Mental Health Services Act Public Hearing 

MHSA Program Overview

 

Passed by California voters in November 2004, Proposition 63 (known now as the Mental Health Services Act or MHSA), created a 1% increase in income taxes on personal income over 1 million dollars. These new tax revenues created the first expansion of funding for mental health services in many years. To access these funds, local mental health systems like Tri-City Mental Health Services must engage a broad range of stakeholders and prepare five substantive plans.Below is a draft of the current MHSA program updates.

 

A Public Hearing will be held on May 17, 2017 beginning with dinner at 5:00 pm immediately followed by the Public Hearing at 6:00 pm.

 

Public Hearing Location:

Palomares Park (Click Here for Map)
499 E. Arrow Hwy
Pomona, CA 91767

MHSA FY 2017-18 Annual Update & Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan for FY 2017/18 - FY 2019/20 (DRAFT)

rhundal@tricitymhs.org

   

 

Wednesday May 17, 2017
5:00 to 6:00 pm Dinner (Please join us for a complimentary dinner)
6:00 to 8:00 pm Meeting
Palomares Park (Click Here for Map)
499 E. Arrow Hwy
Pomona, CA 91767

Childcare will be provided
Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and American Sign Language translation services will be available.

Public Hearing Flyer (English) 2017

Public Hearing Flyer (Spanish) 2017

Public Hearing Flyer (Korean) 2017

Public Hearing Flyer (Vietnamese) 2017

To review the MHSA FY 2017-18 Annual Update & Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan for FY 2017/18 – FY 2019/20 (DRAFT), please click here.

Comment Card

Mental Health Services Act Summary

Any Questions or Comments please contact Rimmi Hundal, rhundal@tricitymhs.org

Tri-City Mental Health Authority, known as Tri-City Mental Health Center (Tri-City) is requesting proposals from qualified firms of certified public accountants to perform an audit of the basic Financial Statements of Tri-City for three fiscal years ending June 30, 2017, 2018, and 2019, with an option to extend for two more years.  Proposals must be received by Tri-City by 4:00 PM PST on April 6, 2017 at 1717 N. Indian Hill Boulevard, Suite B, Claremont, CA 91711.

RFP - Audit Services

Tentative Schedule:

•    RFP release:  March 6, 2017
•    Questions due: March 13, 2017
•    Responses to questions posted on Agency website: March 20, 2017
•    Proposals Due: April 6, 2017, 4PM PST

Responses to Questions Regarding RFP for Audit Services

Contact:

Diana Acosta, Chief Financial Officer
Ph: (909) 451-6434
E-mail: dacosta@tricitymhs.org

Amended Annual Update FY 2016-2017


Mental Health Services Act Program Overview

Passed by California voters in November 2004, Proposition 63 (known now as the Mental Health Services Act or MHSA), created a 1% increase in income taxes on personal income over 1 million dollars. These new tax revenues created the first expansion of funding for mental health services in many years. To access these funds, local mental health systems like Tri-City must engage a broad range of stakeholders and prepare five substantive plans.

The following document is an update and status of the current MHSA programs contained within those five MHSA plans.

30 Day Posting for Review.

Tri-City’s Amended Annual Update for FY 2016-17 is posted for a 30 day public review and comment period from December 8, 2016 to January 6, 2017.

Please review this draft document and respond with any comments you would like considered by the MHSA team. You may submit comments and questions via email to rhundal@tricitymhs.org or fax the Comment Form provided below to 909.326.4690. If you would like to speak with someone directly, please call 909.623.6131.

MHSA Annual Update
rhundal@tricitymhs.org

On April 28, 2015 at the 2nd Annual University of La Verne Spirit of La Verne Awards ceremony, Tri-City Mental Health received the Community Engagement: Outstanding Community Partner Award that recognizes a community partner that has established a strong mutually beneficial and reciprocal relationship to support the University of La Verne in co-educating La Verne students in exemplifying the university values and contributing to justice and the public good. Tri-City’s partnership with the University of La Verne involves training their staff and students in Mental Health First Aid, providing a Community Service Learning Class on Community Mental Health and using various Tri-City programs including the Wellness Center, the Therapeutic Community Garden and the Navigators’ programs as service learning opportunities for ULV students.

