Creating Community Solutions Albuquerque – Northwest Community Conversation – Saturday, April 5, 2014

DBSA Albuquerque members. Please register for this community conversation and take part in creating solutions for our issues, concerns, and needs as those contending with mental health issues.

The conversation is at the Taylor Ranch Community Center. It will be Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 9 AM to 1 PM. Lunch will be served but you must register prior to April 2 for this accommodation.

www.ccsabq.com

If you would like to speak to me directly about this event, you can call either DBSA Albuquerque phone number or through email.

Steve Bringe
President, DBSA Albuquerque

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Creating Community Solutions Albuquerque

About Creating Community Solutions Albuquerque
March 20, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE’S COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON MENTAL HEALTH INVITES YOU TO THE NORTH WEST ALBUQUERQUE MEETING

SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2014

Mental health affects nearly all families – perhaps someone you know. Addressing this issue is vital to the health of our community. Together we can have an open conversation and make a difference.

President Obama has called for an honest, national conversation about mental health to move beyond stereotypes and stigmas and toward solutions and priorities that improve our mental health and mental health systems – with a special focus on young people.

CALL TO ACTION

Albuquerque was the first city in the country to answer this call to action. Mayor Richard J. Berry hosted a community conference on July 20, 2013 creating the Greater Albuquerque dialogue on mental health, called Creating Community Solutions – Albuquerque.

“I am honored that our community has been chosen to open this national dialogue with discussions that ultimately lead to action plans designed to improve mental health programs and services for our families, schools and communities,” said Mayor Berry.

CREATING COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

Building on the important work already started by the City’s July conference, six neighborhood conversations will take place throughout the Greater Albuquerque Region. Participants will be representative of neighborhood communities, especially the involvement of young people, mental health providers, people with lived experience in mental health, and family members of people with lived
experience.

North West Albuquerque is the second of the neighborhood dialogues and you are invited. This event is free and provides a welcoming and safe opportunity for dialogue. People will take part in small‐group conversations where they will have a chance to share their concerns, talk about what the community is facing, and come up with action ideas and priorities for the Greater Albuquerque Area.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Someone you know could be suffering from mental health problems in silence. It could be a friend, family member, co‐worker or a neighbor. You can help. Register now to be involved in the discussion.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Call 505-288-1322 to register or visit www.ccsabq.com to register online.

For additional information please contact:
Melanie Pohl
at
(505) 247-3671

Saturday, April 5, 2014
9:00 am ‐ 1:00 pm
Registration at 8:30 am
Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center
Room 1

4900 Kachina St. NW
(Taylor Ranch Rd. & Kachina St.)

LUNCH AND CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED
but you must RSVP by April 2, 2014

Northwest Community Conversation
CCS Albuquerque

Creating Community
Solutions Albuquerque

Northwest Area
Community Conversation

The event is scheduled for:

Saturday, April 5th
9:00am to 1:00pm
Taylor Ranch
Community Center

Check in will open at 8:30am.
Lunch will be provided.

If you have any questions
please feel free to contact:
Melanie Pohl
(505) 247-3671
Taylor Ranch Community Center

Taylor Ranch
Community Center
4900 Kachina St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
(505) 768-6006

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CCS Albuquerque Northwest Flyer

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DBSA Albuquerque’s statement on the recent police shooting in Albuquerque

To interested parties:

Our chapter, DBSA Albuquerque, respectfully will not comment on the recent police shooting in Albuquerque. We appreciate you contacting our chapter to ask how our peers are reacting to this incident; however, commenting on this incident falls outside our purview and mission, which is to provide a safe and welcome environment for peers, friends, and families to share the challenges and triumphs of living with mood disorders.

We would be happy to share how peer support is an integral part of recovery, and how it has helped so many New Mexicans on their recovery journey. DBSA Albuquerque is an ideal model of the true nature of mental health diagnoses, for we are a dedicated peer support community helping each other to live more successful and joyful lives through shared experience.

We are a model of recovery. This is the true nature of those with mental health diagnoses and symptoms.

Thank you for respecting our decision not to comment on this recent event.

Steve Bringe
President, DBSA Albuquerque

Community Engagement Teams (CET) – February, 19, 2014 – Group Conversation for Peers, Families, and Love Ones

NAMI Albuquerque and DBSA Albuquerque are hosting a community conversation for peers, families, and loved ones concerning Community Engagement Teams (CET). The discussion seeks to gain input from peers and families about how CET can help each, as an additional service to mental well-being and safety.

DBSA Albuquerque would very much appreciated our peers, friends, and their families to attend this meeting. This is an excellent opportunity for our issues, concerns, and needs to be heard not only at this meeting but also on the policy-making level.

The Community Conversation is being held at where we meet for our Thursday night support group.

Meeting to Discuss the
Community Engagement Team Proposal

When: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Where: Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque 87106
(near the intersection of Coal and Buena Vista on the CNM campus)

What: The Community Engagement Team proposal is a diversion program that gives people an alternative to calling the police when a person living with a serious mental illness is getting sick and needs assistance.

