The CARE TA Center “Cafecito” (i.e., small coffee) conversations are 10 to 40-minute recordings of informal conversations about hot topics in crisis continuum of care and justice diversion.
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Mobile Crisis Units with Wayne Lindstrom, PhD of RI International
The CARE Technical Assistance Center presents a “Cafecito Conversation” with Wayne Lindstrom, PhD. As Vice President of Business Development with RI International, Wayne shares highlights in his work with mobile crisis units and the Crisis Now Model.
Person-Centered, Community-Based Responses to Mental Health Crisis with Chris Roup of NAMI Fresno
Chris Roup is Executive Director of NAMI CA, discussing the Memphis Model/CIT of training first responders to mental health crisis as a form of justice diversion.
Peer Specialist Roles in Behavioral Health Services and the Importance of Stigma Reduction with Steven Samra of C4 Innovations
Steven Samra is a Peer Specialist of CARE Partner C4 Innovations discussing the role of anti-stigma efforts at the systems, collegial, and personal levels across the crisis care continuum and justice diversion.
A Lived Experience Perspective on Delivering Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services with Cheryl Gagne of C4 Innovations
Cheryl Gagne, ScD of C4 Innovations talks about her research and professional work in psychiatric rehabilitation while reflecting on the importance of lived experience and the distinct contributions of peer specialists in recovery.
Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Implementation in Los Angeles County with Linda Boyd of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Linda Boyd discusses her experience leading the AOT program in Los Angeles County, including insights on staffing, outreach, and case management.
Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Implementation in San Francisco County with Angelica Almeida, PhD, and Christina Wright of the San Francisco Department of Public Health
Angelica Almeida, PhD and Christina Wright, PsyD share their insights on delivering the AOT program in San Francisco County.
Supporting Full Service Partnerships with Aurelle Amram and Nicole Kristi of Third Sector
Aurelle Amram and Nicole Kristi of Third Sector discuss their work leveraging data and lived experiences to improve social outcomes, specifically with regard to Full Service Partnerships.
Implementing the Crisis Now Model: Facility-based Crisis Care and Care Traffic Control
Wayne Lindstrom, PhD provides an overview of key components of facility-based crisis care and care traffic control as conceptualized under the Crisis Now model.
Professional Development for Peer Support Specialists and Family Members with Ragini Lal from NAMI CA
Ragini Lal talks about NAMI CA’s peer specialist training program curriculum and the importance of trauma-informed care among peer specialists and the overall behavioral health workforce.
Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Implementation in Nevada County with Heather Vance of Nevada County Behavioral Health
Heather Vance shares her experience leading the AOT program in Nevada County, the first to ever roll out in the State of California, and discusses lessons learned and approaches to service delivery.
Recovery-oriented, Trauma-informed Approaches to Crisis Care with Jamie Sellar
Jamie Sellar, MA, LPC talks about his work at RI International providing an evidence-based, community-oriented approach to crisis care with alignment to the Crisis Now model. Sellar emphasizes the importance of peer support specialists at every level of care.
Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Implementation in Ventura County with Alexis Villegas of Ventura County Behavioral Health
Alexis Villegas discusses the AOT program in Ventura County, describing how her team has adapted to emerging challenges and opportunities in supporting clients during the pandemic.
Family-centered Wellness and Supports for Crisis Care
Anita Vasquez discusses her work at Ventura School District offering wellness resources and connecting families to much needed mental health services.
Crisis Care Coordination: Emerging Policies and Practices
Wayne Lindstrom of RI International discusses key principles involved in providing coordinated care along the crisis care continuum, including technology-enhanced approaches to care and the emergence of 988 as a mental health crisis hotline.