition and treatment until she took her leave in 2015. Throughout it all, she remained unflappable and upbeat, an inspiration to those who were privileged to know her.
We extend our sincere condolences to her family, friends, and co-workers as well as those who knew & worked with her over the years. We will miss her joyful presence, and will always keep her spirit alive.
In honor of Asian Pacific American Mental Health Day and May being Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS) is proudly partnering with Kearny Street Workshop to hold a photography exhibit titled “Frames of Mind”. This exhibit features the work of Asian American and Pacific Islanders who participated in a 7-class workshop series, telling stories about mental health through photography.
Here are the Frames of Mind exhibit details:
Frames of Mind exhibit: May 10-13, 2016 (please check the Center’s website for gallery hours) FREE Public Reception: May 10, 2016 (4:00pm to 7:00pm)
International Hotel Manilatown Center
868 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
About Mental Health Conditions:
About one in five Americans in a given year are impacted by mental health conditions regardless of gender, age, race, religion and socioeconomic status. (NIMH)
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders appear to have extremely low utilization of mental health services relative to other U.S. populations. (NAMI) This may be due to the substantial stigma that exists and cultural & linguistic isolation of the community, family and individual.
The economic cost of untreated mental illness is more than 100 billion dollars each year in the United States. Without treatment the consequences of mental illness for the individual and society are staggering: unnecessary disability, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, inappropriate incarceration, and suicide. (NAMI)
Treatments for mental health conditions today are highly effective and individuals who receive treatment have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life.
Many factors contribute to mental health concerns such as biological, life experiences (e.g. trauma, immigration, housing instability), and family history of mental health conditions. When someone starts to experience the early warning signs of mental illness, knowing the risks factors and symptoms will help. Often times, family and friends are the first to support a person through these early stages. Asking for help is never a sign of weakness and wellness & recovery is always possible.
The press release is below (right-click and select any option to "Open").
Funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program (part of the Division of Peer-Based Services at RAMS) provides 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. In addition to the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Entry Level Course that is currently offered, RAMS has designed its Advanced Course to support and educate individuals who are providing, or have recently provided peer-based services to clients in the community (or possess relevant training, volunteer and/or educational experience), and would like to obtain more specialized peer counseling training and professional development opportunities.
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 8 weeks of classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (3PM-6PM).
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 receiving behavioral health services.
Individuals with current or past work experience, education, and/or training (including volunteer and advocacy work) in the peer counseling field are highly encouraged to apply
Tuesday, May 3rd & Friday, May 6th: Optional Informational Open Houses
Wednesday, May 25th @ 5PM: Application Submission Deadline
Week of June 1st, 2016: Notification of Application Status
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016: First Day of Class
Thursday, August 4th, 2016: Last Day of Class & Graduation
Materials are available for download at: http://www.ramsinc.org/peer.php. Please feel free to contact Program Coordinator, Kristin Snell, at (415) 579-3021 x102, or via email at email@example.com should you have any questions or would like any additional information.
RAMS is proud to be a co-sponsor along with San Francisco District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar, California District 19 Assembly member Phil Ting, Kaiser Permanente, Compassionate Community Care, and Self-Help for the Elderly for the Richmond Community Health Festival.
The purpose of this free health festival is to encourage a healthy lifestyle and provide access to resources that help meet the health needs of our diverse community.
The Health Festival will feature FREE health screenings and medication review along with FREE giveaways, cooking demonstrations, health education offered by about 40 community health organizations, children’s activities and family fun.
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10 am - 2 pm
Where: Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Avenue (at Clement), San Francisco