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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Month, and Mendocino Coast Clinics is raising awareness of the importance of speaking up about mental health.  Mental illnesses are common and treatable, and help is available.

Mental illnesses are real, recovery is always the goal, and the best prospects for recovery come when we act before Stage 4. By Stage 4, the combination of extreme, prolonged and persistent symptoms and impairment often results in development of other health conditions and has the potential to turn into a crisis event like unemployment, hospitalization, homelessness or even incarceration. In the worst cases, untreated mental illnesses can lead to loss of life an average of 25 years early.

Addressing mental illnesses before Stage 4 means talking about what mental illnesses feel like and acting on that information, empowering people to be the agents of their own recovery, and changing the trajectories of their lives. Talking about what life with a mental illness feels like will help those experiencing these issues, as well as letting others know they are not alone.

The Fort Bragg City Council declared May to be Mental Health Month at their April 25 meeting, urging our community to come together to help each other with this important issue.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.  Call the toll free crisis line at 1-800-555-5906.

Happy 21st Birthday, MCC!

MCC Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership

WASHINGTON, DC— On June 24, 2015, The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Mendocino Coast Clinics of Fort Bragg, California has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long]term, participative relationships. 

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Mendocino Coast Clinics has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Mendocino Coast Clinics demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit

Leadership Changes at MCC

Paula Cohen retired as the Executive Director of Mendocino Coast Clinics (MCC) and Lucresha Renteria assumed the leadership role as of January 1, 2016.

Both Paula and Lucresha began working for the clinic in 1992. Paula was the first Executive Director and Lucresha was the Director of Administrative Services for many years.

They have operated as a team over the years, guiding the growth from 2,564 patients per year with 7 staff to 11,300 patients with over 53,225 visits and a staff of 130 people.  While Paula is retiring from MCC, she is assuming the role of Executive Director of the Alliance for Rural Community Health (ARCH), which is a network of Mendocino County health care centers that collaborate to improve the health of rural communities by strengthening and supporting the efforts of their members to provide access to quality health care for all. 

Paula’s achievements were recognized at the January 29, 2016 Cioppino dinner as part of Crab, Wine & Beer Days, and all are welcome to donate to Mendocino Coast Clinics in her honor.  For more information on MCC programs and services, please call 964-1251.

Lucresha Renteria (left) and Paula Cohen

Los cambios de liderazgo en Mendocino Coast Clinics

Paula Cohen se retiró como Directora Ejecutiva de Mendocino Coast Clinics (MCC) y Lucresha Renteria asume el papel de liderazgo a partir del 1 de enero 2016.

Tanto Paula y Lucresha comenzaron a trabajar para la clínica en 1992. Paula fue la primera Directora Ejecutiva y Lucresha fue Directora de Servicios Administrativos durante muchos años.

Han funcionado como equipo en los últimos años, guiando el crecimiento a partir de 2.564 pacientes al año con 7 al personal a 11.300 pacientes con más de 53.225 visitas y una plantilla de 130 personas. Mientras Paula se retira de la MCC, Lucresha está asumiendo el papel de Directora Ejecutiva de la Alianza para la Comunidad Rural de la Salud (ARCH), que es una red de centros de atención de salud del condado de Mendocino que colaboran para mejorar la salud de las comunidades rurales mediante el fortalecimiento y el apoyo a la esfuerzos de sus miembros para proporcionar acceso a servicios de salud de calidad para todos.

Logros de Paula serán reconocidos en la cena de 29 de enero 2016 Cioppino como parte Crab, Wine & Beer Days, y todos están invitados a donar a Mendocino Coast Clinics en su honor. Para obtener más información sobre los programas y servicios de MCC, por favor llame al 964-1251.


Dr. Goldyn Meets with President

On June 30, 2014 Dr. Lawrence Goldyn, Medical Director of Mendocino Coast Clinics and his spouse Ronald Campbell met with President Obama in the Oval Office. The President had invited them to a White House reception honoring Gay Pride.

In the late 1970s Dr. Goldyn taught political science at Occidental College in Los Angeles. The young Mr. Obama took a course from him in European politics. They also became friends and Dr. Goldyn served as an informal advisor to the future president. In 2008 The Advocate, a national publication dedicated to LGBT issues, interviewed the then president–elect and asked him how he had developed his open attitude toward sexual minorities. Mr. Obama cited first his mother and second, Dr. Goldyn as the two people who had the most influence on his non-judgmental position.

After the Oval Office meeting, the President addressed those attending the reception in a packed East Room. He lauded Dr. Goldyn as one of the unsung heroes of the movement for civil rights for sexual minorities. The President’s speech can be found here.