For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 24, 2016
Scholarships awarded to recipients from culturally diverse backgrounds
San Rafael, CA – With the help of state-funded scholarships, a culturally diverse group of 21 Marin residents has completed a vocational education program in drug and alcohol, domestic violence or mental health peer counseling programs and are on their way toward professional careers.
Marin County’s Mental Health and Substance Use Services Division (MHSUS) will host a public award ceremony February 29 for the recent graduates, who received scholarships through the state’s Mental Health Services Act.
Most of the graduates will be placed as volunteers and interns in several of the county-funded mental health and substance use service organizations in pursuit of gainful employment. Currently employed participants will become eligible for wage or salary increases in their respective places of employment.
“I am impressed by the interest, enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by the recent graduates,” said Suzanne Tavano, Director of Marin MHSUS. “They will bring important and unique perspectives to our service delivery system. Many come from diverse and traditionally under-served communities, and all want to give back to their community.”
MHSUS’s vision for the program is to promote the unique perspectives of consumers and their family members as professionals in the County’s behavioral health care workforce and to utilize their talents to work with a culturally diverse consumer population that are often hard-to-reach or underserved. Additionally, the scholarship program provides employment opportunities for county residents to work in their local communities as “help agents” to the most vulnerable members of the county.
“It is very exciting to see so many of our community residents take advantage of this opportunity to advance their own careers with an intention of bringing their knowledge and skills back to the communities where they live,” said D.J. Pierce, Director of Substance Use Services.
The graduation celebration is Monday, February 29, from 4-6 p.m. at the Marin County Civic Center’s Board of Supervisors chamber, Suite 330, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.
In March, a new set of students will begin the same vocational path that the graduating students have taken. Mentors will be available from this graduating class to provide support and encouragement.
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Cesar LaglevaProgram ManagerMental Health and Substance Use Services, Department of Health and Human Services
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