ON THE STREET
OUTREACH PROGRAM AND PARTNER INFORMATION
The struggles of people who are homeless and have mental illness
-- and their families and the neighborhoods where they live
-- are receiving renewed attention. Community programs in
California are offering an array of services, from better
housing to more jobs and job training to more support groups
and socialization efforts. In addition, an increasing number
of people who have mental illness are ending their silence,
shattering societal stereotypes.
In accordance with renewed efforts to implement reform in
community mental health programs, KQED is one of several stations
to receive a Sound Partners for Community Health grant
to produce, in collaboration with various community partners,
locally conceived programming and outreach projects that address
improving the quality of mental health care. Mental health
clients, mental health and other health-care professionals,
and the general public believe that there is hope for people
who have mental illness, even those living on the street,
and that many can lead stable and fulfilling lives when given
access to quality care.
Stigma, shame and discrimination prevent an estimated 80 percent
of individuals who have mental illness from seeking treatment.
Frontline mental health care workers -- especially primary
care physicians and educators -- need to understand how these
factors prevent individuals from seeking help.
The core of the community engagement activities consists of
four mental health awareness/education events in the Bay Area
that use Hope on the Street as the springboard to
exploring issues raised in the film. The theme of each event
is tied to recovery, and each targets a different part of
the mental health community.
These four events are designed to reach major mental health
care stakeholders, including
In celebration of
Hope on the Street's nationwide broadcast beginning April 1, KQED worked
with The Carter Center and Georgia Public Broadcasting to host a special
community outreach event to promote Hope on the Street's broadcast on Georgia
Public Television. The screening of the documentary was followed by a open
question and answer period with producer, Michael Isip, who started this
project as a Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism. Other
panelists included: the anonymous narrator of the documentary, a mother whose
son has schizophrenia and has spent time living on the streets; and Ray Guevara
whose struggles with bipolar disorder, subsequent recovery and outreach work
are featured in the documentary.
media makers, who have the power to affect broad perceptions
about mental illness.
educators, who often are the first to see signs of mental
disabilities and who have a forum for teaching about stigma.
mental health care workers, who guide those in need of assistance
through the system and who must face head-on the quality
of mental health care in the Bay Area.
mental health clients and their families, who must navigate
the mental health care system while confronting their own
misconceptions about mental illness.
key representatives of mental health community organizations and
policymakers, who have the power to make improvements in access
to mental health services while confronting fiscal and political
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter delivered the opening remarks.
The event was moderated by Thomas Bornemann, Ed.D., Director of
the Mental Health Program at the Carter Center. More than 200 people
from the general public and mental health community attended the event
and gave the film a standing ovation. Hope on the Street was broadcast
on Georgia Public Broadcasting on May 18. For more information, contact
John Moor, Public Information Office, Carter Center, email@example.com.
Area Outreach Events
10, 2002, 5:30 to 9 p.m. -- Media and Mental Illness: Shattering
Area journalists and mental health community representatives
joined together at U.C. Berkeley's graduate school of journalism
to discuss the power of the media in shaping public perception
of people who have mental illness and how to improve media
coverage. Otto Wahl, professor of psychology at George Mason
University, was the keynote speaker, along with a distinguished
panel that included: William Brand, Oakland Tribune;
Rob Elder, San Jose Mercury News (ret.); Nguyen Qui
Duc, KQED Public Radio's Pacific Time; and Michael
Isip, producer, Hope on the Street. A clip from the
documentary was also shown.
Dr. Wahl's presentation focused on the stereotypical images
and language that permeates movies, television and the press.
And the journalists in the panel discussed the challenges
of reporting on mental illness, specifically, the sensitivities
around language usage. The feedback from the more than 100
people in the audience was overwhelmingly positive. Most attendees
said that the Hope on the Street clip shown during
the event was very helpful in exemplifying a sensitive portrayal
of people struggling with mental illness.
Co-sponsors for the event were: the Alameda County Council
of Mental Health Agencies; KQED Public Broadcasting; Alameda
County Behavioral Health Care Services; the Alameda County
Mental Health Board; Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery
Services; the Mental Health Association in California; California
State University Hayward's Institute of Mental Health and
Wellness Education; and San Francisco State University's Mental
Health Education and Workforce Development Initiative.
