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April 2017

Next Meeting:

COMIO's next meeting will be an education site visit on July 19-20, 2017 in the California Bay Area. More details will be announced soon.
The following meeting will include an Issue-Specific Workshop on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM and a full Council Meeting on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Both September meetings will be held at the location below:
Board of Parole Hearings, Executive Board Room
1515 K Street, 5th Floor, Suite 550
Sacramento, CA 95814

Last Meeting:

The last COMIO Issue-Specific Workshop and Meeting were held on April 5th and 6th at the Board of Parole Hearings. Both were focused on crisis prevention and response as well as models that use lived experience, and the leveraging of existing resources for peer support services. You can access the PowerPoint slides and other meeting materials on the COMIO Meetings page:

Program Highlight:

On April 6, 2017 Cesar Lagleva, LCSW, presented to the Council on his work as Ethnic Services and Training Manager for Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Mr. Lagleva was joined by Peer Specialist Connie Learson and together they highlighted the important role Peer Specialists in Marin County play in improving access, reducing disparities, and promoting inclusion. Mr. Lagleva provided an overview of the Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Workforce Education and Training (WET) Program which is intended to "develop a workforce that is culturally competent, linguistically and culturally reflective of the communities that are served, and able to offer integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders." He discussed the outcome measures of the program and his recommendations around the use of peer specialists in the workforce. The presentation was concluded with an inspiring personal testimony by Ms. Learson whose lived experience in behavioral health care, child welfare, and criminal justice, demonstrate the value of peer specialists in behavioral health and recovery services. To view the PowerPoint slides from this powerful presentation, click here.


Board of State and Community Corrections Meeting
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is holding their next Board Meeting on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 10:00 am at the address listed below. To view the agenda for this meeting, click here.
Board of State and Community Corrections, Board Room
2590 Venture Oaks Way, Room 101
Sacramento, CA 95833
To learn more about the BSCC, visit their website:

"We Are Listening" Community Dialogue on Behavioral Health Needs within the Older Adult and Aging Population
The California Mental Health Planning Council (CMHPC) is hosting a forum regarding the behavioral health needs of the older adult and aging population on Friday April 21, 2017 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm at the address listed below. The dialogue will be focused on what services the aging population needs and how to engage older adults in them. To view the event flyer, click here.
Holiday Inn San Jose, Ballroom
1350 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95112
To learn more about CMHPC visit their website here.

Bay Area Community Forum on Criminal Justice
The Mental Health Services Act Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) will hold a Bay Area Community Forum for their Criminal Justice Project on April 29, 2017 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at the location listed below. The forum will focus on racial disparities, barriers to care, and culturally competent methods of engagement for diverse communities.
New Providence Baptist Church
218 Granada Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
To learn more about MHSOAC, visit their website:

WEBINAR: Guidelines for Successful Transition of People with Mental or Substance Use Disorders from Jail and Prison: Implementation Guide
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation recently released the Guidelines for Successful Transition of People with Mental or Substance Use Disorders from Jail and Prison: Implementation GuideThis publication provides 10 guidelines for effectively transitioning people with mental or substance abuse disorders from institutional correctional settings into the community and examples of their successful implementation in local jails. The guide is designed to assist behavioral health, correctional, and community stakeholders in implementing the transition strategies. The SAMHSA GAINS Center is holding a webinar on Thursday April 20, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET to walk participants through the key elements of the Implementation Guide. To register for the webinar, click here.

Tools and Resources:

Mental Health America National Certified Peer Specialist Credential
On March 15, 2017, Mental Health America (MHA) announced the release of the MHA National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) Credential. Upon earning this certification through MHA, Peers can show that they meet high standards of experience and expertise in their field and are able to serve in both public and private settings. MHA's NCPS credential is the first ever national credential program for peers and builds upon current standards for peer certification. There is evidence that the use of peer specialists to expand our workforce and assist in recovery is beneficial to both clients and peers. Peer with lived experience have had great success in providing support in community mental health settings. As the field continues to grow, MHA's NCPS credential will assure employers of high quality services for their clients and allow for increasing levels of pay. To read Mental Health America's letter to Behavioral Health Providers, click here. To learn more about the MHA National Certified Peer Specialist credential click here.

Funding Opportunities

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) - U.S. Department of Justice -
Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance Program
Applications Due: April 25, 2017
Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program
Applications Due: April 25, 2017
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention -
Second Chance Act Smart on Juvenile Justice: Community Supervision Reform Program
Applications Due: May 8, 2017
National Institute of Justice -
Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System
Applications Due: May 8, 2017
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) -
Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care Grants
Applications Due: May 17, 2017