The Berkeley Unified School District, in partnership with Berkeley Mental Health, proposes to train adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid. The City of Berkeley presents a unique opportunity for this project as it is a condensed geographic area with a high enrollment rate for school-age youth. Despite the availability of mental health services, Berkeley has higher rates of depression and other risk factors than the state and national averages. The target population for the program is 6-12th graders enrolled in Berkeley Unified School District who come from a multiplicity of races, ethnicities, languages spoken, and socioeconomic status. The goals and objectives include: increase the mental health literacy and fluency of adults who come into contact with youth by training 4 YMHFA trainers and 1,020 adults as YMHFA'ers; improve youth mental health by increasing the early identification of mental health problems and subsequent connection to treatment; and increase the collaboration and partnership between communities, organizations, and programs who come into contact with youth through the establishment of an interagency advisory council that increased the number and variety of partnering agencies as well as the number and types of collaboration. Over the course of the project, BUSD will maintain 4 certified trainers and train 1,020 adults who come into contact with youth.
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CA Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2017
The Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians is apply for the SAMHSA Native Connections grant. The Big Valley Rancheria is located in Northern California, Lake County on the shores of Clearlake. Big Valley Rancheria is located adjacent to the small, rural agricultural community of Lakeport, CA, approximately 2 hours from any metropolitan area. Lakeport, California has a staggering unemployment rate, high-school dropout rate, and wide-spread poverty. Big Valley is also located in the poorest County in California, Lake County. Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians has 1,020 total Tribal members, 590 of these members are under the age of 21 years and 774 are under the age of 24. These numbers do not include the approximate 250 non-tribal member and tribal members from other tribes that reside in our community. We have 271 tribal member families within Lake County and approximately 300 individuals live on the Rancheria. Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians Tribal Community is plagued with drug and alcohol addiction. During the SAMHSA 2014 community needs assessment the assessment approximated 70% of our community is in active and/or recovering from addiction of drugs, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals. Due to the community circumstances such as lack of healthy tribal community activities for ages up to 24, transportation to local actives/ programs/events, youth programs and un-healthy lifestyle choices among the community this has led to wide spread addiction in young children. The Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians is experiencing a high rate of suicide within its community. In order to address the issues the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians plans to provide services to ages 24 and under through intervention, prevention, cultural activities, education and training utilizing all three tiers in the grant.
The California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations proposes the Consumer Leadership and Support Project" (CLASP) to support and advance recovery-oriented systems in behavioral health at the State and local level. CLASP's goals are to advance consumer leadership and voice as a vehicle toward recovery oriented systems change and to advance peer support as a vehicle toward recovery oriented systems change. CLASP will achieve these goals through many strategies including: (1) engaging with under-represented populations, such as Hispanic, rural, and young adult communities, in systems change activities via Finding Your Voice workshops; (2) enhancing consumer voice, empowerment and participation in behavioral health policy, planning, and implementation through practical in-person and virtual skill building trainings; and (3) forming collaborations and partnerships with consumer run programs and state, local, and allied stakeholder organizations to pursue its strategies and partnering with local consumer-run organizations to maximize its outreach capability. Finally, through its website and Facebook page, policy papers and news briefs, conference presentations and tabling, CLASP will share mental health awareness messages with 2000 people.
The California Department of Public Health, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Division will partner with four county public health systems to expand the success of California Project LAUNCH. Strategies include: 1) adding mental health consultation to home visiting, 2) strengthening families and building parent leadership and engagement through Parent Cafes, and 3) cross-sector collaboration and systems integration efforts at the state and local levels. These successful strategies will be replicated in three pivotal counties that demonstrate both high need and readiness to implement both systems and client level changes: Butte, San Francisco and Fresno. The populations to be served include ethnically diverse families living in poverty with high rates of child maltreatment and lack of access of adequate mental health supports. The total number of families that will be served over the life of the grant are 1075; approximately 360 are expected to be served annually. As a result of this project, clients will experience improved mental health; parents will increase their parenting and leadership skills; home visitor programs will be able to better meet the mental health needs of their clients; and local and state systems will address barriers to integration and coordination so that families access to services is improved and more effective services are available. In addition, new partnerships will be developed among key local family-serving agencies that center on integrating health, mental health, education, and family support to reduce behavioral health disparities.
The proposed Native Connections project is geared towards serving rural tribal American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) communities of California, specifically 16 tribes and 9 tribal health programs affiliated with California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB). California is home to 109 federally recognized tribes and the largest number of AIAN in any state. Nationally, suicide is the second leading cause of death among AIAN ages 10-34. In California, suicide attempts is greater among AIAN than the general population.
The overall purpose of the proposed project is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among AIAN young people up to and including age 24. This project will incorporate AIAN community involvement to support the implementation of culturally appropriate, community-based mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and substance use or misuse prevention interventions for AIAN youth people up to and including age 24. The project will focus on screenings, cultural responsiveness of care training for tribal health program behavioral health staff, historical trauma and trauma-informed care, postvention strategies, community partnership development, access to care, and data infrastructure development.
The proposed Native Connections project will address the following activities in Year 1:
1) conduct a Service Delivery Systems analysis, a community needs assessment, a community readiness assessment, 2) create a community resource/asset map, 3) implement SAMHSA's
Strategic Prevention Framework to guide the project, 4) develop processes to incorporate local traditional healing practices, and 5) develop culturally-appropriate postvention protocols and suicide attempt follow-up protocols. It is estimated that 400 individuals will be served through the program annually, totaling 2,000 over the five-year period.