Why: Some people living with a serious mental illness and their families need a respectful method of obtaining treatment early in an illness.

Who: We are seeking input from people living with a serious mental illness and their families.

Jim Ogle of NAMI Albuquerque and Steve Bringe of DBSA Albuquerque will be giving a short presentation on CET for information, after which the remainder of the meeting time will be dedicated to open conversation.

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DBSA Albuquerque at New Mexico Behavioral Health Day – January 31, 2014

DBSA Albuquerque has been invited to take part in Behavioral Health Day at the New Mexico Legislature (The Rotunda) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Friday, January 31, 2014.

We’d love for you to come say “howdy” so we can get to know the other communities from around our Great State. We can also answer any questions you may have about our organization and how we can help start a DBSA chapter in your community.

Hope is the theme for this year at Behavioral Health Day, and hope is what so many of us at DBSA Albuquerque have found through peer support.

We will be set up at 8 AM and will be leaving by 2 PM.

See you there!

To our peers who receive Medicaid: Centennial Care Made Easy

To our peers who are current Medicaid recipients:

The Medicaid transition to Centennial Care may seem very confusing and intimidating. It doesn’t need to be, though.

DBSA Albuquerque and Local Collaborative 2 created this Power Point program to help guide you through what you need to know and what questions you need to ask so you can make informed questions and informed choices for your mental wellness.

If you have any questions on this presentation, please email info@dbsaalbuquerque.org or call 505-288-1322.

Good mental health to you and yours!

Local Collaborative 2 Leads Meeting – Tuesday, September 10 – The Coffee Shop, Albuquerque

Local Collaborative 2 is holding its Leads Meeting at:

700 2nd St.
The Coffee Shop
Located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Lomas and 2nd

The LC2 Leads Meeting is on the second Tuesday of each month. The next LC2 Leads Meeting is:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
at
3:30 PM to 4:50 PM

The LC2 Leads Meeting is open to all. The purpose of the LC2 Leads Meeting is to discuss items to include on the agenda for the LC2 General Membership Meeting held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

LC2 has been purposed to set goals, solutions, and plans of actions for many important issues facing the behavioral and mental health community of Bernalillo County.

And this year, the main drive is community outreach to consumers (those with behavioral health diagnoses who receive services for their diagnosis) and the family of consumers. Please come be part of the planning and implementation of these community outreach projects!

Local Collaborative 2 Leads Meeting – Monday, August 12, 2013

Local Collaborative 2 is holding its Leads Meeting at:

700 2nd St.
The Coffee Shop
Located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Lomas and 2nd

The LC2 Leads Meeting is on the second Monday of each month. The next LC2 Leads Meeting is:

Monday, August 12, 2013
at
3:30 PM to 4:50 PM

The LC2 Leads Meeting is open to all. The purpose of the LC2 Leads Meeting is to discuss items to include on the agenda for the LC2 General Membership Meeting held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

LC2 has been purposed to set goals, solutions, and plans of actions for many important issues facing the behavioral and mental health community of Bernalillo County.

DBSA Albuquerque at Behavioral Health Day in Santa Fe, New Mexico – January 23, 2013

DBSA Albuquerque was invited to take part in the Behavioral Health Day at the Capitol Building (The Rotunda) in Santa Fe this week. We set up a booth where we shared DBSA’s purpose of providing a forum for those with depression and bipolar disorder (and other behavioral and mood disorders) to share their feelings, thoughts, and experiences with each other for mutual support in recovery and wellness.

We met with other behavioral and mental health organizations and agencies from around the state, and we learned quite a bit that will help the participants in DBSA Albuquerque with information and services. We were also able to meet with several members of the New Mexico State legislature, new contacts for our chapter that will allow our chapter to be better informed in legislature and policy that affects our lives and treatment. We’ve been invited to advise the legislature with our experiences, direct feedback from our community.

Many thanks go to Valerie Quintana and those on the Behavioral Health Day board who invited us to participate this year. It was a great experience that we hope to take part in again next year.

Mental Health First Aid training seminar – Friday July 27 & Saturday July 28, 2012

Three board members from DBSA Albuquerque will be attending the Mental Health First Aid seminar here in Albuquerque this Friday and Saturday. Below are full details from Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Jim Clarkson. If interested, please contact Jim.

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The Certification Course for Mental Health First Aid will be presented in Albuquerque, New Mexico sponsored by Rasmussen Counseling, LLC and presented by Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Jim Clarkson. All of the details and registration information are included in the attached flyer.

Our MHFA courses have had an amazingly rich diversity of counselors, human resource professionals, clients, family members, ministers, spiritual guides and medical staff. The $95 early registration fee includes Certification as a Mental Health First Aider, a detailed manual on substance abuse and mental health disorders and resources for help, and counselors and social workers receive 12 continuing education hours.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone who would benefit from learning new ways to understand, work with and support those with mental health or substance use challenges while taking care of themselves.

Please let me know if you might have any questions. Additional information about the course can be found at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org

For information about substance abuse and mental health counseling for adolescents and adults please contact Rasmussen Counseling at (505) 263-9375.

Kind regards,
Jim Clarkson, MA, LADAC