Tri-City is honoured to receive this award from the University of La Verne. This recognition from one of Tri-City’s valued partners serves as validation that Tri-City is successfully fulfilling its mission to provide high quality and responsive services that positively impact the three cities’ community.

Room4Everyone
Make a pledge to end stigma toward mental illness.

Each year, 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. struggles with a diagnosable mental illness. However, only about 1/3 of those suffering seek help. With greater public awareness we can help change negative attitudes that create barriers to access and utilization of mental health services.

At Tri-City Mental Health Services, we are committed to reducing stigma and discrimination and spreading the word that:

  • Tri-City is now a comprehensive system of care, not just treatment for those who meet medical necessity—thus; we have room for everyone who comes through our doors.
  • Social inclusion is the right of each person within their community; stigma reduction advocates for community understanding and compassion.
  • We support safe, stable, affordable and supportive housing for all who need it. With housing resources, individuals and families increase their ability to achieve and maintain recovery and wellness.

You can help support these efforts by becoming a Mental Health Ambassador and making your own pledge to end discrimination and promote stigma reduction!

  • Everyone: You can pledge to choose your words. Using descriptions like “crazy” and casual uses of “bipolar” or “psycho” are hurtful to someone already struggling with mental health challenges.
  • Young People: You can pledge to stand up for people who are being mistreated because of their mental differences.
  • Parents and Family Members: You can pledge to listen with compassion and learn more about your loved one’s challenges.
  • Medical Care Providers: You can pledge to talk with your patients about their mental health and provide referrals as needed.
  • Landlords and Employers: You can pledge to provide reasonable accommodations for people living with mental health challenges.

 Make your pledge today. Click HERE

General News

MHSA Stakeholder Meeting

Our next stakeholder meeting is coming soon! Please join us and our community stakeholders as we review our latest MHSA program updates. Please feel free to invite your friends and family members to learn more about the many avenues of support offered through the Mental Health Services Act and Tri-City!  

Two different meeting dates and times are available for your convenience!

Morning Session:

Tuesday March 7

10:00 am to 12:00 pm (stakeholder meeting and light breakfast)

 

Evening Session:

Thursday March 9

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (stakeholder meeting and dinner)  

 

Location for both meetings:

MHSA Building

2001 N. Garey Avenue, Pomona.

For more information please contact Dana Barford MHSA Projects Manager 909.326.4641 dbarford@tricitymhs.org

Tri-City Mental Health is proud to offer free community mental health trainings to those who live, work, or serve the Tri-City area in the hopes that community members will become better educated about mental health and wellness for themselves and the communities they serve.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid [MHFA] will teach participants to recognize signs and symptoms of several disorders and provides an action plan that will assist them in a crisis or non-crisis situation. At the end of the training, each participant will receive a 3 year certification from the National Council for Behavioral Health.


There are three versions of Mental Health First Aid available:

Adult Curriculum:

• 8 hour training – This training can be completed in one session or divided into two four-hour sessions
• Curriculum is for participants who work with adults, ages 25 and over
• Participants must be 18 and over to attend this training

Spanish [Adult] Curriculum:

• 8 hour training – This training can be divided into specific time blocks designed to accommodate the participant's schedule
• Curriculum is for monolingual Spanish speakers
• Participants must be 18 and over to attend this training

Youth Curriculum: [available in English and Spanish]

• 8 hour training – This training can be completed in one session or divided into two four-hour sessions
• Curriculum is for participants who work with youth, ages 12-24
• Participants must be 16 and over to attend this training

Everyday Mental Health

Everyday Mental Health [EMH] was developed to provide basic mental health information to anyone who is interested in supporting themselves, family, and friends in mental wellness. The training identifies the two most common disorders, anxiety and depression, and their impact on our everyday lives. This 2 hour training can be modified to 1 hour, if time is limited, and adapted to address the requirements of a specific audience.

