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Early Bird Registration for the 3rd Annual Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference ends February 20
February 8, 2018

3rd Annual Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference

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Early Bird Ends February 20 - Register Today

The 3rd Annual Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CICAMH) Conference will take place on March 23-24, 2018 in San Diego, CA.

  • Two full days with nationally known speakers, hundreds of clinicians, treatment providers, educators and physicians. You will gain a deeper understanding of how risk and resilience factors shape adolescent brain and identity development and what we can do to support troubled youth. View conference agenda.
  • Nationally known speakers will provide in-depth information about adolescent brain and identity development. View our distinguished speaker list.
  • Network and connect with colleagues and speakers during a Friday evening networking session. 
  • Don’t miss these cutting-edge sessions featuring clinical vignettes, case studies, successful practices and innovative interventions that will impact your work with children, adolescents and families.

More Information

Registration

  • $125 per Day Early Bird
  • $150 per Day after February 20, 2018

Registration fee includes free parking, CME/CE credit, food and beverages.

Register Online

May is designated as National Mental Health Awareness Month in observance of raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental illness

May 8, 2017

Did you know?

  • 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition
  • Approximately 50% of students age 14 and older with a mental illness drop out of high school
  • One in five adults will experience a mental health condition
  • Mental conditions increase the risk of developing a medical condition
  • Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause  of disability worldwide
  • Stigma and discrimination prevent people from seeking mental health care

References for statistics:
https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Learn-More/Mental-Health-by-the-Numbers/childrenmhfacts.pdf
http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/mental_health_facts/en/
https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/myths-facts/index.html

Resources:

English:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4AXQyJxghrk
Spanish:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_sVwPZE1X0E

September is National Recovery Month: Learn about recovery support resources available in your community

en espanol

September is Recovery Month, a national observance dedicated to promoting the message that, with the right help and support, people can recover from mental health and substance use disorders to live healthy, self-directed lives as valuable members of their community. Behavioral health disorders impact millions of people in the US, including our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Recovery Month is an important time to raise awareness about prevention, treatment, and recovery support resources available to those who are struggling with a mental health or substance use disorder.

Optum is committed to helping people in San Diego access the behavioral health care and treatment they need to reach recovery and lead healthy lives. Below is a list of mental health information and support resources to help you, or someone you care about, get started on the path to recovery:

  • The San Diego Access & Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240: this 7days a week, 24-hours a day, FREE, confidential service provides clinical screenings, support and appropriate behavioral health referrals to people experiencing a crisis or in need of treatment.  San Diego residents can call the Access & Crisis Line to immediately get connected to a Master’s level and/or licensed clinician in the language of their choice; available in 150 languages through an interpreter service.

  • Access & Crisis Line Chat Service: for those who may be more comfortable reaching out online vs. over the phone, the chat service is available in English, Monday through Friday between 4pm and 10pm. To use this function, simply visit www.optumsandiego.com and click the “Chat Now” button to chat online with a mental health professional.

  • It’s Up to Us: this San Diego County campaign is designed to empower San Diegans to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources and seek help.

  • NAMI San Diego: the San Diego Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a mental illness helpline, support groups, educational meetings, newsletters, a lending library and a number of classes on mental illness held at various locations throughout San Diego County.
  • NAMI oscER App: Organized Support Companion in an Emergency Situation “oscER” app is a guide to educate and assist you and your family before, during and after  a psychiatric emergency.

Free Recovery Support Resources available at LiveAndWorkWell.com:

Registration is open for the ECMH Conference in September: Register today!

The 7th Annual ECMH “We Can’t Wait” Conference will feature international experts speaking about the intersection of “nature” and “nurture” as they relate to child development in the first 5 years of life.

Topics will also include the role chaos and trauma has on later delinquency, the role biology and experience have on early childhood learning, caregiver advice and support and its impact on a child’s development, and examples of how the Early Childhood System of Care is changing to meet the needs of young children and their families.

The target audience includes all people involved in providing assessment, treatment, education, support, and advocacy for children and families.

Website: http://www.earlychildhoodmentalhealth-sandiego.com/
Event Date: September 22-24, 2016
Event Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel
San Diego, CA  

QI Knowledge Forum

presented by County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services

Please join the BHS Quality Improvement Teams (QM, MIS, PIT) for a morning of knowledge sharing and important updates for the Mental Health System of Care. This forum will cover topics such as system wide performance data, operational process changes, DHCS updates, medical record results, documentation and billing standards, QM goals for FY16-17, compliance and other issues related to quality management, managing information and data reporting.

