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: Please feel free to contact us at 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

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.


Annual Richmond Community Health Festival on Saturday, May 6th

RAMS is proud to have co-sponsored our annual Richmond Community Health Festival on May 6th, along with Assemblymember Phil Ting, Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, Kaiser Permanente, Self-Help For The Elderly, and Compassionate Community Care.

The Health Festival featured free clinical health services including blood pressure testing, Hep B screening, and other medical tests & services, as well as free Tai Chi and Fall Prevention Demonstrations. The fair also featured FREE giveaways, food, health education offered by more than 40 community health organizations, children’s activities and family fun, including traditional Russian singing and dance performances.


Monday, April 24, 2017

The i-Ability Vocational IT Training Program is now accepting applications for Desktop and Help Desk!

RAMS is excited to announce that the i-Ability Vocational IT Training Program is currently seeking applicants for the upcoming cohorts for two tracks: (1) Help Desk and (2) Desktop. The i‐Ability Vocational IT Training Program is offered by Hire‐Ability Vocational Services, a division of Richmond Area Multi‐Services, Inc. (RAMS) with funding from the Mental Health Services Act. Participants in these 9‐month program tracks will receive intensive and supportive on‐the‐job training in the fields of information technology, technical support and customer service.

Please visit, to access videos that provide information about how to prepare for the application process and the program itself, and to access the application, which is also available here: VIEW APPLICATION.

In order to qualify for this program, please note that interested applicants must be able to provide documentation showing that they meet the following requirements: 
  1. At least 18 years of age 
  2. Current resident of San Francisco 
  3. Must be currently receiving services through SFDPH Behavioral Health Services (BHS) 
  4. Have successfully completed at least a High School education or equivalent (GED acceptable) 
  5. Be able to attend training which is held Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., 7‐12 hours per week 
  6. Successful completion of in‐person interview and skills assessment 
  7. Must actively participate in developing vocational goals with program staff 
  8. Must provide consent for i‐Ability staff to reach out to clinical provider 
The program is accepting about 10 trainees for the Help Desk track and 8 trainees for the Desktop track. Interested applicants can attend information sessions that will be held at the 1st floor Avatar Training Room of 1380 Howard St. on the following dates and times:
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday , May 17, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Application Due Date: 
June 2, 2017 (must be received by manager no later than 5:00 p.m.)
Interviews Conducted: 
Ongoing until June 30, 2017
Notification of Application Status: 
All applicants will be notified no later than July 21, 2017
First Day of Instruction: 
July 31, 2017 (Help Desk) & August 14, 2017 (Desktop)

For more information, feel free to contact:
John Cabiles, Vocational IT Services Manager at (415) 255‐3563 or iAbility@hire‐
Nancy Gobaleza, Intake Coordinator at 415-282-9675 ext. 207 or 

Friday, April 7, 2017

APIMHC offering FREE Mental Health First Aid Training - April 17 & 18, 2017

The Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative (APIMHC) is pleased to offer a two-day Mental Health First Aid Training facilitated by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Trainer Joyce Diloy. The two-day training will be held in the Auditorium at the Samoan Community Development Center - 2055 Sunnydale Avenue, San Francisco. The training starts promptly at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. each day.

Who to attend:
  • APIMHC Community Partners and staff
  • FMHI-SF workgroup members
  • SEAMHI workgroup members
  • SWI workgroup members
  • Interested Community members
Space is LIMITED.

 RSVP by Thursday, April 13, 2017 to Anila Pillai at

Refreshments/snacks will be provided. Please bring a notepad and pen for note-taking.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Natalie T. Ah Soon, MPH
Project Coordinator
Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative
(415) 668-5998 ext. 22

Monday, March 27, 2017

Career Connections Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2017

Career Connections is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the Summer cohort starting the first week of May 2017.  Applications are due Friday, March 31, 2017.

The Hire-Ability Career Connections Program offers 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 individuals who:
· 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)

Contact Information:
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:

Link to Brochure:

Link to Application:

The first group of participants enrolled in November 2016 have completed the initial skills and interest assessment, career exploration and vocational training and are now placed in internships as diverse as a radio station, a museum, and the Department of Public Health.

