View Results of the Round One Grants Program


The purpose of the Innovative Grants Program is to promote learning to:

  • Advance the quality of mental health care services; and
  • Improve outcomes for individuals at risk of or living with mental health issues in Alameda County.

In the first cycle of the Innovative Grants Program, the target population, problem statement and learning objectives were deliberately left broad by Innovation staff to solicit a wide array of non-traditional ideas. The parameters for Innovative Project were based on the State’s definition for Innovation. To meet the criteria, an Innovative Project must:

  • Introduce a novel, creative and/or ingenious approach to improving mental health in Alameda County;
  • Be a short-term project, 18 months or less;
  • Have a focus on learning rather than service delivery; and
  • Contribute to new learning in the field of mental health.

About The First Round

During the first cycle of funding the online system was open to applicants to submit applications between August 1 to September 30 2010. During this period, BHCS received two hundred-seventy-two (272) applications. The combined applications requested over twenty-five million dollars ($25M) worth of funding.

The Innovative Grant Program First Round Grantees

The table below provides an overview of the twenty-two Innovative Projects.

Grant Characteristic
Percentage of Granted funds
Grant Size

Mini (Total of $26,010)



Small (Total of $176,330)



Medium (Total of $323,382)



Large (Total of $571,983)



System of Care Age Group (Target Population)

Children 0 to 18



Transition Age Youth 16 to 25



Adult 18 to 60



Older Adult 60 & Older



Strategy Type

Revenue Enhancement



Policy Procedure



Mental Health Advocacy



Social Recreational Supports






Brief Therapy






Organizational Type

Administrative/Business Revenue Enhancement






Public Agency



The list below contains the twenty-two Innovative Project Learning Questions and contact information. The Innovative Projects will begin the Implementation Phase in January 2011. The goal of Implementation is to start the actual Innovative Projects and commence with the learning. Grantees will sign an agreement to use the funds as described in the application. BHCS has collaborated with Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, (PVF) to quickly distribute and expertly track the grant funds to grantees.

Project Name Mentors upon Discharge
Learning QuestionWill introducing hospitalized mental health consumers to peer mentors upon discharge reduce the rate of re-hospitalization?
Provider Information John George Psychiatric Pavilion/Guy Qvistgaard, gqvistgaard@acmedctr.org

Project Name SSI Pre-Release Project
Learning Question Will providing Santa Rita inmates with serious mental health issues with legal advocacy to become eligible for benefits & MediCal prior to release improve mental health over time?
Provider Information Homeless Action Center/Pattie Wall, pwall@homelessactioncenter.org

Project Name Maximizing Achievement Program (MAP)/Human Services Mentoring Program
Learning Question Does using a community-defined strategy in community colleges reduce disparities & build a more diverse mental health work force?
Provider Information Merritt Community College/Dr. Carlos McLean, cmclean@peralta.edu

Project Name Interplay Mental Health Project
Learning Question Does providing weekly InterPlay, somatic awareness tools & classes, to homeless & low income Oakland seniors at St. Mary's Senior Center improve well-being?
Provider Information Body Wisdom, Inc./Theron Shaw, theron@interplay.org

Project Name Women Overcoming Trauma
Learning Question Will peer trauma informed care improve the mental health of women at the Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center?
Provider Information The Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center/Linda Lazzareschi, lazzar@earthlink.net

Project Name Gender Acceptance: Bridging the GAP
Learning Question What are best practices & tools for systematically training organizations on responding to gender variance in children?
Provider Information Gender Spectrum/Joel Baum, jbaum@genderspectrum.org

Project Name Who Are These Girls?
Learning Question Will outreach activities that target hotel staff impact attitudes & responses to sexual exploitation of youth in their establishments?
Provider Information WestCoast Children’s Center /April Fernando, afernando@westcoastcc.org

Project Name Increasing Wellness for Mayans
Learning Question Would using confianza, a culturally responsive outreach approach, create the capacity to effectively reach & provide connections to health services to Mam (Mayan) speaking families who have experienced fetal/infant loss?
Provider Information Alameda County Department of Public Health, Maternal Access & Linkages for Desired Reproductive Health (MADRE)/Julie Garcia, Julie.garcia@acgov.org

Project Name Be Present Inc. Family Camp Training
Learning Question Will youth & foster care/adoptive parents increase capacity to address critical mental health issues by participating in four-day family camp group trainings?
Provider Information Be Present, Inc./Khara Scott-Bey, kscottbey@gamil.com