Audience: Program Management & QM/QA staff
Event Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Event Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Event Location: Scottish Rite Event Center, Claude Morrison Room
1895 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

May is Mental Health Month

April 22, 2016

Optum employees participating in NAMI Walk 2015

Every year our community and the nation acknowledges May as Mental Health Month. We promote Mental Health Month in order to help increase the awareness that our mental health is equally important to our overall personal health and wellbeing. Our hope is to reduce the stigma associated with having a mental illness and relay the message that mental illness is common and treatable, and help is available. Our community has a variety of Events that are occurring through the month of May. Please see the following link for the list of events occurring in San Diego County.

Please join us for the NAMI 5K Walk/Run and HHSA Wellness Expo! This event kicks off May is Mental Health Month and will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Liberty Station NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road in Point Loma. This event is free, open to the public and pet friendly.

Additional information and resources for Mental Health Month can be found on the County of San Diego’s Behavioral Health Services Website.

Calendar of Events
Date Event
April 22 Celebrate Fair Housing Month Training
April 30 NAMI 5K Walk/Run and HHSA Wellness Expo
May 1-7 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
May 4 Children’s Mental Health Celebration
May 5 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
May 6 Mental Health Month Kick-Off Event– Suicide Prevention Council
May 14 Changing Minds, Minds Matter Resource Fair
May 14 Walk for Recovery and Wellness Fair
May 20 5th Annual Faith Breakfast
June 10 Behavioral Health Recognition Dinner

Give the Gift of Listening: Tips for Supporting a Friend or Loved One’s Mental Health during the Holidays

December 7, 2015

Almost everyone experiences additional stress during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season: there are meals to cook, gifts to find, social gatherings to attend and family obligations to meet. For people who are struggling with a mental illness or substance use issue, it can be a particularly difficult time. This holiday season is an important time when family members, loved ones and friends can reach out to offer help and support. Even the smallest gesture – listening – can have a big impact. Here are some tips for starting a conversation and giving the gift of listening to help a friend or loved one who may be struggling:

  • Show that you are concerned in a way that is not confrontational or judgmental. Let them know that you care about them, and you want to check in because you’re concerned about recent changes you’ve noticed in their mood or behavior.

  • Keep questions simple. Ask how they are doing, what they’re feeling, and how you can help provide support.

  • Offer reassurance and hope. Let them know that they’re not alone, and that you are there to support them in actively seeking help to feel better.

  • Avoid phrases that could sound dismissive or accusatory. Although you may not understand what they are feeling, it is important to only express your unwavering support.

  • Suggest reaching out to a local recovery support resource. Ask if they have thought about seeking support from a professional trained to help with these types of issues. Consider having some suggestions ready to share, or offer to research local resources together.

  • After your initial conversation, stay engaged with your loved one and check in regularly. Having consistent support from family and friends can make a huge difference in people’s well-being.

Optum is committed to helping people in San Diego County access the behavioral health care and treatment they need to reach recovery and lead healthy lives. Below is a list of mental health information and support resources to help you, or someone you care about, get started on the path to recovery:

  • The San Diego County Access & Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240: this 24-hour, seven days a week FREE service provides support and referrals to people experiencing a crisis. People in San Diego can call the Access & Crisis Line to immediately get confidential assistance from a Master’s level clinician, available in 150 languages through an interpreter service.

  • Access & Crisis Line Chat Service: for those who may be more comfortable reaching out online vs. over the phone, the chat service is available Monday through Friday between 4pm and 10pm. To use this function, simply visit www.optumsandiego.com and click the “Chat Now” button to chat online with a mental health professional.

  • NAMI San Diego: (link: http://www.namisandiego.org) the San Diego Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a mental illness Helpline, support groups, educational meetings, newsletters, a lending library and a number of classes on mental illness held at various locations throughout San Diego County.
  • It’s Up to Us: (link: http://www.up2sd.org/)  this San Diego County campaign is designed to empower San Diegans to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources and seek help.

