Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Donate to RAMS through your regular Amazon shopping!

RAMS is now participating in the AmazonSmile program, a simple and automatic way for Amazon customers to support RAMS every time you shop, at no additional cost to you. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases whenever you shop on AmazonSmile!

As a not-for-profit organization, RAMS relies on support from community members, like yourself! We would greatly appreciate if you would designate RAMS as your charitable organization on AmazonSmile(https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7389436), and signing in with your regular Amazon login. Then, please continue to return back to the smile.amazon.com site for any Amazon purchases so that 0.5% of the eligible purchases can be donated to RAMS.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Click HERE to read more about AmazonSmile.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Introducing the Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative

RAMS gallops into the Year of the Horse with a brand NEW project: Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative!

The project is RAMS’ inaugural venture into community health promotion programs. Through RAMS’ collaborative partnership with the Samoan Community Development Center, Filipino-American Development Foundation/Bayanihan Community Center, and Vietnamese Youth Development Center, our goal is to reduce the stigma of mental health among Samoans, Filipinos, and Southeast Asians (Cambodian, Laotian, & Vietnamese) in San Francisco by delivering culturally and linguistically competent mental health prevention and early intervention activities across the lifespan in community settings.

Check out our website page HERE for more details.

Image credit: artwork by Ryan Gucayane, designed for CRDP, API-SPW

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate -- Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2014 Class

RAMS, in collaboration with SFSU, is excited to announce that the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2014 Class!
Funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program provides a 12-week long training for consumers of behavioral health services or family members who are interested in becoming peer counselors/peer specialists in the field of community behavioral health.

We are looking for individuals who are:
  • at least 18 years old
  • residents of San Francisco
  • have completed at least a high school level education or GED
  • current or past consumers of behavioral health services and/or family members
  • interested in helping others in the community behavioral health setting

Application and course timeline is as follows:
  • Tuesday, January 7th - Application Release
  • Tuesday, January 21st - Optional Program Open House (see image below for details)
  • Friday, February 14th @ 5:00pm - Application Deadline
  • Week of March 10th - Notification of Application Status
  • Friday, March 21st - Registration Forms Due for accepted applicants
  • Tuesday, April 1st - 1st Day of Class
  • Thursday, June 19th - Graduation Ceremony
OPEN HOUSE FLYER (Right-click and select any option to "Open")
Kindly distribute this to those in your network and your consumer community, as applicable.

Please feel free to contact Program Coordinator, Shana Averbach, LMFT at (415) 668-5955 x386 or shanaaverbach@ramsinc.org should you have any questions.
Program brochures & application forms are also available for download at: http://www.ramsinc.org/peer.php

We look forward to receiving the applications, Spring 2014 class, and beginning of another great cohort!