Programs Offering Free Services to Families
NAMI East Bay is a nonprofit, self-help advocacy and support group of family members, clients and friends of people with severe mental illnesses. The alliance is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of quality of life for those affected by these diseases.
Crisis Support Services offers a broad range of counseling, education and prevention services in a safe environment. CSS' 24-hour crisis hotline responds to more than 60,000 calls each year. Services include ongoing therapy groups, school-based counseling, supportive services for seniors, suicide prevention for youth and community education.
The Family Education and Resource Center (FERC) is a family/caregiver-centered program that provides information, education, advocacy and support services to family/caregivers of children, adolescents, transitional age youth, adults and older adults with serious emotional disturbance or mental illness living in all regions of Alameda County. These services are provided in a culturally competent manner, reaching out to people of various ethnicities and language groups.
The Wellness Recovery Resiliency Hub offers training, technical assistance and consultation to behavioral healthcare services county and contract programs, family and consumer organizations. Services include recovery education workshops and technical assistance designed to help teams of consumers, family members, providers and administrative staff share and expand their knowledge and skills about how to build resilience, pursue recovery and experience wellness.