Community Notebook: Local behavioral health organizations to merge

Caminar for Mental Health, Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley look to expand impact

Two Bay Area nonprofits aimed at helping populations in need are joining forces to strengthen behavioral health care across the Bay Area.

The merger brings together Caminar for Mental Health and Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley to create a combined organization that will provide services to more than 14,000 people annually in Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Solano and Butte counties.

Caminar is a San Mateo-based nonprofit that provides support services to individuals with mental health disorders, according to its website. Family & Children Services (FCS) of Silicon Valley, with locations in Palo Alto and San Jose, supports families through mental health and substance use disorders treatment, case management and family violence and abuse prevention services.

The board of directors of both organizations unanimously approved the merger, which will take place on Jan. 1, 2017. Family & Children Services will operate as a division of Caminar, according to an announcement.

The combined organization will have nearly 500 employees, with an operating budget of $32 million to address clients' needs through a continuum of care, including treatment of mental health and substance use conditions, family violence and abuse prevention, case management, medication clinics, short-term residential treatment and supported employment, housing and educational programs.

No staff or program changes are planned in connection with the merger, according to the announcement.

"This is a merger of strength," Caminar CEO Chip Huggins said in a statement. "Both organizations enjoy strong ties with our communities, are in strong financial positions, provide robust and vibrant programs, and have been built on complementary visions and goals."

Huggins will head the expanded organization while Diana Neiman, CEO of Family & Children Services, will become executive director of programs and services of the FCS division.

"It is an exciting time for behavioral health organizations like ours that are dedicated to offering innovative and effective care," Neiman said in a statement. "FCS and Caminar will offer individuals and families a higher level of coordinated care as they cope with multiple mental and physical health challenges and daily living needs."


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Posted by Sarah1000
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on Oct 20, 2016 at 3:09 pm

What great news! Caminar offers wonderful services in San Mateo County ( Web Link) which are so needed in Santa Clara County.

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