New Opportunity to Support Interim through Amazon.com

If you are an Amazon.com shopper, you have a new opportunity to support Interim and our mission to provide services for adults with mental health challenges.  Interim has just signed up for Amazon Smile, a new program that donates 0.5 percent of every purchase to the nonprofit of the shopper’s choice.

From the shopper’s point of view, it looks just like the Amazon.com interface you know…same search capability, same promotions, One-Click shopping, even Amazon Prime. You shop as you normally shop, and Amazon donates 0.5 percent of your purchase to Interim when you are done. Of course, your confidentiality is protected; Interim never sees how much any individual is participating. We only see the results at the end of each quarter.

If you are shopping for personal items, please consider Amazon Smile as a new way to support Interim or any other nonprofit that you care about.  The web site is: Smile.Amazon.com.


Interim’s New Wellness Center Makes Access Easier for Clients by Bringing Programs Under One Roof

Interim is excited to announce that renovation has begun for the new Interim mental pajarohealth wellness center in Salinas. This will be the new home of several programs including SEES, OMNI, Dual Recovery Services, Success Over Stigma, and the Breakthrough H’art project, as well as other creative arts activities.  In addition, the Monterey County Behavioral Health Collaborative, the Bienestar Project, and NAMI Monterey County will also have be providing services and support on-site for clients and their families in the Salinas Valley.

Completion of the building renovation is expected to be in August of this year, and Interim plans to have the grand opening of the new mental health wellness center in late summer. Watch for announcements and stay tuned for more information on this exciting new facility in the coming months!


“A Choice to Heal: Mental Health in California”

This documentary recently aired on CBS stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno. It details California’s groundbreaking Prevention and Early Intervention programs that are funded by Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act. A link to the video has been posted to the MHSOAC homepage (http://mhsoac.ca.gov/default.aspx) and may also be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://sproutvideo.com/videos/1c9bd9b11918e0cd94


Interim celebrates diversity

Agency training day

Earlier this month Interim held its annual staff training day, with a focus this year on diversity and stress management. During the training, attendees gained valuable insight into the diversity of Interim’s staff, such as the fact that Interim’s staff includes speakers of 14 different languages. Also at the training, awards were given to those staff who have given their service to Interim for 5 years or more, including some staff members who have served for 20 years or more. Executive Director Barbara Mitchell was also recognized for giving 35 years to date of dedicated service to Interim’s clients. Thank you to all who participated in the training!


Interim’s leadership wins award for achievement 

Executive Director Barbara Mitchell has been named as one of the Outstanding Women of the Year for 2014 by the Commission on the Status of Women of Monterey County. For 36 years, the Commission has been working to improve the quality of life for women in our area. Congratulations to Barbara on this much deserved award!!









Carolyn Hinds, Director of SEES, Says Goodbye to Clients

Interim will soon say goodbye to Carolyn Hinds, director of Supported Education and CarolynEmployment Services (SEES), who will be retiring at the end of June. Carolyn joined Interim in 1991 as part-time relief counselor at the old Pajaro House in Salinas, and eventually came head up Interim’s vocational program.

SEES works with the Monterey County Department of Health Behavioral Health Division and the Department of Rehabilitation Cooperative to support those who have experienced a work disruption resulting from a mental health disability.

“I’m really proud of the way Interim has stepped into hiring our own clients. We started hiring clients in landscaping, and Interim has done everything right, everything they possibly could to make that program successful, said Carolyn. “They start from the point of view that everyone is created equal, and they deal with issues immediately.” (Interim has been named and outstanding employer by the Monterey County Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities (MCCEPD) in 2009 and by the State Department of Rehabilitation in 2010) for its success employing adults with disabilities.)

All the best to Carolyn! Thank you for your years of service to Interim!


Former Interim client presented with award for Outstanding Mental Health Consumer at the Annual Fiesta of Hope

The Annual Fiesta of Hope is a community event that raises awareness of the resources Tommaso Fiest of Hopeand support available for those touched by mental health issues in Monterey County. During the event, Tommaso Aliotti was presented with the award for Outstanding Mental Health Consumer. Tomasso, formerly and Interim client, currently works as a Community Support Worker for the Shelter Cove Program and also serves as a Peer to Peer Mentor. He has also dedicated time as a Success Over Stigma speaker, sharing his story and educating local students and agencies about mental illness. He has been a key member of the Wellness Conference Committee for the past three years while volunteering to take on the role of Master of Ceremonies and music coordinator this year. He attends the Recovery Task Force and works tirelessly to advocate for the needs of Monterey County Behavioral Health consumers. Congratulations to Tommaso!




Interim’s Volunteer Therapy Dogs recognized for Service to Clients

Also on the list of award recipients at the Fiesta of Hope were Interim’s therapy dog Therapy dogsvolunteers and their handlers, who were presented with the special recognition award for their service to mental health consumers in Monterey County through Interim. The therapy dogs are certified through Therapy Dogs International and support  Interim’s clients in their recovery by serving various programs and residential facilities. This year marks the 10th year of practitioners, clients and their families coming together for the Fiesta of Hope, which is sponsored by The Monterey County Mental Health Commission and Monterey County Department of Health, Behavioral Health Bureau. Congratulations to the all the volunteers! Thank you for your service!


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