Mike Lippitt, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services,
or (510) 567-8100
Location: North Gate Hall, U.C. Berkeley (corner of
Euclid and Hearst streets), Berkeley, Calif.
1, 2003 -- Promoting Mental Health in Our Schools: A Major
Mental Health Symposium for Educators and Frontline Professionals
The one-day symposium was hosted by the Mental Health Education
and Workforce Development Initiative of San Francisco State
University's College of Extended Learning. Specifically designed
for teachers (preschool to postgraduate) and frontline professionals,
the seminar addressed mental health and illness indicators,
resources, new approaches and treatments, and the role of
cultural and ethnic mental health belief systems. The emphasis
of the event was on hope, recovery, and the importance of
early identification and intervention for long-term mental
health and wellness.
Robert Corrigan, SFSU's president, delivered the opening remarks.
Dr. Elliot Aronson, named by the American Psychological Association
in 2002 as being among the "100 most eminent psychologists
of the 20th century," presented the keynote address, "After
Columbine: Increasing Empathy, Compassion and a Sense of Well-Being
in Our Schools." Dr. Ernie Rodriguez of San Mateo Community
College's Psychological Disabilities Project spoke about cultural/ethnic
considerations in mental health. A clip from Hope on the
Street was shown followed by a moving presentation by
Ray Guevara, one of the people featured in the documentary.
The more than 500 people in the audience found the day's proceedings
-- with the numerous speakers and several breakout sessions
to choose from -- to be very informative.
Dede Ranahan, Mental Health Education and Workforce Development
or (510) 886-5938
Location: South San Francisco Conference Center, 255
S. Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, Calif.
9, 2003 -- Building Hope on the Street, The Culture of the
Homeless, Mentally Ill
training conference on how to successfully engage the homeless, mentally ill
was hosted by San Francisco Community Mental Health Services of the Department
of Public Health, City and County of San Francisco. This training was designed
to increase cultural awareness and sensitivity around homeless individuals who
have mental illness as well as identify best practices for engaging and improving
the quality of care. Cultural issues for discussion included the diversity of
the homeless population with mental illnesses, the challenges faced and the
resources available in response to their special needs.
James Tate, Mobile Support and Treatment (MOST) Team to the Homeless, served
as the conference's "master of ceremonies". The morning session opened with
a screening of KQED's documentary, Hope on the Street, followed by a panel
discussion, "Engaging the Homeless Mentally Ill, What Works What Doesn't",
moderated by Michael Isip, the documentary's Director and Producer. Panelists
included Alex Barnes, outreach worker of the MOST Team, (best practices and
challenges faced by senior population); Scott Clark, MOST Consumer Advisory
Board, (substance abuse perspective); and Octavia Dijon, Leland House (transitional
youth perspective). A recognition award was presented by Chris Daly, San Francisco
Supervisor (District 6), to Byron Yoanidis, for his support of and special
friendship with John Joseph, who has schizophrenia. Read the text of the resolution (requires teh free Adobe Acrobat Reader available here). Both were featured in
the documentary, Hope on the Street.
The afternoon session opened with a Spoken Word performance by the
Po' Poets Project of Poor Magazine, followed by the keynote address,
The Culture of Homelessness, by Marykate Connor, Caduceus Outreach Services.
Participants were then separated into six smaller working groups to discuss
and examine several case studies facilitated by the AB2034 Integrated Services.
The approximately 160 mental health professionals that attended, including
social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, mental
health case managers, peer counselors and health workers working in community
mental health programs, indicated the conference provided thought provoking,
highly relevant and needed information.
Juliet Valerio, Office of Cultural Competence, CMHS, (415) 558-5915
Location: Hiram Johnson Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate
Ave., San Francisco, Calif.
2003 -- Preserving Hope on the Street
A half-day event hosted by the Mental Health Association of San Francisco
brought together key stakeholders in mental health policy to discuss how San
Francisco's proposed budget cuts will impact delivery and access to mental
health services. A screening of Hope on the Street, was followed by a roundtable
discussion moderated by KQED's, Dave Iverson, and included panelists: Dr.
