Consumer Advocate Liaison
NorCal MHA’s Consumer Advocate Liaison (CAL) actively participates in Sacramento County’s Behavioral Health Services management meetings, policy development meetings, program planning and development and implementation meetings, and system of care meetings. Our CAL regularly informs County leadership of issues, gaps, research, trends and developments related to needs of consumers of mental health services. The CAL also serves as a resource for adult consumers discharged from acute care by providing system navigation, advocacy, information, referral and support.
For more information, contact Matt Marrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 875-4710.
Consumer Operated Warmline
The Warmline is a non-crisis phone line operating Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, which offers supportive listening, referrals to mental health resources, and more. The Warmline is staffed by a culturally diverse team of NorCal MHA employees and volunteers, all of whom are living in recovery from mental illness. The Warmline provides support services in the following languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Hmong, and Sinhala.
For more information, contact Maksim Tsymbal at email@example.com or (916) 366-4668.
Family Advocate Liaison
NorCal MHA’s Family Advocate Liaison (FAL) actively participates in Sacramento County’s Behavioral Health Services management meetings, policy development meetings, program planning and development and implementation meetings, and system of care meetings. Our FAL regularly informs County leadership of issues, gaps, research, trends and developments related to needs of the family members and caretakers of adult mental health clients. The FAL also offers consultation related to the family member perspective to policy and program development committees, workgroups and task forces, system providers, and partners.
For more information, contact Robin Barney at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 875-5644.
Peer Partner Program
Our Peer Partners (PPs) work within Sacramento County’s Behavioral Health Services and provide individual peer support, information and referrals, mentoring, and advocacy skills to clients receiving public mental health services. PPs meet with clients and their family members or support persons while clients are receiving inpatient psychiatric services and offer mentoring and/or coaching to clients by helping clients set recovery goals, develop individual Wellness and Recovery Action Plans, solve problems directly related to recovery, and provide encouragement, motivation and support to clients seeking to establish or strengthen their recovery.
For more information, contact Lou DeVille at email@example.com or (916) 874-3361.
Older Adult Programs
Senior Peer Counseling / Supporting Community Connections
The Senior Peer Counseling / Supporting Community Connections program provides peer counseling, referrals, community connection and advocacy for adults 55 years and older, who are isolated, homebound older adults in Sacramento County by linking caring volunteers with older people in need
of a friend. In just a couple hours per week, volunteers are able to reduce isolation, and improve qualityof life, all while building new connections within the community. The program also provides community education and training about mental health issues, cultural competency and the value of volunteering.
Youth and Family Programs
Sacramento Advocates for Family Empowerment (SAFE)
SAFE’s Family and Youth Advocates work to ensure that the needs of youth and families are being met by the public mental health system. This is done through empowering youth and family members to have a voice at all levels of system care and public policy. SAFE Advocates
also provide support groups for families and youth who are served by Sacramento County’s Children’s System of Care, which includesBehavioral Health, Juvenile Justice, and Child Protective Services. Our SAFE staff offer education and training to organizations throughout Sacramento County and are available to speak about youth mental health topics at various events. We provide services in English, Hmong, and Spanish.
SAFE offers the following weekly support groups at the Fruitridge Community Center, located at 4000 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA:
Tuesdays from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:
Teen Co-Ed Group
Parents/Caregivers Support Group
Latino Parents/Caregivers Support Group (en Español)
Wednesdays from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:
Teen Anger Management Group (requires preregistration)
All of our groups are open to the public. Call us for additional details!
For more information, contact Sandena Bader at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 855-5427.
Adult and Older Adult Program