Free Recovery Support Resources available at LiveAndWorkWell.com:

Haga el Regalo de Escuchar: Consejos para Apoyar la Salud Mental de un Amigo o Ser Querido durante las Fiestas

December 7, 2015

Casi todos sufrimos más estrés durante la vorágine de la época de las fiestas: hay que preparar comidas, comprar regalos, asistir a reuniones sociales y cumplir obligaciones familiares. Para las personas que luchan con una enfermedad mental o un problema de consumo de sustancias, esta época puede ser especialmente difícil. La época de las fiestas es un momento importante en que los miembros de la familia, los seres queridos y los amigos pueden acercarse para ofrecer ayuda y apoyo. Incluso el más mínimo gesto, como escuchar, puede tener un gran impacto. Los siguientes son algunos consejos para iniciar una conversación y hacer el regalo de escuchar para ayudar a un amigo o ser querido que pueda estar pasando un momento difícil:

  • Muestre interés sin buscar la confrontación ni emitir juicios. Hágale saber que usted siente afecto por él, y que quiere saber qué pasa porque le preocupan los recientes cambios que observó en su estado de ánimo o conducta.

  • Haga preguntas simples. Pregúntele cómo está, qué siente y cómo puede brindarle apoyo.

  • Ofrezca consuelo y esperanza. Hágale saber que él no está solo y que usted está ahí para brindarle su apoyo y buscar ayuda activamente para sentirse mejor.

  • Evite frases que podrían ser despreciativas o acusatorias. Aunque no entienda lo que él siente, es importante expresar solamente su apoyo incondicional.

  • Sugiera pedir ayuda a un recurso de apoyo local para la recuperación. Pregúntele si ha pensado en buscar el apoyo de un profesional capacitado para tratar estos tipos de asuntos. Considere hacer algunas sugerencias que usted ya ha investigado u ofrézcase para buscar juntos recursos locales.

  • Después de su conversación inicial, manténgase en contacto con su ser querido y pregúntele cómo está periódicamente. Contar con el apoyo constante de familiares y amigos puede marcar una enorme diferencia en el bienestar de las personas.

Optum tiene el compromiso de ayudar a las personas del Condado de San Diego a tener acceso al apoyo que necesitan para recuperarse y llevar vidas saludables. La siguiente es una lista de recursos de información y apoyo para la salud mental disponibles en español para ayudarle, o ayudar a un ser querido, a iniciar el camino hacia la recuperación.

  • Línea de Acceso y Ayuda para Casos de Crisis del Condado de San Diego en el
    (888) 724-7240:
    este servicio GRATUITO las 24 horas del día, los siete días de la semana brinda apoyo y referencias a las personas que están atravesando una crisis. Los habitantes de San Diego pueden llamar a la Línea de Acceso y Ayuda para Casos de Crisis (disponible en 150 idiomas a través de un servicio de intérpretes) para recibir asistencia confidencial inmediata de parte de un profesional clínico con una Maestría.

  • NAMI San Diego: (link: www.namisandiego.org) la Subsidiaria en San Diego de la National Alliance on Mental Illness (Alianza Nacional sobre Salud Mental) ofrece una Línea de Ayuda para casos de enfermedad mental, grupos de apoyo, reuniones educativas, boletines de noticias, una biblioteca y una serie de clases sobre enfermedad mental en diversos lugares en el Condado de San Diego.

  • It’s Up to Us: (link: http://www.up2sd.org/nosotros/) esta campaña en el Condado de San Diego está diseñada para que los habitantes del condado puedan hablar abiertamente sobre salud mental, reconozcan los síntomas, utilicen los recursos locales y busquen ayuda. Información en MenteSana-CuerpoSano.com sobre Estrés, Depresión y Mejor

  • Salud Mental https://www.liveandworkwell.com/public/content/showHotTopic.asp?hid=12&lang=2

  • Información en MenteSana-CuerpoSano.com sobre Abuso: Drogas, Alcohol, Violencia https://www.liveandworkwell.com/public/content/showHotTopic.asp?hid=15&lang=2

  • Información sobre depresión de Mental Health America: ¿Qué es la depresión? y Lista de Verificación de las Señales de la Depresión

 

Más recursos disponibles en inglés:

Optum Public Sector San Diego Participates in Local Conference

November 16, 2015

Recently Optum Public Sector San Diego was a sponsor of the 18th Annual Meeting of the Minds Behavioral Health Conference & Resource Fair. The event organized by Mental Health America of San Diego County was held October 22 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel. Meeting of Minds highlights innovative and unique care in relationship to mental health prevention, treatment, and supportive care.