Career Connections congratulates the interns on a job well done and thanks our community partners for their support!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Now Accepting Summer Bridge 2017 Applications

RAMS Summer Bridge 2017 Fact Sheet

RAMS-Summer Bridge is an 8-week summer mentorship program for youth ages 16 to 20, currently enrolled in or recently graduated from SFUSD high schools.  Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS) is collaborating with California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).  The program is funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

What is the purpose of RAMS-Summer Bridge 2017?
It is a mentorship program for youth from under-represented backgrounds who are interested in the field of psychology. Participants will learn some basics about counseling psychology, mental health, and the many career possibilities in the helping professions. Participants will meet with therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals in the field. Participants will attend weekly field trips within San Francisco. Participants will receive a stipend at completion of the program, during a graduation ceremony with friends and family.

Who can apply?
Youth ages 16 to 20 years old, currently enrolled in or recently graduated from SFUSD high schools, are invited to apply. 

What will we do each week?
The program will meet from 6/13/17 – 8/3/17 on Tues/Weds/Thurs from 11am – 3pm.  Each of the 8 weeks explores a specific theme, including Identity, Mental Health, Helping Professions, Education, Therapy, and Self Care. The main location is CIIS: 1453 Mission St (in SOMA). On Wednesdays, we will meet at field trip locations within San Francisco.

There are four major components:
§  Meetings at CIIS – team-building activities, guest speakers, experiential activities, small discussion groups, and work on final project
§  Field trips – to community agencies, clinics, and colleges; including the Fort Miley Ropes Course, San Francisco State University, RAMS Child, Youth, and Family Outpatient Clinic, and Psychiatric Emergency Services
§  Journal – weekly journal entries to reflect on the themes of the week
§  Final Project – presentation on what you have learned from the program

What do we need to do to complete the program?
§  Complete and submit application including 2 letters of reference
§  Be selected by committee of Summer Bridge staff and Youth Council participants  
§  Participate in all activities/visits and complete/present final project
§  Follow all rules and policies of RAMS-Summer Bridge 2017

What do we get out of this program?
§  Meet professionals from different cultures, sometimes in real work situations
§  Explore career options in psychology and the helping professions
§  Experience different neighborhoods within San Francisco
§  Learn more about yourself
§  Meet other students with similar interests from high schools throughout the city
§  Lunch provided each day
§  Stipend upon completion of program

RAMS-Summer Bridge is an 8-week summer program for people age 16 to 20 currently enrolled in or recently graduated from SFUSD high schools.  It is a mentorship program for students who are interested in the field of psychology.  Along with the educational aspects of the program, students are given the chance to explore many career possibilities in the helping professions with weekly site visits.  Participants of the program will experience first-hand how psychology applies to human services. 

Deadline for application: rolling admissions, but must be submitted by May 4, 2017!

Application can be e-mailed to:
U.S. mail to: RAMS, Inc. 3626 Balboa Street, SF, CA 94121, Attn.: Program Coordinator
Or put in envelope at any San Francisco Unified School District High School Wellness Center marked “Summer Bridge application return”
Questions: e-mail

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate -- Now Accepting Applications for Spring 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 Spring 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 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 13 cohort cycles, this course has had over 175 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:
  • 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 12 weeks of classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.). 
  • 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:
  • Thursday, January 12th - Application Release 
  • Wednesday, January 25th & Tuesday, January 31st - Optional Informational Open Houses (see Flyer Here for details)
  • Wednesday, February 1st, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Optional Application Help Workshop
  • Tuesday, February 21st @ 5:00 p.m. - Application Deadline 
  • Week of March 1st - Notification of Application Status 
  • Tuesday, March 22nd – First Day of Class 
  • Thursday, June 8th - Graduation Ceremony
Please feel free to contact us at (415) 579-3021 x102 or should you have any questions. Materials are also available for download at:

We look forward to receiving applications for the Spring 2017 class, and beginning another great cohort!