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Family Resource Network is a parent-directed community-based organization that benefits children with disabilities or special health care needs and their families. We have provided services to families throughout Alameda County since 1992. The Family Resource Network operates under the fiscal sponsorship (501c3) of BANANAS Inc.( http://www.bananasinc.org/ )

We offer support, information & referral, advocacy, and training to families in Alameda County who have children with disabilities from birth to age 22. Our trained peer-parent staff members can sensitively answer common questions regarding a child’s disability, offer guidance through complicated service systems, help to locate community resources, and provide emotional support. Our knowledge, passion and commitment to service come directly from our first hand experiences, successes and challenges.

5232 Claremont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618-1033
(510) 547-7322

Application process: by phone.  Eligibility requirements: Alameda County parent or caregiver  Fees: Free of charge



National Alliance on Mental Illness- The premier family run nonprofit and community based organization for families that suffer through caring for loved ones with mental health issues.  They have extensive data bases on medictions and illnesses.  There are many links to other helpful groups and sites such as Veterans, Special Needs Trusts, legal council lists and more.  The search mechanism is a little difficult but well worth the effort because of the many wonderful resources in the documents reservoir. http://www.nami.org/

National Institutes of Mental Health - http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - http://www.samhsa.gov/

An excellent site for co-occurring (formerly dual-diagnosis) issues and free publications and brochures.


* For persons that are Cal WORKS recipients or are applying to Cal WORKS:

Click here to see contact information for Alameda County Social Services Agency - Mental Health resources.

* Non-Cal WORKS clients can receive referrals to any of the services listed above by calling ACCESS at 1-800-491-9099. They also contract with practitioners throughout Alameda County, some of whom speak Spanish, Farsi, Cantonese, Cambodian and Vietnamese.


Medication Assistance at Low or No Cost

* Patient Assistance Programs: Reduced cost access provided directly by the drug manufacturer.  Application is usually at the pharmaceutical site for each medication.  These sites provide connection to the pharmaceutical sites and advice and support in the application process:
Medicare Part D assistance - www.mypartdusa.com
Patient Assistance Program sites - http://www.patientassistance.com/

Spanish Language Web Resources

http://www.cuidadodesalud.gov/enes/index.html This site (also available in English) helps individuals navigate through insurance options, learn about prevention, compare care quality and learn about the new healthcare law. Information is available for individuals, families, people with disabilities, seniors, young adults and employers.

Homelessness & Housing

EveryOne Home is Alameda County’s road map for ending homelessness. By emphasizing a coordinated, efficient regional response to a regional problem, homelessness can and will end in Alameda County.

Homeless Outreach and Stabilization Team (HOST) is a program to entice homeless individuals into housing and services.  Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services chose Bonita House to operate this outreach effort.  The operations run from Hayward to North Oakland.

Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) operates the two homeless shelters in Alameda County that are mental health issue competent.  The two shelters also feed into transitional housing, case management and co-occurring condition programs.

Most housing searches will only turn up opportunities for signing on to open wait lists.  It is recommended that one sign up at as many individual locations as possible.  Common housing search links:
East Bay Asian Development Corp.
The City of Fremont has put together a pamphlet on affordable (Below Market Rate-BMR) housing in the South County.

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