The Recovery Model

The Recovery Model [RM] is a treatment model that is widely used in the mental health field. This model empowers members to be actively engaged in their treatment and increases capacity to be successful and satisfied in the healthy environment of their choice. The training looks at how this approach to treatment works and helps participants understand how they can be supportive to someone who is in the process of recovery. This 2 hour training can be modified to 1 hour, if time is limited.

To register for this class please click HERE.
For more information please send an email to: cmht@tricitymhs.org

On April 13th, 2016 we will be hosting our 2nd Employment Stability Conference.  The conference is designed to promote employer awareness of mental health in the workplace.

An attorney will be presenting on how to stay compliant with California labor laws, and afterwards he will answer questions from the audience.   We will also have a presentation on Mental Health First Aid which is a free training that Tri-City offers to the public.

If you are interested please click the link to our flyer and RSVP for this free conference.

View the flyer HERE.

On November 19th Tri-City will promote it’s 2nd annual day of no smoking. Tri-City calls this event Bye Bye Butts and each of the agency’s four locations will offer snacks, cessation kits and educational materials about the effects of smoking and vaping. 
Statistics show that adults with mental illness are 70 percent more likely to smoke and Tri-City wanted to bring awareness to this fact and help promote wellness among the community. The American Cancer Society chooses the 3rd Thursday of November as a day of no smoking. Tri-City chose to adopt this initiative in order to bring awareness and it has proven successful. This year the cities of Pomona and La Verne took notice and declared Nov 19th as official Bye Bye Butts day:
City of LaVerne Proclamation

Please visit us on November 19 at these locations where materials will be available:

2008 N. Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91767
Time: 8:30am – 11am

1403 N. Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91767
Time: 11am – 1pm

1900 Royalty, Pomona, CA 91767
Time: 3pm – 5pm

1717 N. Indian Hill, Claremont, CA 91711
Time: 3pm – 5pm

On April 18, 2012 the Tri-City Mental Health Commission will host a Public Hearing on the proposed Mental Health Services Act Annual Plan Update for the tri-city area. The Hearing will be held at Walter Taylor Hall located at 1775 N. Indian Hill Boulevard in Claremont and commence at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will begin serving at 5:30 p.m. Parking is available at Cahuilla Park located off of Scripps Drive.

Tri-City Mental Health MHSA FY 2012/13 Annual Update Plan. To provide comments, please click here.

To view the plan in English please click here.

To view the plan in Spanish, please click here.

To view the plan in Vietnamese, please click here.

Volunteer
Gibran Carter, MHSA Program Coordinator
(909) 784-3171

volunteer@tricitymhs.org

 

Volunteer at Tri-City

Tri-City Mental Health is a public agency serving the communities of Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne. The volunteer program at Tri-City provides opportunities for individuals to get hands-on experience in public mental health. Volunteers support the staff in a wide variety of duties. These duties will vary depending on the department. The four programs that a person can volunteer with are:

  • The Wellness Center
  • Peer Counseling
  • Community Navigators
  • Therapeutic Community Gardening (TCG)

 

Please see the descriptions of each program below as well as the benefits and requirements to become a volunteer at Tri-City. If you are interested in volunteering please click here to fill out an application.

Benefits of becoming a volunteer

  • Hands-on experience
  • Job training skills
  • Preparation for workforce
  • Add to your resume
  • Personal Growth
  • Potential employment
  • Discount tickets to area attractions

Qualifying Requirements

  • Background check
  • Fingerprints
  • Drug screen
  • TB test
  • Must be 16 and over

 

Required Trainings (provided by Tri-City)

  • MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)
  • CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention)

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is a hub of community activities that promote recovery, resiliency, and wellness for people confronting mental health issues. Staff located at this site, including peer advocates, family members, clinical staff, and others, provides a range of culturally competent, person – and family-centered groups, workshops and socialization activities designed to promote increasing independence and wellness for people of all ages. For more information about the Wellness Center, click here.

