With a passion for mental health and wanting to expand her impact beyond our Solano region, Cassan Phelps, ASW, joined the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) earlier this year.
At Caminar, Cassan serves as program director for the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction (MIOCR) program. The MIOCR program provides clinical case management for clients being released from the jail and the Mental Health Collaborative Court who are experiencing mental health and co-occurring substance abuse disorders.The goal of this program is to assist with transition into the community and work to reduce recidivism among this population.
Feeling that there is so much need in mental health space, especially in San Francisco, and not enough people to do it, Cassan reached out to MHASF looking for volunteer opportunities. Upon reviewing her resume with deep experience in mental health and level of education, MHASF invited Cassan to join the Board of Directors.
The Mental Health Association of San Francisco is a peer-led social justice community dedicated to progressive mental health issues for the past 70 years. Cassan is especially drawn to the organization because of the advocacy work and that it is dominated by peer-providers; the organization is very relatable, and everyone is passionate about what they do.
While still relatively new on the Board, she has already jumped in and serves on a sub-committee focused on new finding new funding opportunities.
Thank you, Cassan, for the time you dedicate to our clients, as well as the time you devote to helping the greater community. Your passion, energy, and commitment to mental health is inspiring!