Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sutter Health Donates $300,000 to Help Fire Relief Efforts in Northern California

Funds help support those affected by devastating Butte and Valley fires
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 15, 2015—Sutter Health made a $300,000 donation today to support fire relief efforts across several Northern California communities.
The donations will go to several organizations helping bring food, shelter and other resources to those affected by the massive Butte Fire still burning in Amador and Calaveras counties and the Valley Fire still raging in Lake County.
·         $250,000 to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund to help bring food, water and emergency shelter to the families in need.
·         $25,000 to support local mental health services, including grievance counselors, peer support and others to individuals impacted by the fire in Amador and Calaveras counties.
·         $25,000 to additional local agencies supporting fire relief in Lake County.
“Northern California is our home and I’m overwhelmed by the massive damage caused in our communities by the Valley and Butte fires,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Our hearts go out to our patients, co-workers and all those struggling to cope with the turmoil and loss these wildfires have caused. I hope our donation helps bring relief to those most in need, and we offer our heartfelt thanks to all the firefighters and volunteers working to help keep our communities safe.”
In just the past week, the two fires combined to burn more than 100,000 acres, displacing thousands of residents and damaging hundreds of homes.
“Right after a disaster, we focus on providing safe shelter, feeding people, offering emotional support and health services, and distributing emergency relief supplies such as comfort kits and cleaning supplies. But our work doesn’t end there; the Red Cross also plays a critical role in helping families and communities get back on their feet,” said Teresa Caver, Interim CEO of American Red Cross Gold Country Region.
Sutter Health has long partnered the Red Cross and other organizations to help people close to home and worldwide. Our contributions helped support relief efforts during many disasters including the earthquake that struck Nepal this past July, and relief efforts to help families affected by the King and Boles fires in 2014 and the Rim fire in 2013. Last year, Sutter Health invested $767 million in care and services for the poor and underserved.
For information on how you can help support relief efforts, visit the American Red Cross at
About Sutter Health
Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other healthcare service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest-quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient-safety technology. For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health network visit: | | |

Monday, September 14, 2015

NAMI Sept and Oct meetings present speakers on Personality Disorders and Therapy Dogs

NAMI Amador Friends & Supporters — NAMI meetings may not be top of mind right now, as many of us are unhoused and perhaps still in danger.  We hope and pray for your safety and for good outcomes.
Later this month, Tuesday September 22 we hope we can turn our minds to our second in a series of talks by Carla Fry, on Personality Disorders. This month she will talk on Cluster B, which includes Borderline Personality Disorder.  We are fortunate to have her speak because she makes complicated subjects very accessible and interesting.  The NAMI meeting is from 5:30 - 6:3-PM in the Meadow Room in the Outpatient Bldg. at Sutter Amador Hospital.  As with all NAMI services, the meetings are free.
On Tuesday October 27 Ms. Fry will return to lead informal and and informative discussions about a third cluster of Personality disorders that includes obsessive-compulsive disorder. These types of mental illnesses aren’t often addressed in NAMI classes and written materials, but are important to recognize. This is also held in the Meadow Room, at Sutter Amador Hospital.

On Tues, November 17 the NAMI meeting will welcome guest speaker Margaret Blair, well-known for her skills in training dog owners to bring out the best in their animal companions, and for her amazing ability to rescue many dogs by helping them become adoptable.  She also has extensive knowledge in the vale and training of dogs to become therapeutic companions to people with mental illness and other health challenges.

Following the meetings we have a brief break and return with our monthly Family Support group. If there are attendees living with a mental illness, they are welcome to come and stay on for a mini-Connection Peer Support group following our meeting, also from 6:45 - 8:00PM.  