 

Peer Counselor

The Peer Support Program is available to TAY (Transitional-Aged Youth) ages 16-25, adults ages 26-59 and seniors (60+ years) within the Tri-City service area. Volunteer counselors receive specialized training and on-going weekly supervision and support from TCMHC clinical staff members. These volunteers meet individually with counselees and/or in groups to provide support. Groups focus on providing support and creating opportunities for members to engage in projects that serve their communities and other wellness activities. For more information about the Peer Support Program, click here.

Community Navigators

Tri-City’s Community Navigator Program consists of highly trained individuals who specialize in linkage and referral to local resources. This mission critical program has been structured for the purpose of helping people gain access to the services and support they need, both formal and informal. Community navigators regularly visit the following settings (among others):

  • Community organizations
  • Emerging and well established health and mental health programs
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Schools
  • Courts
  • Residential facilities
  • Local NAMI chapter
  • Self-help groups
  • Client advocacy groups

For more information the Community Navigators, click here.

Therapeutic Community Gardening (TCG):

Horticulture therapy is the process of using plants, gardening, and the innate closeness humans feel towards nature as direct tools of intervention in programs of therapy and rehabilitation. Although horticulture therapy is regarded as a still emerging mental health treatment model, its usage and practice in early forms can be traced as far back as the times of ancient Egypt. During weekly program groups, TCG clients are allowed the opportunity to plant, maintain, and harvest fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other crops for therapeutic purposes and symptom management. Through group gardening exercises as well as team discussions / activities, TCG clients also have the opportunity to engage with peers and develop positive social relationships with others in the community. Other program activities include cooking classes (centred on meal preparation with harvested crops), games, field trips, and horticulture workshops.

“At risk families” (parents / caregivers who are enduring emotional, bonding, or communication difficulties with their children)
Young adults (16 – 25)
Military veterans
Adults 26+

For more information on Therapeutic Community Gardening, click here.

For more information on our volunteer process, please download our volunteer brochure click here.

Click here to fill out our volunteer application.

An application for membership can be found here.

Tri-City Mental Health Center was formed in 1960 as a provider of community mental health services to low-income residents of Claremont, La Verne, and Pomona.  The Mental Health Commission is a state mandated body comprised of community members and consumers who are committed to the effective and consumer-sensitive delivery of mental health services.

Appointed by the Governing Board, the Tri-City Mental Health Commission consists of members who have a demonstrated interest in the mission and delivery of mental health services (one representative from the Governing Board also serves as a sitting Commission member).  Commission duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • To review and evaluate area mental health needs, services, facilities, and unique problems
  • To advise the Tri-City Governing Board and the Executive Director as to any aspects of Tri City’s mental health program
  • To review and approve the agency’s procedures in order to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the mental health planning process
  • To review and make recommendations on applicants for the appointment of the agency’s director of mental health services

To view a current roster of Tri-City Mental Health Commission members, please click here.

To view Meeting Agendas and Minutes, please click here.

Please contact the commision at: mhcommission@tricitymhs.org

PRESS RELEASE
December 5, 2014

Toni Navarro

Toni Navarro to replace Jesse Duff as new Executive Director at Tri-City Mental Health Services


Antonette (Toni) Navarro, Director of Clinical Program Services at Tri-City Mental Health Center for the past six years, has been selected Executive Director by the Tri-City Governing Board. Navarro, who assumes office Dec. 8, will succeed Jesse Duff, who is retiring.

A licensed marriage and family therapist, Navarro has been providing community-based mental health services to underserved and high-utilizing populations for more than 25 years in a variety of capacities and settings. She has extensive experience in direct service to clients and families, clinical staff supervision and training, and program development and implementation.

Navarro, a graduate of UCLA, received her master’s degree in education from UC Santa Barbara and joined Tri-City in 2008. “I look forward to continuing my service to the three cities we serve in this position,” Navarro said. “We have accomplished much in the six years I have been on board and, while there is much more work to be done, I recognize the close relationship that Tri-City has – both with those it serves, the mental health community and the community at large.” She added that Tri-City is doing more than providing mental health services to the community – it is continuing to work within its service area to end the stigma surrounding mental health. “Ending the stigma clearly will go a long way toward helping us reach our goals,” Navarro said.

