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.

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.