Project Cal-Well is a consortium of the California Department of Education (CDE), Garden Grove Unified School District, Santa Rosa City Schools, and the San Diego County Office of Education and their community partners. The combined student population of these three local educational agencies (LEA) is approximately 566,000 students. Together, Project Cal-well partners will develop a collaboration and integration plan to (1) create school communities that promote mental health awareness, well-being, early identification, and intervention of behavioral health issues; (2) increase access to mental health services; (3) support youth violence prevention and school climate strategies by utilizing research-based violence prevention and positive behavioral intervention programs; and (4) saturate the state with YMHFA trainings. These goals will be met by formalizing cross-system collaboration and information sharing relationships. Project Cal-Well will provide statewide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training to over 1,875 adults and increase student and family access to mental health services by developing a concrete coordination and integration plan. Collaboration with key local, state, and national stakeholders will ensure we have built a comprehensive plan and a multidisciplinary infrastructure that addresses the mental health and school safety needs of children and youth.
Catholic Charities of the East Bay's "Now is the Time" Project AWARE in West Contra Costa County, California will improve mental health and substance abuse outcomes for youth in the West Contra Costa Unified School District by training 1,200 (400 each year) adults - parents, teachers, youth service providers, and local leaders, including faith-based institutions -in Youth Mental Health First Aid. There will be five primary objectives within this program: increase the mental health literacy of adults who interact with adolescents in West Contra Costa; increase the capacity of adults within communities to respond to behavioral health issues of adolescents; increase the number of collaborative partnerships with youth-serving community agencies and programs; link adolescents with behavioral health issues to mental, emotional and behavioral health assistance and services; and conduct outreach and engagement strategies with adolescents and their families or caregivers to increase awareness of and promote positive behavioral health assistance and services. Adolescents, especially those from Richmond, the major city within West Contra Costa County, are exposed to chronic levels of community, family, and interpersonal violence, which have had a serious detrimental effect on the mental health outcomes of our youth. There is currently no YMHFA training available in the area. YMHFA Instructors will be cross trained in restorative justice practices.
The Pasadena (CA) Public Health Department (PPHD) requests $2,003,753 to establish Project Wraparound, which will create and expand a comprehensive system of care (SOC) in Service Planning Area (SPA) 3 in Los Angeles County for the benefit of children and youth (aged birth to 21) with serious emotional disturbances (SEDs) and their families. A community-based needs assessment conducted as part of the 2013 SAMHSA-funded SOC Expansion Planning Grant gathered information from providers, stakeholders, youth, and families and found that: 1) families face significant barriers in accessing mental health services for their children; 2) mental and behavioral health services are disjointed and not marketed effectively; 3) families lack knowledge of the assets and resources that are available in the region, and 4) parents experience significant stigma related to mental and behavioral health issues.
Assist Ventura County (Assist) was designed by Ventura County Behavioral Health Department (VCBH) to implement Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) using Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) in the least restrictive environment to a minimum of 60 persons with SMI annually (240 total), curb the cycle of hospital and jail/prison commitments that commonly result from resistance to mental health treatment, and promote wellness and recovery. Given that Ventura County includes a large (41.2%) Latino population, Assist will conduct targeted efforts to reach that community through culturally informed outreach, engagement and rehabilitation strategies that utilizes bilingual/bicultural staff. VCBH offers a full continuum of care in the Adult Division for persons suffering from SMI through six adult outpatient clinics countywide. Services include: individualized treatment planning, medication management, social rehabilitation, group/individual psychotherapy, and collateral contacts. In addition, VCBH has built an assertive cluster of programs directed at those resistant to treatment, including Rapid Integrated Support and Engagement (RISE), VISTA/XP for incarcerated individuals, VOICE/AB109 for probationers, and the Latino Outreach Program. VCBH will contract with an AOT-experienced external evaluator, Resource Development Associates to measure outcomes. Services include: medication management, case management, rehabilitation, substance treatment, housing, employment/vocational services, peer services, and assistance with natural supports. The goal is to increase the number of persons with SMI receiving outpatient treatment; to promote health, wellness, and recovery; and allow previously untreated persons to live a self-directed life while striving to reach their full potential. Objectives include decreasing rates of hospitalizations, homelessness, jail days by at least 50%; increasing to 95% the clients' ability to be self-supporting through benefits or gainful employment.
The Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency's Extended Hope Project aims to serve approximately 75 people experiencing homelessness and co-occurring disorders (CODs) annually. The project will advance client recovery through a two-year integrated treatment approach that focuses on the five key areas of: housing stability; behavioral and physical health; self-sufficiency; criminal justice involvement; and purpose and community. In Yolo County, a local assessment of the largest homeless encampment found that 49 percent of the residents had CODs. The reverberating effects of homelessness can challenge a person's capacity for recovery and pose significant barriers to accessing services. In an effort to bridge this service gap, Extended Hope will consist of three major components: (1)Identification, Assessment, and Triage where two Outreach Workers will identify at least 150 homeless persons each year and administer the Vulnerability Index and Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool and link clients to the region's local coordinated entry system; (2)Intensive Case Management and Treatment where a Clinical Program Manager and two Case Managers will partner with 75 clients to create and implement individualized case plans, and four Peer Recovery Support Specialists will provide recovery support through mentorship and educational sessions; (3)Housing Navigation and Permanent Placement where a Housing Navigator will facilitate permanent housing placements for 100 percent of the chronically homeless and/or veterans and provide eviction prevention aftercare to ensure at least 80 percent remain stably housed and a Supported Employment Specialist will further assist with aftercare by conducting job readiness assessments and finding gainful employment for at least 50 percent of the clients. Overall, Extended Hope will implement a comprehensive continuum of integrated treatment to address major disparities in Yolo County's homeless services system.