Each year the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California recognizes impactful individuals in the field of behavioral health in California. Continuing a tradition from last year, the Awards will be presented in four categories:
Jose Luis Orbeta
Jose Luis Orbeta works as a Health Worker ll for the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Care Team program for the San Francisco Department of Public Heath. He has been working as peer counselor for 6 years. He started as a volunteer group facilitator for Dual Recovery Anonymous and then was hired as a paid employee. In 2015 he joined the staff for the Humming Bird Peer Respite, the first peer run and peer created program of it's kind in San Francisco funded by the MHSA. In 2017 he became a Peer Specialist/Counselor for Richmond Area Multi-Services. Jose has been in recovery for 7 plus years. Along the way he has had the honor of being mentored by some incredibly wise and supportive people. He has literally risen from being homeless on the streets of San Francisco to being a full-time employee of the San Francisco Department of Health. For a full bio click here.
Innovative Agency Award
Richmond Area Multi-Services
Founded in San Francisco’s Richmond District in 1974, Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS) is a mental health agency committed to advocating for and providing community based, culturally responsive and comprehensive services, with linguistic and cultural expertise serving the Bay Area’s diverse Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. RAMS offers comprehensive services in mental health, education and vocational training and serves over 18,000 individuals annually at over 130 sites across the city.
RAMS has been recognized locally and nationally, including by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SF-DPH), Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). According to the San Francisco Citywide Fiscal and Compliance Monitoring site visits, RAMS is "among the top-tier City-funded nonprofit agencies with respect to conformance with the Citywide Fiscal and Compliance Monitoring guidelines." Since the agency’s founding, RAMS has been used as a model for other organizations serving multi-ethnic communities throughout the United States.