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The monthly e-newsletter from 
Bay Area Community Services (BACS)  

Happy August!
Happy 50th Anniversary to Medicare and Medicaid!

Today, more than 68 million people are covered by Medicaid and more than 52 million by Medicare!

Boy Scouts Honor BACS Supervisor
Our community is one of the foundations of our services at BACS, and the philosophy of service goes far beyond BACS.

We are delighted to recognize Chris Llorente, Program Supervisor for BACS' Supported Employment program, for embodying this philosophy. 

Chris is a Troop Leader for a local Boy Scouts of America chapter, and has been such a positive role model for these young men that BACS received a letter commending Chris for the impact of his time, talent, and leadership on the education of the Boy Scouts he leads.  
Thank you Chris, for being a positive force in at BACS
and in our community!
BACS Receives Generous Award
BACS is delighted to announce that the Haas Fund, a local philanthropic fund, has awarded BACS a $30,000 grant!  The generosity of the Haas Fund goes directly to support our older adult services, and under-served older adults and their families across the Bay Area.

The mission of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund is to help build a healthy, just, and vibrant society in which people feel connected to and responsible for their community. 
Our mission is to uplift under-served individuals and their families by doing whatever it takes. We are deeply committed to keeping people connected to our community. BACS is honored to be awarded this funding.
To learn more about the Haas Fund, visit their webpage here: http://www.haassr.org/

Employee of the Month
BACS has an All-Star staff! Below, we honor our "Employee of the Month" for August!

Danielle Clark, Peer Counselor, Hope Intervention Program:

Danielle has been a tremendous asset to HIP, from the start-up period of the program to today. She consistently goes above and beyond to increase HIP's community partners, and to build collaborative relationships with fellow providers to transitional-aged youth (TAY). 

Danielle is a team player, always willing to step up and help her teammates. She has taken a lead role in street outreach efforts, using harm-reduction approaches to engage TAY in services. 

Congratulations, Danielle!

BACS Receives Grant to Improve Recycling!
BACS is honored to receive a grant from StopWaste to improve fund recycling initiatives at our Housing Fast Support Network! 
BACS is committed to ending homelessness - permanently, and in 2013 opened The Housing Fast Support Network (HFSN) in downtown Oakland. To learn more about this innovative program, visit the page here
This grant from StopWaste will allow BACS to substantially expand our recycling program at HFSN, improving our carbon footprint as an agency while empowering the individuals we serve to implement recycling in their own lives. To learn more about StopWaste, visit them here
Thank you, StopWaste!
PCOMS Launches at BACS
T his summer, BACS began the implementation of an evidence-based-practice, "Partners for Change Outcomes Management System", also known as PCOMS. 

The practice is driven by participant feedback, asking participants to scale how they are improving towards treatment goals as well and how satisfied they are with each service they receive. 
PCOMS has been shown to be participant-friendly, highly feasible for staff, and importantly, repeatedly demonstrated to dramatically improve the quality and efficiency of services in peer-reviewed, published studies conducted across a range of settings, including public behavioral health.
In the few months that BACS has been utilizing this tool, BACS' participants have experienced an improvement in symptom management and quality of life by an average of 11.3 points on the scale and nearly 70% met their service goals in the first few months of service.
For more information on PCOMS please visit www.pcoms.com and https://heartandsoulofchange.com/
County Survey of Older Adults
Through the Summer and Fall of 2015, Alameda County is conducting an Older Adult Survey that asks older adults about their needs, issues, and concerns. The anonymous Survey will provide important input from the community that will help make Alameda County a better place for older adults to live. The county hopes to reach as many Alameda County residents who are age 55 or older as possible.

Survey results will inform and guide a comprehensive public planning process that will result in Alameda County's new Plan for Older Adults. The effort is a collaboration of Alameda County's Social Services and Health Care Services Agencies, and is guided by a planning committee composed of representatives from community-based services, housing, healthcare, public health, behavioral health, and the senior community.
To take the survey online,  click here

Join Our Cause!

Do you want to join BACS in our mission to provide crucial services to individuals and families struggling with homelessness, mental health issues, or aging-related issues?



You can always donate online by

 clicking Donate Now, or send a donation to 1814 Franklin Street, Suite 400, Oakland, CA 94612.


Or, donate gently used blankets, coats, canned goods, and other items to our housing programs. Email us to learn more. 



Do you want to get into your community and make a difference? Do you have an idea you cannot wait to tell us about, or a skill you know could help our participants? Email us to get involved!


Work Here

BACS services are always expanding, and we are currently recruiting! Check out our job opportunities 


Learn more on our website or by calling 510.613.0330.

Our mission is to uplift under-served individuals and their families by doing whatever it takes. 
We provide behavioral health, housing, and aging services for teens, adults, older adults, and their families. 

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