to Board Collaboration with ACBHCS…(Cont.)
Laura Mason: She stated that she became involved in mental health for a number of reasons e.g. she is a Clinical Professor at UC Berkeley and runs a community clinic to train graduate students in their 1st clinical experiences and she is committed in providing community service and developing treatments that consumers endorsed. She related that she has family members living through mental illness. She expressed concern about access of people with serious mental health issues to services and housing.
Stephen Post: He stated that he became involve in mental health for 2 reasons 1) he represents the Alameda/Contra Costa Medical Association, he reports back on what is going on in the mental health area 2) He has a son who is bipolar. He learned that mental health will eventually rely on the social network where family cannot take care of an individual and will need to be taking care of the police, the fire dept., the hospital, etc.; he felt that it is important that the social network is established as caring, understanding and responsive. He addressed that the first responders should have an understanding on how to respond appropriately to an individual dealing with mental health issues.
Margot Dashiell: She is a liaison to the board from the AC Family Coalition, she related that she has family members suffering with mental illness and she is a member of the NAMI. She related that people with mental illness life span is 25 years less than the average person. She related that her group’s interests are: how to integrate physical health with mental health; provider education; mental health court and housing.
Michelle Burns: She provided some of her backgrounds e.g. she worked at a homeless clinic in Boston and dealt with homeless kids living with HIV and mental health issues; she also worked in Berkeley HS prior to working in BHCS. She addressed the importance of developing mental health programs for young people to prevent mental illness becomes chronic. Currently, as the TAY Director, she stated that they started developing programs for the TAY through the MHSA funding and added that they will be starting the 1st episode program which is based on a research that has been done internationally and now throughout the US.
Barbara Majak: She provided some of her backgrounds e.g. prior to working in the county she worked as a Public Health Nurse in Oakland and she has been working in mental health for 30 years now. She stated that it is really inspiring to hear everyone’s passion, care and concern and related that one of the most exciting things about MHSA has been the opportunity for a better collaboration with the community. She mentioned that for so many years mental health services lost funding every single year and they were only able to provide services that the federal govt. was willing to fund and right now at