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Are you or a loved one struggling with mental health conditions? Are you the primary caregiver for a family member with mental health issues? Are you unhappy with the mental health care that you or a loved one received in Alameda County? We are here to help.

MHAAC believes that individuals with mental health conditions deserve to live their best lives. That’s why we offer free education, peer support, and patient advocacy programs for individuals and the caregivers of those struggling with mental illness. Contact us to connect with an advocate you can trust.

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Mental Health Services

In Alameda, San Mateo, and Marin Counties

Mental Health Family Resources

Family Support
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The Family Education & Resource Center (FERC) is a family caregiver-centered program that educates and supports family caregivers of children, youth, adolescents or adults living with mental health conditions who reside in Alameda County. FERC offers a free warmline and referral service for caregivers, as well as resource centers and lending libraries throughout Alameda County.

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Free Patient Advocate

Patient Advocacy

The Patients’ Rights Advocacy Program advocates for individuals in Alameda, San Mateo and Marin Counties by responding to questions and complaints from patients in psychiatric hospitals and facilities, monitoring facilities for compliance with regulations, and preparing involuntary patients for hearings by gathering evidence and developing legal arguments to support their position in court.

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Mental Health African American Youth

Family Partnership

The Family Partnership Program stands with families who have a child or children with behavioral and/or emotional challenges. Family Partners have firsthand experience raising a child with these challenges. They offer peer support and assistance navigating services available through the county, school system, or other systems.

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Caregiver Support Bay Area

Caregiver Support

The Family Caregiver Advocacy & Support Program assists families who have a member with mental illness being served at John George Psychiatric Hospital. A specialist will familiarize you with the hospital and its programs and act as a liaison between you and the service programs your family member is joining.

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Mental Health Support Group

Mental Health
Grievance Assistance

The Consumer & Family Assistance Office assists individuals and their families who are receiving or eligible for Medi-Cal-funded services. A Consumer Assistance Specialist will walk with you through grievances or appeals you have about mental health treatment services provided by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services.

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African American Mental Health

African American Mental Health

Since the early 90s, MHAAC has sponsored an African American Family Support Group that meets monthly. In 2017, MHAAC started offering workshops to help African American families talk, learn about, and cope with mental health conditions and/or substance abuse in their families.

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