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Family Caregiver Advocacy Specialist


The Family Caregiver Advocacy & Support Program is a service for families and other unpaid caregivers of people with a mental illness, who are being or have been served at John George Psychiatric Hospital.

When a family is trying to help and to cope with someone in a psychiatric crisis, the family often needs somewhere to turn for information and support.

The role of Family Caregiver Advocate & Support Specialist is to:  Provide information on the mental health system, various mental illnesses, resources for help, and what to expect, give brief written material to read and share with family members, lend books, help answer questions, and supply a sympathetic listening ear.  Also, can assist families with criminal justice issues.

On Monday & Thursday from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday from 1:30 to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm the Family/Caregiver Advocacy & Support Specialist is stationed in the voluntary crisis reception area at John George Psychiatric Hospital.  During these hours, she can be reached by phone at (510) 393-9275.

On Monday & Thursday from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and Friday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm the Family/Caregiver Advocacy Specialist can be reached by phone at (510) 835-0188 at the Mental Health Association's office in Oakland.

Please click the link below for a Quick Guide for Families & Friends Providing Care and Support:

Family Caregiver Quick Guide

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