Jorge Partida, San Francisco Department of Public Health; Jo Robinson, San
Francisco Jail Psychiatric Services; James Tate, Mobile Support and Treatment
Team to the Homeless; Alonzo Carmichael, Tenant Advocate, Mental Health
Association of San Francisco. Discussion focused on how organizations within
the mental health community could work together to share resources in order
to continue providing services to those most threatened by the proposed
31 participants from various mental health organizations and community programs
identified the most at risk services, including outreach and high end services
for special needs such as dual diagnosis training. They also discussed how cuts
can ultimately result in additional costs in other areas, such as jail and
hospitalization days. Most were in agreement that in order to protect services
the mental health community needs to enhance their cooperation by using limited
resources more efficiently. In addition, the establishment of an independent
funding stream for services separate from funds that come from state and federal
programs would be highly desirable because it would reduce barriers to
cooperation between departments. In order for this to be realized, the political
will to spearhead a change in the current system would be needed. A number of
participants are eager to continue this dialogue and convene again to discuss
how they can collaborate and create a more united, influential force in order
to give a higher profile to mental health concerns in the community.
Belinda Lyons, firstname.lastname@example.org
or (415) 241-2929
KQED, Boardroom and Atrium, 2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, Calif.
The Mental Health Education and Workforce Development Initiative
(MHEWDI) at San Francisco State University's College of Extended
Learning strives to bring the education system and the
mental health system together as essential partners in serving
the mental health needs of the community. The initiative is
focusing on four strategic areas: mental health/human services
workforce education and training that includes the education
of mental health clients/consumers; mental health education
for mainstream teachers/faculty (preschool to postgraduate);
an enhanced, comprehensive system of accessible and effective
supports for college students who have mental disabilities;
and mental health education for the culturally diverse communities
of the greater Bay Area. (Note: MHEWDI dissolved in April 2003.)
In addition, the MHEWDI's advisory committee of approximately
60 representatives from a wide range of mental health organizations
has been pivotal in the development of the content for the
Hope on the Street documentary, outreach materials
and events. Please note that the MHEWDI is dissolving in
County Behavioral Health Care Services is working to provide
a comprehensive network of integrated programs and services
for all people who have serious psychiatric disabilities,
regardless of age, ethnicity, language or geographic location,
in order to minimize their number of hospitalizations, stabilize
and manage their psychiatric symptoms, and help them achieve
the highest possible level of successful functioning in their
community of choice. It also provides mental health crisis
and recovery services following major disasters and is working
to improve its substance abuse services -- prevention, treatment
and rehabilitation -- in order to reduce the illness, death,
disability and cost to society that results from substance
abuse. For more information, please go to http://www.co.alameda.ca.us/health/behavior/behav.shtml.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health's Community
Mental Health Services-San Francisco Mental Health Plan offers
a full range of specialty mental health services provided
by a culturally diverse network of community mental health
programs, clinics, and private psychiatrists, psychologists
and therapists. For more information, please go to http://www.dph.sf.ca.us/PHP/MHP.htm.
Through education, advocacy and service, the Mental Health
Association of San Francisco is dedicated to providing
dynamic leadership to the entire community, in all its rich
diversity, by building resources for, fostering the strengths
of, meeting the needs of and improving the lives of all who
are challenged by mental illness. For more information, please
go to http://www.mha-sf.org/.
The Carter Center Mental Health Program seeks to improve
the services and treatment for the millions of people who
suffer from mental illness every year and their families.
The fellowships offered through the program are designed to
enhance public understanding of mental health issues and combat
stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness.
The fellowships are open to print and broadcast journalists
with a minimum of two years of professional experience. Each
fellow is awarded a $10,000 grant and two expense-paid trips
to the Carter Center to meet with program staff and advisors.
Projects are tailored to the experience and interests of the
fellows, who consult with the program's distinguished advisory
board and Mental Health Task Force members. For more information,
please go to www.cartercenter.org.
Sound Partners for Community Health seeks to increase
public awareness of specific health issues and facilitate
citizens' involvement in making decisions affecting health
care by fostering partnerships between public broadcasters,
community organizations and additional media entities. By
utilizing a variety of programming and community engagement
techniques, the alliances supported by Sound Partners help
equip individuals to participate in community problem-solving
around local health issues. Sound Partners is a program of
the Benton Foundation and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation. For more information, please go to http://www.soundpartners.org/.