Attendees had the opportunity to network with other professionals to explore new approaches in care as well as promoting collaboration, cooperation, and understanding related to mental health. Optum Public Sector San Diego employees manned a booth at the resource fair where they shared Optum’s mission to help people live healthier lives.

This year’s conference theme was Coloring Outside the Lines: A new Picture of Wellness.

New and Improved Optum San Diego Website

October 16, 2015

The website will launch on November 1st. Our website name will change from OptumHealthSanDiego to OptumSanDiego. We will be launching a new registration system and will have a tip sheet to walk you through the process. We will send you the tip-sheet in the next couple of weeks announcing the day that we open the registration. We will also post the tip sheets on the current website for easy retrieval.

The new features include the following:

  • Document Search
    The search function provides the capability to search all documents by title or document content. Search results for secure documents will prompt the user to log in, verifying user access to those secure documents.
  • Enhanced Security
    The new Optum ID password system provides greater protection and added security for secure documents. Optum ID also offers self-service for password reset and recovery.
  • Responsive Design
    Optimal viewing and functionality is possible on different devices, e.g. smart phones, notepads, desktops. The screen size will match the size of the device and navigation has been enhanced.

September is National Recovery Month: Learn about recovery support resources available in your community

August 28, 2015

September is Recovery Month, a national observance dedicated to promoting the message that, with the right help and support, people can recover from mental health and substance use disorders to live healthy, self-directed lives as valuable members of their community. Behavioral health disorders impact millions of people in the US, including our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Recovery Month is an important time to raise awareness about prevention, treatment, and recovery support resources available to those who are struggling with a mental health or substance use disorder.

Optum is committed to helping people in San Diego County access the behavioral health care and treatment they need to reach recovery and lead healthy lives. Below is a list of mental health information and support resources to help you, or someone you care about, get started on the path to recovery:

  • The San Diego County Access & Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240: this 24-hour, seven days a week FREE service provides support and referrals to people experiencing a crisis. People in San Diego can call the Access & Crisis Line to immediately get confidential assistance from a Master's level clinician, available in 150 languages through an interpreter service.
  • Access & Crisis Line Chat Service: for those who may be more comfortable reaching out online vs. over the phone, the chat service is available Monday through Friday between 4pm and 10pm. To use this function, simply visit www.optumsandiego.com and click the "Chat Now" button to chat online with a mental health professional.
  • NAMI San Diego: (link: http://www.namisandiego.org) the San Diego Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a mental illness Helpline, support groups, educational meetings, newsletters, a lending library and a number of classes on mental illness held at various locations throughout San Diego County.
  • It's Up to Us: (link: http://www.up2sd.org/)  this San Diego County campaign is designed to empower San Diegans to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources and seek help.
     

Free Recovery Support Resources available at LiveAndWorkWell.com:

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

June 11, 2015

Optum Employees, Guard and Reserve members

Pictured left to right: Nick Ostapenko, Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve chair; Matt Mosher, chief operating officer, Optum Data Management, Gary Crawford, senior systems analyst, Optum Data Management, and Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard; Steve Burch, senior director, Optum Data Management; Carrie Gilliland, systems analyst manager, Optum Data Management; and Major General Richard Nash.

In May 2012, UnitedHealth Group signed a statement of support for the U.S. National Guard and Reserve fully committing to supporting our current and future Guard and Reserve service member employees by equipping managers with necessary tools and resources.

Three years later, UnitedHealth Group was presented with the Above and Beyond Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, on May 11, 2015. A ceremony and banquet marked the event to recognize outstanding support for our Guard and Reserve employees, as they fulfill their commitments to military service.

The award is given in limited numbers by state and territory ESGR committees. It distinguishes employers who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements for granting leave and providing support, for military duty by their employees. Accepting on behalf of UnitedHealth Group were Matt Mosher, chief operating officer, Optum Data Management, and Steve Burch, senior director, Optum Data Management. Nick Ostapenko, Minnesota ESGR chair, and Major General Richard Nash, Adjutant General, Minnesota National Guard, presented the award.

