And the Winner Is... The Morties!

This year, in honor of our 50th anniversary, we invited all of our programs to share their stories of recovery, values, and inspiration. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the programs who put their time, effort, and love into this contest. Take a look at the videos below to see who will be bringing home The Morty, an award created in honor of Anne Bakar's father and one ofTelecare's founders, Morton Bakar!

Recovery Stories: Morton Bakar Center

Telecare staff and members of our inpatient program in Hayward, California, share what recovery means to them and what they are most proud of in their life and work.

Living Our Values: CHANGES

Our community-based program in East Oakland showed their heart, spirit, and all the unique ways they are incorporating the Telecare values and Evidence Based Practices to improve the lives of the members they serve.

Inspiration: WIT

Telecare members and staff in our court-ordered program in Orange County share their stories of making it through hardship and give words of hope and encouragement to those on their own recovery journey.

La Paz Veteran’s Day Recognition

Happy Veteran’s Day to our special LVN Malcolm Edrada. Malcolm served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years as an Engineering Mate. He served on five deployments to the Western Pacific areas such as Singapore, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia– just to name a few.

One of his greatest accomplishments was when Malcolm was awarded an ESWS pin. This pin is a surface warfare insignia that is a military badge of the U.S. Navy and issued to personnel who are trained and qualified to perform duties aboard surface warships.

When Malcolm was in San Diego, he was “volun-told” to join the Naval Security Force, also known as the Naval Law Enforcement, and he shined. They recognized his talents and Malcom graduated with honors out of a class of about 50 students. Malcolm had an average of 97.5%.

When Malcolm left the U.S. Navy he took about a year off until he decided to become a nurse — LVN.  In January, Malcolm will have worked four years with us. We are honored to have such a kind, courageous, and patient man working with us. Malcolm is the epitome of a great nurse.

Happy Veteran’s Day to Malcolm and all the men and women that serve our country, past, present and future.We are deeply grateful for your service!

Middle School Students Visit With Garfield NBC

Submitted by: Teresa E. Thomas
Clinical Director of Garfield Neurobehavioral Center

For the past two years, Garfield has partnered with a local middle school in East Oakland to bring in entertainment for the residents. These middle school students read poetry, play piano, sing, show art work and write personalized letters to our residents. Garfield staff speak with the students about healthcare careers and working with people with mental illness.

“Dear all amazing staff members of GNC,

I just want to say thank you all so much for letting me enter your workspace and the resident’s home. The field trip was such a cool and fun thing I never thought I would do. Some things I learned was that people that have disabilities, disorders, illnesses, etc…can be funny like Robert Y, David, etc…they can have fun, and they are super cool people. Another thing I learned was that the residents don’t stay home all day. They get to go out to the A’s game, they’re fed well, they’re taken care of, and they’re cared about by everyone. One thing I loved while we were at GNC, was when I talked to Robert Y. He is a very cool person! Another thing I loved was when David was dancing to a song. I loved it. I will never forget about this amazing and fun trip. This trip is definitely the highlight of middle school. Thank you all again for welcoming me. I loved it!”

National Recovery Month: Jordana Steinberg

Photo by Jose Luis Villegas for The Sacramento Bee

Photo by Jose Luis Villegas for The Sacramento Bee

Stories of courage and hope are popping up everywhere, and as we slide into the second week of National Recovery Month we’d like to share the story of Jordana Steinberg, daughter of mental health advocate and state Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, co-author of Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

Jordana shares her story of growing up with severe childhood mood disorder with The Sacramento Bee, and explains why she wants to speak out against the mental health stigma in the video below. We welcome Jordana’s story with open ears and hearts and want to thank her for her incredible courage to speak openly and her determination to provide a microphone for those without a voice.

We also want to thank Darrell Steinberg for being such a tireless advocate for mental health issues since his first appearance in the state assembly in 1998. Since 2004, MHSA has generated around $9 billion in mental health funding, and we here at Telecare are proud to be part of this incredible change he helped create.

Below, find the video accompanying Jordana’s story. To read Jordana’s full story from the Sacramento Bee, click here.

At age 20, the daughter of state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Jordana Steinberg, shares details of her long battle against a severe childhood mood disorder and the personal toll it took on her family, hoping it will help others.

Trouble Cafe is a Haven for Recovery

As National Recovery Month comes to a close we bring you a story about $4 toast. Nuzzled in the foggy depths of San Francisco's Outer Sunset neighborhood lies Trouble, a tiny little coffee shop known for its quirky menu of limited length and not a lot of flexibility. Two of Trouble's most famous items-coconut water straight from a coconut and a slice of $4 cinnamon toast-might be easy to write off as an artisanal food craze out to get our money, but look behind the price tag and one will find an epic story of the owner, Giulletta Carrelli, using these items to find (and own) her path to recovery after many years of living with undiagnosed schizoaffective disorder.

"At bottom, Carrelli says, Trouble is a tool for keeping her alive. 'I'm trying to stay connected to the self,' she says. Like one of her old notebooks, the shop has become an externalized set of reference points, an index of Carrelli's identity. It is her greatest source of dependable routine and her most powerful means of expanding her network of friends and acquaintances, which extends now to the shop's entire clientele."