Below is more information:

NAMI Amador is offering a free overview of signs and symptoms of personality disorders at their monthly meetings, Tuesdays September 22 and October 27
These discussions will include strategies on how to communicate and offer assistance to someone with a Personality Disorder while taking care of you.  They are informational only, and not intended to diagnose personality disorders.
People with these disorders have rigid and unhealthy patterns of thinking, functioning and behaving. They have troubled relationships -- socially, in work and school and often blame others for their difficulties.
Types of personality disorders are grouped into three clusters, based on similar characteristics and symptoms. Many people with one personality disorder also have signs and symptoms of at least one additional personality disorder.  Cluster A was presented in August.
Tuesday, September 22 -- dramatic, overly emotional or unpredictable thinking or behavior characterizes Cluster B personality disorders. They include antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder.
Tuesday, October 27 -- anxious, fearful thinking or behavior characterizes Cluster C personality disorders. They include Avoidant Personality Disorder, Dependent Personality Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder.
On, Tuesday,  November 17, NAMI Amador is honored to have our renowned speaker, Margaret Blair, who will talk about therapy dogs and their benefits to people living with mental illness and other health challenges.
September and October meetings will be held at Sutter Amador Hospital, Meadow Room in the Outpatient Building from 5:30 – 6:30 PM, the fourth Tuesday of each month.  In November the meeting will be held in the MultiConference Room, Main bldg.. Sutter Amador Hospital.
Following meetings, for people who have family members with mental illness, NAMI conducts a free Family Support Group from 6:45 – 8PM.  If attendees are individuals living with mental illness who wish to participate in a support group, NAMI also provides a Connection Support Group during the same timeframe.
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the US.  Our NAMI Amador affiliate receives support from Amador County Behavioral Health through Mental Health Services Act funds.
For more information, please contact,   or 223-1485, x266

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Amador County Behavioral Health Department selected to receive CSAC Challenge Award

Every year, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) honors innovation in county governments. This year, CSAC received more than 250 Challenge Award entries in its four population categories – the highest number of entries since 2008. An independent panel of judges with expertise in county programs selected the award recipients.

The following Amador County program is being honored this year:  MHSA Human Services Certificate Scholarship Program.

Amador County Behavioral Health and the Amador Community College Foundation were able to create a unique scholarship opportunity for those with personal mental health experience to get a meaningful online, supported education and marketable job skills in the health and human services field. With an initial $20,000 MHSA annual investment, ACCF enrolled 25 students over Spring and Fall of 2014. After two semesters, 2 students graduated, 16 remained, and only half the budget had been expended thanks to smart use of existing resources for low income students.

To date, 4 additional students are slated to graduate, and 4 are now working in the field. Several have continued on to obtain their AA and 2 are now working on their BA. According to quarterly surveys, 82% stated that their emotional well-being has significantly improved as a result of participating in the program and 95% would recommend the program to others.

This program has been one of the highlights of my work here. Thanks to all the staff and participants that made this program a success. CSAC will presenting the Board of Supervisors with the award at an upcoming Board meeting. We will keep you posted on the details.

Go Team Amador!

Christa Thompson, LCSW (#68028)
Community Services Program Manager
Amador County Behavioral Health
209.223.6814 |

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Generalized Anxiety Disorders (GAD) - Free Wellness Workshops offered in September

The community centers host monthly Wellness Workshops were we discuss and learn about mental health topics.  Septembers topic is Generalized Anxiety Disorders (GAD), Part 2 of 5 and will be hosted on the following dates and locations:

- River Pines Town, September 17th, 9:30am
- Upcountry Community Center September 23rd, 1pm
- Camanche Lake Community Center September 24th, 2pm
- Ione Family Resource Center September 28th, 9:30am

Workshop provided by Carla Fry, M.S., P.P.S.C.
Please call 209-296-2785 for more information.
Para informacion en Espanol, por favor llame al 209-257-1980.

This discussion is intended for informational purposes only and is not meant as medical advice or to replace consultation with a physician or mental health professional.

Ruthella Turner
FRC Director
Nexus Youth & Family Services

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Upcountry Community Center                                        
19386 Hwy 88                                                                     
Pine Grove, CA 95665                                                         
P: (209) 296-2785                                                              
F: (209) 296-2782

Camanche Lake Community Center
4240 Camanche Pkwy N. Unit 4
Ione, CA 95640
P: (209) 763-2720

Ione Family Resource Center                                          
17 S. Buena Vista Rd.                                                                  
Ione, CA 95640
P: (209) 274-4655