Also attending was Carrie Gilliland, systems analyst manager, Optum Data Management. Carrie received ESGR's Patriot Award earlier this year, which is presented to supervisors for support provided directly to a nominating service member. Her employee, Gary Crawford (also pictured), is a Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard and routinely travels to Washington state to fulfill his duty.

This was the second Above and Beyond Award presented to UnitedHealth Group. The first award was, where UnitedHealth Group also affirmed the company's commitment to its employees who are retired, active-duty and reserve military personnel, by signing the ESGR Statement of Support. UnitedHealth Group makes every effort possible to honor America's service members and veterans and will continue to ensure their dedication does not go unnoticed.

UnitedHealthcare Delivers Replacement Bikes Stolen from San Diego Veterans Organization

May 15, 2015

Ride 2 Recovery Team with their bikes

On April 27th, UnitedHealthcare presented Ride 2 Recovery with a new fleet of bikes at a ceremony on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway Museum. Earlier that month UnitedHealthcare had donated $50,000 to the non-profit veterans organization after learning that 16 of their bikes were stolen.

The adaptive bikes worth over $10,000 were taken in March from a storage unit at the Balboa Naval Medical Center San Diego. The bikes were used by Ride 2 Recovery's Project HERO (Healing Exercise Rehabilitation Opportunity) program at Balboa.

Project HERO assists in the rehabilitation of injured servicemembers and veterans through a personalized and progressive cycling program. This groundbreaking program has shown to greatly improve the speed and effectiveness of recovery for its participates.

This is the sixth year UnitedHealthcare is serving as Ride 2 Recovery's title sponsor, providing financial, in-kind and volunteer support to help America's injured veterans

UnitedHealthcare Employees Donate Easter Baskets to Camp Pendleton Families

May 15, 2015

Volunteers handing out Easter Baskets to Camp Pendelton Families

On March 28th, Easter baskets filled with healthy snacks, treats, sports equipment, art supplies, crafts, stationery, gift cards, stuffed animals, toys , games and books, were delivered to several hundred Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton families through the San Clemente Military Family Outreach.

Over 500 baskets were assembled by UnitedHealthcare employees along with local volunteers as a way of saying thank you to military members for their service.

"Most of the families we work with are living far from home and relatives, and often have one of their parents serving overseas. These Easter baskets are a welcome source of support for our kids, their parents and our larger military family," said Kathleen Morea, chairperson, San Clemente Military Family Outreach. "Every year we are so grateful for the UnitedHealthcare volunteers who support our mission and families."

This is the tenth year that UnitedHealthcare employees participated in the Easter basket drive.

Optum Supports Mental Health Awareness at Annual NAMI Walk

May 8, 2015

Optum employees posing before the NAMI Walk

On Saturday May 2nd, the Optum team, "Walk the Talk", participated in the 11th annual San Diego County NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk. Optum orange T-shirts dominated the landscape as over 150 Optum employees as well as their family members, friends and pets walked and/or ran 5 kilometers of Liberty Station's picturesque paths.

This fundraising event helps NAMI raise awareness for mental illness. As a sponsor of the walk, Optum shares the commitment of the NAMI's mission of ending the stigma associated with mental illness.

San Diego News promotes Mental Health Month

May 1, 2015

Dr. Michael Bailey

Newscasts by NBC 7 San Diego and San Diego 6 News featured the mental health training class that was conducted April 30. Dr. Bailey, Optum San Diego's medical director, talks about the classes and why they are important for the San Diego community.

FREE Mental Health First Aid in Spanish and for Military & Veterans

April 30, 2015

Mental Health First Aid in Spanish (8 hours)

We often train people to know CPR, the Heimlich maneuver or first aid. But you're just as likely to come in contact with someone who is suffering from an emotional or mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid is a course designed to teach participants how to identify different types of mental illness such as depression, anxiety disorders, and substance use. As with any first aid class, there is an action plan to help someone in crisis. People learn how to assess the person for risk of harm or suicide, listen non-judgmentally, give reassurance, and encourage the person to seek professional help. This course will be taught in Spanish.

 

Date/Time: Thursday, May 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: No Charge
New Location: Turning Hearts Center | 345 5th Avenue | Chula Vista, CA 91910
Details and Registration: Contact Optum San Diego at shine.wang@optum.com or (619) 641-6355
Para informacion en espanol: ana.briones-espinoza@optum.com or (619) 641-6252.