As Executive Director, Navarro will work under the direction of the Governing Board and the California Department of Health Care Services to plan, direct, coordinate, manage and implement comprehensive local community mental health services for the agency. Duff, who joined the agency as Interim Executive Director in 2007 and was officially appointed to the top position in 2008, will serve as a consultant during the transition until the end of the year. Recruitment is under way for a new Director of Clinical Program Services.

Jess DuffDuff, a long-time resident of La Verne, served as City Manager for the City of Duarte from 1986 to 2004 and, following his retirement, served as interim city manager briefly in Claremont and Irwindale, and interim community development director in Rosemead. During his tenure at Tri-City, the agency has grown from a smaller outpatient clinic employing 50 staff members into a comprehensive system of care with 160 staffers providing services to the community through multiple venues.

Highlights of his seven years with Tri-City include:

  • Directed the organization’s emergence from bankruptcy
  • Negotiated and implemented a Medi-Cal provider contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Oversaw the re-organization of the agency’s Governing Board and Mental Health Commission
  • Established a robust California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) delegate and stakeholder process to ensure involvement of the community in identifying new mental health programs needed to reach unserved and underserved residents
  • Submitted and obtained approval of new MHSA programs (including community services and supports, prevention and early intervention, workforce and education and others required by state law)
  • Established and implemented the agency’s permanent supportive housing plan under MHSA
  • Established a “Wellness Center” serving the community
  • Developed a strong community partnership with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and the local school districts
  • Completed the agency’s first permanent supportive housing project with three additional housing projects under way

Tri-City is the Mental Health Authority for the cities of Pomona, Claremont and La Verne, receiving funding directly from the California Department of Mental Health. For more information, contact Tri-City at (909) 623-6131 or visit the web site at www.tricitymhs.org.

Tri-City Mental Health is proud to offer free community mental health trainings to those who live, work, or serve the Tri-City area in the hopes that community members will become better educated about mental health and wellness for themselves and the communities they serve.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid [MHFA] will teach participants to recognize signs and symptoms of several disorders and provides an action plan that will assist them in a crisis or non-crisis situation. At the end of the training, each participant will receive a 3 year certification from the National Council for Behavioral Health.


There are three versions of Mental Health First Aid available:

Adult Curriculum:

• 8 hour training – This training can be completed in one session or divided into two four-hour sessions
• Curriculum is for participants who work with adults, ages 25 and over
• Participants must be 18 and over to attend this training

Spanish [Adult] Curriculum:

• 8 hour training – This training can be divided into specific time blocks designed to accommodate the participant's schedule
• Curriculum is for monolingual Spanish speakers
• Participants must be 18 and over to attend this training

Youth Curriculum: [available in English and Spanish]

• 8 hour training – This training can be completed in one session or divided into two four-hour sessions
• Curriculum is for participants who work with youth, ages 12-24
• Participants must be 16 and over to attend this training

Everyday Mental Health

Everyday Mental Health [EMH] was developed to provide basic mental health information to anyone who is interested in supporting themselves, family, and friends in mental wellness. The training identifies the two most common disorders, anxiety and depression, and their impact on our everyday lives. This 2 hour training can be modified to 1 hour, if time is limited, and adapted to address the requirements of a specific audience.

The Recovery Model

The Recovery Model [RM] is a treatment model that is widely used in the mental health field. This model empowers members to be actively engaged in their treatment and increases capacity to be successful and satisfied in the healthy environment of their choice. The training looks at how this approach to treatment works and helps participants understand how they can be supportive to someone who is in the process of recovery. This 2 hour training can be modified to 1 hour, if time is limited.

If you would like to attend a training, host a training at your site, or for general information, please send an email to: cmht@tricitymhs.org

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