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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