Mental Health First Aid for Military & Veterans (8 Hours)

This course is designed to focus on the unique experiences and needs of military members, veterans, their family members, and those who work with them. While military service often fosters resilience in individuals and families, some service members may experience mental health or substance use challenges, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports that approximately 22 veterans die by suicide every day. Family members and personnel working with military and families are often not aware of how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. In addition to the impact of military service on the veteran, each has a circle of family (significant other, children, parents, siblings, etc.) and friends who are also impacted by their military service.

 

Date/Time: Friday, May 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: No Charge
Location: VA Mission Valley Clinic | 8810 Rio San Diego Dr. | San Diego, CA 92108
Details and Registration: Contact Optum San Diego at shine.wang@optum.com or (619) 641-6355

FREE QPR Suicide Prevention Courses & Youth Mental Health First Aid

April 17, 2015

QPR Suicide Prevention Training (1 Hour)

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR): three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans attend QPR to learn how they can help save the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 30th at 10 a.m. / 12 p.m. / 5 p.m
Cost: No Charge
Location: Malcolm X Library | 5148 Market Street | San Diego, CA 92114
Details and Registration: Contact Lora Cayanan at lcayanan@sdchip.org or (858) 609-7971

Youth Mental Health First Aid (8 Hours)

This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12 to 18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

 

Date/Time: Friday, May 1st from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: No Charge
Location: NAMI San Diego | 5095 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 320 | San Diego, CA 92123
Details and Registration: Contact Optum San Diego at shine.wang@optum.com or (619) 641-6355

Optum San Diego Public Sector to Participate in the NAMI Walk for the Tenth Year

April 17, 2015

On Saturday, May 2nd, Optum San Diego Public Sector will once again be supporting the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk at Liberty Station, San Diego. Partnering with their sister companies, Optum Rx and Optum Insight, the Optum team will have over 160 employees, family members and friends in the annual 5K walk.

The team's name, "Walk the Talk", demonstrates Optum San Diego Public Sector's dedication to one of UnitedHealth Group's core values, Compassion: "We will walk in the shoes of people we serve and those with whom we work. We celebrate our role in serving people and society in an area so vitally human as their health. We must be truly compassionate and genuinely understand, feel and identify with their needs."

Optum San Diego Public Sector Leadership Changes

Dec. 12, 2014

Ruth KenzelmannRuth Kenzelmann, PhD, has been promoted to Vice President of the Wellness/Employee Assistance Program clinical unit and she will be relocating to San Francisco. Since 2006, she has been a key member of Optum Public Sector as the Executive Director of the Administrative Services Organization contract for the County of San Diego. She has led an integrated clinical and operations team that includes network management, claims, information systems, quality, compliance, and an array of dedicated clinical service groups. Additionally, Ruth has expanded Optum Public Sector San Diego's partnership with the County of San Diego by adding supportive services, developing and implementing innovative solutions, ensuring clinical excellence, building a solid operational function, and fostering a cohesive team.

 

Michelle GalvanMichelle Galvan, MBA, has been Ruth's second-in-command since 2011, and she has accepted a promotion into the Executive Director position vacated by Ruth. Michelle has been an integral member of the operational leadership team for Optum Public Sector San Diego over the last eight years, first as the Director of Finance, and most recently as the Director of Business Operations. She has developed and implemented strategic business plans, assisted with contract negotiations and proposal requests, and worked directly with County of San Diego staff on operational and service expansions. Furthermore, Michelle has built key partnerships with the County's fiscal, reporting, and information strategic planning teams.

 

Groundbreaking of Fisher House at Pendleton

Nov. 20, 2014

Breaking ground for the Camp Pendleton Fisher House are left to right, Derek Donovan, vice president of Fisher House Foundation; Capt. Mark Kobelja, commanding officer of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton; Brig. Gen. Joaquin F. Malavet and John Mateczun, M.D., president, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans.
Photo by Jamie Rector

CAMP PENDLETON - From San Diego Union Tribune (CA) - A crowd of dozens of civilians and military gathered this morning for the groundbreaking of Camp Pendleton's Fisher House.

The 2.65 million project is intended to provide free temporary housing for families traveling from across the country to visit wounded Marines getting medical care at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

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