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Current Project List: What We’re Working On

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The Wellness Recovery Resiliency Hub offers recovery education workshops and technical assistance designed to help teams of consumers, family members, providers and administrative staff share and expand their knowledge and skills in “how-to” build resilience, pursue recovery and experience wellness.

Our goal is to help programs build on their strengths and increase the kinds of services and supports people-in-recovery need to live meaningful lives, guided by their own choices, in their community.

The Hub team takes on new projects that:

Through the Summer of 2010, we have contracted with the Yale Program on Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) to bring specialized technical assistance to several BHCS “systems change” projects. The acronym “PRCH” is used below to show where the Hub is including this resource in our work.

HERE IS A COMPLETE LIST OF CURRENT PROJECTS (current as of June 2009- this list will be updated each quarter):

John George Psychiatric Pavilion - Integrate wellness recovery practices into the culture and operations of the hospital. The consultation is divided into technical assistance provided to the hospital’s Wellness Workgroup and completing three “Practice Change Workshops” in which teams of consumers, providers, family members and non-clinical staff share their understanding and experience of recovery, and “take-on” small projects that bring wellness practices into the day-to-day hospital operations. (Collaboration with PRCH)

BHCS Workforce Development and Training Division -

Family Education Resource Center - Developing innovative approaches (e.g., curricula) that support the wellness and resiliency of families/caregivers and enable them to be effective advocates for their loved ones. Member, Family Education Resource Center Advisory Board.

BHCS Office of Family Relations- Developing curricula for “education support groups” that are designed for family members of Transition-Age-Youth. This collaborative effort also includes the BHCS TAY Advisory Board, the Alameda County Family Coalition and United Advocates for Children and Families.

BHCS Consumer Relations Team - Co-facilitating the Wellness Center and Self-Help Expansion Workgroup. Developing program and facility design recommendations for BHCS Capital Facilities and Technology planning, leading to the development of BHCS Wellness Centers.

Pool Of Consumer Champions (POCC) - Facilitating trainings in leadership skill development for the POCC membership and committees

BHCS Housing Services Office- Developing curricula on wellness/recovery topics for specific operators of community living facilities (room and board, board and care, residential hotels). Providing technical assistance and editing support for the creation of housing resource book for consumers, family members, and providers (collaboration with PRCH).

BHCS Cultural Competence Initiative - Supporting efforts to address cultural disparities in mental health services by

Ongoing Training for MHSA funded Peer Providers- Providing monthly training and mentorship to peer providers within Full Service Partnerships and other MHSA-funded programs using the Hub-developed “C.O.R.E.” curriculum (Consumer-provider Ongoing Recovery Education).

Within the Adult System of Care (services for consumers ages 18 and over) - The Hub is offering training and technical assistance to the eighteen Adult Service Teams (these teams provide services to 3800 adults and are managed by eight community based organizations and five county programs). The Hub is working with the Adult Service Teams on three major projects:

  1. Participating in the planning and the implementation of collaborative projects sponsored by the five BHCS Adult Community Support Centers
  2. Building on current knowledge and skills to increase the variety of wellness practices used by service teams: “What Works’ focus groups; surveys that show how providers, clients, family members experience recovery while receiving or giving services; and Practice Change Workshops. (Collaboration with PRCH)
  3. Creating Homes Project (in development): (Offers 145 consumers, from nine service teams, a “wellness recovery community” and resources to pursue goals in education, employment and housing within a Recovery Education Center setting. The project will eventually be implemented in all 18 service teams.)
    • The Hub Director is a member of the Creating Homes Design Team, providing input in two areas: (i) integrating Wellness Recovery & Resiliency practices into culture and operations and (ii) advising on implementation of the Recovery Education Center component.
    • When the project enters its start-up and implementation phase the Hub team will:
      • Collaborate with the Recovery Education Center contractor to offer training for providers, consumers and family members.
      • Meet with Creating Homes staff in their “Regional Learning Collaboratives.” Facilitate workshops and develop ways to disseminate effective wellness practices throughout all eighteen service teams

Within the Older Adult System of Care (services for consumers ages 60 and above)- Assisting in the development of a model of peer support that is effective for older adults.

Within the Transition Age Youth System of Care Care (services for consumers ages 16 to 26)- Providing staff assistance to the PRCH project to identify and expand wellness practices across programs.