"I was contacted to add to this piece because of serious allegations arising out of “room and board” homes in each region of Contra Costa County. There seems to be some confusion regarding terminology. “Room and Board” homes are not licensed board and care facilities, which are overseen by Community Care Licensing. If “care and supervision” is either provided or needed, then a license is required. The term “unlicensed board and care home” is understood in the Patients’ Rights community to describe an unlicensed Room and Board home which should by regulation be licensed. Problematic room and board homes will be investigated by Community Care Licensing on the issue of “care and supervision.”
We are also working with a staff attorney with Disability Rights California to establish a Peer-Driven Room and Board Coalition, which would provide best practices for Room and Board homes and a problem resolution process."
Janet Marshall Wilson, JD,
Director of Patients’ Rights, Contra Costa & Napa Counties
Mental Health Consumer Concerns
Established in 1976 by a group of former mental health clients, Mental Health Consumer Concerns (MHCC) is a model of client empowerment and advocacy. MHCC is proud to say we are the longest running consumer driven organization in the United States. In 1981, we were the first client group to be awarded a Patients’ Rights Advocacy contract in the State of California.
MHCC currently provides state mandated patients’ rights advocacy services in Contra Costa and Napa counties in addition to systems advocacy on the local and state levels. We were a catalyst in the creation of self-help groups in Contra Costa, Napa and Solano counties, an anti-stigma campaign in Contra Costa County and multiple Consumer Conferences.
Driving the Mental Health System in a positive direction, Mental Health Consumer Concerns' Recovery Vision sets the stage for consumers to reach their highest potential as full participants in society.
MHCC works in collaboration with the Office of Consumer Empowerment and the Contra Costa County Mental Health Division to ensure that the Recovery Process happens for both consumers and family members and is proud to be a part of a network of service organizations who are dedicated to transforming the mental health system in order to meet the needs of a diverse population.
Mental Health Consumer Concerns is a 501c3 non-profit peer-service organization providing multi-tiered services at no cost to consumers.
WELLNESS & RECOVERY CENTERS
Central County Wellness & Recovery Center
2975 Treat Blvd., Bldg. C
Concord, CA 94518
East County Wellness and Recovery Center
2400 Sycamore Drive. Suite 30
West County Wellness and Recovery Center
12240 San Pablo Avenue
Richmond, CA 94805