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BLACK MEN SPEAK, Inc Alameda County - California Alternatives Austin December 6, 2013 How to Build a "Black Men Speak" or "Men of Color Group" for Wellness.

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1 BLACK MEN SPEAK, Inc Alameda County - California Alternatives Austin December 6, 2013 How to Build a "Black Men Speak" or "Men of Color Group" for Wellness and Recovery in Your Community

2 BLACK MEN SPEAK  Mission Statement  Clip of group singing the mission statement ? Clip of group singing the mission statement ? The mission of Black Men Speak is to inform and enlighten the mental health community and the general public about issues concerning African American males with mental health and substance abuse challenges through a speakers bureau. Our goal is to work toward healing the African American community from stigma, discrimination and trauma by sharing our stories, thereby promoting and increasing wellness, recovery and freedom.

3 BLACK MEN SPEAK Presenters Joe Anderson – Chairman & MC BMS  3 years Board of Directors - ACNMHC  Brian Hill – Secretary 3 years CEO/ Founder The B.O.S.S. A Solution the Promotes You  Harry Caldwell – 4 years Peers Outreach Liaison  Katrina Killian Executive Director -ACNMHC

4 Joe Anderson  How I found Black Men Speak  List challenges in life - Recovery is Real, Substance abuse & Alcohol  Defining moment - Divorce (20 Years) & Crack  Lessons learned - Change Negative Relationships & Inspire Others  Recovery story entered Treatment at Options Recovery Services

5 Harry Caldwell  Recovery is Real  List challenges in life – Depression, Low Self Esteem, Substance Abuse  Defining moment – Homeless at 50  Lessons learned –  100% Responsibility for the quality of my life.  Defined by my choices  Principles of faith and hope not doubt and fear

6 Brian Hill  Bi-Polar Disorder - Uncover, Discover & Recover   List challenges in life - Parents Divorce (1968) Depression - (11-13)  Defining moment –Married May Mania – (17 & 18)  Lessons learned – Illness did not go Shifted to (AAIP) – (18-Present)  Accomplishments –Achieved: 36.5 years married 3 Adult Children  Wellness & Recovery – Overcame Stigma unfair responses to decisions I made in life.  Now I helping others through technology …”A Solution That Promotes You”… helping others with branding / marketing.http://briansonlinesuccessservices.info

7 In the Beginning…..  The Pool of Consumer Champions  Components  Important Committees: Criminal Justice, African American Male Issues  The Development of BLACK MEN SPEAK

8 Pool of Consumer Champions  The History of the development of the POCC  Alameda County - MHSA Funds – 2004 System Changes  Jay Mahler Consumer Relations Manager Vision for POCC Aug 2006  POCC Committees 12 committees developed

9 Pool of Consumer Champions The Development of BLACK MEN SPEAK  Supportive Structure  Community Buy-in/ Leadership from within  Behavioral Health Care Allies / Leadership support  Dr. Mary Thomas – Director of ACBHCS  Gigi Crowder – Ethnic Services Director / African American Utilization Report  Consumer Leadership – Sally Zinman & Jay Mahler  Consumer Providers – Steven Bucholtz, Jaleah Winn

10 Pool of Consumer Champions  Consultation and Facilitation Training/Support (TOP)  Facilitation Training  Technology of Participation

11 BLACK MEN SPEAK  Founding Members  DeWitt Buckingham & Darnell Livingston  and  Membership – 6-12 consistent members since 2009  Recruitment – Word of Mouth & Online Marketing  Time Commitments Meetings 1 st & 3 rd Tuesdays Month

12 BLACK MEN SPEAK In the Present…  Social Media  Online Community Outreach-  Speak to variety of venues -  Tulare Experience -

13 BLACK MEN SPEAK Continued…  Community Allies - PEERS ACBHCS, -  HHREC -  10x10 Campaign -  ACNMHC -http://bit.ly/1gb1X6Jhttp://bit.ly/1gb1X6J  Business Plan, 501 C 3 information and Documentation -  How do you utilize Marketing & Branding to raise funds and brand your presence on and Off line -

14 BLACK MEN SPEAK  Open Discussion & Q & A  Evaluation

15 Contact US! BLACK MEN SPEAK  Individual Contact info:  Joe Anderson -  Harry Caldwell -  Brian Hill -  Support Black Men Speak -


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