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.
 
 








 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Remembering Christian Wilcox

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the recent passing of our wonderful colleague, Mr. Christian Wilcox, Peer Counselor at RAMS.

Mr. Wilcox passed away on May 26th, 2017, due to complications from multiple medical issues. He will be missed by many in his native San Francisco, both within the behavioral health community—where he worked for nearly a decade—and by the countless people he motivated and inspired on the street and throughout the city.


Mr. Wilcox began working with RAMS in July 2015 as one of the inaugural staff members in the Division of Peer-Based Services. It became clear very quickly that his ability to build relationships with others, his natural way of creating an atmosphere of safety and comfort, and his patience and empathy towards some of the most marginalized individuals in the city were rare and valuable assets for clients and colleagues alike. As one of his colleagues wrote, Mr. Wilcox was “hard as nails on the outside but soft as butter on the inside—my favorite kind of person.”

Mr. Wilcox took great pride in his outreach to people who were homeless or struggling with substance use and mental health conditions, and was always willing to share his expertise and vision with the community. Mr. Wilcox’s passion for this work and his skill with clients will not be forgotten; it will live on in the Peer Counselors he trained and in the clients he helped.

We extend our sincere condolences to his wife and daughter, other family members, friends, co-workers, and others for whom Mr. Wilcox’s larger-than-life presence made a positive and lasting impact.

If you would like to donate to a memorial fund for Mr. Wilcox, please follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/christianwilcox

Monday, July 10, 2017

Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate -- Now Accepting Applications for Fall 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 RAMS/SFSU Fall 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 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 14 cohort cycles, the Entry Course has graduated 190 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).
  • 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:
 
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 Fall 2017 class, and beginning another great cohort!

Friday, June 9, 2017

RAMS Division of Peer-Based Services PEER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM -- Now Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 Cohort!

RAMS Division of Peer-Based Services is very excited to announce the Peer Internship Cohort 2017-2018. The Peer Internship Program is designed for individuals with lived experience who are consumers of behavioral health services, former consumers, family members of a consumer, and/or peer providers working for a community agency providing behavioral health services.

The Internship Program offers collaborative learning in a peer-supported environment, in which Peer Interns work with other Peer Practitioners throughout the 9-month program. Peer Interns will attend formal trainings each month provided by RAMS for additional professional development. The Internship Program also provides weekly group supervision from a Peer Supervisor, as well as ongoing individual supervision from a site supervisor.
 
We are looking for individuals who:
 
In order to qualify for this internship, please note that you must meet the following requirements:
  • At least 18 years of age,
  • Resident of San Francisco,
  • Have successfully completed at least a High School education or GED,
  • Be able to work 20 hours/week in a behavioral health care setting, AND
  • Commit to the nine months of the internship
     
This program is funded by MHSA and other sources through San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services. As such, the Internship Program’s mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with lived experience with Community Behavioral Health System of Care, and/or their family members.
 
Application and Course Timeline:
  • Wednesday, June 7th: Application Release
  • Friday, July 14th @ 5PM: Application Submission Deadline
  • Week of August 14th: Notification of Application Status
  • Wednesday, August 23rd: Registration Forms Due
  • Tuesday, September 5th: Internship Start Date

Materials are available for download at: http://www.ramsinc.org/peerbased.php. Please feel free to contact us at peerinternship@ramsinc.org should you have any questions or would like any additional information.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

New RAMS Director of Development

It is with great pleasure that we introduce the new RAMS Director of Development, Cristiana Baik.

Ms. Baik has been working in the development field for over eight years. Previously, she was the Director of Institutional Giving at Lincoln (formerly Lincoln Child Center) in Oakland. She holds a BA in Gender Studies and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. She is delighted to join the RAMS team, and is looking forward to helping the agency thrive, and to support staff.

Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Ms. Baik to her new leadership appointment as the Director of Development for RAMS.

You may contact Cristiana Baik at RAMS by telephone at (415) 800-0699 ext. 204 and/or by email at cristianabaik@ramsinc.org.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 10 - APA Mental Health Day Co-Hosted by RAMS & APIMHC

In honor of May 10 - Asian Pacific American Mental Health Day and May being Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, RAMS proudly partnered with its Asian Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative (APIMHC) to host a community celebration at the SF County Fair Building. APIMHC is a collaborative partnership between RAMS and six community-based organizations: Samoan Community Development Center, Filipino-American Development Foundation/Bayanihan Community Center, Vietnamese Youth Development Center, Cambodian Community Development, Inc., Lao Seri Association, and Vietnamese Family Services Center. The purpose of this event was to celebrate mental wellness and increase awareness of balanced mental and physical health in the context of cultures. The event was made possible with great thanks by Kaiser Permanente and the San Francisco Federal Credit Union.


This year’s event was held on Wednesday, May 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the San Francisco County Fair Building, located at 1199 9th Ave, SF, CA. The celebration featured cultural wellness activities and healing practices, along with demonstrations, including Cambodian Dance, Shaio Lin Style Kung Fu, Hot Siva (Samoan), Drumming Circle, and Vietnamese Hat Dancing. Information & resources and food of the different cultural communities were also provided.

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.