Assembly Member Ash Kalra

This morning we were honored to welcome Ash Kalra, State Assembly Member for District 27, and Stacie Shih, District Director, to Momentum for an informational session and tour of Crossroads Residential Care.

David K. Mineta, President & CEO, along with Brenda Phillips, Associate Director & Administrator, and Bory Kham, RN Clinical Manager at Crossroads, presented Kalra and Shih with a glimpse of the comprehensive care and services individuals are provided.

Crossroads Village is a 45-bed integrative residential care program designed to prevent the need for treatment in an acute psychiatric inpatient program, or as a stepping stone to the transition from a higher level of care and integrating back into the community successfully.

 

Jason Noriega

Jason Noriega is committed to serving, improving and making a difference in the lives of Santa Clara County residents diagnosed with mental illness.

As a true community leader, Jason has not left it up to others to remove the barriers associated with accessing quality treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders. He has been committed to serving, improving, removing the stigma, and making a difference for persons faced with these issues.

For the past seven years Jason has been an extraordinary Board member. He has been an active evangelist for Momentum’s mission, digs deep into his personal network and constantly keeps his eyes peeled for opportunities that can promote the agency and well-being of those served.

KCAT TV original series aired an episode on February 4th that spotlights stories of People Doing Good Things. Some of Jason’s impressive and inspiring contributions to our community were shared with host Lissa Kreisler during this episode.

Employment Support

The San Jose Business Journal hosted some sponsored content by Momentum in their recent Partners in Philanthropy edition.

The full article is posted online. Just follow the link provided below.

Mental health and substance use illnesses are common conditions across all demographic groups. Similar to other chronic health issues, mental illness and substance use disorders are not constrained by age, gender, race, ethnicity, income, or education. But research has furthered our understanding about how other important factors like employment can not only mitigate symptoms of emotional and behavioral conditions, but provide the very glue that sustains and maintains lifelong recovery.

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Traveling Exhibit

Momentum’s traveling exhibit (A Day in the Life of Recovery) was unveiled this past week at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara. Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-District 17), Mike Fox, Sr. (first underwriter for this amazing exhibit), Kaiser Leadership (Chris Boyd, Sr. VP; Barry Hughes, PhD., Clinical Director) and many others – as well as community members participated. Thank you Kaiser Permanente for hosting such a spectacular unveiling! Real stories – real people.

You can learn more about the exhibit at:
https://www.momentumformentalhealth.org/a-day-in-the-life-of-recovery

 

Annual Report

Our 2016 Annual Report shares program descriptions, service summaries and inspirational highlights from Recovery Champions.

This past year, 5000 individuals were served by over 400 staff with an operating budget of over $35 million. Those numbers represent the largest totals for each category in our history and speak to the absolute need for high quality, behavioral health services in our community.

What an Obamacare Repeal Would Mean for Mental Health Treatment

Repealing the ACA could lead to less coverage for medicines and therapy—and possibly, a return of behavioral health disorders as ‘pre-existing conditions.’

By Francie Diep

If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, what’s going to happen to the tens of millions of Americans who need treatment for addiction, depression, and various other mental health conditions?

It’s a pertinent question because Obamacare had lots of provisions designed to make sure the mentally ill receive proper coverage. In 2016, Health and Human Services provided $94 million in grants through the Affordable Care Act for free clinics to screen and treat their patients for substance use disorders. With the potential for an ACA repeal, the long-term survival of those programs is now in question.

“For mental health and substance use disorder professionals, people working in the field, I think it’s a huge concern,” says David Mineta, an Obama administration-era deputy director at the Office of National Drug Control Policy. (Mineta is now CEO of a mental health-care services nonprofit in California.)

Read full article here: https://psmag.com/what-an-obamacare-repeal-would-mean-for-mental-health-treatment-50408499556d#.4fuqrkis4

Facing Addiction in America

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The day has arrived. Facing Addiction is co-hosting a national summit with United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to release his office’s historic, first-ever report called Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

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Momentum’s President & CEO, David K. Mineta, is already in attendance at this groundbreaking report coming out of Los Angeles today.
Here are the steps you can take today in order to both participate in the summit event, and help us amplify this historic event:

Watch the entire National Summit LIVE here: www.facingaddiction.org
Get involved and ask your questions on recovery, treatment, prevention and more on social media with #FacingAddiction or comment on Facing Addiction’s Facebook page (facebook.com/facingaddiction). Our room of experts will be responding to them all day long!
Join our email list to stay up to date on how you can make an impact. Just text Facing Addiction to 69866
Make a donation by clicking here
Post the many news articles already released today about the report, including The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, USA Today and NPR

 

Summertime SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is often talked about when winter rolls around. There is less light during the day, gloomy weather and all you really want to do is snuggle up solo under the covers and hibernate until it’s warm outside. When the weather starts to heat up, you may start to fantasize about future […]

Asian Pacific Heritage Month

David K. Mineta, President and CEO for Momentum for Mental Health, was the keynote speaker at last month’s Asian Pacific Heritage event. He provided an energetic, engaging and enlightening presentation.

Teen And Young Adult Resource Fair

REACH (Raising Early Awareness & Creating Hope) would like to invite you to its TAY DAY RESOURCE FAIR! Perfect opportunity for teens and young adults.

This Friday, May 13th, please join us for an afternoon of excitement.

This is a great chance for teens, young adults and their families to chat with professionals from various agencies that can provide them with education, transportation, employment, and other opportunities in the local community!