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:

Monday, July 10, 2017

Welcome Dr. Jorge Wong as RAMS President & Chief Executive Officer

We are happy to announce the confirmation of Dr. Jorge Wong as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of RAMS.

Dr. Jorge Wong is a California Licensed Psychologist with nearly three decades in the behavioral health and human services field, including over 15 years in management and leadership roles. His clinical focus has been in community mental health, correctional and forensic, crisis and culturally adapted evidence practices with underserved limited English proficient immigrant and refugee populations. Immediately prior to RAMS, Dr. Wong was the Specialty Mental Health Division Director of Asian Health Services (AHS) in Oakland, overseeing the establishment of a Specialty Mental Health Division serving moderate, chronic and severely mentally ill API populations in the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Santa Clara county’s largest community-based health and human services organization focused on Asians, where he oversaw enterprise wide quality improvement, compliance and regulatory functions, as well as managing integrated behavioral health services in primary care, problem gambling, HIV prevention and education, SUD and DUI services, CalWORKs, youth development and prevention, civic engagement, graduate clinical training, professional development, and external relations.

Dr. Wong is a Banana Slug from UC Santa Cruz and graduate from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU). He completed his APA Internship at Cermak Health Services of Cook County DOC-Rush Presbyterian-Isaac Ray Center. He has served on the American Psychological Association’s Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP), Committee of Professional Practice and Standards (COPPS), State Leadership Committee (SLC), and the editorial board for Psychological Services, the journal for Div. 18: Psychologists in Public Service. He is Past President of the California and San Francisco Psychological Associations, Board member of the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC), Trustee and Adjunct Faculty at PAU, consultant to the U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division, and past member of the Consumer and Family Leadership Council of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He has also served in advisory roles to the California Office of Problem Gambling, Kaiser Permanente’s Research Project of Genes, Environment and Health, the City of San Jose Office of the Independent Police Auditor and various international mental health organizations. Most recently he received the 2016 Okura Community Leadership Award by the Asian American Psychological Association and the 2015 Community Heroes Award: Mover and Shaker, by the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board.

In his spare time he mentors underrepresented graduate students emphasizing that psychology is not just about practice and research but advocacy, policy and leadership. He encourages the younger generation to get involved professionally and represent the diversity of their respective communities and cultures.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Wong to this significant leadership role at RAMS!

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 should you have any questions. Materials are available for download at:
We look forward to receiving applications for the Fall 2017 class, and beginning another great cohort!