Project Name New Approaches for Latino Patients & Practitioners within a Medi-Cal Treatment System: The Role of Traditional Healing as a Culturally Appropriate Innovative Care Practice.
Learning Question Does exposure to traditional healing values to clinical & peer providers affect the approaches they employ in working with Latinos & result in increased client satisfaction?
Provider Information La Clinica de La Raza/Leslie Preston, lpreston@laclinica.org

Project Name Three-Day Weekend Grief Ritual Retreat & One-Day Follow-up Event for Kin Whom Have Lost Family to Street Violence
Learning Question Will participating in a unique grief ritual/retreat weekend help family members of victims of street violence in Oakland heal from the trauma?
Provider Information Wisdom Springs Inc./Mary Triston, skygod8@earthlink.net

Project Name Qigong Workshops for Oakland Chinatown Seniors
Learning Question How will Qigong impact Oakland’s older adult mental well-being when combined with mental health screening, psycho-education & group process?
Provider Information Oakland Asian Cultural Center/Mona Shah, mshah@oacc.cc

Project Name Building a Community of Safety & Respect
Learning Question Will the creation of a strong partnership between the Albany Unified School District (AUSD) & lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning & intersexed (LGBTQQI) families help foster positive mental health & well-being by decreasing the rate of bullying?
Provider Information Albany Unified School District/Eveline Shen, eshen8888@gmail.com

Project Name Robertson High School
Learning Question How will a 45-minute, weekly Transformative Life Skills yoga course affect the mental health of at-risk youth who attend Robertson Continuation High School in Fremont?
Provider Information Youth & Family Services, City of Fremont/Iris Preece, Ipreece@fremont.gov

Project Name Grlpreneur TAY Entrepreneurship Boot Camp
Learning Question Does incorporating entrepreneurship training in the mental health system of care help to create positive outcomes for transitional age women?
Provider Information Grlpreneur Sustainable Business Incubator/Tonda Case, grlpreneur@gmail.com

Project Name Battlefield Poets
Learning Question Will providing a television media series for military families of the Iraq, Afghanistan & Persian Gulf Wars promote well-being for local veteran populations & their families?
Provider Information Wee Poets/Sally Joan Baker, weepoets@yahoo.com

Project Name MPACT: Parent-Child Engagement Through Dance
Learning Question How will MPACT (Moving Parent and Children Together), a dance class, improve wellness in families?
Provider Information Luna Dance Institute/Nancy Ng, www.lunadanceinstitute.org nng@lunakidsdance.org

Project Name Earful Records Project
Learning Question How do mental health consumers use their experience to develop a career in the music industry?
Provider Information Darren Linzie, darren.linzie@gmail.com

Project Name Reformation: Moving Beyond Stigma
Learning Question How does creating a dual mask support mental health consumers to overcome the pressures from stigma?
Provider Information Adella Adella, adella3d@gmail.com

Project Name Legacy Letters: Reminiscences & Reflections of HIV-positive Women
Learning Question Do legacy letters increase the sense of peace & well-being of HIV-positive women undergoing mental health interventions?
Provider Information Trena Cleland, trenamarie@igc.org

Project Name Play on Transition Age Youth (TAY)
Learning Question Will a psycho-educational game about mental health issues that is developed by & for youth increase Alameda County youth's problem solving abilities? TAY Advisory Board/Rachel Bryant, rbryant@acbhcs.org

Project Name African American Mother-Daughter Workshops
Learning Question Can the creation of an African American mother-daughter group based on cultural customs improve mental health?
Provider Information Carla Keener, cjrsmom510@yahoo.com


Click here to view the full First Funding Cycle Learning Report, which contains a description of the process and lessons learned.

BHCS expects that grantees will provide three reports over the course of their project. BHCS anticipates that some Innovative Projects will be more successful than others, which is welcomed in this learning process. Therefore, the learning about both challenges and successes will be encouraged in the reports.

The innovation of the reports will be BHCS’ and grantees use of online reporting, a first for BHCS. BHCS has created an online template for this purpose to test the feasibility, utility and efficiency of online reporting. Updates on lessons learned, success and challenges from the twenty-two grantees will be posted on the website.

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last updated 02/18/2013
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