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INNOVATIVE SERVICES MONOGRAPH SERIES

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These mongraphs are in-depth reports on innovative human service programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. They detail the need for each program, describe how it works and put it in context with similar programs in the field. Developed under the aegis of Zellerbach Family Fund's Primary Prevention Committee of social welfare and family services professionals, the monographs are aimed at professionals and public policy makers to encourage understanding of complex social problems and replication of successful solutions.

Dual Diagnosis, 1998, 48 pages.
It's estimated that more than 50 percent of persons with mental illness also abuse drugs and alcohol? Are treatment programs effective? Dual Diagnosis relates the history of this growing problem and reports on the efforts of six San Francisco Bay Area counties to integrate mental health and addiction recovery treatment programs.

One Death Too Many, 1995, 44 pages.
An in-depth look at Oakland Healthy Start, a five-year, federally funded, community-based program that has succeeded in reducing infant mortality by 50%. Services included preterm delivery prevention, health education, counseling, support groups and parenting classes.

OK in My Back Yard: Issues and Rights in Housing for the Mentally Ill, 1994, 34 pages.
Explores issues involved in setting up residential housing facilities for mentally ill clients. Chapters include "Formulas for Success," War Stories from Bay Area Back Yards," "Defining NIMBY: What Are People Afraid Of," "New Laws to Solve Old Problems," "Housing Strategies for the 90s," and "Good Ideas for Policy Makers."

Foster Kids' Survival Groups: Lessons from a Mental Health-Social Services Collaboration, 1994, 32 pages.
In a demonstration project to help foster children deal with their anger, depression and fears, Alameda County's Mental Health and Social Services departments jointly planned and operated 11 support groups for 66 foster children, aged 8 to 16. Project staff learned what works and doesn't work in a group, and gained insight into the challenges of collaborative ventures.

Family Preservation Programs: State's Successful New Strategy to Keep Children at Home, 1993, 32 pages.
Three California counties are successfully operating Family Preservation Programs, saving the state money and helping to keep families intact by providing high-quality, short-term intensive services.

Preserving the Cultural Legacy, 1992, 32 pages.
The Oakland-based Black Adoption Placement and Research Center's model program successfully recruits African American families for the disproportionately large number of black and mixed black children in Northern and Central California who need adoptive or therapeutic foster homes.

The Ultimate Safety Net: Pregnancy to Parenthood Family Center, 1990, 28 pages.
Center staff work with Marin County parents at risk for abusing or neglecting their children. Services are provided from pregnancy until the child is 3 and include counseling, childbirth and parenting education and developmental assessments.


Toward Self-Reliance: Refugee Women's Program, 1990, 24 pages.
Volunteers spend 10,000 hours a year teaching refugees English and practical life skills to increase their self-reliance and financial independence. Volunteers -- housewives, professionals, students, retirees -- make a six-month commitment to the program, but many work in the program for years.

New Hope for Drug-Exposed Infants and Their Mothers: Mandela House, 1990, 28 pages.
Former drug-abusing mothers and their infants live up to a year at Mandela House, a six-bed residential facility in Oakland. Report also describes other Bay Area programs and research projects attempting to deal with this childhood epidemic.

Breaking the Cycle of Failure: A Report on the Family Enrichment Network, 1989, 24 pages.
Family Enrichment Network, an intervention program in East Oakland, offers support groups, special outings and speakers for parents and their children, and gives families the tools to positively affect their future.

Closing the Service Gap for At-Risk Families: San Mateo County's Family Outreach Project, 1989, 24 pages.
A team of public health nurses and a mental health professional work with families whose multiple problems put them at high risk for seriously abusing and neglecting their children. Services are aimed at stabilizing the family and preventing re-entry into the child welfare system.

Supporting Self-Help in Stanislaus, 1988, 24 pages.
Stanislaus County Mental Health Department provides local self-help groups with training, consultation, support and resources, including Nurturing the Nurturer, a support group for self-help group facilitators.

On the Move in San Mateo County: Support Team Services for Homeless Mentally Ill, 1987, 20 pages.
The Mobile Support Team program responds 24 hours a day, seven days a week to calls for help from regular clients and monitors the needs of other mentally ill people living on the streets.

Foster Families as Partners in Therapy, 1987, 52 pages.
Description of three private programs and one public program in which seriously abused and neglected children are placed with specially trained foster parents who receive extensive support from social workers and mental health professionals.

New Beginnings: A Report on the Fost/Opt Program of San Francisco Department of Social Services, 1985, 48 pages.
Fost/Opt, initiated in 1981, places children, not yet legally free but unlikely to be returned to their parents, with families that want to adopt and are willing to take some risk to do so.

In the Child's Best Interest, 1985, 24 pages.
A handbook that identifies the population of children who are dependents of the Juvenile Court, defines their needs, describes the laws and policies affecting them and considers the costs of serving and supporting them.

All monographs were researched and written by Marjorie Beggs, San Francisco Study Center staff writer.

1 copy $5
2-10 copies $4 each
10 or more copies $3 each

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