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Community Capacity-Building

Under StanUp CCBI, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) will help local communities develop and implement community-driven plans to improve and sustain the behavioral and emotional wellbeing of their members. To support these community-driven efforts, BHRS provides facilitation, planning and data support to help communities track progress on their priority results over time, and some small, time-limited funding support to help jump start the community’s actions.

For more information on the CCBI project please contact John Alvarado:

John Alvarado, MSW
Community Capacity-Building Initiative
1917 Memorial Drive
Ceres, CA 95307


The Promotores are community health outreach workers (P/CHOW) who play a critical role in promoting community-based health education and prevention in historically underserved communities.

They are the bridge between health care institutions, professional providers and community residents in need of health care services. Their natural capacity for providing “genuinely holistic health prevention is the notion of ‘ecological relevance.’”

The Promotores are local to the communities they serve, speaking the same language and being involved with the community. They are committed to providing “service from the heart.” The Promotores aim to increase the capacity of community members and health outreach workers who serve as liaisons between their community and social service organizations.

Find a promotor near you!

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) builds on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions. ABCD draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities. The focus is upon building power (the ability to act effectively) through relationships.

Friends are Good Medicine(ABCD)

Friends are Good Medicine promote self-help within the community and provide leadership training, help for groups, and information on the topics of self-help. They also provide assistance to those who want to start a support group.

For more information please contact Tim White:

Tim White
Behavioral Health Advocate
Stanislaus County- BHRS
Prevention Services
Office: (209) 541-2555
Cell: (209) 602-4311

Peer Recovery Art Project

The Peer Recovery Art Project’s mission is to end stigma, revitalize downtown areas while implementing new strategies for an all-inclusive and therefore, healthier community. They believe every community member is responsible for helping make the community healthy.

Faith-Based Spirituality Programs

This program facilitates, encourages, and supports faith communities and spirituality groups throughout Stanislaus County to create increased social support and social connections for adults experiencing the impact of trauma and other risk factors. These activities include a variety of support groups, study groups, outreach, social and recreational activities, and personal/peer based support.

Partnerships with other PEI programs will allow faith-based organizations to provide education and information about behavioral health concerns that reduce stigma, enhance emotional wellness, and support recovery.

For more information on Faith-Based programs, please contact:

Theresa L. Zamora, MBA
Community Behavioral Health Consultant, Stanislaus County
Behavioral Health & Recovery Services
Prevention & Early Intervention
(209) 541-2416

Trainings Offered to Strengthen Community

Mental Health First Aid
Introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. 

Toward Effective Self-Help
A Group Facilitator Training- An interactive course designed for those interested in learning skills to lead self-help groups. 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
An interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Participants will learn to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and respond in ways that will increase their safety and give them further help.  

Results Based Accountability
Can be used to improve the lives of children, families, and community as a whole.  

Community Capacity-Building
A Paradigm Shift from Services to Strengthening Communities- Learn to apply strategies for strengthening relationships with communities and to develop a plan toward this goal. 

For the complete list of trainings and detailed descriptions please visit the BHRS website