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ADVANCING CLIENT AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

ACCESS California is a statewide consumer-led public mental health advocacy program of NorCal MHA. ACCESS is funded by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA/Prop. 63). Founded in 1946, NorCal MHA is the oldest continuously operating peer-run consumer advocacy agency in California.

PAST WEBINARS

Missed a recent webinar? You're in luck. All our webinars are recorded and archived for at least six months so you can watch whenever you have time.

HOW TO ADVOCATE

Want to participate in mental health advocacy but not sure where to begin? ACCESS has you covered. Our experienced advocates  know the in's and out's of the Public Mental Health System and how to get stuff done. 

Recap the ACCESS Conference in Los Angeles and our two special presentations by

Elyn R. Saks,J.D., Ph.D. and Mark Ragins, M.D.

Conference materials provide ACCESS program's objectives, a summary of the program activities thus far, and offer key findings on recovery outcomes in CA's PMHS.

Need help advocating in your local mental health system? Want to voice a concern about the way your county is running its MHSA Community Program Planning process? Contact our Advocacy Helpline by phone at (707) 572-4357 or email us at access@norcalmha.org. We can help point you in the right direction.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING

"I knew about the MHSA but not how in-depth it is."

"Serious eye-opener."

"WOW ... This is golden."

"Consumers want to have a voice. We need to make sure the opportunity occurs always!"

"[I gained] a better understanding of [the] MHSA terminology and overall foundation for me to continue to learn. I am encouraged and inspired. Thank you."

"[I'm] understanding [the] MHSA a lot better and empowered to know how I can do my part."

MHSA LEADERSHIP
TRAINING ATTENDEES

"I learned so much about how [the] MHSA works."

 

"Instructors are experts in their field."

"The trainers are fantastic, engage well, prepare well."

"This is going to help in program decision-making."

"[I learned] my rights and that I can contact people in authority and speak my opinion, I have a voice and there are people out there to support me."

"I have a stronger voice than I had originally thought."

"Love it."

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
WORKSHOP ATTENDEES

"I will make sure that I bring the MHSA standards with me to all meetings so I can see if the use the Department is meeting the 6 guidelines they are supposed to. I will encourage my community, especially the Spanish speakers to advocate for their rights."

"I am going to organize, in collaboration with my county MHSA coordinator, many stakeholder meetings to set a fresh list of priorities and to write some client-generated proposals to the board."

"The facilitators took the time to answer questions. Making the experience about quality not quantity."

"Even though this is serious and weighted material the staff kept the presentation fun and engaging."

AMBASSADOR BOOT CAMP ATTENDEES

UPCOMING TRAININGS AND EVENTS

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MHSA Leadership Training

Coming Soon

Santa Cruz, 11/20/19

FULL-DAY TRAINING • LUNCH PROVIDED

ACCESS’ MHSA Leadership Training educates participants about their responsibilities under the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), and teaches them how to effectively implement the MHSA’s six General Standards and Community Program Planning Process requirements.

TARGET AUDIENCE: 

LOCAL AGENCY LEADERSHIP

Local Mental Health Directors, MHSA Coordinators, Unit/Division Managers, County Supervisors, and current members of

Local Mental Health Boards, MHSA Steering Committees, and other local policy-making and planning bodies

STATEWIDE AGENCY LEADERSHIP

Directors, Executive Leaders, Officers, Board/Commission Members, and Senior Managers at DHCS, MHSOAC, OSHPD, CBHPC, CBHDA, CALBHB/C, the California Legislature, and other statewide policy-making and planning bodies

Presented by:

Andrea Crook, NCPS

Community Empowerment Workshop 

Coming Soon

Santa Cruz, 11/21/19

FULL-DAY TRAINING • LUNCH PROVIDED

ACCESS’ Community Empowerment Workshop educates ACCESS Ambassadors, clients, peers, advocates, and community stakeholders on their rights under the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), including its requirements for a Community Program Planning Process and meaningful stakeholder involvement in mental health program planning, development, oversight, and evaluation. Participants learn how to craft impactful public statements and attend a local meeting with the ACCESS team where they get a real-world opportunity to advocate for services and policies that positively impact clients in their community.

TARGET AUDIENCE: 

Clients/Consumers, Peer Support Workers, Mental Health Advocates, ACCESS Ambassadors, Community Stakeholders, and the general public

Presented by:

Andrea Crook, NCPS

Tiffany Carter

Additional training information and resources are available on our Learn page.
HAVE YOU READ IT YET?

Download our 2018-2019 State of the Community Report!

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