Friday, October 16, 2015

Hire-Ability: A Light Of The Village

The Mental Health Services Act - San Francisco held its 5th Annual Award Ceremony at the Scottish Rite Masonic Auditorium on October 15, 2015. It was a thoughtfully coordinated event that included stories and poetry from those mental health consumers with lived experience, as well as delightful musical entertainment from pianist, Mr. Walter Earl, and beatbox vocalist, Mr. Carlos Aguirre. With the tagline “It Takes a Village to Recover,” the event celebrated the recovery of over 100 consumers, each of whom received an Achievement in Recovery Award.

It was a big year for RAMS Hire-Ability Vocational Services, which saw its i-Ability Vocational IT Training program receive two distinctions. A graduate of i-Ability, was honored with the MHSA Consumer of the Year Award. His inspiring speech echoed the award ceremony’s sentiment, as he thanked those who were key to his recovery, including RAMS, AA, and his community behavioral health providers.

The i-Ability Vocational IT Training program also received the MHSA Team of the Year Award. The program’s entire staff was welcomed onstage to accept this award, including IT trainers, counselors, peer staff members, and management. RAMS i-Ability provides on-the-job vocational IT training to consumers through its partnership with SF Dept. of Public Health - Behavioral Health Services (BHS), where i-Ability serves as a critical component of the IT operations at BHS.






The i-Ability program will begin recruiting in January 2016 
for IT training cohorts that will begin in April 2016.  
For more information, please contact Nancy Gobaleza, Intake Coordinator
at 415-282-9675 Ext. 207 or nancygobaleza@hire-ability.org

Friday, October 2, 2015

New Director at RAMS CAAP Counseling & Pre-Vocational Services

We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Anjuli T. Clopper, LPC, NCC as the new Director of RAMS CAAP Counseling and Pre-Vocational Services (CCS).

Ms. Clopper has most recently been (since June 2015) the Program Coordinator with CCS Workforce Development Department (WDD). She worked directly with staff to develop and implement the Jobs Plus and On the Job Assessment programs. She also serves as a liaison between RAMS and the Personal Assistance to Employment Services (PAES) at the Human Services Agency. Although it has been just a few months, Ms. Clopper has already established a strong connection with PAES and WDD management and staff members as well as the clients. She has also developed a great understanding and appreciation of the CAAP system and how it supports the population most in need of services in San Francisco.

Ms. Clopper is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC and has experience working with consumers with serious mental health conditions at the largest non-profit agency in Washington, DC before relocating to San Francisco and working at RAMS. Ms. Clopper holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Certificate in Secondary School Counseling. Her clinical passion and experience lies within the field of substance abuse and trauma informed care. She has led several trainings and has been a group facilitator with the group module, Trauma Recovery Empowerment Module (TREM). She is invested in supporting and empowering those who suffer from mental health issues to fulfill their personal goals as it best suites their lives. Ms. Clopper is taking the Director position effective October 1, 2015 and Dr. Shyam Kotagal is transitioning out of this position, while we’re actively recruiting for the open Coordinator positions. We are truly grateful for Dr. Kotagal’s years of devoted service to RAMS and our community.

Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Ms. Anjuli T. Clopper to her new leadership appointment as the Director of CAAP Counseling & Pre-Vocational Services.

You may contact Anjuli T. Clopper, LPC, NCC at RAMS by telephone at 415-558-1391 and/or email by email at anjuliclopper@ramsinc.org or anjuli.clopper@sfgov.org.